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Dr Roelof Botha
Roelof Botha
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Category:
Speaker
Location:
Pretoria South Africa
Preferred Language:
Afrikaans, English
Tags:
Economist,Finance,Professional Speaker
Profile:
As a seasoned veteran of the public speaking circuit in Southern Africa, Guest Speaker Dr Botha has managed to captivate audiences with his unique style of blending the serious matters of economics and politics with the lighter side of life. His presentations are regarded as broadly motivational, in terms of highlighting research that confirms numerous positive structural changes in the Southern African economy.

Dr Roelof Botha received his early schooling in Stockholm (Sweden), Cologne (Germany), The Hague (The Netherlands), Christiana (North West), Cape Town and Pretoria. His Honours and Master’s degrees in economics were both obtained cum laude at the University of Pretoria, whilst the Doctorate was completed at the University of Johannesburg. He has followed a diversified career in management accounting; financial journalism; lecturing; consulting; and economic research.
 
He is a regular commentator & columnist on topical macroeconomic issues (in the national and regional media) and has authored many articles, books and research publications.

In 2005, Roelof Botha received the prestigious Finmedia Economist of the Year award, based on the accuracy of forecasts of key economic indicators.  He remains involved with macroeconomic research and is a Senior Adjunct Faculty member of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). Over the past three decades, more than 400 companies & employer organisations have utilised his services in providing forecasts of economic indicators, mostly for purposes of strategic planning.
 
He currently researches & writes columns on topical macro economic & socio-political issues for a national daily newspaper and three different agricultural sector publications (including Afgriland).  He has also been an economic advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers for the past 25 years. As a keen sportsman, he has participated in competitive soccer (also as a coach), cricket and sport parachuting & is a member of the Gideons.
 
'Higher growth beckons in 2018' is an informed keynote address by Dr Roelof Botha, who's past experience as an economic policy advisor at National Treasury and regular discussions with political analysts (including his father, who served in the late Nelson Mandela’s first Cabinet) also allow him to provide sensible reflections on the policy environment, in general, and the likely implications of the imminent leadership change in Government, in particular.
 
He accurately predicted the retention of investment grade for South Africa’s sovereign bonds by Moody’s in November 2017 as well as the dramatic recovery of the rand during the last quarter of 2017, based on a thorough analysis of indicators confirming the country’s fundamental fiscal and monetary stability. For a provocative keynote that provides a balanced and authoritative perspective on South Africa’s economic and political outlook, mingled with some optimism, Roelof Botha is your speaker of choice.

 
Present position
Self-employed economic researcher and author of five different columns on macroeconomic issues in national and regional publications in South Africa. Also a senior adjunct faculty member at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS – University of Pretoria) and economic adviser to GOPA Worldwide Consultants (Bad-Homburg, Germany) as well as the Optimum Financial Services Group (South Africa).
Professional experience
 
Auditing (1973 -1975)
Articled auditing clerk at a firm of chartered accountants (Kellerman, Nel and Bruni). Responsibilities eventually included full audits, the drawing up of financial statements (also of consolidated accounts), and interpretation of financial results.
 
Management Accounting (1975 -1980)
Positions were held with manufacturing concerns listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Responsibilities included internal auditing; the full range of management accounting procedures; reporting to members of the Board of Directors; and management of a staff of eight qualified accountants.
 
Financial & Economic Journalism (1980-1982)
Appointed as financial editor of the daily newspaper, "Die Transvaler" (previously "Hoofstad") with responsibility for editorial comment and reporting on all matters dealing with finance, business and economics.
 
Economic Policy Advisor (1982 - 1984)
Appointed to this position within the policy-making Directorate in the Department of Finance with specific responsibility for matters related to the International Monetary Fund; exchange rate policies; and the Southern African Customs Union, including liaison between the Department of Finance and the South African Reserve Bank.
 
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Lecturing (1984 - 1988)
Held the post of senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria (Department of Economics), specialising in the fields of public finance, industrial and foreign trade policies and regional economics. Lectures were also presented at the Business Management School at the University of Pretoria. These lectures dealt mainly with taxation; exchange rates; tariff protection; and the South African financial system.
 
