Trevor Manuel, a former Anti-Apartheid activist from Cape Town, detained several times in the 1980s, was South Africa’s highly respected Finance Minister from 1996 to 2009, and Minister responsible for National Planning from 2009 to 2014.
He is a leading voice on good governance, macro-economic policy and developmental issues in South Africa.
In April 2020, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, current chairperson of the AU, appointed Trevor Manuel as a special envoy in view of Covid-19, to mobilise international economic support for the continental fight against the pandemic.
In the reflective interview conducted by Mike Pothier, Program Manager at the CPLO, Trevor Manuel talks about
* rebuilding the economy after COVID-19
* the difficulties of implementation in economic planning
* the importance of the informal sector
* and the possibility of an ‘economic CODESA’ as a way of creating a more inclusive and equal economy for South Africa.
On their website, CPLO has also published the previous interviews held recently with renowned South Africans in this current series of stimulating conversations. The first interviewees were:
* Dr Mamphela Ramphele, co-founder of Re-imagine SA, business-woman and social entrepreneur;
* Mr Lawson Naidoo, executive secretary of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution;
* Fr Peter-John Pearson, Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office; and
* Prof Steven Friedman, Research Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Johannesburg