|Minister of Finance|
14 December 2015
|Preceded by||David van Rooyen|
11 May 2009 – 25 May 2014
|Preceded by||Trevor Manuel|
|Succeeded by||Nhlanhla Nene|
|Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs|
25 May 2014 – 14 December 2015
|Preceded by||Lechesa Tsenoli|
|Succeeded by||David van Rooyen|
12 April 1949 |
Durban, South Africa
|Political party||Communist Party (Before 2009)
African National Congress (2009–present)
|Alma mater||University of Durban-Westville|
Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan (born 12 April 1949 in Durban) is a South African politician and current Minister of Finance, a position he had previously held from 2009-2014. He is also the former Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, serving from 2014–2015.
Pravin Gordhan was born in Durban and matriculated from Sastri College in 1967. In 1973 he graduated from the University for Durban-Westville with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree. Gordhan became associated with members of the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) In 1971 and was elected to its executive council in 1974.
During the 1970s, Gordhan helped establish grassroots organisations that became involved in underground activities and associated with the African National Congress (ANC) and later the South African Communist Party (SACP). He completed his pharmacy internship at King Edward VIII Hospital In 1974 and worked there until 1981 when the Natal Provincial Administration dismissed him for his political activities while he was in detention. He was released from jail in 1982 and received banning orders effective until June 1983. Gordhan attended the launch of the United Democratic Front (UDF) in Cape Town 1983 where the also NIC became an affiliated organisation. 
Gordhan attended the preparatory meeting for the Convention of a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) in 1991 as a joint NIC/Transvaal Indian Congress (TIC) representative, and was appointed NIC/TIC delegate to the steering committee responsible for organising Codesa 1. In 1993 he was appointed to the panel of chairpersons on the planning committee of the multi-party negotiation process.
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.
Honours and awards
- University of South Africa, Honorary Doctor of Commerce, May 2007
- University of Cape Town, Doctor of Law (honoris causa), June 2007
- Central University of Technology, Doctor of Technology (honoris causa), March 2009
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|Minister of Finance
David van Rooyen
|Minister of Finance