New Minister and Deputy Minister for Public Works

Pretoria - The Department of Public Works is to have a new minister and deputy minister after the Cabinet reshuffle announced by President Jacob Zuma on Sunday.

Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde was appointed the new Public Works Minister and her deputy is Benedict "Ben" Martins. They are expected to be sworn in, along with other new ministers, this afternoon.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde, who was Deputy Minister for Economic Development, replaces Geoff Doidge.

She has served as Chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee of the National Assembly and was Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa from 2008 to 2009.

She became Deputy Speaker in 2004 and was later elected as Speaker on 25 September 2008.

In the latter post, Mahlangu-Nkabinde succeeded Baleka Mbete, who was appointed as Deputy President of South Africa at the time, and was in turn succeeded as Deputy Speaker by former Deputy Health Minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge.

Following the April 2009 general election, she was replaced as Speaker by Max Sisulu on 6 May 2009.