Want to know the list of ministers that constitute the South African executive? You’re at the right place. Following the election of President, Cyril Ramaphosa, he has appointed ministers which form members of his cabinets.
The executive arm of the South African government consists of the President, as the head, the Deputy President and Ministers. The President appoints the Deputy President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers, assigns their powers and functions, and may dismiss them.
The President may select any number of ministers from the members of the National Assembly and may select no more than two ministers from outside the assembly.
The President appoints a member of the Cabinet to be the leader of government business in the National Assembly.
South African Ministers and Portfolio
Ms Angela Thokozile Didiza – Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
Angela Thoko Didiza is the current Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development. Born on 2 June 1985, in the city of Durban, Didiza holds a BA (Hons) degree in politics.
Mrs Matsie Angelina Motshekga – Minister of Basic Education
Matsie Angelina Motshekga is a serving minister in charge of the Ministry of Education, a position she had held since 2009. Born on 19 June 1955 in Soweto, Transvaal Province, Matsie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of the North and Bachelor of Educational Service degree and a master’s degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Ms Khumbudzo Ntshavheni – Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies
Ms Khumbudzo Ntshavheni is the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies. Born on 30 January 1977 in the town of Sibasa in the Transvaal Province, Ntshavheni holds an MBA degree from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom.
She is also a graduate of Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), where she read for her undergraduate degree in Political Science and concurrently completed two postgraduate degrees in Development Studies and Labour Relations.
Dr Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma – Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
Dlamini-Zuma is the current minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. Born on 27 January 1949, in Natal, Nkosazana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science in Zoology and Botany from the University of Zululand. She also studied at the University of Bristol, UK.
Ms Thandi Ruth Modise – Minister of Defence
Thandi Modise is the current minister in charge of the South African ministry of defence and military veterans. Born on 25 December 1959, Thandi was appointed minister on 5 August 2021.
Mr Thembelani Waltermade Thulas Nxesi – Minister of Employment and Labour
Thembelani Waltermade Nxesi is the Minster of Employment and Labour. Previously, he was the Minister in charge of Public Works as well as Sports and Recreation.
Born on 1 January 1959, Thulas Nxesi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Fort Hare obtained in 1983; a Bachelor of Education degree from Witwatersrand University and a Higher Diploma in Education from the University of South Africa (UNISA).
Ms Barbara Dallas Creecy – Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment
Barbara Dallas Creecy is the current minister in charge of the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment. She is also a Member of the National Assembly of South Africa.
Born on 17 June 1958, Barbara attended the University of the Witwatersrand and obtained an Honours degree in Political Science. Later on, she completed a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management at the University of London.
Mr Enoch Godongwana – Minister of Finance
The Minister in charge of the Finance Ministry is Enoch Godongwana. Born on 9 June 1957, in Cala, Eastern Cape, Godongwana holds an MSc degree in financial economics from the University of London.
Dr Mathume Joseph Phaahla – Minister of Health
Mathume Joseph Phaahla is the current Minister in charge of the South African Ministry of Health. Born on 11 July 1957, Joe Phaahla holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Natal.
Dr Bonginkosi Emmanuel Nzimande – Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation
Bonginkosi Emmanuel Nzimande is the current South African Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation. Born on 14 April 1958, Nzimande obtained a Psychology Honours degree at the University of Natal, a master’s degree in Industrial Psychology and a PhD from the same university.
Dr Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi – Minister of Home Affairs
Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi is the current minister of Home Affairs in the Cabinet of South Africa. Previously, Motsoaledi was the Minister of Health. Born on 7 August 1958, in Limpopo Province, Motsoaledi obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Natal.
Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi – Minister of Human Settlements
Mmamoloko Tryphosa Kubayi is the Minister of Human Settlements. Previously she has served as the Minister of Energy, Minister of Communications, Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Tourism.
Born on 8 May 1978, in Soweto, Kubayi obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Vista University.
Dr Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor – Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor is the current Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. Born on 7 December 1953 in Durban, Natal, Grace obtained a Certificate for Continuing Education and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Swaziland and the University of Botswana respectively.
She is also obtained an MA degree from the University of London. Grace also received her PhD in education at the University of Pretoria.
Mr Ronald Ozzy Lamola – Minister of Justice and Correctional Services
Ronald Ozzy Lamola is a lawyer and the current Minister of Justice and Correctional Services. Born on 21 November 1983 in Bushbuckridge, Lamola obtained a law degree at the University of Venda. He acquired an LLM in corporate law from the University of Pretoria.
Mr Samson Gwede Mantashe – Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy
Samson Gwede Mantashe is the current Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy. Born on 21 June 1955, Mantashe obtained a B.Com degree at the University of South Africa. He also got a master’s degree from the University of Witwatersrand. Mantashe also completed his MBA through MANCOSA
Mr Bhekokwakhe Hamilton Cele – Minister of Police
Mr Mondli Gungubele – Minister in the Presidency
Ms Maite Emily Nkoana-Mashabane – Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities
Mr Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan – Minister of Public Enterprises
Ms Ayanda Dlodlo – Minister of Public Service and Administration
Ms Patricia De Lille – Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure
Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams – Minister of Small Business Development
Ms Lindiwe Daphne Zulu – Minister of Social Development
Mr Emmanuel Nkosinathi Mthethwa – Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture
Ms Lindiwe Sisulu – Minister of Tourism
Mr Ebrahim Patel – Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition
Mr Fikile April Mbalula – Minister of Transport
Mr Senzo Mchunu – Minister of Water and Sanitation