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Experts weigh in on the precarious future of SA’s economy in upcoming PSG Think Big webinar series

By PSG
24 Nov 2021 0

As we approach the end of 2021 and prepare for 2022, the state of the South African political landscape and the economic framework of the country – upon which rests the future of our nation – remains a focal point for all South Africans. The upcoming PSG Think Big Series webinars aim to unpack these concerns and weigh in on the way forward when it comes to the country’s economic future.

As part of the series Hugo Pienaar, Chief Economist for the Bureau for Economic Research (BER), and Professor Bonang Mohale, Chancellor of the University of the Free State, will provide their expert opinions on these matters. 

PSG’s Think Big Series of webinars is a collection of dialogues with high-profile speakers hosted by award-winning financial journalist, Bruce Whitfield, and leading PSG executives. Each webinar offers expert views and informed opinions on some of the country’s most pertinent issues. 

Tracy Hirst, PSG Chief Marketing Officer says that they have been proud to witness the PSG Think Big Series contributing to South African discourse on issues that affect all citizens. “As we head into the next part of the series – which will centre around the recent elections and state of the economy – we are confident that the insights and information that will come from the upcoming webinars will be informative.”

What to expect? 

The onset of Covid-19 has brought more pressure to bear on an already lagging South African economy, posing significant threats to the country’s economic well being and its ability to recover from the hardships of the past ten years. Among the more recent woes exacerbated by the pandemic are the pressures felt within the ranks of tourism and hospitality, socio-economic factors, and energy production challenges. 

Tackling the future of South Africa’s economic landscape is Hugo Pienaar, who is responsible for the flagship BER Economic Outlook publication and the Bureau’s macro forecasts. As the upcoming guest on PSG’s Think Big webinar, Pienaar will be sharing his views on what lies ahead for the state of the economy and the steps that South Africa’s stakeholders need to take towards economic recovery.

Fitting at the start of the new year,  Professor Bonang Mohale, Chancellor of the University of the Free State will provide insight into South Africa’s economic policy and shed light into the road ahead. Mohale is Professor of Practice at the Johannesburg Business School (JBS) College of Business and Economics as well as Chairman of the Bidvest Group Limited. As a highly respected businessman, he is particularly passionate about issues around leadership, transformation, constructive collaboration, and social development. 

Upcoming speakers lineup:

Future of South Africa’s economic landscape: An analysis of the South African economic landscape | Speaker: Hugo Pienaar: Chief Economist at BER

The recent upturn in the economy can arguably be attributed to normalisation rather than growth, but what does this mean for the country’s post-pandemic future? Is South Africa on the road to recovery? Answering questions of this nature is Hugo Pienaar, Chief Economist at the Bureau for Economic Research (BER).

What’s next for economic policy? | Speaker: Professor Bonang Mohale: Chancellor of the University of the Free State

South Africa’s democracy is well into its third decade, and yet problems like widespread poverty and unemployment are still prominent realities on the country’s socio-economic landscape. The recent spate of riots which broke out across the country were poignant reminders of these harsh realities. As we head courageously into a future beyond COVID-19, leaders are asking pivotal questions around South Africa’s economic policy. Could now be the optimum time for policy reform? Professor Bonang Mohale, Chancellor of the University of the Free State will weigh in on this important topic. 

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