Summary ProfileDawie is the chief economist and a director at Efficient Group, a listed
financial services company.
Dawie published his first book in 2013, Tax, Lies and Red Tape, which has been reviewed as a “fresh, thought-provoking and entertaining look at economics in South Africa.”
His career in economic and political analysis spans over 20 years and includes nine years as an economist at the South African Reserve Bank as well as being the economic editor of a financial publication.
His academic qualifications include a Masters degree (cum laude) in economics. Dawie’s interest in economics is not always limited to the conventional. Apart from his formal studies, he also studied communism.
Dawie is known for his extensive knowledge of the South African economy, his analytical nature and exceptional communication skills. He is highly efficient in conveying complicated economic information into everyday language.
Regular television appearances, broadcasts on radio stations and comments in the printed and electronic media have all contributed to making him one of South Africa’s most quoted economists. Dawie has received recognition for his achievements in academics, broadcasting and public speaking. He is also a MBA lecturer on macro-economics at the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).
To balance his enthusiasm for economics, Dawie has many hobbies and interests but he easily admits to his lifelong passion for nature. He is also a keen traveller with a special interest in the African continent and Dawie is actively involved in charities.
During 2007, Dawie received his national colours for powered paragliding and he represented South Africa at the World Championship in China. His other hobbies include scuba diving, clay pigeon shooting, ichthyology (the branch of zoology devoted to the study of fish) and the odd breakfast run on a twin V.
Dawie is a devoted family man and is married to Marina. He has four children; a daughter Danielle and a son Kristoff who are both currently studying at the University of Pretoria, and twin daughters born in May 2013. The family shares a great love for animals and evidence of this can be found in the number and assortment living on the family’s smallholding in Pretoria.