Jean-Jacques Cornish

Jacob Zuma names his new Cabinet

President Jacob Zuma’s modified and increased the size of his executive in his second term at the helm.

Not surprisingly he brought in trade unionist turned billionaire businessman Cyril Ramaphosa as his deputy.

But he’s risked unsettling investors by dropping Pravin Gordhan as finance minister.

The leaner administration analysts were expecting President Jacob Zuma to announce hasn’t materialised.

After promising to address weaker growth, stubborn inflation, rising unemployment and fragile labour relations, he’s name a Cabinet of 36 – one more than he had in his first term.

Cyril Ramaphosa, who hasn’t held public office in nearly two decades is the biggest winner as deputy president.

Ramaphosa quit when it became clear the party preferred Thabo Mbeki to succeed Nelson Mandela.

He’s spend the interleading years making a business fortune – acquiring a skill that will be useful to Zuma who’s saying the economy will be front and centre of his second term.

Driving this will be South Africa’s first black finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.

Incumbent Pravin Gordhan’s been demoted to cooperation governance and traditional affairs but significantly stayed on the team.

Twenty others have been moved.

Zuma’s foreign policy advisor Lindiwe Zulu has been elevated to head of the new small business development ministry.

Ousted Guateng premier Novula Mokonyane is rewarded with water and sanitation

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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.