By Chantelle Kotze

Mosebenzi Zwane has been appointed as the new mineral resources minister and was sworn into office on Wednesday at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

This follows a cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday evening, which will see former Minister of Mineral Resources Adv Ngoako Ramatlhodi become the new Public Service and Administration minister –a post which became vacant when former Minister Collins Chabane died in a car accident in March.

The vacant post has since been occupied by Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Zwane is a Member of Parliament who has previously served as MEC in the portfolios of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs in the Free State provincial government.

Chamber of mines of South Africa president Mike Teke and CEO Roger Baxter, who noted the announcement last night by President Jacob Zuma, look forward to meeting Minister Zwane at the earliest opportunity to wish him all the best for his tenure, to hear his perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing the industry, and to convey the industry’s views on these matters to him.

Baxter, who on behalf of the Chamber, wish outgoing Minister Ramatlhodi all the best for his future endeavours, says notwithstanding the tough conversations “we found it necessary to have with each other at times, we always appreciated Minister Ramatlhodi’s openness to these frank conversations which were invariably based on striving to achieve the best for the industry and its contribution to the country and its people.”

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