The Minister of Small Business Development Khumbudzo Ntshaveni, has been appointed by president Cyril Ramaphosa as acting minister in the presidency. This was announced on Wednesday.

The Presidency in a statement said “President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Minister of Small Business Development Ms Khumbudzo Ntshaveni as acting minister in the presidency: [responsible for] planning, monitoring and evaluation until further notice”.

“This appointment, in terms of Section 98 of the Constitution, follows the passing away of Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu on Thursday, 21 January 2021, from Covid-19-related complications. Minister Ntshaveni will continue to perform her responsibilities as minister of small business development while acting as minister in the presidency.”

Mthembu was buried in his hometown of Emalahleni, in Mpumalanga on Sunday. He was honoured with an official funeral category 1 attended by Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza.

Addressing the funeral on Sunday, Ramaphosa said Mthembu’s death has left a huge void in government, in the African National Congress (ANC) to which he dedicated his life, and in South Africa of which he was a proud citizen.

Mthembu served the ruling ANC as its spokesperson from 1995 to 1997 and from 2009 to 2014.

The presidency recounted that “He contributed to the development of South Africa’s democratic constitution and served as an [member of the executive council] MEC in Mpumalanga”.

“He has been a member of the ANC national executive committee since 2007 and served as the ANC’s chief whip in the National Assembly from 2016 to 2019. He was appointed as minister in the presidency after the 2019 general elections.”