Second Annual UP PhD Workshop in Economics Held
Posted on June 29, 2022
The second annual University of Pretoria PhD workshop in Economics was held on June 21st.
UP EXPERT OPINION: The South African energy crisis: Is there light at the end of the tunnel?
Posted on June 07, 2022
Various electricity pricing structure reforms, including an increase in the price of electricity, are required if Eskom is to be financially sustainable and for consumers to receive a stable supply of electricity.
‘State capture has worsened an already ailing economy’ – economics expert during UP-hosted thought leadership webinar
Posted on May 27, 2022
UP’s Alumni Relations Office recently hosted the latest instalment in its LeadUP: Thought Leadership series, this time addressing the thorny issue of state capture and its implications for South Africa.
#UPGraduation2022: UP confers honorary doctorate on public finance and taxation specialist Prof Sijbren Cnossen
Posted on May 16, 2022
Professor Sijbren Cnossen is recognised as an international authority in the field of public finance and taxation, and previously held the position of extraordinary professor at UP's African Tax Institute.
UP EXPERT OPINION: South Africa’s economic growth affected by mismatch of electricity supply and demand
Posted on April 21, 2022
Analysis by Prof Roula Inglesi-Lotz of UP and master’s student Tichinashe Mabugu suggests policy will need to ensure that electricity demand can rise enough to facilitate economic growth while ensuring supply is always higher than demand.
EXPERT OPINION: Russia sanctions: new impetus for Chinese yuan to move up the reserve currency ladder?
Posted on March 24, 2022
Prof Elsabé Loots explores how the sanctions against Russia following its invasion of the Ukraine could be the new impetus for the Chinese yuan to move up the reserve currency ladder.
UP Economics student takes third spot at Budget Speech Competition
Posted on March 18, 2022
Mzuvukile Skwatsha, a PhD student in the Department of Economics, was elated when he was named second runner-up in the postgraduate category of the Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition.
‘There is no short cut to success,’ says UP’s top economics researcher
Posted on January 20, 2022
“I just love doing research, asking questions and looking for answers. With economics not being a lab-focused discipline, I need to ensure that the research that I do adds value not only to the discipline, but also possibly to economic agents such as policy makers and investors,” says...
Two UP academics feature on prestigious Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers List 2021
Posted on November 16, 2021
Clarivate has recognised UP researchers Profs Rangan Gupta and Mike Wingfield as Highly Cited Researchers 2021, as demonstrated by the production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1%.
Alumnus profile: Ayrton Amaral
Posted on October 11, 2021
The ‘thrill’ experienced when overcoming the many challenges life throws our way, has always and continues to motivate esteemed alumnus Ayrton Amaral. He is currently studying for his Master’s degree in Economics at the University of Amsterdam.
UP professor takes up reigns as Economic Society of South Africa President
Posted on October 07, 2021
UP congratulates Professor Heinrich Bohlmann on his election as President of the Economic Society of South Africa for the 2021-2023 term. Prof Bohlmann was ESSA Vice-President from 2019-2021.
EXPERT OPINION: Energy transitions – The role of institutions and market structures
Posted on October 07, 2021
With policymakers in pursuit of sustainable solutions for the global environmental crisis, the value of good governance should be seen as the first and main tool for achieving climate change mitigation, writes UP’s Prof Roula Inglesi-Lotz.
Alumna profile: Tina Mabugu
Posted on September 27, 2021
Following her formal education, alumna Tina Mabugu intends pursuing activities that she believes “will contribute to sustainable development and hence, the betterment of others, particularly those who are most vulnerable”.
UP's Department of Economics celebrates 100 years
Posted on September 21, 2021
The Department of Economics celebrates a 100 years and is one of the country's leading economics departments. It has leveraged its proximity to South African policy-makers and financial institutions to contribute to the development of a sound economic policy for South Africa and other countries...
UP economist wins award for research on extended leader tenures in Africa
Posted on July 16, 2021
Congratulations to Dr Carolyn Chisadza, a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Pretoria, who has been awarded the J.J.I. Middleton Medal by the Economic Society of South Africa (ESSA). This annual award is presented to a young researcher for their first article...
UP hosts launch of 13th World Bank South African Economic Update report
Posted on July 13, 2021
The World Bank launched the 13th South African Economic Update at UP’s Future Africa institute on Monday. The bi-annual report looks at, among other things, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local job market.
Alumna profile: Prof Roula Inglesi-Lotz
Posted on June 14, 2021
Since completing her PhD in Economics at UP in 2011, Prof Roula Inglesi-Lotz has garnered one academic distinction and award after the other. As co-chair for 2021/22 of the prestigious Global Young Academy (GYA), she is excited to promote and encourage efforts of science communication and policy...
Alumnus profile: Russell du Preez
Posted on June 07, 2021
Where there is a will, there is a way. Esteemed alumnus, Russell du Preez (52), founder and chairman of investment house RussellStone Group and owner of the popular Pretoria eatery, Varsity Bakery, clearly demonstrated this when he recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Agricultural...
Alumna profile: Dr Evelyn Thsehla
Posted on May 31, 2021
“South Africa can do more to support small businesses. As a country, we must give small businesses space to trade. We cannot complain about unemployment rates in the country whilst chasing small businesses away from economic hubs,” stresses Dr Evelyn Thsehla. Having recently obtained...
Alumni profile: Dr Xolani Sibande
Posted on May 17, 2021
Firmly believing that learning is a privilege and an opportunity to change oneself and your life, Dr Xolani Sibande has done just that to reach the pinnacle of academic and professional success. As an economist, he had made, and continues to make, a contribution to macroeconomic analysis and...