Professor Leward Jeke

Prof. Leward Jeke holds a PhD in Economics. Prof Jeke has been a university lecturer for at least 7 years and participates in commissioned research projects, together with conducting and publishing research outputs in accredited journals. He is currently employed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the Nelson Mandela University where he specialises in policy research and teaching in environmental economics, financial economics and econometrics courses. Prof. Jeke has also been contracted with private organisations together with UNU-Wider on various research projects to these clients. His academic and contract work has mainly focused on international business, labour economics, environmental economics and financial economics.  Previously, he has also lectured undergraduate macroeconomics course at the University of KwaZulu Natal in 2014 and; public economics, econometrics and microeconomics at the University of Venda. During his academic career, Prof. Jeke has presented papers at several local and international conferences, published research in renowned academic journals and served as a panel discussant at various workshops and conferences. Recently, he presented research papers in Male-Maldives and Penang-Malaysia. He was key co-organiser of the recent successful “5th Pan African Enterprise Research Council” conference which was held on the 2-3 December 2020 hosted by the Nelson Mandela University in collaboration with the University of Fort Hare.  He further supervises PhDs, Masters, Honours and other postgraduate research theses, he serves as a referee to numerous journals and acts as an external examiner for PhDs theses, Masters theses, Honours research projects/treatises and moderates economics courses in seven South African universities. At Nelson Mandela University, Prof. Jeke is currently a member of and serving on the School Research Management Committee, Faculty Ethics Research Committee, Internationalisation Committee, and the Department of Economics Research Committee.  Since joining the Department of Economics in 2015, Prof. Jeke has been a key member of the team that maintains and develops the course curriculums for the department. He developed new courses that have been approved by the Higher Degrees Committee. Currently he is a member of various academic and professional bodies. Prof. Jeke is emotionally mature, a team player who is dependable and adaptable, strives for better quality in every sphere of his life among other personal traits.

