Mr Jaco Weidemann was awarded the Economic Society of South Africa (ESSA) Founders’ Medal for his master’s thesis, completed in 2014. His research dissertation was entitled ‘Structural breaks in Renewable Energy in South Africa: A Bai & Perron Break test Application’ and completed under the supervision of Prof Roula Inglesi-Lotz and Prof Jan van Heerden.
The Founders' Medals were instituted to commemorate the work of Prof HES Freemantle, Prof RA Lehfeldt and Mr CW Pearsall, through whose efforts ESSA was founded in 1925. The purpose of the awards is to encourage research in the field of economics in South Africa and to recognise economic research of outstanding quality conducted at a South African university. All areas of economics are eligible.