The Cabinet under Zuma numbered 38, the chopables

Bloated and useless. Will there be a little belt tightening perhaps ? We wait to see the shape of the new Cabinet, will it be materially different to the old ?

Who’s on your ‘top 10 list’ for getting the chop ?

Here’s the best suggestion that is doing the rounds – Thuli Madonsela to replace Shaun the Sheep.

Send us your wish list for the choppables. Realistically, who do you want to see put out to grass, and who put in jail?

Here’s my very amateurish take on the chopability index.

  • Chop-able – Red
  • Keep  – Black
  • Debatable – could be combined with another ministry (e.g. Rural Development and Land Reform merged with Economic Development – and all Education under one minister), or some could just be closed.
President of South AfricaCyril Ramaphosa
Deputy President of South Africa?????
Minister in the PresidencyJeff Radebe
Minister of Women in the PresidencySusan Shabangu
Agriculture, Forestry and FisheriesSenzeni Zokwana
Arts and CultureNathi Mthethwa
Basic Education – EducationAngie Motshekga
CommunicationsMmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane
Co-op Gov. and Traditional AffairsDavid van Rooyen
Defence and Military VeteransNosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
Economic DevelopmentEbrahim Patel
EnergyDavid Mahlobo
Environmental AffairsEdna Molewa
FinanceMalusi Gigaba
HealthAaron Motsoaledi
Higher Education and TrainingHlengiwe Mkhize
Home AffairsAyanda Dlodlo
Human SettlementsLindiwe Sisulu
International Relations and Co-opMaite Nkoana-Mashabane
Justice and Correctional ServicesMichael Masutha
LabourMildred Oliphant
Mineral ResourcesMosebenzi Zwane
PoliceFikile Mbalula
Public EnterprisesLynne Brown
Public Service and AdministrationFaith Muthambi
Public WorksNkosinathi Nhleko
Rural Development and Land ReformGugile Nkwinti
Science and TechnologyNaledi Pandor
Small Business DevelopmentLindiwe Zulu
Social DevelopmentBathabile Dlamini
Sport and RecreationThembelani Nxesi
State SecurityBongani Bongo
Telecomms and Postal ServicesSiyabonga Cwele
TourismTokozile Xasa
Trade and IndustryRob Davies
TransportJoe Maswanganyi
Water and SanitationNomvula Mokonyane
WomenSusan Shabangu

Dominos falling

By way of comparison. Here’s a couple of other cabinet numbers around the world, but what do they know about running a country ?

  • Great Britain – 21
  • USA – 15
  • Germany – 21
  • Australia – 22

The lure of the trough.

Pay packets –

  • President – who really knows what’s paid above the table, and what below?
  • Deputy President – R2 825 470  p.a.
  • Minister – R2 401 633  p.a.
  • Deputy Minister – R1 977 795  p.a.
  • State Pension – R18 000 p.a.

And by way of comparison, what are President’s around the world paid (above the table).

LeaderCountrySalary (US$)Salary (ZAR)at today’s rate
Lee Hsien LoongSingapore$1.7 millR20 million19,720,000
Barack ObamaUnited States$400 000R4.6 million4,640,000
Malcolm TurnbullAustralia$397 800R4.6 million4,614,480
Justin TrudeauCanada$252 000R2.9 million2,923,200
Angela MerkelGermany$234 400R2.7 million2,719,040
David CameronUK$214 800R2.5 million2,491,680
Shinzo AbeJapan$202 700R2.3 million2,351,320
Francois HollandeFrance$194 300R2.2 million2,253,880
Jacob ZumaSouth Africa$188 000R2.2 million2,180,800
Vladamir PutinRussia$125 000R1.5 million1,450,000
Dilma RousseffBrazil$120 000R1.4 million1,392,000
Pranab MukherjeeIndia$30 300R0.4 million351,480

Quo Vadis BRICS?

Zuma and Rouseff represented 2 of the 5 BRICS countries. Both have been dumped under a cloud of corruption. That’s 40% of them !!!

Peter Hall

Peter Hall – born in Belfast (N.Ireland). Supports the Blitzbokke and Sheffield Wednesday (who?). Part-time blogger or geek, part-time scribbler, reluctant part-time gout sufferer and occasional curmudgeon. Proud father of talented daughter (triathlete) and son (musician) who live in Australia.

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