THE government had taken the first steps towards implementing the recommendations of the Presidential Review Commission on state-owned enterprises, which would open the way for private participation in state-owned companies, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown told MPs on Wednesday.Private investment in state-owned assets has been a thorny issue for the African National Congress and its allies for more than a decade after the government canned its privatisation programme in the early 2000s following internal political opposition.In February, President Jacob Zuma indicated a policy change that would promote private "participation" in parastatals. The commission’s recommendations have been on ice since December 2012, when it completed its work and handed its report to Mr Zuma.Briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises yesterday, Ms Brown said that among the early proposals were opportunities for private investment in new port infrastructure at Boegoe Bay and P...

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