'We need to make sure we don't destroy what we have,' says Nhlanhla Nene

Former finance minister, Nhlanhla Nene, said he looks forward to his work at Allan Gray and hopes that the private and public sector will build stronger relationships.

Nene, whose axing in December 2015 caused an economic storm, was on Wednesday conferred with an honorary doctorate from Mangosuthu University in Umlazi.

702's Stephen Grootes (standing in for John Robbie) spoke to him regarding his future prospects and SOuth Africa's economy.

Listen to the conversation below:

We want young people who do not only pursue wealth, but who know that wealth comes with hard work and be prepared to serve the nation while putting their skills to good use.

Nhlanhla Nene, former finance minister

I look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship that Allan Gray has to offer me and I have to offer Allan Gray with the little experience I have.

Nhlanhla Nene, former finance minister

We need to improve the relationship between the private sector and public sector because at the end of the day, we serve the same South Africa and we bring in different dimensions to the relationship.

Nhlanhla Nene, former finance minister

Nene said he was surprised by the enormous reaction to his removal by President Jacob Zuma from his post. He credited the events which followed to a thriving and 'noisy' democracy.

I thought we'd be able to move on with life as a country and focus on what builds this country, but of course I was overwhelmed by the kind of reaction we got.

Nhlanhla Nene, former finance minister

We are a democracy after all, but as we move on, we need to make sure that we do not destroy what we have and focus on rebuilding our nation.

Nhlanhla Nene, former finance minister

The country is in good hands, we have a very resilient economy, the fundamentals are right, I have no reason to doubt that this storm will be weathered of course.

Nhlanhla Nene, former finance minister
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