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David van Rooyen
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
In office
13 December 2015 – 27 February 2018
President Jacob Zuma
Cyril Ramaphosa
Preceded by Pravin Gordhan
Succeeded by Zweli Mkhize
Minister of Finance
In office
10 December 2015 – 13 December 2015
President Jacob Zuma
Preceded by Nhlanhla Nene
Succeeded by Pravin Gordhan
Personal details
Born (1968-11-20) 20 November 1968 (age 49)
Political party African National Congress
Alma mater University of South Africa
University of London

David Douglas "Des" van Rooyen (born 20 November 1968) is the former Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Minister of Finance of the Republic of South Africa. He took office on 13 December 2015 and was dropped from cabinet on 27 February 2018 by former President Jacob Zuma.

Political career

Van Rooyen served as an operative and soldier of the African National Congress's paramilitary force, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), which was integrated into the South African National Defence Force by 1994. Van Rooyen has also held various leadership positions in labour and student organisations such as the COSAS, Khutsong Student Congress, United Democratic Front and National Union of Mineworkers.[1]

Van Rooyen also held a number of leadership positions in the ANC from 1994 to 2007, during which he was elected as mayor of Merafong City Local Municipality in the central Gauteng province.[2] He has been a National Assembly member since 2009 for Westville Westonaria City. Van Rooyen was the party whip at the National assembly from 2009 to 2014 and the Whip on the Standing Committee on Finance and of the Economic Transformation Cluster of the National Assembly from 2014–2015.[3]

Van Rooyen was appointed the Minister of Finance by President Jacob Zuma on 9 December 2015 after the removal of Nhlanhla Nene from the position.[4][5] Van Rooyen was sworn in the next day, beginning his time in office.[6] The markets reacted extremely negatively to his appointment as the South African rand dropped as much as 5.4 percent against the dollar in a single day.[7] President Jacob Zuma reversed his decision late on 13 December 2015 when he announced that Van Rooyen would switch positions with then Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Pravin Gordhan.[8] Van Rooyen and Gordhan took their new positions the next day without swearing in ceremonies as they were both already ministers in the government.[9]


Van Rooyen holds an MSc in Finance (Economic Policy) from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London (2014) and a Master's degree in Public Development and Management from the University of the Witwatersrand (2009).[10] He also holds a certificate in investment analysis and portfolio management from UNISA,[3][11] as well as several other qualifications including Diplomas in Business Management and in Municipal Governance, and certificates in Councillor Development, Municipal Finance, and Economic & Public Finance.[3]

Business interests

According to the Parliament Register of Members' Interests, van Rooyen is partner or director of the following corporations[11]

  • Late Bloomer Enterprise
  • Muziovulile Mining Projects
  • Sukuta Enterprise
  • Walinzi Protection Services
  • Phambili Services

Private Life

Van Rooyen owns a property in Suideroord, Johannesburg. He has personal interests in soccer, golf, tennis, reading and hunting.[11]


  1. ^ Whittles, Govan (10 December 2015). "WHO IS DAVID VAN ROOYEN?". Eyewitness News. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  2. ^ Salie, Fadia (10 December 2015). "Who is David van Rooyen: The man who must fill Nene's shoes". Times Live. Archived from the original on 19 January 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Meet David van Rooyen: The man who must fill Nene's shoes". fin24. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  4. ^ Agency Staff. "Zuma removes Nene as finance minister". Times LIVE. Archived from the original on 9 December 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  5. ^ Aurelie Kalenga (9 December 2015). "Nhlanhla Nene removed as finance minister". Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  6. ^ Essop, Rahima (10 December 2015). "David Van Rooyen sworn in as new finance minister". Eyewitness News. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  7. ^ Mike Cohen. "Rand plunges after Nene's shock exit". IOL. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Full statement: Zuma appoints Pravin Gordhan as finance minister again". City Press. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  9. ^ Makhafola, Getrude (14 December 2015). "No swearing in for Gordhan". IOL News. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Van Rooyen the most academically qualified finmin - Africa Check". Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  11. ^ a b c "David Douglas Des Van Rooyen". Retrieved 27 February 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Nhlanhla Nene
Minister of Finance
10–13 December 2015
Succeeded by
Pravin Gordhan
Preceded by
Pravin Gordhan
Minister of Cooperative Governance
and Traditional Affairs

13 December 2015– 27 February 2018
Succeeded by
Zweli Mkhize
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