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Another High-Profile Death 'Shocks' DA Leader

The country is this morning still coming to grips with the sudden passing away of multi-award-winning actor Jamie Bartlett, affectionately known as David Gennaro for the exemplary role he portrayed on etv soapie Rhythm City.

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Meanwhile, it does not seem the country has lost only Bartlett in the period since yesterday, with reports emerging this morning that one of the country's brilliant economists, Mike Schussler has sadly succumbed to a throat cancer battle he had been fighting for some time.

The significance of his loss was amplified by Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen, who took to the micro-blogging site Twitter to express his commiserations to the family.

He equally waxed lyrical about the significant contribution that Mr. Schussler made towards the development of policies in the country.


"I am so saddened to hear of Mike Schüssler’s passing. Mike’s love for economics helped shape policy discussions and direction for our nation.

"He lives behind a great legacy, my prayers and thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time. RIP Mike," Steenhuisen posted on his official twitter account.

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Schussler was a giant amongst giants as far as economics is concerned, however, those who have read his many works and directly interfaced with him referred to his ideological orientation as being much more neoliberal and hardly transformative, hence he drew criticism from some of the black economists, who pontificated that his views on the economy focussed more on white people, rather than addressing the material conditions of the previously marginalized black people.

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Some of his magnificent works include establishing some 17 years ago, which helped produce an SME index for clients such as the ABSA bank, BankservAfrica, etc. It is that level of work that gained him national stardom in the economist field, earning him two awards as the South African economist of the year.

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Suffice to say that death has stolen from the country a giant, and while the economy remains in dire straits, one would hope he transferred some of his technical know-how to others for his legacy to continue living on.

The OnlineNewzBible team sends its most sincere condolences to Schussler's family, May his soul repose peacefully.

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