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Policy Briefs

 

  • 2013

Improving the Performance of Municipalities through Incentive-Based Grants (820Kb)

Effective Intergovernmental Planning and Budgeting for Better Outcomes (1.7Mb)

Are Conditional Grants Spiralling Out of Control? (1.8Mb)

Poor Maintenance and Renewal Threatens Municipal Service Delivery (268Kb)

Conditions Needed for Effective Devolution of Transport Functions to Municipalities (2.6Mb)

Is the Funding Framework for Higher Education Research Effective? (1.7Mb) 

Rural municipalities struggle to maximise their limited tax base - Current own revenues insufficient to support service delivery mandates in rural municipalities (878Kb)

Moderating Provincial Wage Bill Growth and Enhancing Productivity (331Kb)

  Myths and Facts about the Economic Impacts of Child Support Grants(701Kb)

Detecting Fiscal Distress within Local Government (2.1Mb)

  Assessing and Improving the Fiscal Performance of Provinces in South Africa(541Kb)

  The Financial and Fiscal Implications of Further Education and Training (FET) Function Shift(1.1Mb)

 

  • 2012

Gender Budgeting: Translating Government Gender Equality Commitments into Reality (699Kb)

  Lack of Capacity is Crippling Delivery of Services in Municipalities(755Kb)

  Getting Creative about Delivery of Municipal Services(543Kb)

  Can Sub-national Expenditure and Revenue Assignments Promote Economic Growth in South Africa?(1.2Mb)

  Making Solid Waste Management in South Africa Sustainable(620Kb)

Optimal Policy Mix for Managing and Financing Disaster Risks in South Africa (494Kb)

Making Vulnerable Communities Resilient to Climate Change through Fiscal Instruments (692Kb)

e-Education is a Crucial Platform for Improving Education in South Africa (583Kb)

  Infrastructure Investment Alone is Insufficient to Meet Job Creation Targets(1.1Mb)

 

  • 2011

Fiscal Guidelines: Does South Africa Really Need Them? (944Kb)

Can South Africa Attain the Millennium Development Goals by 2015? (980KB)

Assessing the Economic and Fiscal Effects of the New Growth Path (896Kb)

Improving Development and Performance Outcomes of Basic Education and Health (597Kb)

More People, Inferior Services: Understanding the Factors Influencing Municipal Spending (575Kb)

Non-Payment is Crippling Service Delivery in South African Municipalities (678Kb)

60% of Municipal Resources Wasted: Measuring the Efficiency of Local Government Spending (2.59Mb)

The Impact of Unfunded Mandates in South African Intergovernmental Relations (663Kb)

  Economic and Fiscal Costs of inefficient Land-use Patterns   (606Kb)

Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change in the Local Government Sector (598Kb)

Papers

FFC-Infrastructure

  • 2016

Cloud Computing as an Alternative Solution for South African Public Sector: A Case for Department of Social Development
Simon Motlatsi – Financial and Fiscal Commission and Nkqubela Ruxwana – Tshwane University of Technology / Rocha, A et al (eds.) New Advances in Information Systems and Technologies, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing 444
©Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

Available for purchase at http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-31232-3_45

  • 2015

 Economywide consequences of attaining Millenium Development Goals in South Africa (246Kb)
Hélène Maisonnave - EDEHN, Universite du Havre and PEP network, Ramos Mabugu - Financial and Fiscal Commission and Margaret Chitiga - SPMA, University of Pretoria / Economics Bulletin, Volume 35, Issue 2, pages 1118-1127

  • 2013

Analysing Job Creation Effects of Scaling Up Infrastructure Spending in South Africa(450KB)
Hélène Maisonnave -  Université Laval, CIRPÉE and PEP network, Canada, Ramos Mabugu - Financial and Fiscal Commission, Margaret Chitiga - Human Science Research Council, and Véronique Robichaud - Université Laval, CIRPÉE and PEP network, Canada / Centre interuniversitaire sur le risque, les politiques économiques et l'emploi (CIRPÉE) Working Paper 13-10

  • 2012

The poverty implications of high oil prices in South Africa(338Kb)
Margaret Chitiga - Human Science Research Council, Ismael Fofana - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and Ramos Mabugu - Financial and Fiscal Commission / Environmental and Development Economics
©Cambridge University Press 2012

 

Research and Recommendations Programme

Dr Ramos Mabugu 

RRP Director

Ramos Mabugu holds a PhD in Economics from Gothenburg University, Sweden. His work at the Financial and Fiscal Commission focuses mainly on developing ‘state of the art’ macroeconomic frameworks used to assess the necessary macro-micro links of public policy in order to better understand issues of poverty, equity, growth and macro dynamics. Ramos’s research interests are in the areas of economic modelling, including the application of computable general equilibrium (CGE) models.

