Minerals Council South Africa
Mr Langenhoven is currently a Chief Economist at the Minerals Council South Africa. His experience covers more than 30 years of applied economic research in the public and private sector. Mr Langenhoven holds a BA degree majoring in Political Science, Africa Studies and Economics, a BA Honours degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Economics, all from Stellenbosch University. His involvement in public sector policy research (3 years, secretariat of the President’s Economic Advisory Council) covers a wide range of subjects. He has been involved in studies on budgeting, fiscal planning and privatisation for Treasury. He also formed part of a team that designed and built the first Social Accounting Matrices for South Africa, a tool that is widely used in research on the impact of income distribution changes on spending patterns in the economy and economic impact studies. His worked as chief economist and CEO in the construction sector (20 years, South African Forum for Civil Engineering Construction). Highlights were, among others, the design and building of databases needed to compile ground breaking sectoral reports for the civil engineering industry. These reports became the benchmark for understanding trends in the sector, and were widely used by financial and market analysts. It became pivotal for advocacy work with government and was used to advise government on projects such as the World Cup construction work and the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Projects. He worked as chief economist in the steel and engineering sector (5 years, Steel and Engineering Industries’ Federation of South Africa) and regularly wrote about and commented on the state of the sector, its sub-industries and did specific research on the metals and aluminium industries, on catalytic converters, and the electrical cable and household appliances manufacturers. He actively participates in various forums such as NEDLAC, BUSA, and the South African Reserve Bank economic roundtable discussions, and others. He was a commissioner of the International Trade Advisory Commission. Mr Langenhoven’s research has been widely published in numerous economic journals and the popular press and technical journals.