Afriforesight's Scenario Planning Team




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.

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COVID-19 Scenarios Team Leader

Tapiwa has a BSc and MSc in Chemical Engineering, both from the University of Cape Town. Before joining Afriforesight as a commodity and materials researcher, she worked for the Centre for Minerals Research, focusing her research on optimising metal recovery in nickel processing and acid mine drainage mitigation.

At Afriforesight, Tapiwa’s skills are directed at researching PGM markets and chemicals used in mineral processing, manufacturing and industry, but she is also undertaking research towards a PhD on beneficiation opportunities and sustainability in the PGM industry. Tapiwa capitalises on her many years of project management and technical experience to lead Afriforesight’s Scenario Planning Team.

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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.

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Materials Engineer

Brandon obtained his MSc in Chemistry, from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, which primarily focused on corrosion and tribology properties of friction stir welded titanium.


He completed his PhD in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, at the University of the Witwatersrand, with a thesis exploring the additive manufacturing and materials characterization of tungsten carbide alloys. He has numerous publications in accredited journals and has also reviewed for an additive manufacturing journal.


Before joining Afriforesight he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Advanced Manufacturing research group at Stellenbosch University.

Brandon’s skills are directed at the research of base metals and various other commodities.

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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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Head: Precious & Related Commodities

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 fuel cells and green methods of producing hydrogen gas.


Pearson’s main focus on the Scenario Planning Team is assessing the outlook for commodities used in battery metals.

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Chief SA Economist & Head of Project Costs

Eduan holds BCom (Law) and LLB degrees from the University of Stellenbosch and an Honours BCom Economics from Unisa. He is a qualified attorney who specialised in property and commercial law before his passion for economics led him to joining Afriforesight.

Eduan leads the research for major industrial input costs as well as the South African economy and labour markets. Eduan is an active member of the Scenario Planning Team, with a main focus on the industrial commodities mainly used in project costs.