Wednesday, 09 May 2018

Bloemfontein: In an effort to strengthen governance and improve service delivery in the province, the Hon. Premier has decided to make the following changes to the Executive Council.

The Hon. Premier has decided to re-assign the responsibility for Human Settlements to the MEC for Public Works and Infrastructure. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) shall now be a stand-alone portfolio, assigned to its own MEC.

The New Appointments for MECs are as follows:
 MEC for Health: Honourable Montsheng Tsiu
 MEC for Social Development: Honourable Butana Komphela
 MEC for CoGTA: Honourable Oupa Khoabane
 MEC for DESTEA: Honourable Maki Mahasa
 MEC for Agriculture & Rural Development: Honourable Dr. Benny Malakoane.

“I would like to thank the MECs who have been appointed in new portfolios for their dedication whilst they were serving in their previous portfolios. I would like to wish them well in their new portfolios and have confidence that they will be equal to the task.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome the new member of the Executive Council, Honourable Montseng Tsiu, who brings a wealth of experience after working in the healthcare sector for many years. Hon. Montseng is a seasoned health activist, a trade unionist and a humble dedicated leader of our people. I wish her well in her new responsibility. ” – the Hon. Premier said.

MEC Montsheng Tsiu is also the former Chairperson of Nehawu in the province. Prior to being sworn in as a Member of the Free State Legislature, Honourable Montseng Tsiu was a Manager for Nursing Services at the Free State Department of Health.

“The above changes to the Executive Council are intended to accelerate the implementation of radical socio-economic transformation, and to ensure that we work together to ensure that the lives of our people are changed for the better” – the Hon. Premier concluded.

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