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South Africa
Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition
  • 10 other official names:
  • Minister van Handel en Nywerheid (Afrikaans)
  • uNgqongqotjhe wezeRhwebo namaBubulo (Southern Ndebele)
  • UMphathiswa lezoRhwebo noShishino (Xhosa)
  • Indvuna Wezohwebo Nezimboni (Zulu)
  • Indvuna Letekuhwebelana Netetimboni (Swazi)
  • Tona ya Bogwebi le Bohlagiši (Northern Sotho)
  • Letona la Kgwebisano le Indasteri (Sotho)
  • Tona la Kgwebisano le Madirelo (Tswana)
  • Holobye wa Mbambadzo na Nḓowetshumo (Tsonga)
  • Minisiṱa ya Mabindzu na Vumaki (Venda)
Ebrahim Patel
since 30 May 2019
Department of Trade, Industry and Competition
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerCyril Ramaphosa
Inaugural holderFrederick Robert Moore
Formation31 May 1910
DeputyFikile Majola and Nomalungelo Gina[1]

The Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition is a Minister in the Cabinet of South Africa. The portfolio of Trade, Industry and Competition, formed in May 2019, has brought together the former Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Economic Development.

The Minister is responsible for the development and implementation of industrial policy in South Africa. The ministry oversees 17 government agencies, providing for industrial funding, competition policy, black economic empowerment policy, consumer protection, trade policy and technical standards.

List of Past Ministers

Minister of Commerce and Industry, 1910–1912, 1933–1943

Name Portrait Term Party President
Frederick Robert Moore 1910 – 1911 SAP Louis Botha
George Leuchars 1911 – 1912 SAP Louis Botha
Adriaan Fourie 1933 – 1938 UP/NP J. B. M. Hertzog
Oswald Pirow 1938 – 1939 UP J. B. M. Hertzog
Richard Stuttaford 1939 – 1941 UP J. B. M. Hertzog
Sidney Waterson 1941 – 1943 UP J. B. M. Hertzog

Minister of Trade and Industry, 1994–2019

Name Portrait Term Party President
Trevor Manuel 11 May 1994 - 4 April 1996 ANC Nelson Mandela
Alec Erwin 4 April 1996 – 28 April 2004 ANC Nelson Mandela
Thabo Mbeki
Mandisi Mpahlwa 29 April 2004 – 10 May 2009 ANC Thabo Mbeki
Kgalema Motlanthe
Rob Davies 11 May 2009 – 29 May 2019 ANC Jacob Zuma
Cyril Ramaphosa

Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, 2019 - Present

Name Portrait Term Party President
Ebrahim Patel 30 May 2019 – Present ANC Cyril Ramaphosa


  1. ^ "IN FULL Cyril Ramaphosa's new cabinet, in his own words". TimesLIVE. Retrieved 15 June 2019.

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