Comunidados de Imprensa

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Statement on the appointment of members of the National Executive

29 May 2019

Fellow South Africans,

In the election of the 8th of May, South Africans provided this administration with a clear mandate to accelerate inclusive economic growth, act with greater urgency to tackle poverty, improve government services, fight corruption and end state capture.

If we are to give effect to this mandate, we need a capable, efficient and ethical government. 

Today, we are announcing some of the outcomes of the reconfiguration of national government.

As I indicated in the State of the Nation Address in February 2018:

“It is critical that the structure and size of the state is optimally suited to meet the needs of the people and ensure the most efficient allocation of public resources.”

In undertaking this review, we have been guided by the need to build a modern developmental state that has the means to drive economic and social transformation, to embrace innovation and to direct effort and resources towards where they will have the greatest impact.

All South Africans are acutely aware of the great economic difficulties our country has been experiencing and the constraints this has placed on public finances.

It is therefore imperative that in all areas and spheres of government, we place priority on revitalising our economy while exercising the greatest care in the use of public funds.

To promote greater coherence, better coordination and improved efficiency, we have combined a number of portfolios, thereby reducing the number of Ministers from 36 to 28.

  • Trade and Industry is combined with Economic Development
  • Higher Education and Training is combined withScience and Technology
  • Environmental Affairs is combined with Forestry and Fisheries
  • Agriculture is combined with Land Reform and Rural Development
  • Mineral Resources is combined with Energy
  • Human Settlements is combined with Water and Sanitation
  • Sports and Recreation is combined with Arts and Culture

We had already combined the portfolios of Communications andTelecommunications and Postal Services.

We have also decided to add responsibility for infrastructure to thePublic Works portfolio and to add responsibility for employment to the Labour portfolio.

If we are to make effective progress in building the South Africa that we all want, it is important that we deploy into positions of responsibility people who are committed, capable and hard-working, and who have integrity.

In appointing a new national executive, I have taken a number of considerations into account, including experience, continuity, competence, generational mix and demographic and regional diversity.

The people who I am appointing today must realise that the expectations of the South African people have never been greater and that they will shoulder a great responsibility.

Their performance – individually and collectively – will be closely monitored against specific outcomes. Where implementation is unsatisfactory, action will be taken.

I have decided to make the following appointments to the National Executive:

  • The Deputy President is David Mabuza.
  • The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development is Thoko Didiza.
  • The Deputy Ministers are Sdumo Dlamini and Mcebisi Skwatsha.
  • The Minister of Basic Education is Angie Motshekga.
  • The Deputy Minister is Dr Regina Mhaule.
  • The Minister of Communications is Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.
  • The Deputy Minister is Pinky Kekana.
  • The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
  • The Deputy Ministers are Parks Tau and Obed Bapela.
  • The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans is Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
  • The Deputy Minister is Thabang Makwetla.
  • The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheriesis Barbara Creecy.
  • The Deputy Minister is Maggie Sotyu.
  • The Minister of Employment and Labour is Thulas Nxesi.
  • The Deputy Minister is Boitumelo Moloi.
  • The Minister of Finance is Tito Mboweni.            
  • The Deputy Minister is Dr David Masondo.
  • The Minister of Health is Dr Zwelini Mkhize.
  • The Deputy Minister is Dr Joe Phaahla.
  • The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology is Dr Blade Nzimande.
  • The Deputy Minister is Buti Manamela.
  • The Minister of Home Affairs is Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.
  • The Deputy Minister is Njabulo Nzuza.
  • The Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation is Lindiwe Sisulu.
  • The Deputy Ministers are Pam Tshwete and David Mahlobo.
  • The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation is Dr Naledi Pandor.
  • The Deputy Ministers are Alvin Botes and Candith Mashego-Dlamini.
  • The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services is Ronald Lamola.
  • The Deputy Ministers are John Jeffery and Inkosi Phathekile Holomisa.
  • The M inister of Mineral Resources and Energy is Gwede Mantashe.
  • The Deputy Minister is Bavelile Hlongwa.
  • The Minister of Police is General Bheki Cele.
  • The Deputy Minister is Cassel Mathale.
  • The Minister in the Presidency is Jackson Mthembu.
  • The Deputy Minister in the Presidency is Thembi Siweya.
  • The Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities is Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
  • The Deputy Minister is Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize.
  • The Minister of Public Enterprises is Pravin Gordhan.
  • The Deputy Minister is Phumulo Masualle.
  • The Minister of Public Service and Administration is Senzo Mchunu.
  • The Deputy Minister is Sindy Chikunga.
  • The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure is Patricia De Lille.
  • The Deputy Minister is Noxolo Kiviet.
  • The Minister of Small Business Development is Khumbudzo Ntshavheni.
  • The Deputy Minister is Rosemary Capa.
  • The Minister of Social Development is Lindiwe Zulu.
  • The Deputy Minister is Henrietta Bogopane-Zulu.
  • The Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture is Nathi Mthethwa.
  • The Deputy Minister is Nocawe Mafu.
  • The Minister of State Security is Ayanda Dlodlo.
  • The Deputy Minister is Zizi Kodwa.
  • The Minister of Tourism is Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane.
  • The Deputy Minister is Fish Mahlalela.
  • The Minister of Trade and Industry is Ebrahim Patel.
  • The Deputy Ministers are Fikile Majola and Nomalungelo Gina.
  • The Minister of Transport is Fikile Mbalula.
  • The Deputy Minister is Dikeledi Magadzi.

