Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan was born on 12 April 1949. He is a South African politician and former Minister of Finance, a position he had held from 2009-2014, and again from 2015-2017. He is also the former Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, serving from 2014–2015. Jacob Zuma replaced Gordhan on 30 March 2017, during a controversial cabinet reshuffle, with Malusi Gigaba.
In 1973 he graduated from the University of 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 this period, he 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 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. 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. Pravin was chairman of the World Customs Organization in from 2000 to 2006.
On 10 May 2009, President Jacob Zuma appointed Gordhan as Minister of Finance, succeeding Trevor Manuel. On the 25 May 2014, he was replaced by Nhlanhla Nene as Minister of Finance. In 2014, Gordhan was appointed as the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, succeeding Lechesa Tsenoli who became Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa. On 14 December 2015, Gordhan was re-appointed as Minister of Finance, replacing David van Rooyen who had been minister for 4 days.
Looking into his degrees and honors;
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
Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year, November 2016.