Patricia de Lille describes getting Cabinet call from the president

Patricia de Lille describes getting Cabinet call from the president

- Newly-appointed Public Works Minister Patricia De Lille says her department has a lot of work to do

- However, she says she believes it can promote economic growth

- In an unusual move, Cyril Ramaphosa appointed De Lille to his Cabinet from outside the ANC

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Patricia De Lille, the newly-appointed Minister of Public Works, has spoken to Radio 702's Kieno Kammies about her appointment.

The GOOD leader says she is "humble and grateful" for the position.

She says she received a phone call from President Ramaphosa on Wednesday afternoon but did not know at the time what was waiting for her.

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This is the latest in a diverse series of positions in De Lille's career. She previously served as Mayor of Cape Town and as an MEC, among other posts.

Serving in Ramaphosa's Cabinet is also another political shift for De Lille. She has been affiliated with various parties over the years, from the PAC and Indepedent Democrats to the DA, her relatively-new GOOD party, and now the ANC.

Speaking to Kammies, De Lille said that South Africa was in "dire straits". However, she has said that she believes the Public Works Department has the capacity to stimulate economic growth.

Additionally, she says that the department has much work to do, particularly with regard to maintenance of infrastructure. As a result, she says she will hit the ground - not running but "sprinting".

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De Lille's appointment to Ramaphosa's Cabinet is an unusual move. Not since Thabo Mbeki has a president chosen a Cabinet member from outside of his party, has gathered.

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