“A new day has dawned…”

Last night President Ramaphosa announced changes to the National Executive.

Here are the new ministers:

  • Communications: Ms Nomvula Mokonyane
  • Energy: Mr Jeff Radebe
  • Higher Education and Training: Ms Naledi Pandor
  • Home Affairs: Mr Malusi Gigaba
  • Human Settlements: Ms Nomaindia Mfeketo
  • International Relations and Cooperation: Ms Lindiwe Sisulu
  • Mineral Resources: Mr Gwede Mantashe – Mr Mantashe
  • Police: Mr Bheki Cele
  • Public Enterprises: Mr Pravin Gordhan – Mr Gordhan
  • Public Service and Administration: Ms Ayanda Dlodlo
  • Public Works: Mr Thulas Nxesi
  • Rural Development and Land Reform: Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
  • Science and Technology: Ms Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane
  • Social Development: Ms Susan Shabangu
  • Sport and Recreation: Ms Tokozile Xasa
  • State Security: Ms Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba
  • The Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation: Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma – Dr Dlamini-Zuma
  • The Presidency: Women: Ms Bathabile Dlamini
  • Tourism: Mr Derek Hanekom
  • Transport: Dr Blade Nzimande
  • Water and Sanitation: Mr Gugile Nkwinti

There has also been some changes regarding the Deputy Ministers: 

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Mr Sfiso Buthelezi
  • Communications: Ms Pinky Kekana
  • Finance: Mr Mondli Gungubele
  • Public Service and Administration: Dr Chana Pilane-Majeke
  • Small Business Development: Mr Cassel Mathale

Further appointments:

  • Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional AffairsDr Zweli Mkhize is the former treasurer general of the ANC.
  • Minister of Finance: Mr Nhlanhla Nene
  • Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation: Ms Reginah Mhaule

The positions of Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises and Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation will remain vacant.

And last but certainly not least…
Mr David Mabuza will be the the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, once sworn-in as Member of the National Assembly.

Ministers who will not remain in cabinet:

  • Lynne Brown (public enterprises)
  • Bongani Bongo (state security)
  • David Mahlobo (energy)
  • Joe Maswanganyi (transport)
  • Fikile Mbalula (police)
  • Hlengiwe Mkhize (higher education)
  • Faith Muthambi (public service and administration)
  • Nkosinathi Nhleko (public works)
  • Des van Rooyen (cooperative governance and traditional affairs)
  • Mosebenzi Zwane (mineral resources)
Crude, Crypto & Cash

SA Budget 2018

VAT increase by 1% point to 15%

This is the first Value Added Tax increase since 1993.

Social Grants have been increased, to account for the increase in VAT.

Below inflation personal income tax increase

6-10% increase on Sin Taxes

April also sees the "Sugar" tax

Spending will be cut by R85-billion over three years

Free fees allocation of R57 billion

R6-billion to drought relief

Abbreviations: Lindi's Lexicon of Stuff Starting with the Letter R:

R.O.I. – Return, Release or React

R.O.I. – Return On Investment


R.O.I. – Release of Information


R.O.I. – Reactive Oxygen Intermediate

Abbreviations: Lindi's Lexicon of Stuff


Starting with the Letter A:

  • AC – alternating current
  • Ah – Ampere hour

Starting with the Letter B:

Starting with the Letter C:

  • Cdre. – Commodore

Starting with the Letter D:

  • DC – Double crochet
  • DoJ – Department of Justice (USA)

Starting with the Letter E:

  • ETA – Estimated Time of Arrival
  • ETD – Estimated Time of Departure
  • ETT – Estimated Travelling Time

Starting with the Letter F:

Starting with the Letter G:

Starting with the Letter H:

  • hp– Horsepower

Starting with the Letter I:

Starting with the Letter J:

Starting with the Letter K:

Starting with the Letter L:

Starting with the Letter M:

  • m – metre(s)
  • m/s– metres per second

Starting with the Letter N:
Starting with the Letter O:
Starting with the Letter P:

PPE – Personal Protection Equipment; you’ve probably heard this abbreviation used when talking about health care but it is a common to hear about it when visiting an indoor firearm range.

Starting with the Letter Q:

Starting with the Letter R:

Starting with the Letter S:

  • SC – Single Crochet

Starting with the Letter T:
Starting with the Letter U:
Starting with the Letter V:
Starting with the Letter W:
Starting with the Letter X:
Starting with the Letter Y:
Starting with the Letter Z:

Lindi's Lexicon of Stuff

The Language of Economics:

Fiat currency/money: is currency that a government has declared to be legal tender, but it is not backed by a physical commodity. The value of fiat money is derived from the relationship between supply and demand rather than the value of the material that the money is made of.

Important Dates & Times

This day in history: February 11th, 1990

Today, we all should put aside our political differences, ignore the constant media noise and reflect on the miracle that is our beautiful Rainbow nation, South Africa, which started with the release of Nelson Mandela on this day in 1990.