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Dr. Miriam Altman

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Company Description: The Tiger Brands Foundation was established as one of the channels through which we invest in our communities. Its primary focus is to improve the lives of learners...   more

Employment History

  • Head of Strategy
    National Planning Commission
  • Commissioner
    National Planning Commission
  • Head of Strategy
  • Chief Corporate Strategist
  • Executive Director, Economic Performance and Development
    Human Sciences Research Council
  • Economist
    Human Sciences Research Council
  • Director of the Employment and Economic Research Unit
    Human Sciences Research Council
  • Director of the Employment Development Initiative
  • CEO: Centre for Poverty, Employment and Growth
  • Executive Director
  • Partner
    The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth
  • Executive Director
    Centre for Poverty

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    National Planning Commission


  • BA , economics
    McGill University
  • PhD , economics
    University of Manchester
71 Total References
Web References
Tiger Brands Foundation proves that Disadvantaged Children need a Good Breakfast, 14 June 2015 [cached]
Dr Miriam Altman Chairperson The Tiger Brands Foundation
Telkom GCEO Sipho Maseko today ..., 13 May 2013 [cached]
Telkom GCEO Sipho Maseko today announced the appointment of Dr Miriam Altman as Head of Strategy of Telkom Group with effect from 1 June 2013.
Dr Miriam Altman, Head of Strategy of Telkom Group. (Image source: Telkom Group)
Dr Altman will support the development and execution of Telkom's strategy and will report directly to the GCEO.
Dr Altman was an Executive Director at the HSRC from 2002 - 2010, where she played a leading role in its transformation and established its highly influential work on employment. She is a member of the National Planning Commission and will continue to serve on the NPC.
We believe that Dr Altman will be able to contribute towards achieving that objective."
Mr Maseko said Dr Altman was a strong strategic leader, and has vast experience in leading a range of policy processes on behalf of the public and private sectors, mostly focused on industrial strategy, labour markets, and employment creation.
Commenting on her appointment, Dr Altman said: "Telkom is a national asset and has a lot to offer all South Africans, including its shareholders. I am excited to be joining the company and look forward to contribute meaningfully towards its turnaround."
Dr Altman has a BA in economics from McGill University, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in economics from the University of Manchester.
Dr Miriam Altman, Head of ..., 31 Mar 2014 [cached]
Dr Miriam Altman, Head of Strategy of Telkom Group. (Image source: Telkom Group)
Telkom GCEO Sipho Maseko today announced the appointment of Dr Miriam Altman as Head of Strategy of Telkom Group with effect from 1 June 2013. Dr Altman will support the development and execution of Telkom's strategy and will report directly to the GCEO.
What economic future, South Africa?, 1 July 2014 [cached]
Following Mathe, Miriam Altman, a former NPC commissioner and now the chief corporate strategist for Telkom, argued that while it was important for this country to nurture and grow its manufacturing output, that sector was unlikely to be a major source of employment for the foreseeable future. Altman said there is a real need to figure out, concretely, how the country is going to generate the 11 million jobs by 2030 called for in the NDP; there is a need to stress test the assumptions as well as the dreams of them.
Altman said that realistically, it was unlikely more than 3% of employment created in the country over the next generation would - or could - actually come from the country's manufacturing sector. The reason for this was that for manufacturing to be globally competitive, productivity needed to increase and that generally came from squeezing out labour in improved production efficiency, rather than adding labour to the manufacturing processes. Or, as Altman told her audience, "That doesn't mean that we shouldn't promote manufacturing, but it is very unlikely [the sector will create many new jobs] because a successful manufacturing sector in South Africa would require substantial productivity improvement. Moreover, because the country had volatile exchange rate circumstances, that put a further crimp on expanding manufacturing, much less labour-intensive manufacturing. Instead, South Africa, like pretty much everywhere else, is going to have to look to the services sector for much of its new job growth. Altman noted, "Most jobs come from services and we need to get a much greater sense of how we promote dynamism in services and how we stimulate services employment.
As Altman noted, because "The future of work is in low-paid work," if cash wages were low, that would actually put further pressure on the government to ensure there was a fuller social security system of social benefits to help relieve the upward demand pressure on cash wages. Altman and Mathe, asked if their presentations seemed to point to a more thorough interrogation of the nation's political will to make the hard choices needed to get this done, Mathe replied that the nation's leadership has made the requisite statements about the will to achieve such changes and that "our job is to believe them. There already is, for example, a ramping up of national investment in infrastructure consistent with the NDP. And Altman added that the president's recent SONA "gives me good vibes".
In response, Altman replied that there continues to be a social need to protect South Africa's hard-won labour gains.
International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, 3 Mar 2011 [cached]
Ms. Miriam Altman, Executive Director, Economic Performance and Development, Human Science Research Council
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