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Padayachie replaces Nyanda

New communications minister Roy Padayachie

In a shock development, controversial communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda has lost his job.

President Jacob Zuma announced on Sunday evening that Nyanda would be replaced by former deputy communications minister Roy Padayachie.

Padayachie, who had served as deputy communications minister under the late Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, was most recently deputy minister of public service & administration.

News of Nyanda’s axing came as a surprise to political analysts given that he was seen as politically close to Zuma.

Siphiwe Nyanda

The president’s decision to remove him from the portfolio comes just months after the spectacular fall-out between Nyanda and his former director-general Mamodupi Mohlala, whom he dismissed.

Nyanda has been dogged by controversy ever since taking office as minister, with allegations that he benefited from dodgy tenders.

Dina Pule, Nyanda’s deputy, has also been replaced. Zuma has named her deputy minister in the presidency where she will be responsible for performance monitoring, evaluation and administration.

Former parliamentary house chairman Obed Bapela has been appointed deputy minister of communications. Bapela is well known for his criticism earlier this year of MPs following a report that revealed the majority of parliamentary workers are computer illiterate.

Ismail Vadi, the chairman of parliament’s portfolio committee on communications, has welcomed the appointment of both Padayachie and Bapela.

“Both are sensible appointments and bring vast experience to the portfolio,” Vadi says.

“They will be able to hit the road running and will be able to intervene to stabilise the department of communications and several crisis-ridden public entities.”  — Candice Jones and Duncan McLeod, TechCentral

TechCentral will have full analysis of this story on Monday…


  1. I’m just happy that for once a struggle buddy was kicked out of his post for being incometent. That in itself is a great start, regardless of whether Roy is going to be good in the post or not.

  2. About time they got rid of that useless crimminal – the only thing he was interested in was self enrichment

  3. imho – the best thing that has happened to the DoC for years.
    I’m not expecting anything spectacular, but I do expect some sensible policy and direction coming through from now on.

  4. I am grateful to our President for dumping the outgoing minister. I know the ANCYL has taken exception to this, but apparent uselessness must be rewarded in kind.

    So I am hopeful that the new guy, Mr Roy Padayachie, will bring action to this department and sort out the shenanigans and nonsense in Communications in SA. So perhaps there is some hope that LLU might become a reality, that VODACOM and MTN will see healthy competition and the actual cost of telecommunications to the consumer will decrease.

    Finally, I am hopeful that SABC will be sorted out once and for all, and that the SABC will no longer be an unnecessary burden to the taxpayer and an immense embarrassment to the country.

    I am eternally hopeful.

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