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Indian-origin politician Pravin Gordhan becomes South Africa’s Finance Minister

 Pravin Gordhan

An Indian-origin politician, Pravin Gordhan has been appointed as South Africa’s new Finance Minister. With this he becomes country’s third Finance Minister in a week. He replaces David van Rooyen who was appointed on November 2015. Earlier President Jacob Zuma had sacked incumbent Nhlanhla Nene from Finance Ministry.

Pravin Gordhan Born 12 April 1949 in Durban. He is trained and worked as a pharmacist in Durban He was one of the main negotiators in the drafting of South Africa’s democratic constitution from 1991-1994. He had served as a commissioner in South Africa’s revenue service (SARS) from 1999-2009 Gordhan had served as Finance Minister from 2009-2014 and was widely respected for his work. Prior to this appointment he was serving as Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.