Dr. Roelof Botha
For a provocative keynote that provides a balanced and authoritative perspective on South Africa’s economic and political outlook – mingled with a delightful and always welcome sense of humour – Dr. Roelof Botha (son of former Foreign Minister ‘Pik’) will add an insightful and though-provoking element to any corporate gathering.
In the midst of unprecedented exchange rate volatility during 2016, the South African currency slowly but surely started to shed its undervalued status. In the process, the rand has been one of the best-performing currencies in the world over the past 12 months, strengthening by 21% against the US dollar.
This outcome was accurately predicted by Dr Roelof Botha (part-time economic advisor to PwC) in January last year. His current research indicates a number of reasons to believe that the rand will experience a relatively stable 2017, SA bonds will retain their investment grade status and that economic growth may surprise on the upside.
As a previous winner of the Finmedia Economist of the Year Award and with more than 40 years of experience, Dr Botha is exceptionally well-qualified to advise executives and managers on the prospects for economic growth, interest rates, inflation and the exchange rate into 2017, as well as the impact of current global trends.
His 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.