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SAM Rolland is an automotive and transport economist at Econometrix. He is responsible for writing the Quarterly Automotive Outlook at Econometrix, as well as commentary and analysis on vehicle sales and transport price drivers. Prior to joining Econometrix, Rolland spent a number of years as an economist for the National Treasury of South Africa. He has also worked at Bloomberg New Energy Finance as a research analyst in conventional power.

When forces collide

Dec 12, 2018No Comments

Is the government compromising its own objectives – and that of this industry? Like many economists in the country, I tuned in attentively on October

Of GDP and the stimulus package. Oh, and th...

Nov 14, 2018No Comments

The picture is looking pretty bleak Despite Christmas being around the corner, I am sure that October crept up suddenly for many a consumer. Economists

Here we go again

Oct 12, 2018No Comments

To the surprise of many economists, South Africa has once again entered a technical recession Data revisions down the line may yet save us (although

A new future, brick by BRIC(s)

Sep 12, 2018No Comments

Last month at the BRICS summit I was fortunate enough to attend a Russia-South Africa breakfast on future investment opportunities for both countries The Brics

The Madness of King Trump

Aug 15, 20181 Comment

The global effects of the US import tariff hikes have already been felt in South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa must have thought he had it (relatively)

A (Beit)bridge too far

Jul 09, 2018No Comments

A Border Management Authority (BMA) makes a lot of sense, but this could undo much of the progress made to date. Hidden among other news

A note on the strikes

Jun 18, 2018No Comments

The bus drivers’ strike in may will have far-reaching economic implications. As an economist, I am often asked to delve into unfamiliar topics to provide

Infrastructure spend and the need to regain...

May 08, 2018No Comments

There are various regional examples of how spending on infrastructure – such as roads and rail – can boost a country’s competitive advantage. In the

Kicking the can further down the road

Apr 10, 2018No Comments

Investigating a decline in infrastructure spend (part one). February came and went with the passing of the budget by the then Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba.

Another side to the coin 

Mar 14, 2018No Comments

We all want the rand to be stronger, but there is a downside. A few columns ago I discussed how an exchange rate impacts on