Dr Roelof Botha has been an economic advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers for the past 17 years and is an experienced presenter & sought after consultant.
In 2005, he received the Sake-24/ABSA award for Economist of the Year, based on the accuracy of forecasts of key economic indicators.
He is a regular commentator on topical macroeconomic issues (in the national and regional media) and has authored more than 100 articles, books and research.
Dr Botha’s broad experience includes management accountant of a listed industrial company, financial editor of a daily newspaper, economic policy advisor in the Department of Finance, senior economics lecturer at the University of Pretoria & University of Johannesburg, chief economist of the South African Federated Chamber of Industries, and visiting lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) & Tshwane University of Technology.
As a previous winner of the Finmedia Economist of the Year Award and with more than 40 years of experience, Dr Roelof Botha is exceptionally well-qualified to advise executives and managers on prospects for the South African economy,
including the following:
• No recession exists yet (year-on-year basis)
• Welcome return of the primary sectors
• Global economy gaining some momentum
• Rand exchange rate remains undervalued
• Interest rates may still come down
• South Africa’s competitiveness advantages
• Reasons for a swift recovery to investment grade for all of South Africa’s bonds
His past experience as an economic policy advisor at National Treasury and regular discussions with political analysts (including his father, who served in the late Nelson Mandela’s first Cabinet) also allow him to provide sensible reflections on the policy environment, in general, and the likely implications of the imminent leadership change in Government, in particular.
For a provocative keynote that provides a balanced and authoritative perspective on South Africa’s economic and political outlook, mingled with some optimism, Dr Roelof Botha is your speaker of choice.
His father (also Roelof) was the 2nd longest-serving Minister of Foreign Affairs in the world & also served in the late Nelson Mandela’s first democratic cabinet. His eldest son (another Roelof) is a partner at Sequoia Venture Capital in Silicon Valley, where he co-founded PayPal & engineered the YouTube/Google acquisition.
Roelof obtained Honours and Master’s degrees in economics (cum laude) at the University of Pretoria, whilst the Doctorate was completed at the University of Johannesburg. He has followed a diversified career in management accounting; financial journalism; lecturing; consulting; and economic research.
The state of the nation
An informed keynote address by Dr Roelof Botha
In the midst of unprecedented exchange rate volatility during 2016, the South African currency slowly but surely started to shed its undervalued status.
During the process, the rand has been one of the best-performing currencies in the world over the past 12 months, strengthening by 21% against the US dollar.
This outcome was accurately predicted by Dr Roelof Botha (part-time economic advisor to PwC) in January last year.
His current research indicates a number of reasons to believe that the rand will experience a relatively stable 2017, SA bonds will retain their investment grade status and that economic growth may surprise on the upside.
The global economy
Socio-political overview – South Africa
Prospects for the regional & South African economy