• 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...

  • UP Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences confers honorary doctorate on internationally renowned economist Professor Peter Dixon

    Posted on April 26, 2021

    The University of Pretoria (UP)’s Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) has conferred an honorary doctorate (honoris causa) in Economics on Professor Peter Dixon during its Autumn 2021 graduation session.

  • Diabetes research leads to PhD in Economics

    Posted on April 26, 2021

    After sadly losing her aunt to diabetes, Masedikwe Evelyn Thsehla decided to research the effect of this illness on the South African economy. She was awarded her PhD in Economics for this important research on 26 April 2021.

  • Extraordinary professor profile: Prof Manoel Bittencourt

    Posted on April 19, 2021

    Having been around for roughly 900 years, universities have gone through many structural changes, conflict, destruction, rebirth and reconstruction. And they have always managed to survive or to adapt to new realities, Prof Manoel Bittencourt, extraordinary professor at UP, specialising in...

  • UP Economics student named first runner-up in Budget Speech Competition

    Posted on March 31, 2021

    Stanley Mabuka, a master’s degree student in Economics at the University of Pretoria (UP), was recently named first runner-up in the postgraduate category of the 2020 Nedbank & Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition.

  • EXPERT OPINION: UP Economics professor rates Minister Tito Mboweni’s Budget Speech

    Posted on February 26, 2021

    “Mboweni came out of this Budget round unscathed, like Houdini, even though he seemed stuck,” writes Prof Jan H van Heerden of UP’s Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences on this year’s Budget Speech.

  • COVID-19 has hurt some more than others: SA needs policies that reflect this, say UP researchers

    Posted on February 03, 2021

    As is often the case during economic crises such, there are winners and losers, and in this case, it is the least skilled workers and poor females who suffer the most, say UP researchers.

  • UP’s Prof Inglesi-Lotz named International Association for Energy Economics VP for Regional Affairs

    Posted on January 29, 2021

    “The energy and environmental conditions of our planet cannot be seen in isolation on a per country basis. The commitments signed in international agreements by governments towards cleaner and affordable energy services for all as per Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 of the United...

  • Social distancing in macrodynamic models

    Posted on October 28, 2020

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers have often relied on epidemiology models to track the spread of the outbreak. However, such models lack the necessary tools to account for individual behaviour potentially influencing the dynamics of the pandemic. This column integrates individual...

  • Top UP Econometrics alumnus excels at LSE

    Posted on September 09, 2020

    Ms Katie Kironde, who passed her BCom Econometrics and honours degrees at UP with distinction in 2014 and 2015, completed her MSc in Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE) this year, graduating with merit.

  • Prestigious scholarship granted to Economics alumnus

    Posted on September 09, 2020

    Mr Pieter Scribante, a top alumnus of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences’ Department of Economics, has received the prestigious Chevening Scholarship to pursue an MSc degree in Political Science and Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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