Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, who was the deputy telecoms minister, will take over as minister of telecoms and communications.
The former Minister of Telecommunications Siyabonga Cwele is now the new Minister of Home Affairs.
While, Nomvula Mokonyane, who was communications minister, has been appointed as minister of environmental affairs. She will step down as Minister of Communications.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday he has decided to merge the ministries of communications and telecoms & postal services into a single ministry under a new minister of telecommunications and communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.
“This is to ensure better alignment and coordination of matters critical to future of the economy, particularly in context of the fourth industrial revolution,” Ramaphosa said.
In December 2014, former president Jacob Zuma split the Communications Ministry into two separate departments, Communications and Telecoms.
Siyabonga Cwele, who had led the telecoms department since 2014, will replace Malusi Gigaba, who resigned as home affairs minister earlier this month.
The two departments (communications and telecoms) will remain separate until the fifth administration, following the national elections next year, Ramaphosa said, adding that the two departments will report directly to Ndabeni-Abrahams.