Sifiso Ntombela

Sifiso Ntombela is a South African economist with a keen interest in trade, development and climate change policies. He holds a Ph.D in agricultural economics from the University of Pretoria. He currently works for the National Agricultural Marketing Council as a chief economist responsible for trade research and economic modeling. He also provides economic and environmental policy commentary at uKhozi FM and Ligwalagwal FM. Ntombela has 10 years of work experience spanning over public and private sectors. Among key achievements is the establishment of a credible information system in the South African fruit industry and helping them join the Southern Hemisphere Association of Fresh Fruit Exporters (SHAFFE). Ntombela headed the development of a Master Plan to increase investments and capacity in agro-processing and rural economic sector in South Africa under the Presidential Infrastructure Coordination Commission. He also managed the country’s biggest infrastructure program in transport, energy, and manufacturing sectors implemented by the State-Owned Companies between 2015 and 2017, when he was a director for strategic projects in the Department of Public Enterprises. Ntombela has published eight journal articles and two book chapters as well as over 15 conference papers.

Fields of specialization

Poverty and inequality , Impacts of government programs, Labour markets and employment, Globalization and trade


Title Country Themes
CGE analysis of rural economic development through agriculture policy in South Africa: a focus on poverty, inequality and gender South Africa Gender & women’s empowerment , Poverty and Inequality , Fiscal policy , Agriculture and food security


Dr Sifiso Ntombela
University of Pretoria

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