SA’s four-day finance minister – things you need to know

2015-12-16 06:00

WHO exactly is David van Rooyen, former financial number one?
>> He has an anti-apartheid struggle history

Van Rooyen began his career in politics in the mid-1980s as an MK operative and soldier, holding various positions in Cosas, the Khutsong Student Congress, UDF representative and NUM member.
>> He was a leader during SA’s democratic transition

Van Rooyen held a number of­ ­leadership positions from 1994 to 2009.

He served as a Whip of the standing committee on finance and as whip of the economic transformation cluster.

He is a former executive mayor of Merafong Municipality and a former North West provincial chairperson of the South African Local Government ­Association. From 1994-1997 he was an ANC branch leader, then an ANC regional leader until 2007 and a provincial leader in the party until 2009.

He was also a branch leader of the ANC Youth League between 1994 and 1996 and a regional leader in the league between 1996 and 2003.
>> Qualifications

The University of London conferred an MSc Finance (Economic Policy) on Van Rooyen on 30 July, 2014. He recently ­acquired a certificate in investment analysis and portfolio management from Unisa and has diplomas in ­advanced business management and Municipal Governance.

>> New minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

President Jacob Zuma did another cabinet reshuffle on Sunday, Van Royen was assigned to the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs portfolio as Pravin Gordhan took over from him. Gordhan is returning to the position he held in the last term. – News24.

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