Education to have two ministers

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Pretoria- Education has been split into two separate ministries in the new government structure -basic education and higher education and training.

South Africa's new President Jacob Zuma on Sunday announced several changes to the structure of government and his executive.

The President said changes to the structure of some government departments were necessary to speed up service delivery and efficiency.

Under the changes in education, South African Communist Party Secretary General, Blade Nzimande, will become Minister of Higher Education and Training while former Gauteng Education MEC Angie Motshekga will head the ministry of Basic Education.

Ms Motshekga will focus solely on the schooling system while Dr Nzimande will pay special attention on institutions of higher learning.

The former Department of Water Affairs and Forestry has been changed to the department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to be headed by Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

A new economic Development has been established to focus on economic policy making.

The provincial and local government department becomes Department of Cooporative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Businessman Tokyo Sexwale has been appointed as the Minister of Human Settlements, formerly known as the Department of Housing.

Political analysts say the changes could be an indication of how President Zuma plans to manage government in the next five years.