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Welcome to ERSA’s Conversation Series. In these conversations, we explore topical economic issues and see how they affect our daily lives here in South Africa. Speaking to experienced and knowledgeable people in the field, we gain perspectives and insights from both a practical and a policy level.

Compass
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Nicola Viegi on the South African economic response to the Coronavirus

Date recorded: 
Mon, 06 April 2020

Nicola Viegi, Deputy Director of ERSA, talks with Margaux G on the South African economic response to the Coronavirus. Health intervention and household support is the first priority, but policies should also protect the integrity of supply chains and the integrity of labour contracts, even with temporary reductions of wages and public guarantees. The partial freeze of the economy allows speeding up infrastructure maintenance and renewal. The bureaucracy around business licensing and exporting should be simplified to the point of irrelevance. To finance these interventions, South Africa needs instruments that are efficient and coherent with its long term objectives of growth and resilience.Read more

Credits: 

The beat used in this production, called ‘Resolutions’, is royalty free and can be found at freebeats.io and the photo is by Fusion Medical Animation and can be found on Unsplash.

Corona virus
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Nicola Viegi on the potential impact of the Coronavirus on South Africa

Date recorded: 
Thu, 26 March 2020

In this podcast, Prof. Nicola Viegi, the Deputy Director of ERSA and SARB Chair in Monetary Policy Studies at the University of Pretoria, discusses the unprecedented nature of the Coronavirus pandemic. With unknowns regarding how long this shock will last and what the direct and indirect effects will be, there is much uncertainty regarding the impact on the South African economy. While the South African economy was somewhat sheltered during the Financial crisis, the Coronavirus and the resulting lockdown pose a real eternal shock to our economy. At times like this, it is important for Monetary and Fiscal Policy to work together to protect the economy. The resiliency of firms also matters because there will be more shocks in future – if not into the public health sector, possibly from...Read more

Credits: 

The beat used in this production, called ‘Resolutions’, is royalty free and can be found at freebeats.io and the photo is by Fusion Medical Animation and can be found on Unsplash.

Corona Map
podcast

Differential Impact of the Coronavirus as of end of March 2020

Date recorded: 
Thu, 26 March 2020

Professor Johannes W. Fedderke, the Director of ERSA speaks to our host, Margaux G about the initial impact of the Coronavirus on the world. Exploring the differential impact across countries by focusing specifically on the number of confirmed cases at the time and the corresponding mortality rates, we can take some valuable learnings from countries like Germany and South Korea.Read more

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Credits: 

The Ari Lennox type beat used in this production, called ‘Every night’, is royalty free and can be found at freebeats.io and the photo is by Fusion Medical Animation and can be found on Unsplash.

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