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Minister Patel to retire, ending his 15-year chapter in government

# Trade, Industry and Competition minister Ebrahim Patel will retire from the national executive after the elections, ending his 15-year chapter in government. This comes months after Public Enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan also said he would not be available to return to cabinet in the seventh administration. In an interview with News24, Patel described his time in office as intense but hugely stimulating. He says he is confident president Cyril Ramaphosa will find a suitable replacement, who will bring fresh energy and ideas to the portfolio.