President Zuma, cabinet get down to work

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma and his Cabinet get down to business today, with a meeting between the first citizen and his newly sworn-in ministers and deputies.

The Presidency says the day will begin with the President briefing his Cabinet for the first time at the Union Buildings.

This will form part of the orientation the ministers will receive, especially the new ones, to familiarise them with their office before the real work begins.

Ministers and Deputy Ministers were sworn-in on Monday, following their appointment to the cabinet on Sunday.

For Jeff Radebe, Trevor Manuel and Nkosana Dlamini-Zuma - the longest serving cabinet ministers - they had first taken the oath of affirmation 15 years ago.

But, some of their less experienced colleagues were ushered into government's top positions for the first time.

New Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said he would draw on the experience and wisdom of his predecessors Barbara Hogan and Manto Tshabala-Msimang.

In the months and years ahead, the mandate secured from the people and the oath of affirmation taken by the new leader and his cabinet will remain subjects of immense referential interest not only to South Africans but the entire global community.

The world would want to see President Zuma and his Cabinet remain faithful to their oath of office.

During his campaigns, President Zuma had unfolded the ruling party's five-point agenda with priority given to land redistribution, education, health, lowering crime levels and finding decent work for all South Africans.

Together with his Cabinet, they will work very hard to deliver on commitments made. And, the first 100 days in office for the President and his Cabinet, will be an indication of what South Africans can expect.