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Name: Hlalefang Khobai
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About Prof Hlalefang Khobai (Ph.D)

Expertise: Energy, Environmental economics, and development

Research Focus: Investment and finance drivers impacting global energy markets.


  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA), North West University (2022).
  • D., Economics, Nelson Mandela University (2016). Thesis Title: The relationship between electricity supply and Economic growth in South Africa (Awarded Prize by Economic Research Southern Africa & University Merit).
  • MCom Economics, Nelson Mandela University (2014).
  • Post Graduate Diploma (Maritime Studies) University of KwaZulu-Natal (2010)
  • BCom (Honours) Economics, University of KwaZulu-Natal (2009).
  • BA (Economics) National University of Lesotho (2008)


Professional Background

Professor Hlalefang Khobai (Ph.D) is an associate Professor of Economics at the University of Johannesburg. He has over ten(10) years of comprehensive expertise in policy advisory, consulting, and academic work. He is a respected scholar and global authority on energy economics and environmental issues. He has published several articles in international journals and local journals on renewable energy usage. Professor Khobai supervised two (2) Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degrees to successful completion and other several postgraduate students in the field of Economics and Business Administration; and examined six (6) masters theses and several postgraduate theses. He has consulted for the Government of South Africa under the department of Human Settlement (DoHS) and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on the issues of climate change.


Most recent publications

  • Aidoo, L., Khobai, H. and Kleynhans, E.P., 2023. The impact of renewable energy on economic growth in the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP). Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy18(1), p.2234905.
  • Stungwa, S., Hlongwane, N.W. and Khobai, H., 2023. MODELLING THE ASYMMETRIC EFFECT OF MACROECONOMIC VARIABLES ON SOUTH AFRICA’S MONEY SUPPLY. International Journal of Economics and Finance Studies15(3), pp.108-139.
  • Mbiakop, W.D., Khobai, H. and Fani, D.C.R., 2023. The Impact of Public Agricultural Spending on Foreign Direct Investment Inflows in Agriculture in South Africa: An ARDL Analysis. International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues13(5), p.76.
  • Mbiakop, W.D., Khobai, H. and Fani, D.C.R., 2023. Response of Agriculture Production to Change of Foreign Direct Investment and Public Agriculture Expenditure in South Africa: A Monte Carlo Simulation Analysis. International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues13(6), p.1.
  • Khobai, , and Sithole, K. 2022. The relationship between Economic growth and Carbon emissions in South Africa.
  • Khobai, 2021. “Renewable energy consumption, Poverty alleviation and economic growth nexus in South Africa. An ARDL bounds test approach”, International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, 11(5), 1-9.
  • Khobai, 2021. “Renewable energy consumption and economic growth in Argentina. A multivariate co-integration
  • analysis”, International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, 11(3), 563-570.
  • Khobai, , Abel, S., and Le Roux, P. 2021 “A review of the nexus between energy consumption and economic growth in the BRICS countries, International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, 11(3), 424-431.
  • Hlalefang Khobai and Clement 2020. Trade Openness and Industry performance in SADC Countries: is the manufacturing sector different? International Economics and Economic Policy. DOI: 10.1007/s10368-020-00476-0
  • Hlalefang Khobai, Nwabisa Kolisi, Clement Moyo, Izunna Anyikwa, Siyasanga Dingela, “Renewable Energy Consumption And Unemployment In South Africa” International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, Econjournals, vol. 10(2), 170-178.
  • Christian, , Luvhengo, L., Khobai, H., Agbugba, I., 2020. Reviewing access livelihood diversification strategies and factors influencing wellbeing of rural households in Mnquma, Eastern Cape: Implication to extension agents. S. Afri.J.Ext, vol 48(2), pp 113-125.