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Dr Blade Bonginkosi Emmanuel Nzimande (Blade)

Date of Birth: 14/04/1958
Place of Birth: Edendale, near Pietermaritzburg


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Not yet Team Ramaphosa

Government at a glance President: Cyril Ramaphosa Deputy President: David 'DD' Mabuza Minister in the Presidency: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Minister for Women and Disability: Bathabile Dlamini Finance: Nhlanhla Nene Deputy: Mondli Gungubele Energy: Jeff Radebe State Security: Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba Public Enterprise: Pravin Gordhan Home Affairs: Malusi Gigaba DIRCO – International Relations and Cooperation: Lindiwe Sisulu Deputy: Reginah Mhaule DPW – Public Works: Thulas Nxesi Water Affairs and Sanitation: Gugile Nkwinti Transport: Blade Nzimande Sports and Recreation: Tokozile Xasa Communications: Nomvula Mokonyane Deputy: Pinky Kekana Social Development: Susan Shabangu Mineral Resources: Gwede Mantashe COGTA – Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs: Zweli Mkhize Science and Technology: Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane Police: Bheki Cele Higher Education: Naledi Pandor Basic Education: Angie Motshekga Defence and Military Veterans: Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Small Business Development: Lindiwe Zulu Deputy: Cassel Mathale Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Senzeni Zokwana Deputy: Sfiso Buthelezi Human Settlements: Nomaindia Mfeketo Rural Development and Land Reform: Maite Nkoana-Mashabane Public Service and Administration: Ayanda Dlodlo Deputy: Chana Pilane-Majake Economic Development: Ebrahim Patel Trade and Industry: Rob Davies Tourism: Derek Hanekom Health: Aaron Motsoaledi Telecommunications: Siyabonga Cwele Labour: Mildred Oliphant Justice and Correctional Services: Tshililo Masutha ...


Pushing Zuma to the exit

Blade Nzimande, the Secretary General of the SACP who called for Zuma to resign, would be back as Higher Education Minister; Thulas Nxesi, the former President of the South African Democratic Teachers' Union and SACP Deputy Chairman, would be Minister for Agriculture; Rob Davies, SACP central committee member and Trade and Industry Minister would retain his portfolio; Ebrahim Patel, former General Secretary of the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) and current Economic Development Minister would become Minister of Transport; Jackson Mthembu, the ANC former Chief Whip who backed Ramaphosa, would get the Communications Ministry portfolio...


Mabuza changes the race

The firing of Blade Nzimande, Minister of National Education and the most senior member of the SACP, is retribution for his support for Ramaphosa (AC Vol 58 No 7, SACP threatens JZ)...


ANC contest lands in court

Various ANC social media and WhatsApp groups are posting the names of a 'new cabinet' which would see the purge of South African Communist Party (SACP) Ministers, such as Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande and Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies...


Can the usurpers unite?

Zuma may have to content himself with another mini-reshuffle by sacking another perennial critic, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande...


Everyone's fault but Zuma's

The General Secretary of the South African Communist Party, Blade Nzimande, said supporting Zuma was not the 'answer' in this battle...


The numbers game next year

Topping the list of officials that Zuma plans to remove are: • Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who with his Deputy Mcebisi Jonas, and Director General of Treasury, Lungisa Fuzile, have blocked pressure for more patronage projects (AC Vol 57 No 24, Gordhan in ratings war); • Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom, who led the rebellion against Zuma at the NEC; • Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor; • Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi; • National Education Minister and leader of the South African Communist Party (SACP) Blade Nzimande, who made a scathing attack on Zuma on 9 December...


Funeral fusillade hits Zuma

CritiquesThe loudest criticism of an early conference has come from the ANC's ally, the SACP Secretary General and former Zuma ally Blade Nzimande...


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