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Budding economist does it again

- Buhle Zuma

Wits Economics student faced tough candidates in the honours category of the Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech competition

Wits Economics student, Tlhalefang Moeletsi, has again made Wits University proud when he was placed first runner-up in the national budget speech competition.

Moelesti, who aspires to be a public sector economist, faced tough candidates in the honours category of the Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech competition whose winners were announced last night at a banquet hosted by the two financial businesses. The Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan had the honour of presenting the prizes to the students. Moeletsi walked away with R100 000 for his essay titled The Asynchronous Monetary Stances of Advanced Economies and South Africa’s Policy Options.

The annual competition is open to economics students in institutions of higher learning in South Africa and aims to stimulate and reward the country’s brightest economic young minds. Entrants are required to submit a sound academic essay responding to a set topic relating to economic issues.

The future economist from Bapong village in the North West Province, is no stranger to the competition having won R60 000 in the 2014 undergraduate category.

Wits had a total of five students shortlisted in the competition and travelled to Cape Town for a three day leadership and social programme.

Tarryn Reddy represented Wits in undergraduate category while Robert Botha, Michael Levin, Ashleigh Waterson put a strong showing in the postgraduate category.

Wits lecture, Janine Dingley, from the School of Economic and Business Sciences, says making it to the finals is a significant achievement and a wonderful experience for the students.

“During the three days they were able to engage and network with influential individuals from government and industry, and had the opportunity to ask Minister Gordhan some difficult questions.”

One of the highlights is attending the much awaited national budget speech in Parliament.

The winners and runner-ups further participate in media interviews which help to build their professional profiles and defending their ideas in public platforms.

The 2016 essay topics and competition details will be announced soon at