The Presidency has announced that Pravin Gordhan, the previous minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs, is to take up the position of minister of finance. He held the same position from 2009 to 2014, and now replaces David van Rooyen.Pravin Gordhan returns as the South African minister of finance on 13 December 2015. (Image: South African government, Flickr)Pravin Gordhan was named the new minister of finance on 13 December, replacing David van Rooyen who was appointed to the role last week.“On 9 December 2015, I announced the appointment of a new minister of finance, David van Rooyen,” President Jacob Zuma said. “I have received many representations to reconsider my decision. As a democratic government, we emphasise the importance of listening to the people and to respond to their views.“In this regard, I have, after serious consideration and reflection, taken the following decision; I have appointed Pravin Gordhan, the current minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs as the new minister of finance.”Gordhan held the post previously from 2009 to 2014.“I have also decided to appoint Van Rooyen as the new minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs.”Source: The PresidencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.