Trade, industry and competition minister Ebrahim Patel insists that government funding polices are not race based, although historical disadvantage is taken into account.

“If you look at the work of the IDC [Industrial Development Corporation], they do not support only designated groups,” Patel told MPs after his department presented its revised budget and performance plans for the 2020/2021 financial year...

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