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Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

South Africa
Minister of Public Works
  • 10 other official names:
  • Minister van Openbare Werke (Afrikaans)
  • uNgqongqotjhe wezemiSebenzi yomBuso (Southern Ndebele)
  • UMphathiswa wezeMisebenzi kaRhulumente (Xhosa)
  • uNgqongqoshe Wezemisebenzi Yomphakathi (Zulu)
  • Indvuna Letemisebenti Yesive (Swazi)
  • Tona ya Mešomo ya Mmušo (Northern Sotho)
  • Letona la Mesebetsi ya Setjhaba (Sotho)
  • Tona la Ditiro tsa Setšhaba (Tswana)
  • Holobye ya Mintirho ya Mfumo (Tsonga)
  • Minisiṱa wa Mishumo ya Tshitshavha (Venda)
Sihle Zikalala
since 7 March 2023
Department of Public Works
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerCyril Ramaphosa
Inaugural holderSir David Graaf
Formation31 May 1910
DeputyBernice Swarts
WebsiteDepartment of Public Works

The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure (formerly the Ministry of Public Works) is the minister of the South African government with political responsibility for South Africa's Department of Public Works. The current minister is Sihle Zikalala, who was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 6 March 2023.

The ministry was created after the creation of the Union of South Africa as a British dominion in 1910.

Ministers of Public Works

Minister Party Term Under
George Bartlett National Party 1989–1991 Government of State President F. W. de Klerk
Leon Wessels NP 1991–1992
Gene Louw NP 1992–1993
Louis Shill NP 1993–1994
Jeff Radebe ANC 11 May 1994 – 16 June 1999 Government of President Nelson Mandela
Stella Sigcau ANC 17 June 1999 – 7 May 2006 Government of President Thabo Mbeki
Thoko Didiza ANC 22 May 2006 - 25 September 2008
Geoff Doidge ANC 25 September 2008 – 11 May 2009 Government of President Kgalema Motlanthe
11 May 2009 - 1 November 2010 Government of President Jacob Zuma
Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde ANC 1 November 2010 - 24 October 2011
Thulas Nxesi ANC 24 October 2011 – 30 March 2017
Nathi Nhleko ANC 30 March 2017 – 26 February 2018
Thulas Nxesi ANC 26 February 2018 - 29 May 2019 Government of President Cyril Ramaphosa
Patricia de Lille[1] GOOD 30 May 2019 – 6 March 2023
Sihle Zikalala ANC 7 March 2023 – present


  1. ^ Mahlati, Zintle (29 May 2019). "#CabinetAnnouncement: Patricia de Lille lands Cabinet post". IOL. Retrieved 30 May 2019.

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