Summary ProfileROBERT JEFFREY
Director and Senior Economist
Rob is currently Managing Director of Econometrix. He worked closely with Econometrix for many years, both as client and in a consulting capacity before joining the team to head up a business unit in 2004. He consults, gives presentations and lectures on a wide range of international and domestic economic developments including advising on investment and development strategies for multinational corporations, government and banking institutions. Areas of specialisation include global and domestic industrial and mining strategy and policy, pricing and credit risk. One of Rob’s areas of expertise is the South African electricity predicament in the context of global trends and the energy crisis. His early career was in investment banking before moving into industry, where he was Managing Director or Chairman of a number of construction and industrial companies. Rob was Chairman of the Constructional Engineers Association (CEA) and the CEA representative on SEIFSA, as well as being active on a number of other councils and committees.
Rob Jeffrey matriculated at St John's College, Johannesburg and graduated with a B.Sc. in Mathematical Statistics and Applied Mathematics at the University of the Witwatersrand. He was on the Students Representative Council, represented Wits at athletics, rugby and rowing and played rugby for Transvaal U20, combined Northern Universities and rowed for South African Universities. He won a scholarship to Cambridge University and obtained an MA degree in Economics. He later completed his MBL, Cum Laude, at the University of South Africa.
Topics• The South African electricity predicament in the context of global trends and the energy crisis
• The true cost of electricity options and choices for South Africa
• Electricity and employment. The key to South Africa’s economic, social and political prosperity
• The role of alternative forms of energy in Southern African power generation
• Possible economic benefits of the potential shale gas resources in the southern Karoo
• The economic impact of an advertising ban alcoholic beverages
• The economic impact of introducing a Carbon Tax
• Unsecured lending and its impact on the South African economy
• The economic impact and implications of abolishing the use of garnishee orders as a form of legal collection by credit providers in South Africa