The recent passing of the economist Mike Schüssler is a massive loss for South Africa.
Mr Schüssler was not only a brilliant economist, but he also had a big heart and cared for people, as was evident in his serious concern for the growing endemic poverty in South Africa.
Using his sharp analytical skills, he continually pinpointed where the country's problems lie and what ought to be done to address the issues.
Mr Schüssler enthusiastically used his talents to make South Africa a better place to live.
His talent to discover unusual statistics that shed light on South Africa's problem of poor economic growth in a unique way was of immeasurable value.
The FF Plus was able to make extensive use of his insights in its debates in Parliament and provincial legislatures to indicate, in a constructive manner, the best way forward for economic development.
Mr Schüssler's economic research also helped the FF Plus in debates on the Transnet pensioner issue whereby the urgency of a settlement was successfully brought to the government's attention.
He leaves a legacy and example of how to use rational thinking to address the emotional issues of human suffering.