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Trevor Manuel bids farewell to politics

Mar 11 2014 17:25
Maryna Lamprecht, Beeld and Fin24
Cape Town - Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel is officially leaving politics, apparently to enter the private sector, Beeld reported.

Parliament bid him and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on Tuesday.

Sapa reported on Tuesday that neither Manuel nor Motlanthe were on the ANC's candidate list for the upcoming election.

Manuel declined a nomination for another term as a member of the ANC's national executive committee at the ANC's conference in Mangaung in 2012.

It was regarded as the first indication that he was preparing to leave politics.

According to the Presidency Manuel has been a member of Parliament since 1994.

He was minister of trade and industry from 1994 to 1996 minister of finance from 1996 to 2009. He then took over as Minister of the National Planning Commission.

In 2007 he was awarded Africa Finance Minister of the Year and in 2008 he received the Woodrow Wilson Public Service Award.

According to Destiny Connect Manuel played a major part in formulating the policies of the African National Congress.

SA's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew to R609bn in 2009 from R185bn in 1999.

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