Ayabonga has spent 10 years working in the areas of development and economic policy, strategy and analysis and economic research. He has worked in management consulting, economic policy, development work and in academia. He currently serves on the Presidential Economic Advisory Council.
His skills and experience straddle the areas of research, consulting, writing, economic policy development, project management, advisory, facilitation, broadcasting
and film production.
His policy and research interests include the political economy of development,
industrialisation, financialisaton, labour markets, inequality, local
government and economic history.
Ayabonga has published the following works:
- Cawe, A. (2014) Programmatic Procurement: A Political Economy Review of
the Transnet Freight Rail Competitive Supplier Development Programme,
Economic Research Southern Africa Working Paper Series no.447.
- Cawe,A (2017) Overgrown ‘Goods Lines’ and the ‘Belle of the Ball’ : the
shifting role of business in achieving a new social compact and shared
vision in South Africa, Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement Working
- Cawe, A and Mabasa, K (2020) Beyond Tenderpreneurship: Rethinking Black
Business and Economic Empowerment. A MISTRA Publication.