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Patel to leave Cabinet after elections

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

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24th May 2024

By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Senior Contributing Editor Online

     

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Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has announced that he will conclude his service in Cabinet after next week's election.

“I wish to thank the President [Cyril Ramaphosa] and the African National Congress for the trust and confidence shown during my period in office and the leadership the President has provided to Cabinet, the country and the continent.

“I wish to thank the many people whose collaboration, generosity with their time and ideas, and deep commitment to building a democratic, fairer society have inspired me and helped us to make solid progress in promoting economic development. I am proud of what we have jointly achieved under challenging circumstances,” Patel comments.

Patel says the world changed considerably during his 15-year tenure as a Cabinet Minister.

“I entered Cabinet in the wake of the 2008/9 global economic crisis, with the South African economy entering a recession.

“In the period since then, the challenge of climate change has become more urgent, geopolitical tensions are sharper, volatility is now baked into economies and technological innovation and the rise of artificial intelligence is reshaping our world,” he adds.

Patel notes that this period also entailed State capture locally and mitigation against it, the pandemic which led to the deepest recession globally since World War Two, war in Europe that led to food, fuel and fertiliser price spikes, continued conflict around the right of Palestinians to Statehood, and droughts, floods and unsettled weather patterns.

Despite this, he avers that within this period, there has been considerable progress too, with careful navigation by firms and policy-makers to get the economy back on a growth trajectory and jobs recovery.

“The gains that were made and the successes recorded are the result of teamwork and the close working relationship with social partners from both the business community and organised labour, members of Cabinet and the six Deputy Ministers with who I worked over the 15 years, as well as with colleagues from countries in Africa and other parts of the world.

“I wish to thank the many hard-working public officials, in the department and its entities, and committed members of boards of public entities who have maintained strong governance, as well as the officials in my office,” Patel says.

He also acknowledged the support of workers and the trade union movement.

“Under the leadership of the President and the ANC, I am confident a solid foundation has been laid for the incoming Administration and that the new Cabinet will unite South Africans and strengthen further a jobs-rich growth path.

“After 15 years in Cabinet, I will relax a bit, reflect a lot and then look forward to serving our democracy in new and different ways,” he says.

Edited by Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online

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