These men and women we have appointed to the executive are drawn from all corners of our country.

For the first time in the history of our country, half of all Ministers are women.

We have also included a significant number of young people.

This is in fulfillment of our commitment to giving young people roles of responsibility in all sectors of society.

This is part of a generational transition in which we are creating a pipeline of leaders to take our country further into the future. 

In conclusion, I wish to express my appreciation to all those outgoing members of the Executive who served the country so ably in the Fifth Administration.

We continue to value their experience, skills and contribution, and will give them suitable responsibilities where they will be able to serve the nation.

Allow me to express my gratitude to all the Members of the incoming Executive for making themselves available to serve the nation, and I wish them all the best in the execution of their responsibilities.

We have all been called upon to serve the people of this country, and we will do so to the utmost of our ability.

I thank you.

Cyril Ramaphosa




Two South African films will be shown at the ARQUITETURAS FILM FESTIVAL that will take place from 4 to 9 June 2019, at the Cinema São Jorge:

  • THERE’S A TREE ON THE SOUTHWALK, 5 June at 19h00
  • SCENES FROM THE DRY CITY, 6 June at 21h15

Find out more about the film festival below:


NOTA DE IMPRENSA | 07-05-2019


O Arquiteturas Film Festival (AFF) está quase de regresso à cidade de Lisboa e já tem datas marcadas para o encontro.  Entre 4 e 9 de junho, a 7º edição instala-se de armas e bagagens no Cinema São Jorge e traz para o debate o tema Human Nature. Ao longo de seis dias, a programação de 2019 traz na mala 62 filmes - 90 por cento estreias portuguesas e algumas mundiais;  haverá ainda várias atividades paralelas - workshop, masterclass, atelier para crianças, visita guiada, encontros de coletivos e muito mais.

Como já é tradição, antes do arranque o Arquiteturas apresenta a programação com um warm-up. Este ano será duplo, no dia 28 de Maio no bar o Bom, o Mau e o Vilão como convidado especial do Shortcutz Lisboa, onde serão exibidas duas curtas-metragens que fazem parte do programa deste ano; e no dia 30, em parceria com a Roca Lisboa Gallery, com a presença do curador do festival André Costa, a diretora Sofia Mourato, o realizador Duarte Natário e a arquiteta Daniela Silva.

O festival arranca com o premiado Melting Souls, de François Xavier Destors. Um documentário sobre Norilsk, uma “cidade de ficção científica” acima do Círculo Polar Ártico – uma paisagem industrial infernal numa tundra que, de outra forma, seria estéril.

Entre as novidades desta edição está o júri do Arquiteturas 2019. A arquiteta Ana Tostões, Presidente do DOCOMOMO Internacional, o geógrafo Álvaro Domingues, a arquiteta Isabel Barbas, o realizador Gerrit Messiaen, a artista e realizadora Petra Noordkamp e o arquiteto Tiago Oliveira, em representação da Secção regional Sul da Ordem dos Arquitectos (OASRS), aceitaram a missão de avaliar 55 obras de 26 países em quatro categorias: Ficção, Documentário, Experimental e Novos Talentos. A programação completa será divulgada em breve.

Pensado conceptualmente como uma problematização ampla da relação entre o ser humano e a natureza, o tema que este ano está em cima da mesa pretende ultrapassar discussões sobre arquitetura e sustentabilidade para tratar as questões mais urgentes sobre o espaço transformado, e ameaçado, pela ação humana, e também os desdobramentos dessa ação sobre a existência do homem. 

Exemplo inevitável quando se fala de construção de um território resultado da intervenção humana, a Holanda foi eleita como país homenageado desta edição com uma programação transversal que conta com o alto patrocínio da Embaixada da Holanda em Lisboa e curadoria de Mélanie van der Hoorn.

Entre inúmeras outras atividades, vai decorrer um workshop do coletivo holandês Failed Architecture, conhecido pelos seus casos de estudo sobre os falhanços do modernismo e o crescimento urbano das cidades, em conjunto com a realizadora Petra Noordkamp, duas vezes premiada pelo melhor filme no Arquiteturas. O workshop consiste numa investigação e recolha audiovisual sobre a atual situação da praça Martim Moniz, em Lisboa, culminando em ensaios cinematográficos dos participantes.

