Premier Alan Winde made some changes to his Cabinet

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has made some changes to his provincial cabinet on Friday morning.

The several changes comes after the vacancies that were recently created following not only the resignation of Education MEC Debbie Schäfer, on Wednesday, but also the removal of Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz in March, amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Standing committee chairperson of the portfolio in the provincial legislature, Reagan Allen, is the new Community Safety and Police Oversight MEC.

‘’Reagan has demonstrated through this role that he has the energy required to take the police oversight function of this portfolio to the next level, especially the lack of policing resources in our poorest communities. He also has the personality and approach that will maintain and build on partnerships with important stakeholders including communities and the SAPS,’’ said Winde.

The Premier announced that Former Finance MEC, David Maynier, moves to Western Cape Education following Schäfer’s resignation, as of 15 May.

‘’We believe strongly that skills development through a quality education system is a fundamental way to solve our country’s youth unemployment problem, and so David’s passion for job creation, skills development, and innovation, as well as his commitment to excellence, and his ability to work with partners outside of government, will add new momentum to this important core mandate,’’ said Winde.

On the same day, Mireille Wenger, will officially become the MEC of Finance and Economic Opportunities.

Mireille has served in the Western Cape’s Provincial Parliament, as a standing committee chairperson, including of the Parliamentary Oversight committee, as a previous member of the budget committee, and as the Chief Whip of the Majority Party.

Wenger will be responsible for both Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) and the Provincial Treasury.

‘’She has the energy, the integrity and the passion for innovation that is needed to lead a jobs recovery in the Western Cape, while ensuring that we maintain our excellent record of good governance, and sound financial management.’’

Mireille will look to facilitate private sector-led growth by focusing on the ease of doing business and through cutting red-tape, ensuring energy resilience and unlocking barriers to trade and investment in the province,’’ added Winde.

Tertuis Simmers, who served as the Human Settlements MEC since 2019, has been appointed MEC of Infrastructure.

‘’This will happen ahead of the establishment of the Department of Infrastructure, expected to be in place by the start of the next financial year. It will consist of the Department of Human Settlements, and components of the Department of Transport and Public Works, including our road programmes and our public works portfolio,’’ said Winde.

Daylin Mitchell remains in Transport MEC, but under a new portfolio – Department of Mobility.

‘’Similarly, this will be done ahead of the new Department of Mobility being established, ensuring that we already take the first bold steps toward tackling the challenge of a failing transport system that hurts our economy, undermines our safety, and which prevents the realisation of the dignity our residents deserve,’’ said Winde.

Bongikosi Madikizela says he wont be Premier Winde as an advuisor

‘’Bongi[kosi]’s got some business interest at the moment. Although, Bongi[kosi] is definitely involved in the DA as a local branch member. He is a valued colleague. We had a great discussion a couple of weeks ago, but he is not taking that position (as an advisor).


Here are the Western Cape's Cabinet members:

·        Alan Winde – Premier

·        Daylin Mitchell – Mobility

·        Reagan Allen – Community Safety & Police Oversight

·        David Maynier – Education

·        Mireille Wenger – Finance and Economic Opportunities

·        Tertuis Simmers – Infrastructure

·        Prof. Nomafrench Mbombo – Health & Wellness

·        Dr. Ivan Meyer – Agriculture

·        Anton Bredell – Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning

·        Anroux Marais – Cultural Affairs and Sport

·        Sharna Fernandez – Social Development


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