President Cyril Ramaphosa is urged to keep Gwede Mantashe, a senior figure in the ruling party and the government, in his position as mineral resources minister, the executive leadership of the Minerals Council SA said on Wednesday. Since his appointment 15 months ago, Mantashe has wrought fundamental changes to the way the department of minerals and energy interacts with the council, which is the mining industry lobby body representing about 90% of SA’s mineral output, said council CEO Roger Baxter. PODCAST | Sunday Times Politics Weekly – Will corruption reign again? Subscribe: | Spotify | Apple Podcast | Pocket Casts | Ramaphosa is under pressure to not only streamline a bloated cabinet that former president Jacob Zuma put in place, but to weed out incompetent and tainted ministers. His new cabinet is expected to be announced on Monday. One minister who has the backing of the industry that his ministry oversees is Mantashe, who is the chair of the ANC and the f...

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