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Link Between Increasing Energy Prices and SA’s Exchange Rate Explored in Thesis

April 18, 2017

Mr Malibongwe Nyathi.

The relationship between increases in energy prices and the accompanying long-term impact on the exchange rate of an energy dependent country such as South Africa was explored in Master of Commerce graduate Mr Malibongwe Nyathi’s research titled: “Energy Prices and the real Exchange Rate: A South African Perspective”.

Nyathi says the correlation may lead to misalignments and an adverse effect on the country’s competitiveness and needs to be continually assessed.

‘Changes in energy prices are causes of macroeconomic instability, mainly in developing countries like ours. Hence, it remains imperative that the relationship between these variables is examined,’ he said.

‘This is particularly relevant in developing countries where petroleum and natural gas are regarded as a backbone for several key economic sectors.’

Nyathi who graduated with his Bachelor of Business Science degree in 2015 and is currently an Economics tutor for first and second year students in the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, says acquiring a PhD is his next goal.

‘When I first came to university the idea was to get that degree and get a job. However, after getting a taste of academia I have realised I have a passion for lecturing.

'To me, sharing the skills and knowledge that I have acquired, with an understanding that not all of us have the privilege of attending university, makes me feel like I am giving back to the community This is what motivated me to pursue this qualification.’

Thandiwe Jumo

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