About

The Public Expenditure and Policy Analysis unit provides analysis of and insights into the performance, cost effectiveness and expenditure trends of government programmes by:

  • Conducting Spending Reviews which scrutinize expenditure patterns and programme performance data, and cost the implications of legislative changes and policy choices across all spheres of government, public entities, and frontline service delivery sites
  • Capacitating responsible authorities to perform their own analyses using the proven methodologies
  • Analysing personnel expenditure trends for sectors including Education, Health, Justice and central administration departments using payroll and other relevant datasets, including tax and survey data.

A key element of government’s plans to improve the links between policy development and implementation is to improve the analytical depth around planning and budgeting. To help give effect to this, Public Expenditure and Policy Analysis (PEPA) unit has undertaken over 200 Spending Reviews since mid-2013. Over the past few years, PEPA unit has refined and improved its methodology for conducting Spending Reviews.

The results of these Spending Reviews have expanded departments and National Treasury’s understanding of key cost drivers and performance constraints in the delivery of services. The Spending Reviews’ findings have contributed to adjustments of programmes at an operational level. They have also helped identify instances where policy goals are underfunded and where savings might be achieved.

ABOUT US

Costing Team Bios

Ronette Engela
Ronette Engela
Ronette Engela has extensive experience in both the Treasury budget environment and in the policy analysis space in the Presidency.

Ronette has led a number of key change initiatives at the center of government to improve programme planning, monitoring and evaluation including establishing the PER programme, developing the Green Paper for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation and chartered its route through Cabinet and Parliament, developing the outcomes methodology for government and established the 12 outcomes with baselines, targets and metrics, establishing the department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, development of the Performance Agreements between President and Ministers and the Delivery Agreement methodology.

She was the responsible for the creation of the National Development Indicators series, as well as, the government wide monitor and evaluation policy framework and has published in the area of government wide systems.

Jeremy Timm
Jeremy Timm
Jeremy trained as a city and regional planner and ever since has been exploring what gets in the way of great plans being implemented! He has 20 years experience working in the public sector both as a consultant and a government official. Most of his work has been in South Africa with three assignments in Pakistan.

Over the past ten years his existing skills in strategic management and facilitation have expanded to include a strong focus on organisation development. His particular interests are in working with teams – understanding what they do, how well they do it, what gets in the way of them doing it well and what can be done about it.

He is passionate about making public sector organisations work in order to deliver services to the public. He is currently holds the position of strategic support manager at the Cities Support Programme, National Treasury.

Mbali Buthelezi
Mbali Buthelezi
Mbali Buthelezi kick-started her career in the National Treasury, working in Public Finance to get a better understanding of, and provide advice to, departments on the relationship between policy priorities and appropriateness of choices (or allocations) made using limited resources. Over the last few years she has worked with the Basic Education sector, doing budget and policy analysis work for the Provincial Education Departments. Her passion for public service and finding ways of improving efficiencies in government prompted her move to GTAC where she specialises in Public Expenditure and Policy Analysis work. She plays a role in assisting government cost and deliver intended quality services efficiently, economically and effectively. Mbali has an Honours degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Management.
Mehleli Mpofu
Mehleli Mpofu
Mehleli Mpofu has over 18 years’ experience in economic development and business strategy consulting and has undertaken project work across all three spheres of Government at a policy, sector, and organisational level.

Strategic analysis in terms of policy analysis, market/customer/stakeholder analysis and segmentation; value chain / delivery chain analysis; demand forecasting and sizing

Mastery of techniques related to investment and project appraisals (e.g. NPV, IRR, payback periods), financial analysis with respect to financial and management accounts, cost allocation, strategic cost management and diagnostic; and cost modelling

An understanding of Government’s budget reports, publications, and systems (e.g. BAS); National Treasury’s PER methodology and alternative funding mechanism for SOC

Awareness of key policies related to procurement, industrial development, trade and investment promotion

Programme/project management, project quality assurance and programme and organisational monitoring and evaluation

Performance analysis and management (e.g. balanced score card, internal and external benchmarking, value driver analysis)

Process improvement with respect to strategic and operations management (e.g. supply chain management, IT, production etc.)

He is currently a Long Term Technical Assistant in National Treasury’s Government Technical Assistant Centre, providing support on Public Expenditure and Policy Analysis.

Amanda Jitsing
Amanda Jitsing
Amanda Jitsing began her research career in 2003 and has been involved in about 60 research projects. Over the past 15 years, Amanda has helped government departments, multilateral institutions and donors to design evidenced-based programmes, monitor and evaluate them.