Senior Economist of the South African Federated Chamber of Industries (1988 -1990)
Appointed to the above position in May 1988. Apart from overall management of the FCI's Economics Division, responsibilities included:
- Representation on various statutory bodies
- Conducting research and delivering presentations on relevant topics
- Organisation of topics and speakers for seminars and conferences
- Liaison with senior Government officials on socio-economic policy
- Conducting surveys into business confidence and interpretation of results
- Lecturing (1990 to date)

Returned to academic life in January 1990 as senior lecturer in the Department of Economics at Rand Afrikaans University, specialising in the fields of macroeconomics; public finance; economic policy in general; development economics; and management economics. Since 2000 he has also been involved as a visiting lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (University of Pretoria) and Henley Business School.
 
Management consulting (2001 to date)
Appointed as Joint Managing Director of GOPA Group SA (Pty) Ltd, a private, independent consulting firm that carries out planning, research, management and training projects within the Southern African region on behalf of national and international institutions and the private sector. The Company enjoys a wealth of experience that is vested in its majority shareholders, namely GOPA-Consultants & EPOS Health Consultants (both German companies).

Consulting work and research (1984 to date)
Consulting work is concentrated in the fields of macroeconomics (including forecasting of key economic indicators); small business development; industry-specific research; public sector economics; skills development; the strategic role of agriculture; and development economics in general. He was the resident (part-time) economic advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers for 28 years.
 
Awards
- Winner of the annual First National Bank Economic Essay Competition for Post Graduate students in Economics
- Standard Bank Prize for top Post Graduate Economics student – University of Pretoria
- Finmedia/ABSA Bank Economist of the Year (2005) – based on the accuracy of forecasts of key economic indicators
As a seasoned veteran of the public speaking circuit in Southern Africa, Guest Speaker Dr Botha has managed to captivate audiences with his unique style of blending the serious matters of economics and politics with the lighter side of life. His presentations are regarded as broadly motivational, in terms of highlighting research that confirms numerous positive structural changes in the Southern African economy.

Dr Roelof Botha received his early schooling in
Synopsis:
PRESENTATIONS by Dr Roelof Botha

The South African economy in 2019 - by Dr Roelof Botha
1 Construction & property overview
  • Construction industry value added & employment at a tangent
  • Trends in the value of building plans & buildings completed
  • Sales of hardware & building materials
  • Afrimat Construction Index recovers
  • REITS offer attractive dividend yields at low P/E ratios
  • Residential construction could fuel large-scale job creation
2 The South African socio-political environment
  • War on corruption set to continue
  • Post-election policy scenarios
  • How serious is the land expropriation threat?
3 Prospects for the South African economy in 2019
  • Removal of obstacles to growth will create opportunities
  • Leading business cycle indicator suggests growth is on track
  • The importance of investment grade status for SA’s bonds
  • Reserve Bank behind the curve - interest rates should decline
  • Fundamental reasons for the recovery of the rand exchange rate
  • Global economy in fairly good shape

*Latest Presentation*The Ramaphosa Effect – early signs of economic revival - An informed keynote address by Dr Roelof Botha

As a previous winner of the Finmedia Economist of the Year Award and with more than 40 years of experience, Dr Roelof Botha is exceptionally well-qualified to advise executives and managers on prospects for the South African economy in 2018, including the following:

Higher economic growth on the cards
Welcome return of the primary sectors
Global economy gaining some momentum
Rand exchange continues to stabilise
Interest rates on their way down
Fiscal consolidation is achievable
Combating of corruption to take centre stage
 
Higher growth beckons in 2018An informed keynote address by Dr Roelof Botha

The global economy & megatrends
US economy narrowing the growth gap with China
Europe to remain in zero growth mode
Drivers of US dollar strength
The commodity cycle slump – when will it end?

Socio-political overview – South Africa
Labour unrest – a serious threat, but potential solutions exist
Unpacking the NDP- which objectives will receive priority?
Time running out for the tripartite alliance
Public sector competitiveness scorecard since 2009

Prospects for the regional & South African economy
Rising stars of sub-Saharan Africa
Low interest rate environment set to continue
Relatively stable exchange rate expected over the medium term
Trends in household consumption expenditure
Capital formation trends
Gradual return of the “wealth effect”
Current constraints facing business
PRESENTATIONS by Dr Roelof Botha

The South African economy in 2019 - by Dr Roelof Botha
1 Constructio
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TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Client to supply the following:
 
Laptop
Data projector
Screen
Lapel microphone
The presentation will be in powerpoint (no audio) and Roelof brings same on a memory stick.
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Client to supply the following:
 
Laptop
Data p
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