Spending reviews play a vital role in building a capable state through empowering and capacitating officials to perform their own evidence-based baseline analyses and costing of government programmes and policies, using the proven spending review methodology. Since 2016 The Public Expenditure and Policy Analysis (PEPA) unit in GTAC has trained public officials at both national and provincial levels on the spending review methodology and to date, they have produced over 200 spending reviews with interesting and useful findings and recommendations.

The PEPA unit, through spending reviews, provides analysis of, and insights into, the performance, cost effectiveness and expenditure trends of government programmes. By implementing spending reviews government departments can enhance expenditure performance, ensure better allocation of resources, improve efficiency and effectiveness within programmes and policies and identify opportunities for savings and efficiencies.

Every year GTAC’s PEPA Unit hosts a conference to share insights, learning, challenges, and opportunities that emerge from the spending review process.


Day 1

10:30 – 11:15 Intoductions and Welcome Programme Directors: Mbali Buthelezi, Acting Head: Public Expenditure and Policy Analysis (PEPA), GTAC & Jeremy Timm, GTAC
11:15 – 11:30 Opening Address Ronette Engela, Acting Head: GTAC
11:30 – 12:30 Panel Discussion: Setting the Scene The Challenges of Policy Implementation in the Public Sector Daluhlanga Majeke – HoD Eastern Cape Provincial Treasury
David Savage – HoD Western Cape Provincial Treasury
Gavin Pratt – HoD Limpopo Cape Provincial Treasury
Ogalaletseng Gaarekwe – CD: Provincial Budget Analysis, IGR, National Treasury
12:30 – 13:00 Acting on What We Know What the EC has done to implement spending review recommendations on the Learner Transport Programme Ntsiki Buzani, Eastern Cape Provincial Treasury
13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH
14:00 – 15:00 Acting on What We Know: Remuneration analysis and Modelling Impact of personnel analysis on public policy Antony Altbeker, GTAC
15:00 – 16:00 Masithetheni: Conversations with the Minister of Finance Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana, National Treasury
16:00 – 16:15 Day 1 Closing Remarks & Summary of the day Jeremy Timm & Mbali Buthelezi, GTAC
16:15 END OF DAY 1

Day 2

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome and introductory remarks Mbali Buthelezi & Jeremy Timm, GTAC
09:30 – 10:30 Outsourcing versus Insourcing of services in the Public Sector
A debate for and against outsourcing of services in the public sector
Betty Maibi, Northern Cape Provincial Treasury
Siphamandla Khumalo, National Treasury
Asanda Madliwa, Eastern Cape Provincial Treasury
Velisubuhle Buti, National Treasury
10:30 – 10:45 TEA
10:45 – 11:30 Acting on What We Know Presentations on what the Justice & Protection Services Cluster has done to implement spending reviews Mabele Mdhluli, National Treasury
11:30 – 12:00 Presentations on what the EC has done to implement spending review recommendations on Health Security Services Athini Skoti, Eastern Cape Provincial Treasury
12:00 – 13:00 Panel discussion: Exploring options for change The modernisation of public finance management Ronette Engela, Phillip Krause, Tania Ajam, Andrew Donaldson, Richard Allen & Mampho Modise
13:00 – 13:30 Closing remarks and summary of the day Jeremy Timm & Mbali Buthelezi, GTAC
13:30 END OF DAY 2
13:30 – 14:30 Networking and refreshments All
14:30 – 14:45 Opening of the session Mbali Buthelezi, Acting Head: PEPA
14:45 – 15:30 Reflection on the conference & way forward All
15:30 – 15:45 Acknowledgements and closure Ronette Engela, Acting Head: GTAC
15:45 Networking and refreshments All