Renowned SA economist Mike Schüssler has passed away

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Economist Mike Schüssler has died after a short battle with cancer.

His widow Greta confirmed his death on Tuesday morning.

Schüssler had throat cancer and underwent surgery about two months ago.

However, his health deteriorated, leading to him being admitted to hospital again.

Schüssler was popular for his insights on various media, breaking down financial data to inform ordinary people.

The CEO of Sakeliga, Piet le Roux, says Schüssler has died at a time when his expertise is needed the most.

Le Roux says, “Mike Schussler built us, Mike Schüssler bore this burden with distinction and was forthright about the policy induced on South African economy. With his public influence, he sought to steer government policy in better directions and to alert business and civil society in general to policy risks.”

“Sakeliga had the pleasure of his company as guest speaker at our events over the years and benefited from his ever-readiness to assist with views and advice. Where the need was great, Mike involved himself actively, as when in 2020, together with several other people and organisations, including Sakeliga, he helped form Business for Ending Lockdown to counter-act the harms of lockdown. We mourn his passing and remember him fondly.”

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