He's bald. Stern. A pharmacist. She's multi-hairstyled. Jolly. A lawyer. Yet Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is taking over where former public protector Thuli Madonsela left off. Madonsela's successor is a disaster-a-minute who has denuded the office, but Gordhan has taken on the role in spirit, if not in name, at public enterprises, where he has replaced the hapless Lynne Brown with vigour, changing the leadership of the companies at the heart of state capture in under three months. Gordhan plays a role that is somewhere between that of public protector and prime minister to President Cyril Ramaphosa. His imprimatur is on Ramaphosa's economic ideas, while his department and ministry are at the centre of the war on corruption, which is where Madonsela located her office when she held the all-important job. Gordhan marked his 100 days in office this week by an almost wholesale renewal of the boards of key state-owned enterprises. By Thursday, Eskom, Denel and Transnet had...

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