In his own unique style of blending the serious matters of economics and politics with the lighter side of life, Dr Botha has managed to captivate audiences within Southern Africa. Most of his presentations are regarded as broadly motivational, in terms of highlighting research that confirms numerous positive structural changes in the South African economy, including an objective reflection on the prospects for sustained growth & development and the enhancement of socio-economic stability in the SADC region.
Dr Roelof Botha received his early schooling in Stockholm (Sweden), Cologne (Germany) The Hague (The Netherlands) Christiana (North West), Cape Town and Pretoria.
Since then, he has followed a diversified career in management accounting, financial journalism, lecturing, economic research and consulting. Numerous opportunities have been utilised to contribute to the formulation of macro-economic policies within several of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.
He is a regular commentator on topical macroeconomic issues (in the national and regional media) and has authored more than 500 articles, books and research publications.
His Honours and Masters degrees were both obtained cum laude at the University of Pretoria, whilst the Doctorate was completed at Rand Afrikaans University. He was granted three achievement bursaries and won two academic excellence awards during his studies. He has participated in competitive soccer, cricket and sport parachuting.
In 2005, he received the prestigious Sake24 Economist of the Year award, based on the accuracy of forecasts of key economic indicators.
He is currently Joint Managing Director of a multi-disciplinary research company that specialises in development facilitation and has been an economic advisor (part-time) to PricewaterhouseCoopers for the past 24 years. Combined with teaching courses in applied macroeconomics at the University of Pretoria, The University of Johannesburg (formerly RAU), the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and Tshwane University of Technology, this has ensured continued exposure to decision-makers in virtually all of the country’s economic sectors.
Areas of expertise include overviews and forecasts of key economic indicators (e. g. exchange rates, interest rates, GDP growth and capital formation); sector-specific analysis of demand and supply conditions; macro-economic impact assessments; trends with regard to emerging market economies; and the domestic and international socio-political milieu.