Grietjie is Professor in Economic, Business and Accounting History in the Department of Accountancy at the University of Johannesburg. She has published widely on insurance and banking history as well as the history of South African conglomerates, with special reference to the rise of Afrikaner business in South Africa. She is engaged in research on the reconstruction of the Gross Domestic Product for South African colonies in the second half of the nineteenth century; as well as research into big business groups and family businesses in South Africa. She published ‘Life Offices to the rescue.’ A History of the Role of Life Insurance in the South African economy during the twentieth century, in R Pearson (ed)(2010) The Development of International Insurance. London: Pickering & Chatto:145-166; ‘South Africa: Leading African Insurance.’ In P Borscheid & N V Haueter (eds) (2013) World Insurance. The Evolution of a Global Risk Network. Oxford: Oxford University Press : 325-348; and ‘The world insures South Africa: Early insurance activities of insurance companies in South Africa, 1820-1919,’ in R Pearson and T Yoneyama (eds) (2015) Corporate forms and organisational choice in international insurance. Oxford: Oxford University Press :145-168. Her current project is a business history of the South African National Life Insurance Company (Sanlam). She was a recent President of the International Economic History Association, and hosted the Association’s world congress in South Africa in 2012.
Professor Grietjie Verhoef
Ekonomiese en Sakegeskiedenis/ Professor Economic and Business History
Rekeningkunde Geskiedenis / Accounting History
Departement Rekeningkunde, Universiteit van Johannesburg, South Africa,
+27 11 559 2008