Radebe on Nene axing: We are not sangomas

PRETORIA 11 December 2015 - With cabinet seemingly caught flat-footed with the departure of Nene, attention now turns to next Tuesday's critical meeting on the economy. Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - Minister Jeff Radebe is no sangoma.

That's what he told journalists on Friday morning when asked whether he had any inkling of President Jacob Zuma's plans to remove Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene. 

Nene was replaced by David van Rooyen.

"At the conclusion of the cabinet meeting there was no new minister of finance....There was no way we could have predicted, because we are not sangomas," Radebe told the briefing. 

 

 

 

 

Radebe was providing the last post-cabinet briefing of 2015, speaking about issues ranging from healthcare to economics.

He said cabinet had approved the publishing of the white paper on the National Health Insurance (NHI).

The NHI will be funded through a central fund, he told journalists. 

"Cabinet approved the publishing of the white paper on NHI. It enhances government's ability to provide medical services to all," said Radebe.

On Friday, Health Minister Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi was expected to release the NHI white paper o for public comment.

Radebe said he expected the country's economy to improve in the near future following the SA's agreement with China.

"The recent state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The signed agreements included R12-billion to build a car-manufacturing plant in South Africa, a $500-million loan facility to Eskom for development and a $2,5 billion in guarantee to Transnet from China Development Bank," Radebe said. 

Radebe also said government will go ahead with its digital migration plan in 2016.

"Cabinet was briefed on progress made on the digital migration programme. It approved the commencement of the dual-illumination period for the digital broadcasting signal in SA on 1 February 2016."

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