The total membership of the society is approximately 900. Nine regional branches and two foreign branches have been establishes across South Africa. Any person interested in the objectives of the Society may at the discretion of the Council, be enrolled as a member.

Membership Fees

Membership includes a subscription to the South African Journal of Economics (SAJE). Members receive hard copies via post and access to the online version and archives of the Journal.

Annual membership fees are:

Ordinary members: R790 per member per annum

Students: R395 per member per annum (proof of bona fide students is required)

Pensioners above 65 with less than 25 years of membership: R395

Pensioners above 65 with more than 25 years of membership: Free

International members: R890 per member per annum

*This is at the discretion of Councel

Three year membership for ordinary members only that pay their membership fees before the end of February 2020: R2400

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ESSA banking details:

Account name: Economic Society of South Africa

Bank name: First National Bank (FNB)

Branch name: Hatfield

Branch code: 25-21-45

Account number: 62125954281

Swift Transfer: FIRNZAJJ

Your reference: It is essential to mention your name or membership number and not the institution.

Please confirm proof of payment – name or membership number to

Change of address

To ensure the correct receipt of correspondence, it is important that the Society be notified of any change of address. Contact the office of ESSA in this regard (

Membership categories

The constitution ESSA also makes provision for other types of members other than ordinary and student members i.e. Honorary members: Individuals admitted as such by the Council in the interest of the Society. They are absolved from paying membership dues. Retired members: Members of at least 20 years standing who have reached pensionable age. These members pay half the normal annual membership fee.