Finances Day: Fringe of a Cliff

February is an important month for South Africa on the financial calendar, with the State of the Nation tackle shortly adopted by the nationwide price range speech. The announcement of this 12 months’s price range is especially anxiously awaited, as the federal government has to take care of a pointy decline in tax revenues, address a shrinking financial system and keep away from a fiscal cliff.

The Covid Disaster has knocked South Africa’s already-teetering financial system, forcing authorities and its residents to seek out the means to take care of each the well being and financial crises.

Be part of us to look at Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s tackle to Parliament dwell on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 (TBC), at 14h00 on

Participate in a free webinar analysing the price range, with Moneyweb Editor Ryk van Niekerk, economists Dr Iraj Abedian and Isaah Mhlanga and tax practitioner Yolandi Esterhuizen on Thursday, February 25 at 11h00.

Registration is important; join here.


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Iraj Abedian

Founder and Chief Government of Pan-African Funding

Iraj is the founder and Chief Government of Pan-African Funding and Analysis Companies (Pty) Ltd and Government Chairman of Pan-African Capital Holdings (Pty) Ltd. He was professor of economics on the College of Cape City, earlier than coming into the enterprise sector in 2000.

He obtained his PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser College in Canada in 1993. He has served as a advisor on financial coverage points to private and non-private sector organizations in South Africa in addition to internationally. His involvement in coverage growth in South Africa contains: The Transformation of the Growth Financial institution of Southern Africa (1995), the RDP White Paper (1995), Progress, Employment and Redistribution (GEAR 1996), Medium Time period Expenditure Framework (MTEF 1997/98), the Presidential Overview Fee (PRC 1997/98), membership of the President’s Financial Advisory Panel 2006-2009 and Financial Advisor to Minister of Mineral Sources of SA Authorities (Feb. 2010 to July 2012).

Throughout September to December 1999, Dr Abedian was primarily based on the IMF, Washington D.C., engaged on points associated to fiscal vulnerability evaluation. In January 2000, he joined The Normal Financial institution Group at their head workplace in Johannesburg as Group Chief Economist. He was appointed Director and Group Economist in April 2000, and was a member of the Normal Financial institution Group EXCO. In 2003, Affiliation of Black Securities and Funding Professionals (ABSIP) awarded him the title of “High Economist of the Yr”.


Isaah Mhlanga

Chief Economist of Alexander Forbes.

On this place, he’s chargeable for formulating the macroeconomic technique for the enterprise, which entails figuring out systemic financial dangers and alternatives that profit the enterprise and its purchasers. He contributes to Alexander Forbes funding course of by means of producing the macro framework for asset allocation and funding committee.

His expertise span each public sector and personal sector, having began his skilled profession as an economist on the native workplace of the Worldwide Financial Fund earlier than becoming a member of the Nationwide Treasury’s financial coverage unit. He later labored for Absa Capital and Rand Service provider Financial institution’s financial analysis masking international and home macroeconomics and forecasting the home macroeconomy.

Isaah has additionally lectured undergraduate economics and econometrics on the College of Johannesburg. He’s columnist for Enterprise Day and Fin24. In 2019, Isaah was named Economist of the 12 months by the Affiliation of Black Securities and Funding Professionals (ABSIP).


Yolandi Esterhuizen

Director, Product Compliance, Africa & Center East at Sage

Yolandi Esterhuizen oversees the interpretation and implementation of tax, labour and safety of private info laws into Sage’s HR & payroll in addition to accounting merchandise throughout Africa and the Center East. She brings to her function skilled information and consulting expertise in tax and labour regulation, together with PAYE, Employment Tax Incentive, Employment Fairness, Expertise Growth and Labour Relations.

Yolandi is an admitted Advocate of the Excessive Court docket of South Africa and a registered tax practitioner. She holds a B.Com Monetary Threat Administration diploma from the North-West College, an LLB diploma from the College of South Africa, and a graduate certificates in Superior Taxation from the College of Pretoria