Economist, Strategist, Researcher, Advisor & Published Author

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  • Born: 1961
  • Country: Morocco
  • Citizenship: South African
  • Country of residence South Africa
  • Jacques lives in Cape Town

Years of experience in the field

  • 1987 – 1990: Journalist for the Financial Mail
  • 1990 – 2000: Various stockbroking firms, head of research and director: Global Capital Securities
  • 2000 – onwards: corporate advisor

Jacques is a specialist in undertaking highly technical economic due diligences, research and feasibility studies on complex industries, such a mining, defense force, astrophysics, chemical and water related industries.

  • Jacques has an Economics Master’s degree specializing in stock markets.
  • Currently completing his PHD in economics (Stellenbosch University)
  • Has written 18 financial books. Five are university textbooks.
  • Corporate advisor in over 1200 projects since June 2000.
  • Past associate to Chamber of Mines and numerous stockbroking firms
  • Sat on various Boards of JSE/ALTX listed and private companies
  • Former director and Head of Research for SA Stockbrokers Global Capital Securities.
  • Past member of SA Mining Research House Coaltech
  • Former associate member: Surface Environment Steering Committee

Jacques has been an investment and corporate strategist since 1987. He started his career as a financial journalist for the Financial Mail, before being headhunted into stockbroking.

Since 1987, Jacques has worked for numerous publications and stockbroking firms, including the publications Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the UK-based Petroleum Economist and The Star. On the analytical side, Jacques has worked for EW Baldersons, IBCA International, Frankel Pollak Vinderine, CA Miller Raw & Co and Global Capital Securities.

His experience thus includes stockbroking, business development and corporate strategy. Before setting up Business Consultants International June 2000, he was a director, strategist and head of research for South African stockbrokers Global Capital Securities.

Field of interest

Economic analysis and research, feasibility studies and due diligences on highly complex industries, including:

  • By-products from water treatment
  • Water treatment
  • Waste products
  • Mining
  • Chemicals
  • Astrophysics
  • Aviation
  • Agriculture

A Sample of Projects undertaken

  • ANGLO AMERICAN CORPORATION: The Circular Economy: Benchmarking Anglo American Commodities
    • Eutectic Freeze Crystallization
    • Ion Exchange
  • Anglo & Golder Associates: Institutional Framework for Water Treatment
  • Coaltech: Magnesium Hydroxide and Magnesium Sulphate
  • Anglo: eMalahleni Water Treatment Due Diligence
  • Coaltech: Potassium Nitrate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Sulphate, Sodium Chloride and Sodium Nitrate
  • Anglo: Water Treatment: Analysis of Ammonium Sulphate & Mixed Metal Nitrates
  • Anglo: Water Treatment: Analysis of Gypsum Pricing Report
  • Anglo: Water Treatment Financial Modelling: Kromdraai Water Treatment Plant
  • Anglo: Treatment Plant: Mapping the Global Water Treatment Industry
  • Anglo: Water Treatment: Assessment of a coal-based by-product: Brine
  • Anglo: Water Treatment Plant Due Diligence
  • Anglo: Water Treatment Plant analysis & Due Diligence – eMalahleni

Sample of other industry Research

  • Agriculture: Tobacco
  • Fertilizer: Farmers’ co-op – analysis of BEE
  • Ammonia: Competition Board
  • Petroleum Exploration – Africa: EIA
  • Oil Exploration & Oil rigs (JSE Listed)
  • Aviation (charter cargo – African & South American markets)
  • DRC: Gold: African Union
  • Social development: Somalia – Domain Mining USA
  • Various report: Eastern Cape Development Corporation
  • Universities:
  • Aids in Africa
  • Astro-physics
  • Rehabilitation of mine land
  • JSE companies: Spescom, AECI, PPC
  • Industry analysis:
    • Cement industry: dismantling the SA Cement Cartel
    • Cape Town Sewage
    • SA Infrastructure
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