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Afriforesight's Scenario Planning Team

Jacques Botha



A dedicated researcher, forecaster & strategist, 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).

Jacques is known as a strategy adviser delivering on numerous capital projects, including facilitating a numerous of scenario planning exercises for executive teams on behalf of the Institute for Futures Research at the University of Stellenbosch. He played the leading role in building the Mining Phakisa forecasting model for the Presidency and the then Chamber of Mines.

He also sits on the BER’s quarterly forecasting committee, a seat he has occupied for the last 26 years.

Nathan Musson
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Chief Economist

Nathan holds a BSc in Mathematics and a BCom (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Cape Town. He has been researching the global economy, commodities, and materials for the last 4 years at Afriforesight, quickly working up the ranks.


He is an expert in survey data analysis and incorporating the findings into complex mathematical models, and he played an active role in building the forecasting model used by the Presidency and Minerals Council during the Mining Phakisa.

At present, he is Chief Economist and is in charge of research on all commodities and material costs. Nathan, is a key member of Afriforesight’s COVID-19 Scenario Planning Team, and leads the global economic analysis.

Vinesh Chetty
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Head: Energy Commodities & Deputy Chief Economist

Vinesh holds a BCom in Economics from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He is in the process of completing his Honours in Economics, specialising in applied microeconomics and financial markets.


At Afriforesight, his research is focused on the energy markets, where he consolidates data on market drivers for coal, oil, natural gas, uranium and renewables. He also assists with the analysis of the global transport and shipping markets.


In addition to leading the energy commodity scenarios, Vinesh provides unique insight on the impact of politics and the financial markets on commodity prices. 

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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. 



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Tel: +27 21 422 4500  

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