Carol Paton Writer at Large

The stand-out point of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet reshuffle was his decision to prioritise the telecommunications sector, elevating it as a priority of his government. Presidents always balance their cabinet choices, and in making his on Thursday, Ramaphosa said he had decided to take skills, competence, gender and age into consideration. But just as he did in February, he did it with an eye keenly fixed on the needs of the economy. Regulation of the telecoms sector and policy that can create the right environment for investment and development is among the top five priorities for the economy right now, if not at the very apex. Importantly, it is an area where government action can unlock growth with the stroke of a pen, making it the lowest hanging fruit of the list of structural reforms that everyone agrees must be carried out. Ramaphosa’s new minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, is to head two ministries — postal services & telecommunications and communications — a preface...

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