Zuma's latest reshuffling of government has raised concerns into how government is going to move forward. Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi, newly appointed communications minster has come out and said that the reshuffle will not effect policy within government.
While political roles have changed, Kubayi says that the policy remain unchanged. Thus, Kubayi says that her new role will be to pick up where her predecessor left off.
We hear the concerns in terms of the many changes, but the basis of my assurance is around policy certainty, because whenever we move, for example I've moved from energy to communications, there is no change in policy.— Mmamoloko Kubayi, Minister of Communications
For Kubayi the framework within her new portfolio has already been set and her job is ensure that these are executed properly.
She says that policies are determined in the beginning and no matter who is in the roles, the plans that were made will be followed through.
All I have to do as a minister or whichever minister that is there, is to ensure that implementation of that annual performance plan is done and within reasonable time or as expected and within a budget.— Mmamoloko Kubayi, Minister of Communications
With Kubayi's portfolio as Minister of Communications is the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), which has been troubled for many years, particularly with their board.
Kubayi says that she will only communicate the plans for the SABC to the public once a through analysis and plan have been done.
The board will have to meet, do a proper analysis of the SABC - its weaknesses, what needs to be done and what it is we need to do as government to be able to assist and turn it around.— Mmamoloko Kubayi, Minister of Communications
While Kubayi says she will meet with the SABC board soon, she insists that the communications portfolio is broader than the SABC, and she does not only want to focus on this aspect.
I wouldn't want to fall into the traps of my predecessor, where you end up only in the public space, only focusing on SABC.— Mmamoloko Kubayi, Minister of Communications
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