Economic policy

SA’s economic policy comes under scrutiny in an upcom…

PSG marketing director Tracy Hirst says the upcoming webinar is highly anticipated. “We look forward to kicking off 2022 with the topic that is at the forefront of the minds of many concerned South Africans – economic policy and the role it will play in guiding the country through a turbulent era. By providing an opinion enlightened on the subject, Mohale will draw on her vast experience and expertise not only as an academic but as a business leader.

In addition to being Chancellor of UFS, Professor Mohale is also a Professor of Practice at the College of Business and Economics at Johannesburg Business School (JBS) as well as Chairman of Bidvest Group Limited. A highly respected businessman, he is particularly passionate about issues of leadership, transformation, constructive collaboration and social development. Therefore, it is sure to bring new perspectives to this important topic.

Conversation is part of PSG Think Big Series, Who features interviews with prominent South African thought leaders, conducted by award-winning journalist Bruce Whitfield and top PSG executives. The series facilitates these thought-provoking dialogues in an effort to address some of the country’s most pressing issues, and has been running successfully since mid-2020. Past webinars remain accessible via the PSG Youtube channel.

Professor Mohale’s session will provide complementary insights to that gained in the last Think Big session with Bureau of Economic Research Chief Economist Hugo Pienaar, and shows PSG’s commitments to facilitating the difficult conversations that all South- Africans wonder.

A highlight of Pienaar’s session was the insights he shared on the results of the municipal elections. For Pienaar, the fact that the 2021 municipal election was dominated by record turnout was a “sign of the times”. As he explained in his internal communications with the PSG team: “It is a positive sign that despite widespread deprivation across South Africa, the voting public has largely rejected populist solutions – including including the nationalization of strategic industries and the expropriation of land without compensation.” (If you missed the session and want to catch up, you can watch it below.)

PSG have confirmed that they will continue the series into the new year in a new and condensed format, with the aim of continuing to stimulate the difficult conversations we need to have as a nation as we enter the next phase of post- pandemic life.

Register for the next webinar – “What’s next for economic policy?”

South African democracy is well into its third decade, yet issues such as widespread poverty and unemployment are still prominent realities in the country’s socio-economic landscape. The recent series of riots that have erupted across the country have been poignant reminders of these harsh realities. As we move courageously into a future beyond COVID-19, leaders are asking critical questions about South Africa’s economic policy. Is now the best time to reform policies? Professor Bonang Mohale, Chancellor of the University of the Free State will speak on this important topic.