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We will soon know whether Trevor Manuel intends staying on as finance minister. The ANC list conference, scheduled to start on Saturday, is where those who have been nominated for parliament must indicate whether they are available. We will soon know whether Trevor Manuel intends staying on as finance minister. The ANC list conference, scheduled to start on Saturday, is where those who have been nominated for parliament must indicate whether they are available.One option is that Manuel stays on to assist with the phasing in of a new minister. The absence of any ANC plan to manage this transition is glaring. None of the ministers and deputy ministers presently serving in the economic ministries is seen as a good candidate. The most senior, trade & industry minister Mandisi Mpahlwa, is seen as being good at theory but weak on implementation. Deputy finance minister Nhlanhla Nene lacks the political clout. Businessman Cyril Ramaphosa has the stature, but he has shied away from a ret...

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