South Africa President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has appointed Minister of Small Business Development Khumbudzo Ntshaveni as an acting replacement for the late Minister In The Presidency, Jackson Mthembu.

This appointment 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.

Khumbudzo holds an MBA degree from Bradford University in the UK, BA Hons in Development Studies and BA Hons in Labour  From the University of Johannesburg.


Khumbudzo served as the municipal manager of Ba-Paraborwa Municipality in Limpopo from 2008 to 2010 and she was previously the CIO for the Limpopo Department Of Local Government And Housing.

Ramaphosa said Mthembu’s death has left a huge void in government, especially in the African National Congress (ANC) to which he dedicated his life.

Meanwhile, the EFF has slammed the appointment saying Ntshavheni has achieved nothing meaningful as the Department of Small Business Minister.

This was highlighted in their statement below: