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Analysis: Who will be South Africa’s next science minister?

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As president Cyril Ramaphosa negotiates his coalition cabinet, the job could move outside his party

South Africa’s re-elected president Cyril Ramaphosa is yet to announce his new cabinet. This will consist of members of the recently announced “government of national unity”, with ministerial posts set to be allocated roughly according to parties’ vote shares in the May election.

Ramaphosa’s African National Congress is reported to be unlikely to want to cede ministries that are central to national security, such as defence and international relations, or major economic ministries. But what about higher education, science and innovation?

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