31 July 2024
The Maslow Hotel, Sandton

Join us for a landmark occasion as we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) alongside 30 years of democracy in South Africa.
We are hosting a full-day conference in Sandton on 31 July 2024 to commemorate eight decades of economic research and insights. The lineup features renowned speakers from the realms of business, policy and politics.
We will delve into the rich tapestry of South Africa’s economic history, drawing from seven decades of survey data. Since its inception, the BER has been a stalwart in providing critical primary data, economic insights and forecasts, which play a pivotal role in shaping economic discourse and policy decisions.
Celebrate with us as we honour our past, embrace the present, and collectively envision the future of our nation's economic landscape.

Registration 08h30
Start 09h00
Lunch: 12h45
Close 15h30

Craig Lemboe, Deputy-Director, BER

Speakers and panel participants

  • David Fowkes | Adviser to the Governor, Member of the SARB’s Monetary Policy Committee
  • Busisiwe Mavuso | CEO of Business Leadership South Africa
  • Kuben Naidoo | Former Deputy Governor of the SARB
  • Johan Fourie | Professor of Economics at Stellenbosch University, Author of Our Long Walk to Economic Freedom
  • Duncan Pieterse | Director-General, National Treasury
  • Mpumelelo Mkhabela | Political Analyst
  • Shannon Bold | Senior Economist: Macroeconometric Modelling and Forecasting, BER
  • Lisette IJssel de Schepper | Chief Economist, BER

With welcoming and closing remarks by BER Director Prof Johann Kirsten.

*Please note that the programme for the day may change without notice.

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