Gauteng Premier David Makhura has made changes to his Provincial Executive Council (PEC).
Morakane Mosupyoe, Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Agriculture, Environment and Rural Development, has been announced as the new MEC for Social Development.
Former Johannesburg Mayor and the Deputy Minister for Co-operative Governance (COGTA), Parks Tau, will take over from Mosupyoe as the new MEC in the Economic Development department.
Makhura said Tau is currently wrapping up his parliamentary work and will be sworn in as a member of the Gauteng legislature next week.
He said Tau as a seasoned administrator with substantial governance experience.
Tau also previously led the Finance and Economic Portfolio in the City of Johannesburg.
Said Makhura: “His greatest strength includes the area of leading the portfolio of the economic environment. He was also responsible for development planning and environment, and transport in the City of Johannesburg.”
Makhura added that he believes Tau will assist in attracting investors.
Regarding Mosupyoe, Makhura said her greatest strength is in the area of social development, working with communities; the excluded and marginalised, women and people with disabilities.
Makhura said the department is critical in dealing with urban poverty and hunger and believes that this reshuffle will reinforce Team Gauteng’s response to COVID-19.
Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi has been announced as the new Gauteng MEC for Health.
Makhura’s cabinet reshuffle comes after the former MEC for Health, Dr Bandile Masuku, was sacked after the Special Investigating Unit’s damning report on the personal protective equipment tender irregularities that happened under his watch.