Extraordinary Professor Peet Strydom annually hosts a one-day conference and last week Friday saw the 17th Ruiterbosch event held near Mosselbay.
The aim of the conference is to bring together academics, practitioners and policymakers for an off-the-record and no-holds-barred discussion of the issues facing the South African economy. Prof Krugell of the School of Economics and Prof Viviers of TRADE was there.
This year the topics of discussion included:
- Global value chains and the implications that they hold for exports and investment,
- Piketty’s analysis of inequality – Prof Peet presented a paper with his own modified model and the implications for South Africa,
- Foreign direct investment in Africa, specifically by SA firms, and
- The rise and fall of Eskom.