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In March, the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences and the Bureau for Economic Research will host Dr Lesetja Kganyago, Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), when he presents a public lecture on Why should central banks be independent?
The lecture will be held on 6 March 2019 at the Stellenbosch campus.
As tenth Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Dr Lesetja Kganyago has gained international recognition for his formidable display of intellectual leadership in policy areas such as price and financial stability, and for his role as one of the finest public-policy minds in the country, as well as his immense contribution to the credibility and transparency of South Africa's fiscal and monetary policies.
Holding the degrees BCom (Accounting and Economics) and MSc (Development Economics), various positions in the banking industry eventually led Dr Kganyago to the National Treasury. There he served in a range of capacities, including that of Director-General from 2004 until 2011. During this time, he successfully steered several reforms in public finance and financial markets. He then moved to the SARB, first as Deputy Governor and, since 2014, as Governor.
Dr Kganyago guarded the independence of the Reserve Bank when it came under attack, and has succeeded in warding off efforts to have the SARB's constitutional mandate amended. Apart from chairing the Committee of Central Bank Governors of the Southern African Development Community, he was also appointed chair of the International Monetary and Financial Committee in January 2018, the first central bank governor from Sub-Saharan Africa to hold this post.
Accolades include GlobalMarkets Sub-Saharan Africa Governor of the Year (October 2017), Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year (November 2017) and Central Banking's Governor of the Year (March 2018).
Stellenbosch University awarded him an honorary doctorate in December 2018 to honour him for his steadfast leadership and the embodiment of the values of integrity, accountability and excellence.
- The lecture has been fully booked and seats are no longer available.