Pravin Gordhan

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Pravin Gordhan
Pravin Gordhan - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012.jpg
Minister of Finance
Assumed office
11 May 2009
President Jacob Zuma
Preceded by Trevor Manuel
Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service
In office
Personal details
Born (1949-04-12) 12 April 1949 (age 65)
Durban, South Africa
Nationality South African
Political party ANC
Alma mater University of Durban-Westville

Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan (born 12 April 1949 in Durban) is a South African politician, serving as Minister of Finance since May 2009.[1]


He was previously the Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service from 1999 to 2009. From 1991 and 1994, he chaired the Convention for a Democratic South Africa. He was also co-chairman of the Transitional Executive Council, which oversaw the transition to the first democratically elected government.[citation needed]

As a member of parliament from 1994 to 1998, Gordhan chaired the parliamentary committee that focused on the implementation of the new Constitution and the transformation of local government in the post-apartheid. Gordhan was re-elected for the fourth time as Council Chairman of the World Customs Organization in 2004.[citation needed]

On 10 May 2009, President Jacob Zuma appointed Gordhan as Minister of Finance, succeeding Trevor Manuel.[2]

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  1. ^ "Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the appointment of the new Cabinet". South African Government Information. 10 May 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "S.Africa's Zuma makes sweeping changes to cabinet", AFP, 10 May 2009. "Südafrika protestiert gegen Zumas Kabinett der Selbstbedienung"], Spiegel, 29 July 2009.