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Lesetja Kganyago, Governor of the South African Reserve Bank
Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, presented a public lecture at the UFS on 4 March 2020.

With a 7% fiscal deficit on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) projected by the National Treasury for the 2020/21 financial year, it would not take long to arrive at a dangerous level of debt at the rate that South Africa is borrowing. Although the South African Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, does not consider a debt to GDP rate of 60% a disaster, he did express his concern regarding the country’s fiscal deficits being over 6% of the GDP.

Governor Kganyago presented a public lecture at the University of the Free State (UFS) on 4 March 2020, focusing on how we should use macro-economic policy and its role in our economic growth problem.

Unsustainable policies 
South Africa’s fiscal situation is not about tight monetary policy. According to the Governor: “Weak growth is endogenous in our fiscal problems. We cannot keep doing what we are doing and hope that growth will recover and save us. Growth is low, in large part, because of unsustainable policy.”

Avoiding an impending crisis
To address the problem, as a policymaker with more than 20 years’ experience, the Governor suggested that the recommendations made by Minister Tito Mboweni be taken into consideration. “The Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, is a man who says things that are true even when they are unpopular. His message is that we have to reduce spending and he is right to put this at the centre of our macro-economic debate,” said Governor Kganyago.

The state needs a radical economic turnaround strategy which is able to diminish the risk of losing market access and being forced to ask the International Monetary Fund for help. Governor Kganyago is positive that such a reformative tactic would go beyond monetary policy and ensure that the interest bill ceases to claim more of South Africa’s scarce resources. 

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Economist Mike Schussler speaks at UFS
2012-11-08

Mike Schussler
Photo: Supplied
08 November 2012

Mike Schussler, the highly regarded economist and noted public speaker, will present a talk on The Meaning of the Census data.

  • Date: Friday 9 November 2012
  • Time: 16:00 – 17:00
  • Venue: UFS Business School, Auditorium, Ground Floor.

There are limited spaces available and students, staff and outside visitors will be seated on a first-come first-seated basis.

Mr Schussler will explore the overt and hidden meanings of the data for development; the state of the nation; the possibilities of transformation; and the implications for research. Limited copies of the Census report will be available at the venue.

The speaker is the owner of Economists.co.za, an economic research house in South Africa. He has won numerous awards for his analysis and research on social, economic and development matters.
 

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