South Africa’s New Finance Minister for a “New Dawn”


President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the return of Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister of South Africa.

The president wasted little time in bringing about effective change in the country’s ministerial positions in an effort to shake things up from the cabinet of Former South African President Jacob Zuma, in what he terms as a “New Dawn” for South Africa.

Nene was the country’s finance minister for 18 months between May 2014 and December 2015, when he was axed in favour of then little-known MP David “Des” van Rooyen.

But Van Rooyen was himself ousted only three days later, earning him the nickname “weekend special”. He was replaced by Pravin Gordhan who, in turn, was replaced by Malusi Gigaba as finance minister on March 30 2017.

“We are indeed living in turbulent times,” Nene said in May 2017

“Turbulent times call for a special type of leader; above all else, it calls for steady nerves. Turbulent times call for leaders to gaze beyond the fog. They also need to make their followers believe that tomorrow will be greater than today.” said Nene.

President Ramaphosa’s reappointment of Nene as finance minister of South Africa indicates he believes Nene is that visionary leader able to drive South Africa’s economical growth forward.

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