12 Jul 2013 11:19

PRETORIA, July 10 (BERNAMA-NNN-SA NEWS) -- South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has announced changes to his Cabinet.

During a special media briefing here Tuesday, he announced several changes to the national executive, saying that "20 years of democracy in South Africa had changed the lives of South Africans" and the past five years "has pushed that change forward."

The new Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs will be Lechesa Tsenoli, who takes over from Richard Baloyi who served in the ministry after the death of Sicelo Shiceka.

Tsenoli will be leaving his current portfolio as Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform.

The Human Settlements portfolio also sees a change. The ministry will now fall under the leadership of Connie September, while the new Minister of Communications will be Yunus Carrim.

September is currently a Member of Parliament and Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Trade and Industry and Parliamentary Committee on Water Affairs and Forestry. Carrim is currently the Deputy Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Transport Minister Ben Martins will move to the Energy Ministry while Minister Dipuo Peters moves to Transport from the Energy portfolio.

The Deputy Minister appointments are as follows:

* Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development: John Jefferey (currently a Parliamentary Counsellor);

* Deputy Minister of Science and Technology: Michael Masutha (currently a Member of Parliament);

* Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs: Andries Nel; and

* Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform: Pamela Tshwete (currently a Member of Parliament).