NWU Business School

Book explores economic future after election outcome

A multi-authored book edited by renowned economist Prof Raymond Parsons, from the North-West University (NWU) Business School, aims to encourage and empower voters to make informed choices in this critical election year.

“There is no going back, and the options have dwindled. In the grand scheme of things, South Africa is no longer at the proverbial crossroads, but rather at a T-junction,” says Prof Parsons.

He edited and co-authored the book Tipping Point ─ turmoil or reform? South Africa’s political economy after 2024, which has been published by Jacana Media.

Submitted on Wed, 04/10/2024 - 14:45

Prof Alistair Mokoena: investing in good education is key

Commencing in 2024, Prof Alistair Mokoena, Google South Africa’s country director, pledged to donate R50 000 to the North-West University (NWU) annually. According to Prof Mokoena, the sum of the funding will go into the Dr Alistair Mokoena Education Fund and will be used to support any student in need of financial assistance.

Prof Mokoena believes contributing towards the advancement of knowledge and innovation can help enrich the educational experience of students beyond the classrooms.

Submitted on Thu, 04/04/2024 - 09:02

Rapid economic reforms must be implemented for better growth prospects

“The good news is that South Africa has, after all, narrowly avoided a ‘technical recession’ (two successive quarters of negative growth) by registering a scant gross domestic product (GDP) growth rise of 0,1% in the fourth quarter of 2023.”

In commenting on the growth figures for the fourth quarter of 2023 that were released on 5 March, Prof Raymond Parsons, economist from the North-West University (NWU) Business School, says this followed on a -0,2% GDP decline in the third quarter of 2023.

Submitted on Wed, 03/06/2024 - 12:06

Budget falls short in providing concrete solutions to pressing challenges

The South African Budget Speech of 21 February – delivered with a tone of optimism and commitment – reveals a government grappling with economic challenges while striving for progress.

Prof Joseph Sekhampu, chief director of the North-West University (NWU) Business School, says that upon closer examination, concerns and unanswered questions emerge.

Submitted on Thu, 02/22/2024 - 10:54

Budget acknowledges that the economy is not growing fast enough

In the face of a daunting combination of economic and fiscal imperatives, Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana in his Budget Speech on 21 February gave a realistic assessment of the socioeconomic and fiscal challenges confronting South Africa, including a “high sovereign credit risk”.

This is the view of Prof Raymond Parsons, economist from the North-West University (NWU) Business School.

Submitted on Thu, 02/22/2024 - 10:52

Prof Parsons previews expectations for the 2024 Budget Speech

Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana is set to present the Budget Speech for the 2024/25 fiscal year on 21 February 2024. Providing insights into the anticipated announcements, renowned economist from the North-West University (NWU) Business School, Prof Raymond Parsons, shares his perspectives on what South Africans can expect from this crucial address.

Prof Parsons says budgets always require a delicate balancing act and the 2024 budget, although being crafted in very difficult economic circumstances, ultimately also remains an exercise in political economy.

Submitted on Thu, 02/15/2024 - 12:21

SONA 2024: there is still “unfinished business” on the national agenda

There is still much “unfinished business” on the national agenda, including a more coherent overall economic plan for much higher job-rich inclusive growth.

In commenting on the 2024 State of the Nation Address (SONA), Prof Raymond Parsons, economist from the North-West University (NWU) Business School, points out that, as expected, prior to the 2024 elections the SONA was inevitably largely a party-political statement and also took stock of the government’s achievements over the decades.

Submitted on Fri, 02/09/2024 - 11:18

Modest growth outlook emphasises urgency of growth-orientated policies and projects

As was expected, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) unanimously decided at a fourth consecutive meeting on 25 January (its first meeting of 2024) to again keep interest rates unchanged and therefore higher for longer.

Prof Raymond Parsons, economist from the North-West University (NWU) Business School, says the tone of the MPC’s statement remained highly cautious, as it did not see the battle against inflation as yet having been permanently won.

Submitted on Mon, 01/29/2024 - 14:58