Executive Council (South Africa)

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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 designates 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 councilsEdit

The following tables show the members of the nine Executive Councils as of 2019.[4]

Eastern CapeEdit

Portfolio MEC
Premier Oscar Mabuyane
Finance, Economic Development and Environmental Affairs Gerald Mlungisi Mvoko
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Xolile Nqatha
Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Nomakhosazana Meth
Education Fundile Gade
Human Settlements Nonkqubela Pieters
Safety and Liaison Weziwe Tikana
Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture Fezeka Nkomonye-Bayeni
Social Development Siphokazi Mani-Lusithi
Health Sindiswa Gomba
Public Works Babalo Madikizela

Free StateEdit

Portfolio MEC
Premier Sisi Ntombela
Agriculture and Rural Development William Bulwane
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Thembeni Nxangisa
Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Makalo Mohale
Education Tate Makgoe
Health Montseng Tsiu
Police, Roads and Transport Sam Mashinini
Provincial Treasury Gadija Brown
Public Works and Human Settlements Motshidisi Koloi
Social Development Mamiki Qabathe
Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Limakatso Mahasa


Portfolio MEC
Premier David Makhura
Finance and e-Government Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko
Education Panyaza Lesufi
Community Safety Faith Mazibuko
Human Settlements, Urban Planning and
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
Lebogang Maile
Social Development Panyaza Lesufi (acting)
Public Transport and Road Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo
Infrastructure Development and Property Management Tasneem Motara
Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment Morakane Mosupyoe
Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation Mbali Hlophe
Health Bandile Masuku


Portfolio MEC
Premier Sihle Zikalala
Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development Bongi Sithole-Moloi
Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation Hlengiwe Mavimbela
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Sipho Hlomuka
Economic Development and Tourism Nomusa Dube-Mncube
Education Kwazi Mshengu
Finance Ravi Pillay
Health Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu
Human Settlements and Public Works Peggy Nkonyeni
Social Development Nonhlanhla Khoza
Transport and Community Safety and Liaison Bhekuyise Ntuli


Portfolio MEC
Premier Stanley Mathabatha
Agriculture Nandi Ndalane
Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and
Traditional Affairs
Basikopo Makamu
Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Thabo Andrew Mokone
Education Polly Boshielo
Health Phophi Ramathuba
Social Development Nkakareng Rakgoale
Provincial Treasury Charles Seaparo Sekoati
Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure Onnica Mochadi
Transport and Community Safety Dickson Namane Masemola
Sport, Arts and Culture Thandi Moraka


Portfolio MEC
Premier Refilwe Mtshweni
Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration Vusi Shongwe
Community Safety, Security and Liaison Gabisile Tshabalala
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Mandla Msibi
Culture, Sport and Recreation Lindiwe Ntshalintshali
Social Development Thandi Shongwe
Education Bonakele Majuba
Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Pat Ngomane
Health Sasekani Manzini
Human Settlements Norah Mahlangu
Public Works, Roads and Transport Gillion Mashego

North WestEdit

Portfolio MEC
Premier Job Mokgoro
Agriculture and Rural Development Desbo Sefanyetso Mohono
Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Keneitswe Mosenogi
Education Wendy Matsemela
Finance Motlalepule Rosho
Health Madoda Sambatha
Cooperative Governance, Human Settlement and
Traditional Affairs
Gordon Kegakilwe
Public Works and Roads Oagile Saliva Molapisi
Community Safety and Transport Management Sello Lehari
Social Development, Women, Children and People
With Disabilities
Boitumelo Moiloa
Sport, Arts and Culture Tsotso Tlhapi

Northern CapeEdit

Portfolio MEC
Premier Zamani Saul
Sport, Arts and Culture Berenice Sinexve
Transport and Safety Liaison Nontobeko Vilakazi
Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Maruping Lekwene
Health Mase Manopole
Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs Bentley Vass
Education Mac Jack
Land Reform, Agriculture and Nature Conservation and
Environmental Affairs
Nomandla Bloem
Roads and Public Works Abraham Vosloo
Social Development Martha Bartlett

Western CapeEdit

Portfolio MEC
Premier Alan Winde
Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier
Community Safety Albert Fritz
Education Debbie Schäfer
Health Nomafrench Mbombo
Human Settlements Tertuis Simmers
Social Development Sharna Fernandez
Transport and Public Works Bonginkosi Madikizela
Agriculture Ivan Meyer
Cultural Affairs and Sport Anroux Marais
Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell


  1. ^ a b "Provincial government". SouthAfrica.info. Archived from the original on 17 March 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, Chapter 6: "Provinces", ss. 125–141
  3. ^ Constitution of the Western Cape, 1997, Chapter 4: "Executive".
  4. ^ "Contact list: MECs of the Provincial Governments" (PDF). Government Communication and Information System. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.