All posts by Sam Rolland

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.

Driving ourselves into a new economy

Jun 04, 2019No Comments

With the victory of Cyril Ramaphosa and the ANC, it is now time to get on with the business of economic recovery I write this

An eye on the elections 

May 09, 2019No Comments

How will the outcome of the May general elections affect the transport industry? It certainly feels as though the South African economy has stumbled from

Running out of power

Apr 04, 2019No Comments

As an economist trying to understand and forecast in South Africa, it has proven difficult to remain optimistic in recent times. In fact, many a

Travelling with efficiency

Mar 14, 2019No Comments

With inefficiently designed cities a reality in South Africa, creating an all-encompassing transport system is easier said than done. In last month’s issue of FOCUS,

What will 2019 hold?

Feb 14, 2019No Comments

As 2018 came speeding to a close, there were a number of surprises to throw off the economic market expectations, and  the impact these will

On spatial planning and integrated transpor...

Feb 14, 2019No Comments

Our numbers man, SAM ROLLAND, discusses the potential to design an efficient, integrated transport system for South Africa in this two-part series. One of the

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