Roelof Botha received his early schooling in Stockholm (Sweden), Cologne (Germany), The Hague (Netherlands), Christiana (North West), Cape Town and Pretoria.
His Honours and Master’s degrees in economics were both obtained cum laude at the University of Pretoria, whilst the Doctorate was completed at the University of Johannesburg. He has followed a diversified career in management accounting; financial journalism; lecturing; consulting; and economic research.
He is a regular commentator & columnist on topical macroeconomic issues (in the national and regional media) and has authored more than 500 articles, books and research publications.
In 2005, he received the prestigious Finmedia Economist of the Year award, based on the accuracy of forecasts of key economic indicators.
He remains involved with macroeconomic research and is a Senior Adjunct Faculty member of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). Over the past three decades, more than 400 companies & employer organisations have utilisied his services in providing forecasts of economic indicators, mostly for purposes of strategic planning.
He currently researches & writes columns on topical macroeconomic & socio-political issues for a national daily newspaper and three different agricultural sector publications (including Afgriland).
He has also been an economic advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers for the past 23 years. As a keen sportsman, he has participated in competitive soccer (also as a coach), cricket and sport parachuting & as a member of the Gideons.
As a seasoned veteran of the public speaking circuit in Southern Africa, Dr Botha has managed to captivate audiences with his unique style of blending the serious matters of economics and politics with the lighter side of life. His presentations are regarded as broadly motivational, in terms of highlighting research that confirms numerous positive structural changes in the South African economy.