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Finance Minister Tito Mboweni
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Nhlanhla Nene resigns as Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni announced as replacement

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that former central bank governor, Tito Mboweni will replace Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.

Ramaphosa made the announcement in Cape Town on Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier Bloomberg reported that Mboweni was the frontrunner for the post, two people familiar with the situation said.

Nene last week told an anti-graft commission that he met members of the Gupta family, who have been implicated in a corruption scandal with former president Jacob Zuma, six times at their residence after earlier saying he had only met them on social occasions. The people declined to be identified because the information has not been made public.

Nene’s departure is unlikely to signal a change in policy with the mid-term budget due to be released in just two weeks. The new minister would be the fifth in less than three years and comes at time when the government must reassure investors and credit-rating companies of credible plans to stabilise debt and reignite the economy.

Ramaphosa is due to make an announcement at 16:30 in Cape Town, his office said in a statement.

Mboweni, 59, headed the South African Reserve Bank for a decade until 2009. His biggest achievement at the time was building the nation’s foreign-exchange reserves to almost $40bn from less than $10bn.

After leaving the central bank he went into business, acting as an adviser in South Africa for Goldman Sachs and served as chairman of AngloGold Ashanti and on the boards of other companies.

The rand erased losses and was little changed at R14.83/$ by 15:44. after earlier weakening as much as 1.4%.

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