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Member of the Executive Council

In South Africa, the Executive Council of a province is the cabinet of the provincial government.[1] The Executive Council consists of the Premier and five to ten other members,[2] who have the title "Member of the Executive Council", commonly abbreviated to "MEC".[1]

MECs are appointed by the Premier from amongst the members of the provincial legislature; he or she can also dismiss them. The provincial legislature may force the Premier to reconstitute the council by passing a motion of no confidence in the Executive Council excluding the Premier; if the legislature passes a motion of no confidence in the Executive Council including the Premier, then the Premier and the MECs must resign.[2]

The Premier allocates powers and functions to the MECs; conventionally they are assigned portfolios in specific areas of responsibility. They are accountable to the provincial legislature, both individually and as a collective, and must regularly report to the legislature on the performance of their responsibilities.[2]

The Western Cape, the only province to have adopted its own constitution, chose to call its Executive Council the "Provincial Cabinet", and its MECs "Provincial Ministers".[3]

Membership of executive councils

The following tables show the members of the nine Executive Councils as of 2013.[4]

Eastern Cape

Portfolio MEC
Premier Noxolo Kiviet
Economic Development and Environmental Affairs Mcebisi Jonas
Education and Training Mandla Makupula
Finance and Provincial Planning Phumulo Masualle
Health Sicelo Gqobana
Human Settlements, Safety and Liaison Helen August-Sauls
Local Government and Traditional Affairs Mlibo Qhoboshiane
Public Works, Roads and Transport Thandiswa Lynette Marawu
Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Zoleka Capa
Social Development, Women, Children and People With Disabilities Pemmy Majodina
Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Xoliswa Tom

Free State

Portfolio MEC
Premier Ace Magashule
Agriculture Mosebenzi Zwane
Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements Olly Mlamleli
Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mamiki Qabathe
Education Tate Pule Makgoe
Health Benny Malakoane
Police, Roads and Transport Thabo Manyoni
Provincial Treasury Elzabe Rockman
Public Works and Rural Development Sisi Elisa Mabe
Social Development Sefora Sisi Ntombela
Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Dan Kgothule


Portfolio MEC
Premier Nomvula Mokonyane
Agriculture and Rural Development Nandi Mayathula-Khoza
Community Safety Nonhlanhla Mazibuko
Economic Development and Planning Nkosiphendule Kolisile
Education Barbara Creecy
Finance Mandla Nkomfe
Health and Social Development Hope Papo
Infrastructure Development Qedani Dorophy Mahlangu
Local Government and Housing Ntombi Mekgwe
Roads and Public Transport Ismail Vadi
Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Lebogang Maile


Portfolio MEC
Premier Zweli Mkhize
Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development Bonginkosi Meshack Radebe
Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetla
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube
Economic Development and Tourism Mike Mabuyakhulu
Education Senzo Edward Mchunu
Finance Catharina Magdalena Cronje
Health Sibongiseni Maxwell Dlomo
Human Settlements and Public Works Ravi Pillay
Social Development Weziwe Gcotyelwa Thusi
Transport and Community Safety and Liaison Thembinkosi Willies Mchunu


Portfolio MEC
Premier Cassel Mathale
Agriculture Jacob Marule
Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs Clifford Motsepe
Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Pinkie Kekana
Education* Namane Dickson Masemola
Health and Social Development* Norman Mabasa
Provincial Treasury* David Masondo
Public Works* Thabitha Mohlala
Roads and Public Transport* Pitsi Moloto
Safety, Security and Liaison Florence Dzhombere
Sport, Arts and Culture Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba

* The Limpopo government has been placed under intervention by the national government and responsibility for the Provincial Treasury and the Departments of Education, Health, Public Works, and Roads and Public Transport has been assumed by members of the national executive.


Portfolio MEC
Premier David Mabuza
Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration Violet Siwela
Community Safety, Security and Liaison Vusi Shongwe
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Simon Piet Sikhosana
Culture, Sport and Recreation Sbongile Manana
Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Yvonne Pinky Phosa
Education Regina Mhaule
Finance Madala Masuku
Health and Social Development Candith Mashego-Dlamini
Human Settlements Andries Gumede
Public Works, Roads and Transport Dikeledi Mahlangu

North West

Portfolio MEC
Premier Thandi Modise
Agriculture and Rural Development Desbo Sefanyetso Mohono
Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Motlalepule Rosho
Education Louisa Lerato Mabe
Finance Paul Sebegoe
Health Magome Masike
Human Settlements, Safety and Liaison Nono Maloyi
Local Government and Traditional Affairs China Dodovu
Public Works, Roads and Transport Raymond Elisha
Social Development, Women, Children and People With Disabilities Mosetsanagape Mokomela-Mothibi
Sport, Arts and Culture Tebogo Modise

Northern Cape

Portfolio MEC
Premier Sylvia Lucas
Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Norman Shushu
Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs Alvin Botes
Education Grizelda Cjiekella
Environment and Nature Conservation Patrick Mabilo
Finance, Economic Affairs and Tourism John Block
Health Mxolisi Simon Sokatsha
Roads and Public Works Dawid Rooi
Social Services and Population Development Tiny Chotelo
Sport, Arts and Culture Pauline Williams
Transport, Safety and Liaison Ntsikelelo Jack

Western Cape

Portfolio MEC
Premier Helen Zille
Agriculture Gerrit van Rensburg
Community Safety Dan Plato
Cultural Affairs and Sport Ivan Meyer
Education Donald Grant
Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Alan Winde
Health Theuns Botha
Human Settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela
Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell
Social Development Albert Fritz
Transport and Public Works Robin Carlisle


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