Gerbrandt van Heerden


Gerbrandt is an analyst for the Centre For Risk Analysis (CRA). He is primarily involved in writing chapters for the Socio-Economic Survey of South Africa, an annual publication that provides information and data on major trends in various social and economic fields.

Gerbrandt’s other responsibilities include writing opinion columns, assisting in bespoke research projects and reports, and engaging with the media on topical news items.

Gerbrandt holds a Master’s in Political Studies from the North-West University.

[News] ‘Pink Vote’ an untapped market for SA political parties
Gerbrandt Van Heerden
09 Sep, 2021

“Gerbrandt van Heerden, the author of The SA Pink Vote report, said if political parties continued to ignore the LGBTQ voting bloc during elections, they risked missing out on an active, dynamic and electorally valuable market.”

[Opinion] The Economics Underpinning South Africa’s Riots
Gerbrandt van Heerden
23 Aug, 2021

It has been labelled as South Africa’s worst episode of civil unrest since the days of apartheid. The rioting that occurred following the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma for contempt of court on July 7—specifically, for failing to show up for an official inquiry into his alleged corruption during his nine-year presidency—has been among the darkest chapters in the country’s recent history.

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