Radebe, Hanekom and Thabethe back as Ramaphosa's 'special envoys'

Kgosientso Ramokgopa to head new Investment and Infrastructure Office

04 November 2019 - 18:22 By TimesLIVE
Jeff Radebe has been appointed as a special envoy to drive investment in the energy sector.
Jeff Radebe has been appointed as a special envoy to drive investment in the energy sector.
Image: Sunday Times

Former cabinet members Jeff Radebe, Derek Hanekom and Elizabeth Thabethe were on Monday named as "special envoys on investment".

According to the presidency, the trio - appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa - will focus on specific areas of the economy.

"Radebe will drive investment promotion in the energy sector, focusing on oil and gas. Hanekom and Thabethe will both be responsible for investment mobilisation in the tourism sector," the statement reads.

The announcement comes ahead of the SA Investment Conference, scheduled to be held in Sandton from Tuesday to Thursday.

They have been appointed "to promote South Africa as an investment destination, facilitate resolution of administrative hurdles to investment, and engage both domestic and foreign investors on the opportunities that exist in the country".

Ramaphosa also announced that an Investment and Infrastructure Office had been created within the presidency. It will be headed by former Gauteng economic development MEC Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

"The office will be responsible for developing the country’s investment strategy, refining the institutional infrastructure for investment mobilisation, and establishing an investment intelligence capability," said the presidency.

"The Investment and Infrastructure Office will also enable the presidency to oversee coordination between all structures dealing with infrastructure development, including the Infrastructure Fund, which is being incubated at the Development Bank of Southern Africa.

Former Gauteng economic development MEC Kgosientso Ramokgopa will head the presidency's new Investment and Infrastructure Office.
Former Gauteng economic development MEC Kgosientso Ramokgopa will head the presidency's new Investment and Infrastructure Office.
Image: Tsheko Kabasia

"This will allow the presidency to monitor progress and address blockages in priority infrastructure projects and the private sector projects identified through the Investment Conference."

The statement added that Ramaphosa would soon announce a presidential advisory council on investment.

"This council will advise on government’s investment strategy and promote improved collaboration with the private sector, development partners, investment agencies and other social partners," said the presidency.

"The council will comprise of persons with expertise in investment and development facilitation, drawn from South African, regional and international organisations and firms."


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