She has worked extensively in the education, health, social welfare, the built environment, criminal justice and energy sectors. Amanda specializes in evaluation, and her work in this area spans across several sectors in all three spheres of government.

Amanda has also led several costing studies including three Public Expenditure Reviews on the NSF, TVET and PSET white paper.

Conrad Barberton
Conrad Barberton
Conrad Barberton is a development economist and policy researcher. He has experience in the design of intergovernmental fiscal processes, public sector finance management, budget presentation design and analysis, the costing of policies, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, and the design of governance accountability systems.

Conrad has a particular interest in research related to the funding of children’s services and other social services, and in systems to monitor the impact of public spending.

He is currently a senior economist with Cornerstone Economic Research.

Karen Hague
Karen Hague
Karen Hague has been focused on supporting public sector institutions for the last 18 years.

Karen has been providing strategic, technical and operational support to government departments and entities with a focus on infrastructure and housing. This spans economic and social infrastructure as well as basic services including housing. Karen has used her engineering background and systems thinking to manage and engage on multi-year, multi-stakeholder, complex programmes and projects with highly technical content.

She has participated in the undertaking of various Performance and Expenditure Reviews with GTAC, as a consultant, in providing training and in the management. The main focus of her technical relates to the infrastructure delivery management chain in government across National, Provincial, Municipal and Private sectors.

I am passionate about the environment (I recycle) and the beautiful indigenous plants in South Africa – both in their natural place and planted gardens.

Daniel Makoni
Daniel Makoni
Daniel is passionate about seeing value realized in data by transforming data into information that is timely, reliable, and accessible is part of his daily tasks. Having a wealth of experience in data systems, ranging the Financial, Primary, Telecommunications and public service sectors. He has over 10 years in the public sector, and 15 years ICT industry experience. An educational background in Computer Science, Project Management and Enterprise Architecture, Daniel has broad knowledge of the ICT domain. Daniel enjoys the technical challenges of systems implementation, focusing on system and data architecture.

Daniel is currently principle technical advisor for wCyber Solutions an IT consultancy company. He also assists South African Government entities through his work with GTAC, DBSA and National Treasury.

Jonathan Carter
Jonathan Carter
Jonathan Carter is a member of Cornerstone Economic Research, which specialises in public finance research and consulting. Jonathan is a former Director of Provincial Fiscal Framework in the Intergovernmental Relations Division in National Treasury. He has a M.Sc. Agric (Agricultural Economics).
Andreas Bertoldi
Andreas Bertoldi
Andreas has over 25 years of experience in public policy, economic and financial advisory. Andreas currently provides advisory services with a focus on economic development, infrastructure and urban development in Africa. He has been closely involved with strategy, policy, monitoring and evaluation, project and risk management work, as well as business cases development, feasibility studies and financial analysis for a number of clients in government, private and NGO sectors.

Andreas Bertoldi holds an MBA (cum laude), as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (summa cum laude), and a BA and two BA Honours degrees (with distinction).

Vivien Naidoo
Vivien Naidoo
Vivien Naidoo has extensive experience in providing advisory services at senior management and executive level in Client organisations in both the private and public sectors.

In the public sector, Vivien’s experience spans different spheres of Government and across various sectors. Vivien led the expenditure reviews for National Treasury covering rental accommodation functions at National and Provincial spheres. He also supported internal audit and project reviews.

Vivien has led Treasury TA teams involved in implementation of the Infrastructure Delivery Management System (IDMS) under the infrastructure Delivery Improvement Programme (IDIP). This included review of UAMPs across different Government departments in different Provinces.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Chemical)
Post Graduate Diploma – Business Management
Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Jamie de Jager
Jamie de Jager
Jamie has successfully helped plan and implement multiple civil engineering projects throughout South Africa and developed and managed the offices successfully from the outset in the private and NGO sectors. Jamie possess’s a strong demand responsive approach, public / private sector partnership and community management understanding coupled with excellent organisational and management skills. He has been involved in and participated in numerous research and policy development projects and have influenced the infrastructure sector greatly.
 
Jamie was a key resource in the IDIP programme and is driven by the goal to develop the public sector capacity and skills to implement infrastructure in an efficient and effective manner. He has also developed many supporting documents and systems (templates, guidelines, web-based IRM etc.) to facilitate the implementation of the IDMS.
 
Jamie believes in knowledge transfer and capacitation of best practice aspects to government officials is the cornerstone of infrastructure delivery in RSA. He was an the main trainer in the recently completed MISA IDMS local government training programme in the O R Tambo, Alfred Nzo and Amathole district municipalities in the Eastern Cape.
 
