#News24Pravin: Top 10 eye-opening quotes

2016-10-28 11:55
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan at the post-budget breakfast with News24 Frontline event on Thursday. (Pic: Eugenie du Preez, Fin24)

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan at the post-budget breakfast with News24 Frontline event on Thursday. (Pic: Eugenie du Preez, Fin24)

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Cape Town - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan took the hot seat at a live broadcast of News24 Frontline on Thursday.

Among the various issues raised with him, some quotes stand out as revealing his view on the state of politics in South Africa at the moment and the situation he finds himself in.

Top 10 quotes:

- It's not easy to be a target and simultaneously serve the country;

READ: #News24Pravin: I have a solid support network, says Gordhan

- Politics have always been the single most disruptive factor throughout the world;

- Our preoccupation is not with the ratings agencies - it is to put SA on the right direction;


- In SA we are a noisy democracy and the question is if we can find something in the best interest of SA right now;

READ: INFOGRAPHIC: Mini budget breakdown

- We don't want stone throwing and burning. We want constructive solutions;

- Investors want to know if their money is safe in South Africa and if our politics are unsettling;


- Public officials must be careful how they articulate themselves and give SA a consistent message. Ultimately it is about data and the law that will decide the outcome;

- The question has always been what (energy mix) we really need and how to procure it and if we can afford it. All that is work in progress;

READ: #News24Pravin: Nuclear is still part of the plan

- We have one government and one Constitution - so anything anybody does in government you have to stick to the rules;

- At Treasury we attempt to be collaborative, pragmatic and within the law - and some people don't like that.

READ: Gordhan: SA should be 'hungry' for foreign investment


Read more on:    mini budget 2016  |  pravin gordhan  |  sa economy

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