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Trevor and Maria wedded at last

Two of the biggest names in South Africa’s financial landscape tied the knot at Rupert’s wine farm on Saturday.

Finance Minister Trevor Manuel (52) and his sweetheart Maria Ramos (49) got married on Saturday, Manuel’s spokeswoman Thoraya Panday has confirmed.

Ramos, former director general of finance and current CE of Transnet, recently accepted the post of CE of banking group Absa.

Manuel and his first wife were divorced in a secretive hearing in the Cape High Court late last year.

He and Ramos have been seen together in public on a number of occasions, most recently the Cape Town launch of his biography “Choice, Not Fate”. The couple allegedly started their relationship when Ramos was director-general in the National Treasury.

They have made no secret of their fondness for each other . At a press briefing in 2005, at Sars’s Carlton Centre office where Manuel was to hand in his tax return, journalists were kept waiting while Manuel rushed up to Ramos’s offices on the 50th floor to “greet” her.

In his most recent Budget speech Manuel thanked Ramos: “Finally, to my long suffering family – Maria, the boys, my Mom, my Sisters, Oupa and the extended family. Thank you” and recently Ramos told Business Report: “First and foremost, I am a professional person. I can’t pretend that the minister of finance isn’t my partner. I live my personal life with integrity”.

The ceremony took place on the Franschhoek wine farm L’Ormarins, owned by the Rupert Family, Panday said.

The couple said earlier this week that the ceremony would be attended only by family and a small group of invited guests and would be closed to the media.

Manuel and Ramos are believed to be on honeymoon in Cape Town.

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….I do recall that liar manuel denying reports of his illicit affair with that bint.He also threatened various newspapers with court action .The fact that he has come out in the open is really of no consequense whatsoever.

Can this really be the best man the ANC have to offer as a leader? Surely this cannot be true? If it is then we are in for even worse trouble than Zimbabwe in my opinion. Very depressing.

mazeltov!

I don’t think they give a cr@p about you either.

DO IT NOW , AS IN GET MARRIED BEFORE THE AnC cRASH NEXT YEAR .

THE anc PARTY IS OVER .

so Congrats to the couple and they deserve happiness. As for the negative comments above, go SUCK LEMONS.

Should be quite interesting. Conflict of interest.

A direct product of their allegiance to the anc – many other qualified and more

deserving people could have done similar or indeed better jobs than these two did….if they had equal access to these posts….and the so-called 3-year turnaround of Transnet still has to be tested in tougher economic conditions….while SA’s decaying, collapsing and under-maintained infrastructure is part of the contribution that Manuel’s so-called fiscal prudence made to the “development state”…very clever indeed….

Now lets go on with some real news.

Trevor, stop standing around, its time to do the dishes! Leave the home finances to me.

Can’t wait to see who the new Chinese Wall at home!

WE ARE IN DEEP GRASS ROOTS LEVEL iq 67 MAJORITY RULE TROUBLE NEXT YEAR .

THESE AFRICANS ARE TOO STUPID TO RULE SA .

SA IS IN DEEP S*** LIKE ZIMBABWE , AFRICAN WAY , AFRICAN TRIBAL WAY OF THINKING .

ITS THE AFRICAN WAY .

Congratulations! I always congratulate a couple at their wedding regardless of who they are. The Grinch’s need my therapist more than I do!

Ah…the new aristocracy.

Well do you two – you both deserve each other – many happy years from all os us at Transnet TFR

I wonder! The one boots out his wife of long standing, the other must have made sure that the ‘come on’ was there like the proverbial butterfly. Makes one think whether they understand the meaning of the word integrity. As for the two biggest names in the SA landscape landscape also makes one wonder, however they knew how to ensure that they kept company with one or the biggest names in the SA financial circles. The public I assume may henseforth presume that he will now perservere in Automatic mode!

And as they say, every woman has a price.

which one is going to be in charge of their tax returns, he-he.

Transnet will miss Maria, but we know you are in safe hands……congrats you two…..I wish you all the best……

Trevor darling,

Maria may have a new job for you at Absa.

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