South African Science and Technology Minister Dereck Hanekom at the first Ministerial meeting of the Square Kilometre Array African-partner countries in Pretoria. (GCIS)
Cape Town - The country woke up to a new cabinet as President Jacob Zuma had a cabinet reshuffle at 23:00 on Thursday night - See News24's live coverage here.
Zuma released a statement saying that he had decided to make changes to the National Executive in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
Among those replaced was Derek Hanekom who served as the minister of Tourism for nearly three years. He was appointed as the minister of Tourism on 26 May 2014. The minister has played a pivotal role in growing South Africa's presence in Key source markets such as China as well as being vocal in his stance of how damaging the canned lion industry has been to brand South Africa.
Hanekom also led the motion in November last year during a meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) for Zuma to be recalled. However, Zuma did not fire other supporters of the motion who included Thulas Nxesi, who becomes sport minister, and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.
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Zuma has since appointed Tokozile Xasa as Minister of Tourism. She served as the deputy and with such a key portfolio that leverages South Africa as a sought-after destination and potential to boost the economy, we wish her all the best.
The new ministers will be sworn into Cabinet on Friday night, 31 March at 18:00. The former minister went on twitter to thank everyone for the wonderful journey and updated his bio.
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Twitter reacted to Hanekom’s departure and had nothing but well wishes for the former Minister of Tourism. Here is a collection of the messages to Hanekom.
Here are Hanekom moments that Traveller24 loved:
Minister of Tourism in the shark pit – Derek Hanekom goes cage diving.
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