The Wits University’s School of Governance, on Thursday, announced that former minister Pravin Gordhan has been appointed a visiting professor, effective 1 December.
In a statement, the School’s Dean of the faculty of commerce‚ law and management‚ Prof Imraan Valodia‚ described Gordhan’s appointment as a step forward in strengthening the faculty’s cohort of stalwarts whose knowledge‚ energy and experience will inspire the next generation of leaders.
The Dean, in addition, said the former minister will now join respected South African leaders like of Nhlanhla Nene (interim director of Wits Business School)‚ Max Sisulu and Tito Mboweni – all who have held leadership positions in government. Nene landed a job as interim head of the Wits Business School (WBS) in June this year after he was dismissed from Cabinet by Zuma in December 2015.
In a separate statement, the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) vice-chancellor and principal‚ Prof Adam Habib‚ said commended the move, saying the former Minister is well-versed in public service management.
“Former Minister Pravin Gordhan has a very successful track record in management of the public service. The skill sets that he has acquired through his years of managerial experience will be the basis of rich learning for the university and its students.”
“Gordhan embodies the values of Wits and the school‚ faculty and administration look forward to engaging with him in the near future,” the university added.
Speaking also, the Head of the Wits School of Governance, Professor David Everatt said Gordhan has played an integral role in South Africa’s history and he believes his strong experience‚ sound public financial management and principled stand on good governance and transformation of the economy will add substantial value to the academic programme.
“Gordhan’s strong views on corruption and financial mismanagement are well known – these are the values that we want to impress upon our students‚ many of whom serve in the public sector,” Everatt noted.
Former Minister Gordhan’s new visiting professorship will be unpaid and part-time. He’s expected to give occasional lectures and assist postgraduate students in his new position.
President Jacob Zuma, on May 10, 2009, appointed Gordhan as finance minister. He was earlier replaced as finance minister in 2014 after when he become co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister. In 2015, he was reappointed to the finance ministry and was again controversially replaced in March 2017.
Former minister Pravin Gordhan is a staunch supporter of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidential ambition. Although he remains an ANC MP despite his dismissal from Zuma’s cabinet, he’s one of the present administration’s most vocal critics.