Former trade, industry & competition minister Ebrahim Patel, who has closed the door on returning to government after May’s election, has thrown SA’s ailing port and rail network a lifeline in proposals that would see industry players enter into agreements that are otherwise prohibited under the country’s competition regime.

Patel, in a Government Gazette dated June 18, a day before his term of office officially ended, outlined exemptions that the department has put forward to help reduce costs, among other considerations...

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