The virtual future - an economist's perspective

Dawie Roodt, Chief Economist of Efficient Group
28 June 2017
17h45-18h15 (Registration & cheese ’n wine)
FMF, Block 5 Bryanston Gate, 170 Curzon Road, Bryanston (Off Main Road opposite the Sandton Medi-Clinic)

The virtual future is unfolding right before our eyes. Software like Bitcoin and Uber is reshaping our reality - the age of virtualism is upon us. Crypto is becoming virtual, money is private and the end of banks is nigh. Meanwhile, everybody is doing it, but nobody knows who's been doing it to whom. Best of all is that the new uber class, career politicians and professional ineptocrats, are likely to become the only major casualties.

Over the last couple of decades, governments have become lazy and fat, and central banks all-powerful. However, Dawie Roodt will unpack and explain how virtual/crypto/private/decentralised money will impact on finance and why we may see the end of banks and even a decrease in taxes. Come and listen how power will move to where it should be; in your hands!


Entry fee R50 per person CASH ONLY at door – for cheese, wine, challenging intellectual debate and scintillating company! Media free

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Dawie’s career in economic and political analysis spans over 20 years and includes nine years as an economist at the South African Reserve Bank as well as being the economic editor of a financial publication.
He published his first book in 2013, Tax, Lies and Red Tape, which has been reviewed as a “fresh, thought provoking and entertaining look at economics in South Africa.”
His academic qualifications include a Masters degree (cum laude) in economics. Dawie’s interest in economics is not always limited to the conventional. Apart from his formal studies, he also studied communism. He was also made an honorary member of Golden Key International Honour Society and is also a member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa.
Dawie is known for his extensive knowledge of the South African economy, his analytical nature and exceptional communication skills. He is highly efficient in conveying complicated economic information into everyday language.
Regular television appearances, broadcasts on radio stations and comments in the printed and electronic media have all contributed to making him one of South Africa’s most quoted economists. Dawie has received recognition for his achievements in academics, broadcasting and public speaking. He is also a MBA lecturer on macro-economics at the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).
To balance his enthusiasm for economics, Dawie has many hobbies and interests but he easily admits to his lifelong passion for nature. He is also a keen traveller with a special interest in the African continent and Dawie is actively involved in charities. 
During 2007, Dawie received his national colours for powered paragliding and he represented South Africa at the World Championship in China. His other hobbies include scuba diving, clay pigeon shooting, ichthyology (the branch of zoology devoted to the study of fish) and the odd breakfast run on a twin V. He was also awarded a lifetime honorary membership of the Zoological Society of South Africa in 2013.

Dawie is a devoted family man and is married to Marina. He has four children; a daughter Danielle and a son Kristoff who are both currently studying at the University of Pretoria, and twin daughters, Daria and Yulia, born in May 2013. The family shares a great love for animals and evidence of this can be found in the number and assortment living on the family’s smallholding in Pretoria.




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