UPDATE: New mining minister Mosebenzi Zwane sworn in


FILE image of new Mineral Resources Minister, Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane. He replaces Ngoako Ramatlhodi, who has become the new Minister of Public Service and Administration, following the death of Collins Chabane.

JOHANNESBURG - Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane has been sworn in as the new Mineral Resources Minister.

But the question everyone&39;s asking is, who is Zwane?

He was born in the Freestate town of Vrede.

Zwane obtained a secondary school teaching diploma from the South African Teachers College, after leaving school.

Up until recently he was an MEC for agriculture in the Free State government.

His deployment to parliament two weeks ago is seen as a way of giving the Free State more political representation at cabinet level.

Meanwhile, Amcu President, Joseph Mathunjwa says Ngoako Ramatlhodi will be missed as Mineral Resources Minister.

He&39;s suggested Ramatlhodi&39;s inclusive approach in politics may have aliented the ANC.

Ramathlodi is the new Minister of Public Service and Administration.

“It’s surprising, but not really surprising. We saw it coming. Minister Ramathlodi was different from other ministers," Mathunjwa said.

"He embraced every stakeholder, including AMCU. We saw his approach was a very collective approach. Sometimes it didn’t augur well with others.”

At least one mining analyst shares the same view.

Peter Major says Ngoako Ramatlhodi has done a good job as Mineral Resources minister.

He feels his removal from the ministry should not have taken place now.

" It’s not a good time to pull him out especially because we’re in the middle of the gold mine negotiations. I don’t know why this couldn’t have waited a week or two."