A programação holandesa conta ainda com uma masterclass sobre filmes de arquivo de arquitetura com Melanie van der Hoorn, autora do livro Spots in Shots: Narrating the built environment in short films, em conjunto com Tiago Batista, diretor do ANIM e João Rosmaninho da Universidade do Minho; com a presença de dois ateliers de arquitetura premiados pelas suas práticas com características sustentáveis, o atelier Bureau Sla e o atelier Space & Matter.

Portugal será representado por Russa, de João Salaviza e Ricardo Alves Jr., sobre a memória coletiva e as transformações recentes da cidade do Porto; Civitas, de André Sarmento, e Alis Ubbo, de Paulo Abreu, ambos sobre o processo de “turistificação” em Lisboa. A ficção Lá vem Dia, de Mercês Tomaz Gomes, trata da relação entre o morar contemporâneo e as relações afetivas. Esta edição traz ainda a estreia da curta de animação portuguesa O atelier do meu avô, do arquiteto Tiago Galo, em exibição no atelier para crianças do festival, e o recém-estreado filme Tudo é Paisagem que retrata a história da arquitetura paisagística em Portugal.

Também em foco nesta edição vão estar o cineasta Andrzej Wajda e sua paixão pela arquitetura, a inevitável Bauhaus que este ano completa 100 anos de existência e os movimentos  radicais italianos de design e arquitetura das década de 60 e 70 como são os casos dos UFO, Archizoom e os Superstudio. O arquivo do grande mestre mexicano Luis Barragán é tema do filme The Proposal. O famoso projeto de habitação social em Milão, o Gallaratese, de Aldo Rossi, é tema do filme Monte Amiata, e a obra símbolo do modernismo na Inglaterra, dos icónicos arquitetos Alison e Peter Smithson, é retratada em The Disappearance of Robin Hood.

Em parceria com a RTP vão ser exibidos no AFF três episódios de Atelier d’Arquitetura, série documental que percorre edifícios, estruturas, conceitos, peças, casas ou museus que mais se destacam no território nacional e que começou a ser transmitida recentemente pela estação pública. Os realizadores da série estarão presentes para uma discussão com o público.

Os sponsors desta edição estão em foco através do apoio a sessões dedicadas a temas que lhes são próximos – o Portal da Construção Sustentável vai, enquanto sponsor principal, realizar um evento de apresentação e discussão para profissionais do setor interessados em processos e produtos sustentáveis. A ROCA e a Water Foundation patrocinam a sessão de filmes sobre o esgotamento de recursos naturais dos rios na África do Sul e Quénia; o RSGrupo patrocina a sessão que exibe um dos principais filmes da programação oficial – Anthropocene: The Human Epoch aproveitando para apresentar as suas visões sobre a geo-arquitetura.

Para mais informações:

Assessoria de Imprensa AFF

Joana de Belém

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Minister Sisulu is humbled by donations to re-build communities following Cyclone Idai and KwaZulu Natal floods


Press release


5 May 2019



The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu has on behalf of the South African government conveyed her immense gratitude to the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to South Africa, H.E. Mahash Saeed Al Hameli for donating R1 million towards relief efforts in KwaZulu Natal and to Aspen Pharmacare for the donation of R50 000 also for KwaZulu Natal and a further R250 000 for Mozambique.


The donations were made at an engagement between the Minister and members of the Hellenic, Italian and Portuguese (HIP) Alliance on 3 May 2019.  The event sought to unpack South Africa’s foreign policy trajectory and to continue mobilising the business community to support government initiatives to assist the victims of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, as well as the victims of the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal.


“We are humbled by the support we continue to get from the business community, NGOs, members of the Diplomatic Corps and ordinary citizens of our country. Your assistance has not been in vain”, said Minister Sisulu.


The HIP Alliance also honoured Minister Sisulu with the Humanity and Social Cohesion Award in recognition of her service to “improving the lives of the most vulnerable in society”.


Receiving the award Minister Sisulu said: “I accept this on behalf of all women in this country. They are the most vulnerable ones in our society. However, they always make things happen. Women, the future is in your hands”.



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Media Statement


21 March 2019


The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, has expressed her sincere gratitude to all the South African companies, NGOs and individuals who have responded, and are still responding, to the call for humanitarian assistance for victims affected by Cyclone Idai in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


“We are humbled by the generosity of all South Africans who continue to deliver boxes of goods at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO). This is who we are. This is what Ubuntu is,” said Minister Sisulu.


The Minister noted the offers of financial assistance made to DIRCO and announced that the Director-General, Kgabo Mahoai, would, on Friday, 22 March 2019, announce details of a humanitarian fund that would allow stakeholders to deposit such funds.


The Minister repeated her appeal to all companies operating in these three countries, and other South African companies, to lead in contributing and in the delivery of humanitarian aid. 


“Blankets, clothes, clean water, stationery and food are in urgent need. We are humbled by NGOs like Gift of the Givers, who are already assisting on the ground,” added Minister Sisulu.


Donations can be delivered at the DIRCO Head Office or at the Ministry Offices in Parliament, Cape Town. The following officials can be contact for further guidance:


Matheko Rametsi

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