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President Cyril Ramaphosa may receive stern advice on policy implementation and reforms from Trudi Makhaya, the Presidency’s youngest economic adviser. The 40-year-old economist was appointed as Ramaphosa’s economic adviser on Monday and is at the helm of his A-list team tasked with bringing in $100bn in investment over the next five years. An investment summit is set to take place in August or September. Economist Thabi Leoka, who studied with Makhaya, says the new adviser has been critical of the government. "You need someone like that, someone who will tell the president what he might not want to know." While Ramaphosa did not outline Makhaya’s full responsibilities in her new role, one of her immediate tasks will be to co-ordinate the work of newly appointed special investment envoys — former finance minister Trevor Manuel, former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas, Afropulse Group executive chairwoman Phumzile Langeni and Liberty Group chairman Jacko Maree. "I hope she is gi...

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