Jamie has presented at many forums at national and at an international level on Public Private Partnerships “PPP” (Wateraid).
Sean Collins
Sean Collins
Sean is a CA(SA) has consulted to all three spheres of public sector in financial management for last 20 years.

He has a broad range of experience including conducting three performance reviews, finance maturity and skills assessments, designed a chart of accounts, costing studies in local government and audit turnarounds.

More recently Sean has specialised in the implementation, training and analysis of mSCOA.

He has presented training to a wide variety of audiences and is also preferred mSCOA trainer.

Since 2015, Sean joined Ducharme a niche firm specialising public financial management an associate director.

Rodney Kukubo
Rodney Kukubo
Rodney Kukubo is a development consultant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Rhodes University, majoring in Economics and Management, and an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of Johannesburg as well as a Masters Degree in Development Economics from the University of Johannesburg.

Since joining Rebel in September 2016, he has undertaken research, evaluations and data analysis on projects for various institutes in the public space including the African Development Bank, French Development Agency Financial and Fiscal Commission, French National Treasury, Social Housing Regulatory Association, National Lottery Commission, Department of Science & Technology and the Department of Planning, Monitoring & Evaluations. Rodney Kukubo has also completed an international training course in financial modelling

Rodney has provided technical and project management support to various feasibility study assignments, such as Western Cape Halaal Industrial Park Feasibility Study and a feasibility study for the construction of two thousand and fifty-six (2,056) schools, including an initial pilot phase of one hundred (100) priority schools in Zimbabwe for the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MOPSE). As evidence of his review work, Rodney is currently undertaking a review of The Financial Fiscal Commission’s Costed Norms Approach Formula. In addition to the above, Rodney experience in project management, conducting interviews, facilitating focus groups, analysing data, and drafting reports.

Hermi Boraine
Hermi Boraine
Hermi Boraine is Chief Director for Quantitative Data Analytics in the Public Expenditure and Policy Analysis team in GTAC. Hermi focuses on the optimal use of government’s administrative and other data systems in support of decision-making on public expenditure.
Before joining GTAC, Hermi gained public sector experience as a senior data specialist in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and at the National Advisory Council on Innovation.

Hermi obtained a PhD in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Pretoria, where she lectured and supervised PhD and Masters students in Time Series Analysis, Multivariate Statistics, Actuarial Statistics and Official Statistics.

Liam James
Liam James
Liam James is a Graduate Intern working for GTAC in the PEPA unit. He started working in February 2021. Liam qualified with a BCom in Economics and Statistics from Stellenbosch University and later completed his Honours and Master’s degrees in Economics at the same institution.
Liam’s areas of interest include infrastructure development, sustainable energy generation and development economics.

His research for his Honours thesis focused on trends in the funding of higher education institutions and his research for his Master’s thesis investigated the effects the recruitment bursary had on diversity and transformation at Stellenbosch University.

Sibulele Mvumvu
Sibulele Mvumvu
Sibulele has 10 years experience in public sector and has worked with ICT projects and public performance expenditure projects for the past 8 years. She started her career as project coordinator at Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Presidency and joined GTAC in 2016. She is Deputy Director: Project support at GTAC within the Public Expenditure and Policy Analysis Unit.

Sibu has a Degree in Business Administration, Advanced certificate in Project Management, and is currently finishing her Master’s in Business Administration. She is a passionate project manager and has excellent project finance and project planning skills. She is an ace at coordinating workshops and events. Her professional approach and extensive experience in project management allows her to communicate and engage well with different stakeholders and groups.

Sibu is passionate about seeing positive results in whatever she does, she ensures that all requirements and deadlines are met.

Reinette Thompson
Reinette Thompson
Reinette is a Team assistance in the office of Public Expenditure and Policy Analysis in GTAC. Before joining GTAC, she was the PA to the Head of Department Human Settlements in the Eastern Cape. She have more than nine years relevant experience in the field.

She is currently enrolled for Diploma in Supply Chain Management at Unisa. She also have several formal short courses in office administration and a Diploma in Housing Policy Development and Management.

Mologadi Mojapelo
Mologadi Mojapelo
Mologadi Mojapelo is a Graduate Intern working for GTAC in the Public Expenditure and Policy Analysis unit. She started working in June 2021. Mologadi qualified with a BCom in Economics from the University of Limpopo and later completed her Honours degree at the same institution. She was one of the GTAC bursars which allowed her to complete her Master’s degrees in Economics at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2020.

For her Honours dissertation, Mologadi focused on financial development and economic growth nexus in South Africa and her Master’s thesis investigated the relationship between public debt and economic growth, considering the role of institutional quality in the SADC region. Mologadi’s areas of interest include public finance and institutional economics