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Prof Jannie Rossouw

After 29 years of "absence", Prof Jannie Rossouw, a C2 rated researcher, is welcomed back to the Department of Economics in the College of Economic and Management Sciences (CEMS) after an illustrious career in the private sector. Prof Rossouw started his professional career as a lecturer in the Economics Department at Unisa in 1979 and left in 1983 for the private sector.

He has spent most of his time at the South African Reserve Bank, and has held numerous senior positions including his most recent as Head: Currency Management.

Previous positions and responsibilities during his career in the Bank have included, among others.

Although he was in the private sector, he could not shake off his academic grooming and has continued lecturing on a part-time basis and was co-editor of a special supplement of the journal Economic History of Developing Regions (2011).

When asked about his transition back to academia he said, "I would like to conduct more meaningful research, with a private sector perspective as well. My research interests are on inflation credibility and I want to also explore more on the topic of "Central Banks with Shareholders". I am really excited about the energy here at Unisa about research and I believe I will be able to make a significant contribution as well as mentor upcoming researchers", he explained.

Prof Johan Lotter, the Chair of the Economics Department said, "we are very glad to welcome Prof Jannie Rossouw to our college and department. He has an impeccable research record and the fact that he obtained his rating while outside of the academic environment is commendable. We are looking forward to his contribution and for him being part of our team."

Prof Rossouw is a member of the Economic Society of South Africa, a member of the Finance Committee of the South African Academy for Arts and Culture and also sits on the Board of the Afrikaans Language Museum.

He has extensive radio experience, which will not go to waste as he now hosts a weekly show on Unisa Radio every Wednesday between 10:00 and 10:30 titled, "Principles of Economics".

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