The Savings @ Work: Government Spending Reviews Conference created a platform for all officials who have been a part of the various capacity building initiatives offered on the Spending Review methodology to share insights from their spending reviews. It also provided a platform to discuss similar challenges and showcase some of the innovative solutions. It was an opportunity strengthen networks among the budget analysts at the coal face of budget and service delivery and a platform to reflect on the impact and consequences of the 40 technical spending reviews completed in National Treasury between 2013 and 2017. A significant component of the conference focused on the processes around the institutionalization of spending reviews.

Revisit the conference by clicking on the video links on the various agenda points.


Day 1

PLENARY (Click here to watch the related plenary sessions per agenda points)
09:00 – 09:15 Registration Programme directors: Jeremy Timm & Mbali Buthelezi, GTAC
09:15 – 09:20 Opening Lindiwe Ndlela, Acting Head, GTAC
09:20 – 09:45 Opening Address David Masondo, Deputy Minister, National Treasury
09:45 – 10:05 The Savings Dilemma Dondo Mogajane, DG National Treasury
10:05 – 10:20 Trajectory of Spending Reviews in South Africa Ronette Engela, Head: PEPA, GTAC
10:20 – 10:45 Spending Review 1

Identifying wasteful expenditure: SITA, as well as events and international trips

Nomthi Mjuza & Jeremy Upfold,
KwaZulu-Natal Treasury
10:45 – 11:00 TEA
11:00 – 11:30 Spending Review 2

Police fleet expenditure: Provision and utilisation of fleet services in the police service

Velisubuhle Buti, National Treasury
11:30 – 12:15 In Conversation

The usefulness and results of spending reviews

Ronette Engela, GTAC
Mbali Buthelezi, GTAC
Julia de Bruyn, National Treasury
Amanda Jitsing, GTAC
12:15 – 13:15 LUNCH
13:15 – 14:15

Solution Room 1 (Video)

HPV Immunisation Programme

What are effective and efficient ways of rolling out the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine in schools?

Lead: Raymond Maleka

Solution Room 2 (Video)

Minimising the costs associated with the infrastructure footprint of the Department of Defence

How can the Department of Defence minimise the cost of its office accomodation?

Lead: Mabele Mdhluli

Solution Room 3 (Video)

Key cost drivers of foreign missions

Analysis of the key cost drivers of Foreign Missions on DIRCO Budget

Lead: Mercy Mhlophe

14:15 – 15:15 Personnel growth in SA and implications for government expenditure Antony Altbeker & Hermi Boraine, GTAC
15:15 – 15:30 Day 1 closing remarks Jennifer Cooper, Canadian Representative – Head of Cooperation
15:30 – 15:45 Summary of the day Jeremy Timm & Mbali Buthelezi, GTAC

Day 2

PLENARY (Click here to watch the related plenary sessions per agenda points)
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome and introductory remarks Malijeng Ngqaleni – DDG:IGR, National Treasury
09:15 – 09:45 Spending Review 3

Integration of public libraries and community health centres in the Northern Cape into a shared point of service

Zandile Ramoitheki & Feroza Fredericks, Northern Cape Treasury
09:45 – 10:00 TEA
10:00 – 11:00 Panel Discussion

Spending political capital to save money

Pam Yako, MD: Zenande Leadership Consulting & Mcebisi Ndletyana, Prof: Politics and International Relations, UJ
11:00 – 11:45 Making it Happen: Navigating the Institutional Maze Amanda Jitsing, GTAC
Topic introduction – Word Cafe Dialogue Sessions Health – Jonatan Daven
Education – Spencer Janari
Agriculture – Bothwell Deka
Corporate Services – Conrad Barberton
11:45 – 12:45 LUNCH
12:45 – 13:45 Groups form to discuss health, education, agriculture and corporate services
Translating spending reviews into actions

  • What decisions do you need to take to implement change in your area?
  • Who do you need to talk to? (Video)
  • What will you say in the memorandum you need to write? (Video)
  • What organisational behaviour do you need to change? (Video)
Health – Jonatan Daven & Jonathan Carter
Education – Spencer Janari & Amanda Jitsing
Agriculture – Bothwell Deka & Andreas Bertoldi
Corporate services – Conrad Barberton
13:45 – 14:15 Spending Review 4
Why are medical legal claims against the State on the rise?
Molefe Mokoatja, Free State Treasury
14:15 – 15:00

Solution Room 5 (Video)


Are farmer support programmes efficient and effective?

Lead: Donald Onyango

Solution Room 6 (Video)

Health Overtime

Commuted overtime

Lead: Refiloe Thokoa & Noxolo Madela

Solution Room 7

ICT in Basic Education

The cost of ICT provision in Provincial Departments of Education

Lead: Shaneel Ragoo

15:00 – 15:15 TEA
15:15 – 16:00 Spending Reviews and Budget 2022: What does all the work mean for Budget 2022 and the future? Mampho Modise, DDG, National Treasury
16:00 – 16:15 Day 2: Summary of the day Jeremy Timm, GTAC
16:15 – 16:30 Acknowledgements and closure Ronette Engela, GTAC