Theunis Willem de Jongh

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Person.png Theunis Willem de Jongh  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(central banker, economist)
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Born1913
NationalitySouth African
Alma materUniversity of Stellenbosch, University of Pretoria, Columbia University
Internationally well connected South African banker in Apartheid era

Employment.png Governor of the South African Reserve Bank

In office
1 July 1967 - 31 December 1980
Dr Theunis Willem de Jongh

Theunis Willem de Jongh was born on December 15, 1913 in Gouda. He studied at the Universities of Stellenbosch, Pretoria and Columbia University.

After completing his studies, he worked from 1942 to 1945 as chief statistician at the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa. He then went to the Suid-Afrikaanse Reserwebank, the national bank of South Africa, as head of the department for economic research. There he became "Executive Assistant" in 1962 until he was appointed governor and chairman of the board in 1967.[1]

Between 1967 and 1972 de Jongh was also Deputy Governor of the World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development - IBRD), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the International Development Association (IDA).

Since 1967 de Jongh has also been a member of the economic policy advisory body to the South African Prime Minister.

In the late 1940’s Dr de Jongh served as Honorary Secretary of the Economic Society of South Africa and served as President of the Institute of Bankers in South Africa in 1970 and again in 1975.[2]

In 1980 he served as Vice-President of the International Banker Association.[3]

Internationally, de Jongh plays a role primarily because he is the leading banker in a country that produces over 75% of the gold in the non-communist world.

In 1947 de Jongh published the book "An Analysis of Banking Statistics in South Africa".

Jongh has been married with Anna F. de Jongh (nee Visser) since 1941.


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