Cabinet Report Cards 2012: A year of disappointments

The M&G Cabinet report card has become a respected barometer of government performance. Thank you to our readers for rating our ministers. Published below are the scores that are the most accurate, which also appear in the M&G end of year edition for 2012.


Year of disappointments

There is more than a little irony in this year`s Mail & Guardian report cards, with grades considered before the ANC`s national conference but published as the Bloemfontein dust is still settling.

The only minister to achieve an A, Trevor Manuel, is stepping back from ANC involvement.
Kgalema Motlanthe and Fikile Mbalula, who got Bs, were caught on the wrong side of the conference. Jacob Zuma, the man overwhelmingly selected by the party to lead it, rated an F.

The question of ANC leadership was, we can safely assume, a difficult distraction for ministers. On top of that, too many departments found themselves entangled in matters that reflect leadership – and a lack thereof – but has nothing to do with actual service delivery: VIP flights, Nkandla and Zumaville, fears of nationalisation and handling the fallout of unconscionable appointments in key jobs.

In 2013 it is likely there will be a likely purge, or fear of a purge of sympathisers of the anti-Zuma camp with much the same crippling effect, plus what seems like inevitable scandals based in corruption, mismanagement and entitlement. It bodes ill for any improvement in terms of the actual business of government and transformation of society.


A: Take a bow. You are doing an excellent job

B: Good, but room for improvement

C: You are okay

D: Get your act together

E: Do yourself and the country
a favour - resign

F: You are fired

Report cards compiled by

Andisiwe Makinana
Charles Molele
David Macfarlane
Glynnis Underhill
Kwanele Sosibo
Lisa Steyn
Lloyd Gedye
Lynley Donnelly
Matthew Krouse
Matume Letsoalo
Mia Malan
Mmanaledi Mataboge
Nic Dawes
Nelisiwe Shamase
Niren Tolsi
Sipho Kings
Rapule Tabane
Sally Evans
Sam Sole
Stefaans Brümmer

Jacob Zuma


Kgalema Motlanthe

Deputy President

Collins Chabane

Minister in the Presidency, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation

Aaron Motsoaledi

Minister of Health

Angie Motshekga

Minister of Basic Education

Bathabile Dlamini

Minister of Social Development

Blade Nzimande

Minister of Higher Education and Training

Derek Hanekom

Minister of Science and Technology

Dikobe Ben Martins

Minister of Transport

Dina Deliwe Pule

Minister of Communications

Dipuo Peters

Minister of Energy

Ebrahim Patel

Minister of Economic Development

Edna Molewa

Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs

Fikile Mbalula

Minister of Sport and Recreation

Gugile Nkwinti

Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform

Jeff Radebe

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development

Lindiwe Sisulu

Minister of Public Service and Administration

Lulu Xingwana

Minister of Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Malusi Gigaba

Minister of Public Enterprises

Marthinus Van Schalkwyk

Minister of Tourism

Mildred Oliphant

Minister of Labour

Naledi Pandor

Minister of Home Affairs

Nathi Mthethwa

Minister of Police

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Paul Mashatile

Minister of Arts and Culture

Pravin Gordhan

Minister of Finance

Richard Baloyi

Minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs

Robert Davies

Minister of Trade and Industry

Sibusiso Ndebele

Minister of Correctional Services

Siyabonga Cwele

Minister of State Security

Susan Shabangu

Minister of Mineral Resources

Thulas Nxesi

Minister of Public Works

Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Tokyo Sexwale

Minister of Human Settlements

Trevor Manuel

Minister of Planning

Hlengiwe Mkhize

Minister of Higher Education and Training