South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa has brought the number of women appointed in his new cabinet up to 50 percent, a first for Africa’s second-biggest economy.
The 66-year-old leader made this known in a televised address in the capital Johannesburg.
One of those appointed include veteran opposition politician Patricia de Lille as minister of infrastructure development.
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Speaking with BBC on Thursday, South African journalist Verashni Pillay described the move as a surprise adding that it shows that the head of state is wise.
Ramaphosa said he reduced the number of ministers to 28 from 36 by combining a number of posts in a bid to cut spending, promote greater coherence and improve efficiency.
Ramaphosa was sworn in on Saturday as the sixth democratically-elected president of South Africa.
He pledged to revive the stagnating economy, create jobs and rid the country of corruption.