Paul Berkowitz - Econometric AnalystPaul Berkowitz – Econometric Analyst has 15 years of experience in econometric research. Paul has written for print and online media (Daily Maverick, Business Day, Mail & Guardian). His research areas include macroeconomics, public finance, local government, and public education.


ED GIS has partnered with National Treasury to create two public finance data platforms.

Citydex created one of the first municipal financial risk indicators in 2011 and Paul correctly predicted the results of the 2011 municipal elections in Nelson Mandela Bay. Book Paul through Conference Speakers



Paul Berkowitz – Econometric Analyst


Paul has run a geospatial data research company that specializes in South African economic and development data. Our clients include National Treasury, Tiso Blackstar, and the Open Society Foundation.



Paul ran Citydex, a division of Empowerdex focusing on local government and services for municipalities. I was also lead researcher for client- specific projects (Sasol, Energy Intensive Users Group).


Paul Berkowitz – Econometric Analyst

Paul Berkowitz (ED GIS Services) and Sean Rogers (Know Africa) have created Election Directions.

They have combined the best on-the- ground political analysis with cutting-edge data tools and analytics. The result? A two-hour exploration of political and social trends that includes our latest estimates for 2019 and beyond.


“…delivered to the highest standard…I am happy to endorse them” – Shaun Nel (Director, Eton Group)


Our discussion covers these important themes:

  • A review of past elections
  • Our voting system and its impact on coalition politics


  • A look at registered voters and their likely behaviour
  • The polling industry in South Africa: its growth and value
  • Our in-house scenarios and forecasts for 2019 – nationally and provincially
  • A review and analysis of South Africa’s political landscape
  • State institutions
  • Public disorder, protests and violence leading up to the elections
  • Land
  • Labour and unions
  • Social cohesion
  • Policy issues


Is this a two-hour magic bullet to fully understanding elections?

Well, pretty much. We’ve distilled our expertise into an intimate chat with you and your company.

Obviously, if you’d like to know more then we’d be happy to stay longer or to have a follow-up discussion with you.

If your team has specific questions about a theme or geographic area, or if you’d like to track our forecasts in the build-up to the 2019 elections, we’ll come back in the next quarter or arrange a longer briefing.


Paul has written extensively for media publications, internal research. He has appeared on radio (702, Cape Talk, PowerFM, Classic FM and others) and TV (eNCA and SABC) along with presenting economic and political keynote addresses to clients. Follow Conference Speakers on Twitter



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