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I have taken this opportunity to also reflect on my objectives with the blog. From now on, I will post once a week on Monday mornings. I have also chosen to name the blog ‘Our Long Walk’ –  it is short, simple and reflects my interest in long-run economic change. It refers, of course, also to my recently published book. ‘Our Long Walk to Economic Freedom’ is now a HomeBru-selection by Exclusive Books.

My posts will cover the same content as before: my Finweek columns (typically two a month) that merge the latest economics research with views from industry leaders, my translated Rapport columns (once a month) that focus on more contemporary economic issues in South Africa, and the latest economic history research by the LEAP team at Stellenbosch University. The positive feedback from my book has reminded me how important it is to disseminate the research we do to a broader audience – and I’d like to do more of it.

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See you next Monday.