DAVID MABUZA SWORN IN AS DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA

CAPE TOWN, From a village boy to the second highest office in the land, David Mabuza says he is humbled by the opportunity to serve the people of South Africa shortly after he was sworn in by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng here Tuesday.

After being sworn in as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the office of National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete around midday, the Deputy President took an oath of office in the presence of President Cyril Ramaphosa, Cabinet Ministers, deputy Ministers, family members, staff from the Presidency and family members of members of the Executive.

It is a very humbling experience to see the trust that people have in you and it encourages you to do more and to do your best. I am very humbled by the trust displayed in me by the President and the ruling party I hope I won’t disappoint. I will do my best, Mabuza said.

Describing himself as a village boy who has ascended to the second highest office of the nation despite several challenges, the Deputy President was born in Brondal, Mathafeni, in Mpumalanga Province on Aug 25,1960.

A teacher by profession, he rose as an activist and got involved in the labour movement and politics before eventually being part of the Mpumalanga provincial legislature in 1994.

He was eventually elected as the chairperson of the ANC in Mpumalanga in 2008 before being appointed as Premier of the province the following year, a position he continued to hold until his election as the Deputy President of the ANC at its 54th National Conference in Johannesburg late last year.

While President Ramaphosa was the leader of government business while he was Deputy President, Mabuza said he did not know if that responsibility would be assigned to him and that he would need to wait to hear from the President.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, who was returning to his old position after he was replaced during a Cabinet reshuffle last year, said it was not easy for him to decline the call to duty.

Indeed one had to respond to a call to the public service and now one needs to familiarise themselves with the terrain again. It will take a little time and that is going to be my first task,” he said.

I am supposed to prepare for Cabinet tomorrow (Wednesday), and I haven’t even seen the file and I still have to get all of that but it is indeed an honour to have to be called again. Of course I wasn’t even sure (I want to come back) but it turns out that when the call comes, it is difficult to say no.”

Meanwhile, the President thanked newly sworn-in Ministers and Deputy Ministers for agreeing to be part of the executive when called upon to serve.

Among those who were sworn in o Tuesday were Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

DAVID MABUZA SWORN IN AS DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA

CAPE TOWN, From a village boy to the second highest office in the land, David Mabuza says he is humbled by the opportunity to serve the people of South Africa shortly after he was sworn in by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng here Tuesday.

After being sworn in as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the office of National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete around midday, the Deputy President took an oath of office in the presence of President Cyril Ramaphosa, Cabinet Ministers, deputy Ministers, family members, staff from the Presidency and family members of members of the Executive.

It is a very humbling experience to see the trust that people have in you and it encourages you to do more and to do your best. I am very humbled by the trust displayed in me by the President and the ruling party I hope I won’t disappoint. I will do my best, Mabuza said.

Describing himself as a village boy who has ascended to the second highest office of the nation despite several challenges, the Deputy President was born in Brondal, Mathafeni, in Mpumalanga Province on Aug 25,1960.

A teacher by profession, he rose as an activist and got involved in the labour movement and politics before eventually being part of the Mpumalanga provincial legislature in 1994.

He was eventually elected as the chairperson of the ANC in Mpumalanga in 2008 before being appointed as Premier of the province the following year, a position he continued to hold until his election as the Deputy President of the ANC at its 54th National Conference in Johannesburg late last year.

While President Ramaphosa was the leader of government business while he was Deputy President, Mabuza said he did not know if that responsibility would be assigned to him and that he would need to wait to hear from the President.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, who was returning to his old position after he was replaced during a Cabinet reshuffle last year, said it was not easy for him to decline the call to duty.

Indeed one had to respond to a call to the public service and now one needs to familiarise themselves with the terrain again. It will take a little time and that is going to be my first task,” he said.

I am supposed to prepare for Cabinet tomorrow (Wednesday), and I haven’t even seen the file and I still have to get all of that but it is indeed an honour to have to be called again. Of course I wasn’t even sure (I want to come back) but it turns out that when the call comes, it is difficult to say no.”

Meanwhile, the President thanked newly sworn-in Ministers and Deputy Ministers for agreeing to be part of the executive when called upon to serve.

Among those who were sworn in o Tuesday were Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK