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Masters Study by Bollywood Dancer Investigates Unemployment and Economic Growth in SA

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Masters Study by Bollywood Dancer Investigates Unemployment and Economic Growth in SA

April 22, 2016

Classical Indian dance choreographer and aspirant research economist Ms Ashika Govender received a Master of Commerce degree during UKZN’s Graduation ceremonies.


Ms Ashika Govender was awarded a Master of Commerce degree.

Classical Indian dance choreographer and aspirant research economist Ms Ashika Govender received a Master of Commerce degree during UKZN’s Graduation ceremonies.

Govender, who teaches Bollywood dance and movement at her studio in Tongaat, is involved in researching socio-economic challenges facing South Africa.

The high unemployment rate in South Africa is what motivated her to investigate the relationship between economic growth and unemployment in post-apartheid South Africa.

Her study, supervised by Professor Darma Mahadea, was titled: “A Macro-Econometric Analysis of Economic Growth and Unemployment in Post-apartheid South Africa”.

According to Govender, her research produced important policy recommendations, highlighting the relationship between unemployment and economic growth in the spirit of the National Development Plan.

Proud of her achievement she said: ‘Attaining a Master’s degree in Economics is a significant milestone. This qualification is a stepping stone to career opportunities and hopefully an entrance into a doctoral degree programme in economics.’  

Govender, who attained several merit awards and Dean’s commendations during her studies, values the support she received from the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance. ‘This achievement would not have been possible without the support and dedication shown by the team of lecturers in Economics and my supervisor, Professor Mahadea. They have set extremely high standards and have shown great commitment and provided professional support in my academic endeavours.’

Govender hopes to pursue a PhD in the field of Macroeconomics and then start a career as an economist in a research-based organisation. 

Hazel Langa




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