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Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan

Personal
Date of Birth: 12 April 1949
Marital status: Married with 2 children

Positions
  • Member of Parliament from 1994 until 1998
  • Chairperson of the Constitutional Committee in Parliament from 1996
  • Deputy Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service from March 1998
  • Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service from November 1999
  • Minister of Finance of the Republic of South Africa from 11 May 2009
Academic Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Durban Westville (1973)
Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities
  • Became involved in politics during the late 1960’s
  • Organised and led the student movement and civic structures during the 1970s and 1980s
  • Took part in the Natal Indian Congress call to boycott elections in the 1980’s
  • Detained three times by the apartheid government
  • Spent four years in the underground structures
  • Was also involved in the South African Communist Party (SACP) and African National Congress (ANC)
  • Worked as a pharmacist at the King Edward VII hospital in Durban until he was expelled after his detention by the police. (1974 – 1981)
  • Participated in the in multi-party talks at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA). (1990)
  • Co-chairperson of the Transitional Executive Council which prepared the country for the 1994 elections. (1991 – 1994)
  • Played a role in drafting the White Paper on Local Government which laid the foundation for developing local government authorities
  • Chairperson of the Constitutional Committee in Parliament, which had oversight over the implementation of the new constitution, adopted in 1996
  • Chairperson of the World Customs Organization (WCO) until July 2006
  • Chairperson of the Forum on Tax Administration (FTA) within the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) from 2008
Awards/Presentations/Bursaries
  • Doctorate of Commerce honoris causa from University of South Africa (May 2007)
  • Doctorate of Law honoris causa from the University of Cape Town (June 2007)
  • DTech: Business Administration from the Free State Central University of Technology (March 2009)


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