Trade, industry & competition minister Ebrahim Patel is to retire from the national executive in the weeks ahead, becoming the second minister to announce he will quit and heralding sweeping changes to the economic cluster.

The decision by Patel to call it a day after 15 years as an instrumental figure in SA’s economic policy approach comes months after his counterpart in the public enterprises department, Pravin Gordhan, said he would not be available to return to the national executive...

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