Pandor and Hanekom in ministerial shuffle

Originally announcing that Naledi Pandor would be acting minister of home affairs, President Zuma’s office confirmed the following day the substantiation of this position, Pandor thus taking up the position of minister of home affairs – the cabinet position vacated by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who resigned last month to head up the African Union commission in Addis Ababa.

Parliament has just debated the department of home affairs annual report for 2011/2 and both the department of performance, monitoring and evaluation’s report on delivery service targets and the auditor generals’ report on the financials were not as complimentary as was anticipated.

At the same time the president’s office announced that Derek Hanekom was appointed as minister of science and technology, Hanekom having held before the position of deputy science minister.

Hanekom will be deeply involved in the SKA (Square Kilometre Array radio telescope) project – the full dish array and the dense aperture array being constructed in the Karoo, Northern Cape Province.   The core – i.e. the region with the highest concentration of receivers – will be constructed about 80 km from the town of Carnarvon.

The South Africa portion of the SKA project, shared with Western Australia, will host  the largest telescope ever constructed.     Minister Hanekom had just visited the area prior to his appointment.

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