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Fired: South Africa Minister of Tourism Hanekom

Fired: South Africa Minister of Tourism Hanekom

Moving against South Africa’s President Zuma by imposing a series of votes of “no confidence” against his boss did not pay off for Derek Hanekom who was just fired tonight from his post as the Minister of Tourism for the Republic of South Africa.

Mr. Derek Hanekom


Replacing him is the new Hon. Minster of Tourism, Mrs. Tokozile Xasa. She was originally a teacher and taught at several high schools for 9 years before becoming the first female mayor of a district municipality in the transitional period of local government in the Eastern Cape. She was a national executive member in the Women´s League from 1995-1997 and served as Regional Secretary for the Transkei Women’s League from 1993-1995. She is an African National Congress (the ruling party in South Africa) activist and was an ANC member of the Provincial Legislature from 2001 until 2009 where she worked in local and traditional affairs in the Premier’s Office, as well as in Economic Affairs Portfolio Committees. Since 2009, she has been the Deputy Minister of Tourism in South Africa. Mrs. Tokozile Xasa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Psychology from the Walter Sisulu University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the MPA – University of Fort Hare.

Hon. Elizabeth Thabethe

Her deputy now is the Hon. Elisabeth Thabethe. She was born on September 26, 1959 and had been a Member of Parliament since 1994. She completed a Certificate in Economics with the University of South Africa (UNISA) and completed her advanced Diploma in Economics with the University of the Western Cape (UWC). She was a Co-coordinator of the East Rand Women’s League RTT structure, a member of the ANC National Parliamentary Caucus, Gauteng Provincial Whip, and a House Whip from 1996 to 2004. She chaired the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs and Tourism between 2004 and June 2005, and was also a member of the committees on Labor and Trade and Industry. She was the Deputy Minister of Small Business Development.

President Jacob Zuma said in his biggest Cabinet reshuffle today in Cape Town:

“I have decided to make changes to the National Executive in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness. The changes bring some younger MPs and women into the National Executive in order to benefit from their energy, experience, and expertise. I have directed the new ministers and deputy ministers to work tirelessly with their colleagues to bring about radical socio-economic transformation and to ensure that the promise of a better life for the poor and the working class becomes a reality.”

1.    Minister of Energy, Ms. Mmamoloko “Nkhensani” Kubayi

2.    Minister of Transport, Mr. Joe Maswanganyi

3.    Minister of Finance, Mr. Malusi Gigaba

4.    Minister of Police, Mr. Fikile Mbalula

5.    Minister of Public Works, Mr. Nathi Nhleko

6.    Minister of Sports and Recreation, Mr. Thembelani Nxesi

7.    Minister of Tourism, Ms. Tokozile Xasa

8.    Minister of Public Service and Administration, Ms. Faith Muthambi

9.    Minister of Home Affairs, Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize

10. Minister of Communications, Ms. Ayanda Dlodlo


1.    Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration, Ms. Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba

2.    Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr. Sifiso Buthelezi

3.    Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr. Ben Martins

4.    Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms. Maggie Sotyu

5.    Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Gratitude Magwanishe

6.    Deputy Minister of Communications, Ms. Thandi Mahambehlala

7.    Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ms. Elizabeth Thabethe

8.    Deputy Minister of Police, Mr. Bongani Mkongi

9.    Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

10. Deputy Minister of Small Business Development, Ms. Nomathemba November

“I wish to extend … gratitude to the outgoing ministers and deputy ministers for their service to the country. I also wish the new ministers and deputy ministers the best in their new responsibilities.”

PHOTO: Mrs. Tokozile Xasa

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