Meet the Team

Afriforesight has a multi-disciplinary research team whose expertise represents all the links in the commodity value chain, from extraction to market.

 

Our professional competence ranges from engineering, geology, chemistry, processing, to financial accounting and international economics.

Jacques Botha
Chairman 

A dedicated researcher & forecaster, Jacques is esteemed for his wide knowledge of global trends and the world of commodities. An economist by training, he obtained his BCom (Hons) in Economics from the University of Johannesburg, before joining Trust Bank (now ABSA) and then the Bureau for Economic Research (BER).

His innovative approach to forecasting and business makes Jacques a much wanted strategic adviser and he has consequently facilitated and delivered on numerous ad hoc projects for top organisations in South Africa.

Jacques founded Afriforesight in 1996 with the vision of establishing a world class commodity and input costs forecasting institute in Africa.  

His ultimate goal is to leverage Afriforesight's intellectual capital in working towards a better SA economy and make a difference in the development of Africa’s people.

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Nathan Musson
Chief Economist

Nathan holds a BSc in Mathematics and a BCom Hons degree in Economics from UCT, specialising in General Macroeconomic theory.

At Afriforesight, Nathan forecasts the outlook for hydrocarbons and particularly the development of gas infrastructure in Africa. He also researches manganese and the following input costs: ammonia, explosives, rubber, tyres, fuel and bitumen. He is an expert in survey data analysis and incorporating the findings into complex mathematical models. Nathan played an active role in building and fine tuning the Mining Phakisa forecasting model.

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Vinesh Chetty
Head: Energy & Bulk Commodities and
Deputy Chief Economist

Vinesh holds a BCom (Honours) in Economics from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, specialising in applied microeconomics and financial markets. 

At Afriforesight, his research is primarily on the energy sector, where he collates and analyzes data on energy usage, policies and standards at various points throughout the supply chain. This includes in-depth study on the supply and demand dynamics of the markets for coal, oil, natural gas, uranium and renewables. Vinesh also focuses on the analysis of bulk commodities as well as the  global transport and shipping markets.

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Pearson Mururi
Head: Precious & Related Metals

Pearson holds a BSc with Honours in Chemistry from the University of Witwatersrand. During his Honours year, he conducted two material science projects with potential application in hybrid cars.
At Afriforesight, he applies his in depth understanding of the chemistry behind mining processes and the industrial application of mined commodities to his research on Platinum Group Metals, fuel cells and green methods of producing hydrogen gas focusing on gasification of fossil fuels and biomass. Pearson also mentors our trainee chemical engineers & chemists.

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Deborah Chikukwa
Commodity Analyst

Deborah graduated with honours from UCT and holds a Masters of Science degree in Chemical Engineering as well as a BSc (Hons) in the same field. She is experienced in Data collection, Data Analysis, and Data Interpretation & reporting, with a broader focus on research and development. 

At Afriforesight, Deborah conducts research on the markets for industrial Base Metals, and analyzes related materials & products items such as copper wires and aluminium. She also has a strong focus on studying chemical reagents used for mineral processing & beneficiation. 

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Devon Allers
Commodity Analyst

Devon obtained his BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Stellenbosch University. His research experience includes evaluating the suitability of certain chemical reagents for 

leaching Rare Earth Elements from coal ash. He has also undergone training with Volkswagen SA on various waste water treatment strategies.

Devon specialises in Steel sector analysis at Afriforesight, and does comprehensive research into the key commoditiy inputs and chemicals related to steel manufacturing.

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Kirthi Ramdhanee
Commodity Analyst

Kirthi holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  Her work experience includes designing engineering systems for bulk water and wastewater treatment.

At Afriforesight, she applies her knowledge of chemical processes to her research on  battery metals such as nickel and lithium, and on chemicals used in the mineral processing and manufacturing industry, as well as new energy vehicles.  

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Amanda Ahamefule
Commodity Analyst

Amanda holds a BSc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. Most of her academic research involved clean energy technologies such as producing LPG gas from underground coal gasification, and testing various cooling techniques on Solar PV Panels.  Amanda does energy market research at Afriforesight, focussing on crude oil, natural gas and liquified natural gas. 

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Dina Alleluya
Research Administrator

Dina holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Statistical Sciences from the University of Cape Town. At Afriforesight, she mainly focuses on general commodity research and support as well as data management. She is also responsible for keeping the rest of the team up to date on the latest news on Covid statistics and how it can potentially impact our forecasts. 

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Sebastian Naidoo
Business Development Manager

Sebastian holds Bcom and Bcom Honours Economics degrees from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. He has several years experience in the import/export and wholesale trade, working primarily with the textiles and semi-durable goods sectors, where he's had the opportunity to travel extensively overseas.  Since then, he has joined Afriforesight as a Strategy Economist, specializing in business model analysis and advising clients on economic and market developments. He also heads the Business Development division, where he shows clients how Afriforesight's forecast data & research can help them improve their bottom line. 

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Isabel de Wet
General Manager

Isabel holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Social Anthropology from UCT.  She has more than 15 years experience in exceeding client expectations working as a project manager for one for the top restaurant franchises in South Africa. At Afriforesight, Isabel is responsible for coordinating business operations, monitoring and motivating staff, and improving administration processes.  Equipped with strong interpersonal skills and leadership abilities, she oversees all executive relationships as well as Afriforesight's research projects from ideation to execution.

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Mareli Barnard
Client Services Manager

Mareli holds a BCom. in Entrepreneurship and
Business Management from North-West University.  Her key focus at Afriforesight is to ensure that clients always receive top quality service and are connected with the best analysts on the team to efficiently provide them with strategic market insight on a daily basis. 

While providing support with regards to general research and service enhancements, she is also perfectly positioned to assist with business development as she has a keen interest in marketing communications and social media marketing.

Keenan Bantom
Technical Research Executive

Keenan holds a BSc degree in Geology and Botany with Honours in Botany from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. After having held research and administrative positions at Afriforesight, his very good grasp of overall operations as well as his passion for technology has made him the designated IT manager.  He is responsible for ensuring maintenance of IT systems are implemented, and that all company electronic data are secure. He is currently working on developing a database platform that will make Afriforesight's research even more client friendly & accessible.

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Charles Kieck
Consulting Political Economist

Charles obtained his Masters degree in Economics at UCT, for which he presented a paper investigating the impact of asteroid mining on long-term platinum supply. He serves as Afriforesight’s political economist, given his special interest in geopolitics - particularly how events happening in the US, China and Europe impact global commodity demand & supply.  His unique training as both a Chartered Accountant and an economist allows him to understand commodity industries through the analysis of company financial performance from a macro-economic context.