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SOEs no longer relevant will be phased out, says Zuma

Feb 11 2016 21:54
Liesl Peyper

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma took heed of calls from business that government should get rid of state-owned enterprises that are no longer relevant.

READ: Business leaders urge Zuma to sell state assets

In his State of the Nation Address on Thursday, Zuma said “companies that are no longer relevant will be phased out”.

Kevin Lings, an economist at Stanlib, said that was one of the most important announcements of Zuma’s speech.

The exact nature of the sell-off remains to be seen, but Lings expects that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will elaborate on the matter in his budget speech later this month.

“I think government may sell assets that are not in the public eye at all. As for the key state-owned enterprises – they may do some imaginative stuff with some power stations to make them more attractive for private investors.” 

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