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Dr Hammed Amusa 

Program Manager: Macroeconomics and Public Finance Unit

Hammed Amusa holds a PhD in Economics from Northern Illinois University in the USA. His work at the Financial and Fiscal Commission focuses mainly on using quantitative tools to understand the impacts of public finance policies, especially those related to intergovernmental fiscal relations. Hammed's research interests are in understanding the political economy of resource redistribution, and the impact of public policies.

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Ghalieb Dawood

Program Manager:  Provincial Budget Analysis Unit

Ghalieb Dawood holds an Msc in Economics from the University of Cape Town. His work at the Financial and Fiscal Commission focuses mainly on budget analysis, division of revenue and fiscal frameworks, provincial government and costing. Ghalieb’s current research interests are in the areas of food security, public transport and funding of child welfare services.

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Simon Motlatsi Maluleka

Program Manager: Data and Information Unit

Simon Motlatsi Maluleka holds a Master’s Degree in Business Information Systems from Tshwane University of Technology. His work at the Financial and Fiscal Commission focuses on the development, gathering and implementation of data information and systems support to facilitate ICT management for the research unit. Simon’s research interest are in the area of Cloud Computing in the South African (SA) government.

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Dr Mkhululi Ncube

Program Manager:  Local Government Unit

Mkhululi Ncube holds a PhD in Economics from Gothenburg University, Sweden. His work at the Financial and Fiscal Commission focuses mainly on climate change and fiscal policies, local government budget analysis and gender budgeting. Mkhululi’s research interests are in the areas of local economic development and sustainable resource use in urban spaces.

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Dr Thembie Ntshakala

Program Manager: Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations

Thembie Ntshakala holds a PHD in Public Administration from University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Her work at the Financial and Fiscal Commission focuses mainly on Intergovernmental Fiscal and Financial Relations issues. Thembie’s research interests are in the areas of public sector performance, integrated planning and addressing rural spatial dislocation.

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Sasha Peters

Program Manager: National Budget Analysis Unit

Sasha Peters holds an MPhil in Public Policy from the University of Cape Town. Her work at the Financial and Fiscal Commission mainly focuses on municipal debt, service delivery arrangements and local government capacity in South Africa. Sasha’s research interests are in understanding the institutional dimension of government policies and factors hampering municipal performance.

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Eddie Rakabe

Program Manager:  Fiscal Policy Unit

Eddie Rakabe holds a Master’s Degree in Economic Development from the University of Johannesburg. His work at the Financial and Fiscal Commission focuses mainly on effective institutions, public expenditure management and optimisation, education and health policy reforms and public subsidy assessments. Eddie’s research interests are in the areas of low income markets, second economy activities and making markets work for the poor.

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Nomonde Madubula

Senior Researcher:  Fiscal Policy Unit

Nomonde Madubula holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her work at the Financial and Fiscal Commission focuses on social sector (education and health) and environmental regulation and policy. Nomonde’s research interests are in the areas of disaster risk management and environment, public finance and the socio- economic issues.

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Sabelo Mtantato

Senior Researcher:  Fiscal Policy Unit

Sabelo Mtantato holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from University of KwaZulu-Natal. His work at the Financial and Fiscal Commission focuses mainly on intergovernmental fiscal relations issues and research work on public finance. Sabelo’s research interests are in the areas relating to public transport, roads and human settlements sectors.

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Thando Ngozo

Senior Researcher:  Macroeconomics and Public Finance Unit

Thando Ngozo holds a Masters degree in International Economics and Public Policy from the Cardiff University in the United Kingdom and an MBA from Milpark Business School. His work at the Financial and Fiscal Commission focuses mainly on macroeconomic analysis, provincial government budget analysis, taxation issues and fiscal decentralisation. Thando’s research interests are in the areas of development finance, taxation policy, domestic resource mobilisation and economic development.

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Donald Sibanda

Senior Researcher: Data and Information Unit

Donald Sibanda holds a Master’s of Management degree in Finance and Investments from the University of the Witwatersrand Business School. His work at the Financial and Fiscal Commission focuses mainly on issues of government investment on economic development. Donald’s research interests are in the areas of public-private partnerships for infrastructure development.

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Poppie Ntaka

Researcher:  National Budget Analysis Unit

Poppie Ntaka holds an Mcomm in Economics from the University of Stellenbosch and an MA in Development Economics from the University of Gottingen, Germany. Her work at the Financial and Fiscal Commission mainly focuses on national budget analysis and issues that relate to economic development. Poppie has also done research on the role of state institutions and public employment programmes in rural development. Her research interests are in the areas of social policy and the economics of education.

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Nomfundo Vacu

Researcher:  Local Government Unit

Nomfundo Vacu holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Fort Hare. Her work at the Financial and Fiscal Commission focuses on financial and non-financial performance of municipalities, local economic development, understanding the dynamics of the South African local government sector. Nomfundo’s research interests are in the areas of public finance, macroeconomics, financial markets and international economics.

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