Finance minister Enoch Godongwana put his personal stamp on the finance ministry on Thursday, telling the Sunday Times Investment Summit that his overriding aim will be to make the practical reforms in the economic environment that will enable investment, particularly by local firms.

Saying that he had asked permission from the Treasury to be freed for the day to speak his mind and not be tied down by a lengthy speech full of numbers, Godongwana said that he did not believe that there was “an investment strike” by domestic businesses. Rather, the environment was not conducive...

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