Gordhan Pravin, the South African Finance Minister, has been named the Business Leader of the Year at the annual Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Awards.
The business award event began with a keynote address by former president Thabo Mbeki.
The Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year Award recipients are decided and selected by CEO’s of the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies from the past year.
Gordhan won the award alongside other business leaders such as Johan van Zyl, Michael Jordaan, Phuthuma Nhleko, Johann Rupert, Brian Joffe, Graham Mackay, Maria Ramos, Adrian Gore, Whitey Basson and Dr Christo Wiese.
Gordhan served as the Finance Minister from 2009-2014, succeeding Trevor Manuel.
On 10 May 2009, Gordhan succeeded Trevor Manuel on the appointment of President Jacob Zuma. On the 25 May 2014, he was replaced by Nhlanhla Nene as Minister of Finance.
Gordhan Pravin who was recently cleared of all fraud charges by the NPA expressed his gratitude over the award.
“So I’m very grateful for this award, but I don’t see this as a personal thing. I think it’s a huge acknowledgement by the business community that we are in this together and that collectively we have the will to change South Africa into a better place.”
Gordhan said recognition by SA’s business leaders “exemplifies the fact that our wider message has now resonated with the business community. A message that says we are all in this together, that it’s up to us to change South Africa for the better – not just business people, but for all constituencies.”
Gordhan Pravin has served in various finance inclined positions in the government. From 2000 to 2006, he was chairman of the World Customs Organization. He was the SARS Chief for 10 good years (1999 – 2009).
Dr Johann Rupert, chairman of Swiss-based luxury-goods company Richemont and South Africa-based Remgro was also awarded with Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Lifetime Achievement Award.