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GIULIETTA TALEVI: Bernard Swanepoel’s wishlist is a capable cabinet and evidence-based decisions
In particular, the former miner wants the government to fix the problems that prevent small businesses from being competitive
Former miner Bernard Swanepoel has in recent years become a vocal advocate for the junior mining industry and, latterly, all small business through the Small Business Institute. As President Cyril Ramaphosa mulls his cabinet, Business Day asked Swanepoel what’s on his SA 2.0 wishlist. I do think we are at a critical point and perhaps we can talk today to where we were two years ago and where we could have been ... getting rid of [Jacob] Zuma, these inquiries exposing how deep this cancer of corruption and state capture runs through corporate and public SA ... So it could have been worse, it isn’t. I do think that the cabinet appointments will demonstrate whether this same ANC that destroyed our economy has got the ability to let go of what didn’t work and start afresh — and it’s going to be telling. I like the narrative, I like the smaller cabinet but it’s not about size … If you don’t have people that actually think of business and business owners as patriotic South Africans that...