Derek Hanekom Reinstated as Tourism Minister

Event Africa Contributor 27/02/2018 Industry News

As President Cyril Ramaphosa takes hold of the reigns, one of the first changes was a cabinet reshuffle in which Derek Hanekom was appointed as Minister of Tourism, replacing Tokozile Xasa.

Cabinet reshuffles were expected as newly sworn-in President Cyril Ramaphosa steps into his role. Many have seen these new changes as a positive outlook for South Africa, however. The tourism industry will continue to benefit as former Minister Derek Hanekom once again heads up the Department of Tourism.

“It really is an honour to serve the people of our country in Cabinet,” he said on social media shortly after the announcement. “Looking forward to working with all the wonderful people in this exciting field again!”

Hanekom has served on the ANC’s national executive committee since 1994 and was appointed as Minister of Tourism after the 2014 election. He brought the first motion to remove former president Zuma to the NEC in 2016, and was one of the ministers removed from the cabinet in a late-night reshuffle in early 2017.

Hanekom takes over from former Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa, who was his deputy prior to the 2017 reshuffle. Ms Xasa will now move to the portfolio of Sports and Recreation.

“These changes are intended to ensure that national government is better equipped to implement the mandate of this administration and specifically the tasks identified in the State of the Nation Address,” the President said in a media briefing on Monday, 26 February, adding that in making the changes, he was conscious of the need to balance continuity and stability with the need for renewal, economic recovery and accelerated transformation.

“As indicated in the State of the Nation Address, we have begun a review of the configuration, size and number of national ministries and departments. We will retain the existing ministries and departments until that review is completed,” he added.