Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan, MP

Mr Pravin Gordhan is the current Minister in the Department of Public Enterprises in South Africa. This Department is mandated to perform shareholder oversight on behalf of government over seven (7) State-Owned Companies which include Transnet (rail, freight, ports and engineering); Eskom (electricity utility); Denel (advanced manufacturing and arms industry); South African Airways (SAA); South African Express (SAX), Alexkor (a diamond mining company) and South African Forestry Company Limited (SAFCOL), a timber and forestry.


Pravin Gordhan has been actively involved in the anti-apartheid struggle dating back to the 1970s and 1980s when he was an organiser in the student movement and a prominent leader in civic structures.  After qualifying as a pharmacist in 1974, he worked at Durban’s King Edward VIII hospital until 1981 where he was expelled by hospital administration for his involvement in resistance politics. He spent four years underground in the 1980s and became intricately involved in the South African Communist Party and African National Congress.


He played a pivotal role in South Africa’s transition as an ANC participant in the multi-party talks at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA), and as co-chair of the Transitional Executive Council.  He chaired the Constitutional Committee, which had oversight over the implementation of the new Constitution that was adopted by Parliament in May 1996. He continued to serve actively as an ANC MP until March 1998 when he joined SARS as Deputy Commissioner. He was appointed as Commissioner in November 1999 where he spent a decade building SARS into a formidable tax and customs administration recognised world-wide for its efforts in enabling the South African government to collect the resources it needed for its development programmes.


In May 2009 in the midst of the global financial crisis and a world-wide recession, he was appointed as Minister of Finance and acquired a challenging task to navigate the domestic economy out of turbulence towards fiscal stability and a new growth path. In May 2014, he was appointed as Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs only to be re-appointed to the Finance portfolio in December 2015. He remained the Minister of Finance until he was inexplicably recalled at around midnight on 30th March 2017.


He returned to the Legislature as a Member of Parliament and became part of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises. He continues to serve as member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress, having been elected as a NEC member in December 2012. Mr Gordhan is passionate about democracy, racial and gender equality and working towards building a prosperous future for all in South Africa.

  • Member of Parliament from 1994 until 1998.
  • Chairperson of the Constitutional Committee in Parliament from 1996.
  • Deputy Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (SARS) from March 1998.
  • Commissioner for SARS from November 1999.
  • Minister of Finance of from 11 May 2009 to 23 May 2014.
  • Member of Parliament from 2014 to present.
  • Minister of Corporative Governance and Traditional Affairs from 23 May 2014 to 13 December 2015.
  • Minister of Finance from 14 December 2015 to 30 March 2017.
  • Minister of Public Enterprises from 26 February 2018 to date.
Chief of Staff Nthabiseng Borotho
Telephone 012 431 1289 /072 596 1503
E-mail nthabiseng.borotho@dpe.gov.za


Executive Personal Assistant Georgina Sylvester
Telephone 012 431 1256
E-mail georgina.sylvester@dpe.gov.za


Parliamentary Liaison Officer Lebohang Tekane
Telephone 021 469 6766
E-mail lebohang.tekane@dpe.gov.za
Obed Bapela, MP
Deputy Minister

  • Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises (Current)
  • Deputy Minister Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs 2014-2023
  • Deputy Minister in the Presidency 2011 to 2014.
  • Deputy Minister Communications 2010 to 2011.
  • A Journalist by training and used the might of a pen to pursue the struggle for a free South Africa.
  • Not only did his articles agitated the apartheid government but his role in the establishment of the Media and Resource Services (MARS) an alternative media centre which was responsible to train and provide skills in media production, writing and communication skills in 1984.
  • An active member of the South African Students Press Union (SASPU) and also contributed in the establishment of the Community Alternative Newspapers in the 1980s that flourished in the country.
  • Member of Parliament since 2002 and served as the House Chairperson and Chairperson of the International Relation and Cooperation Portfolio Committee.
  • Served as a Board members and Co-Chairperson of the Global Centre of Information Communications & Technologies in Parliaments based in Rome, Italy.
  • Participated in the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to formulate governing policies on the Telecommunications of the world.
  • Member of the Gauteng Legislature (MPL) and Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Safety and Security 1994 – 1999.
  • Member of the African National Congress National Executive Committee (NEC).
  • Deputy Chairperson of the ANC Sub-Committee on International Relations.
  • Served as the Chair of the ANC Sub-Committee on International Relations.
  • Served as a Provincial Secretary of the PWV Region and later Gauteng Province and lead the team that created the first Provincial Government and Legislature of Gauteng.
  • Member of the Gauteng Legislature (MPL) 1994 – 1999.
  • ANC Coordinator for International Affairs Unit from 1999 to 2002.

Ms Jacky Molisane
Acting Director-General

Ms. Jacqueline (Jacky) Molisane is an accomplished professional with a diverse background in economics, finance, and public enterprises. Currently serving as the Acting Director-General of the Department of Public Enterprises, she brings a wealth of expertise to her role.


Ms. Molisane holds a BA Honours in Economics, specializing in Monetary, International, and Developmental Economics. Her academic background provides her with a solid foundation in economic principles and a comprehensive understanding of the global financial landscape. In addition to her degree, Ms. Molisane also possesses a Diploma in Financial Markets and Instruments, which demonstrates her knowledge and proficiency in financial systems and investment strategies. This qualification further enhances her ability to make informed decisions regarding funding requirements and investment support for State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) within the Department’s portfolio.


Prior to her current position, Ms. Molisane served as the Deputy Director-General for Financial Assessment and Investment Support (FAIS) unit. In this role, she assumed responsibility for overseeing the funding requirements of SOEs within the DPE portfolio. Her exceptional financial acumen and strategic thinking played a vital role in ensuring the financial stability and growth of these enterprises.


Ms. Molisane’s involvement in various advisory boards showcases her leadership and dedication to public service. She served on the board of Eskom, a prominent state-owned utility, where she contributed her expertise in financial analysis and transactions. Additionally, her participation in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Advisory Board enabled her to contribute to the development and implementation of strategies to promote economic growth within designated zones. Furthermore, her role as a Trustee and Chairperson of the Investment Committee of the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) demonstrates her commitment to empowering marginalized communities and facilitating inclusive economic opportunities.


Prior to her work in the public sector, Ms. Molisane amassed a decade of experience in the private financial services industry, specializing in Investment Banking. Her extensive background includes seven years with both local and international investment banks, where she focused on stockbroking, equities trading, and portfolio management. This experience honed her skills in analyzing market trends, managing investment portfolios, and executing complex financial transactions. In her final three years in the private sector, she expanded her expertise in private equity and structured finance, further diversifying her skill set.


Ms. Jacqueline (Jacky) Molisane’s remarkable professional journey and her comprehensive expertise in economics, finance, and public enterprises make her an invaluable asset in her role as the Acting Director-General of the Department of Public Enterprises. Her knowledge, experience, and commitment to excellence position her as a respected leader in the field, driving positive change and growth within the public sector.

Acting Director Nadia Valley
Telephone 012 431 1000
E-mail DGOffice@dpe.gov.za