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  1. Julius Mukarati, Leward Jeke and Sanderson Abel. “Competition in the Non-Life Insurance Industry”. International Journal of Economics and Finance Studies. Vol: 15 No: 01 (2023). ISSN: 1309-8055 (Online) (pp. 225-245) Doi: 10.34109/ijefs. 202315111
  2. Apau, Richard, Athenia Sibindi, and Leward Jeke. “Effect of Macroeconomic Dynamics on Bank Asset Quality under Different Market Conditions: Evidence from Ghana”. Risks 11, no. 9: 158 (2023).
  3. Sanderson Abel, Julius Mukarati, Leward Jeke, Pierre Le Roux. “Credit risk and bank profitability in Zimbabwe: An ARDL Approach”. International Journal of Economics & Finance Studies, 15 (01), 370-385 (2023). https://doi:10.34109/ijefs. 202315117  
  4. Benjamin Musiita, Leward Jeke, Turyareeba Dickson, Kenneth Mugambe, Boyi Ben, Thomas Kisaalita, Richard Richard Mwesige, and Geoffrey Kahangane. “Productivity Factors and the Growth of the Manufacturing Sector among the East African Community Members States: Testing the Adequacy of the Endogenous Growth Hypothesis”. American Journal of Economics 7, no. 1 (2023): 33-52.
  5. Julius Mukarati, Leward Jeke and Sanderson Abel. “Green technology and energy consumption efficiency in Zimbabwe”. Environmental Economics, 2023, LLC CPC Business Perspectives; Ukraine. № 06-23 ЕЕ.
  6. Sanderson Abel, Julius Mukarati, Leward Jeke and Pierre Le Roux. “Carbon tax and environmental quality in South Africa”. International Journal of Energy Economics & Policy, 2023, 13(2), 484-488.
  7. Olufunmilayo Olayemi Jemiluyi and Leward Jeke. “Foreign Direct Investment and Tax Revenue Mobilization in South Africa: An ARDL Bound Testing Approach”. Taylor and Francis Ltd, 2023; Development Studies Research, 10:1, DOI: 10.1080/21665095.2023.2197156  
  8. Olufunmilayo Olayemi Jemiluyi and Leward Jeke. “How Catalytic Is Digital Technology in the Nexus between Migrants’ Remittance and Financial Development in Sub-Saharan African Countries?” Economies. 2023; 11(3):74.
  9. Olufunmilayo Olayemi Jemiluyi and Leward Jeke.  “Tax revenue mobilization effort in Southern African Development Community (SADC) bloc: Does ICT matter?” Cogent Economics & Finance, 11:1, DOI:
  10. Olufunmilayo Olayemi Jemiluyi and Leward Jeke. “Does Level of Education Modulate the ICT-Economic Growth Nexus?: Further Insight from Sub-Saharan African Countries”. Volume 18, Issue 3, September 2023, Pp 71 - 87. African Journal of Business and Economic Research (2023). DOI:
  11. Richard Apau, Leward Jeke, Peter Moores-Pitt and Paul-Francois Muzindutsi. “The effect of performance manipulation on fund flows under different market conditions in South Africa”. Investment Management and Financial Innovations, 19(3); 2022. Doi:
  12. Olufunmilayo Olayemi Jemiluyi and Leward Jeke. “A Comparative Analysis of the Urbanisation-Fertility Nexus in Most Urbanised Countries of Sub-Saharan Africa”. Zagreb International Review of Economics & Business (2023). DOI:
  13. Stephen Zhanje and Leward Jeke. “External Financing Sources and Economic Growth: A PARDL Approach to Selected SADC Countries”. African Journal of Business and Economic Research 17.2 (2022): 157-181, 2022. Doi:
  14. Leward Jeke, Patrick Lusenge Ndungo and Clement Moyo. “Testing the foreign aid-led growth hypothesis in the Democratic Republic of Congo”. The Journal of Developing Areas, Volume 56, No.4 Fall 2022. Doi: 10.1353/jda.2022.0060
  15. Zondwayo Banda and Leward Jeke. “The impact of public-private partnerships on Zambia's economic growth and Development”. African Review of Economics and Finance. ISSN 2042-1478, 2022. Doi:
  16. Leward Jeke and Lazarus Zungwe Wanjuu. “The economic impact of unemployment and inflation on output growth in South Africa”. Journal of Economics and International Finance 13, no. 3 (2021): 117-126.
  17. Mishi, Syden, Weliswa Matekenya, Leward Jeke, Ronney M Ncwadi, and Roseline T Karambakuwa. “Firm and Product Survival Analysis: Evidence from South African Tax Administrative and Products Data”. WIDER Working Paper 2021/107 Helsinki: UNU-WIDER, 2021.
  18. Leward Jeke, Tafadzwa Chitenderu and Clement Moyo: “Crime and Economic Development in South Africa: A Panel Data Analysis”. International Journal of Economics and Business Administration. Volume IX, Issue 2, 2021 pp. 424-438
  19. Roseline Karambakuwa, Ronney Ncwadi, Weliswa Matekenya, Leward Jeke and Syden Mishi: “Special economic zones and transnational zones as tools for Southern Africa’s growth. Lessons from international best practices”. WIDER Working Paper 2020/170.  Helsinki: UNU-WIDER, 2020.
  20. Weliswa Matekenya, Clement Moyo and Leward Jeke: “Financial inclusion and human development: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa”. Development Southern Africa, 1-18. Article ID: CDSA 1799760. August 2020.
  21. Clement Moyo and Leward Jeke: “Manufacturing Sector and Economic Growth: A Panel Study of Selected African Countries”. J. Bus. Econ. Review 4(3) 114 – 130. ISSN 2636-9184, e-ISSN 0128-259X © 2019. September 22, 2019.
  22. Leward Jeke and Ronney Ncwadi: “Inflation targeting and inflation indicators: The case for inflation targeting in South Africa. By MJSS, MCSER Publishing, Rome-Italy Vol 5 No 10, June 2014. 
  23. Simbarashe Mhaka and Leward Jeke: “An evaluation of the trade relationships between South Africa and China: An empirical review 1995 – 2014”. South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences. ISSN: 1015-8812, e-ISSN: 2222-3436, June 2018.
  24. Simbarashe Mhaka and Leward Jeke: “A comparative analysis of the determinants of South African bilateral trade flows with the European Union-Southern African Development Community economic partnership agreement and trade development and cooperation agreement”. Working paper series number 1836, 2018.
  25. Leward Jeke: “Human-wildlife coexistence in Omay Communal Land, Nyaminyami Rural District Council in Zimbabwe”. MJSS, MCSER Publishing, Rome-Italy Vol 5 No 20, September 2014. Doi:10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n20p809



  1. Leward Jeke: “Foreign Direct Investments and Economic Performance: A Comparative Evidence from African and OECD Countries”. Presented at a conference in Bangkok, Thailand on 14-15 September (GATR). Pusat Kebangsaan ISBN - Library Negara Malaysia / ISBN: 978-967-13147-0-8. 15th Global Conference on Business and Social Sciences Research (CIMSSR-2023), 14-15 September 2023 - Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam (5 STAR), Bangkok, Thailand.
  2. Leward Jeke: “The effect of pula devaluation on non-mining exports sector in Botswana”. Presented at a conference in Penang-Malaysia on 6-7 December 2019 (GATR). Pusat Kebangsaan ISBN - Library Negara Malaysia / ISBN: 978-967-13147-0-8. 10th Global Conference on Business and Social Sciences on Contemporary Issues in Business and Social Sciences Research (CIBSSR-2019). 6-7 December 2019, G Hotel Gurney (5 STAR), Penang Malaysia.
  3. Leward Jeke: “Manufacturing sector and economic growth: A panel study of selected African countries". Presented at a conference in Male, Maldives on 19-20 July 2019 (GATR). Pusat Kebangsaan ISBN - Library Negara Malaysia / ISBN: 978-967-13147-0-8. 9th Global Conference on Business and Social Sciences on Contemporary Issues in Management and Social Sciences Research (CIMSSR-2019). 19-20 July 2019, Champa Central Hotel, Malé, Maldives.