ANC pays tribute to economist Tony Twine

2012-03-13 00:00

ECONOMIST Tony Twine’s death was a loss to South Africa, the ANC said yesterday.

“Indeed, South Africa and the world have lost a humanist of note, whose preoccupation was to make sure that the South African economy is able to create jobs, one of the key priority areas of the ANC-led government,” said party spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

Twine (57) died on Sunday in Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg, following a heart attack last week.

He was an economist and director at Econometrix.

“In the post-apartheid South Africa Tony was one of the economic advisers to president Nelson Mandela and the first democratic government of South Africa,” Mthembu said.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said Twine’s input to the post-apartheid economic debate would be missed.

“Mr Twine made a valuable contribution to the development of policies in several government departments and was part of a team that drafted South Africa’s energy policies,” he said in a statement.

“As an eminent researcher and senior economist at Econometrix, his widely published opinions in international media helped to form positive views of South Africa by investors.”

Two weeks ago Twine released a report on the positive economic implications of the proposed Karoo shale gas exploration, commissioned by Shell.

Twine’s executive personal assistant, Rachelle Potgieter, told The Witness yesterday that he would be remembered as a calm and caring man.

Twine lost his sight in 1980. Potgieter said that although she assisted him with research duties, Twine was independent.

“He was an incredibly clever man … he also listened to other people around him and learnt from them,” said Potgieter.

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