Acting Chairperson and Chief Executive
Mr Bongani Khumalo
Bongani Khumalo is the Acting Chairperson/CE of the Financial and Fiscal Commission. He was previously the Program Manager for Fiscal Policy in the Secretariat of the Commission. He has worked on a variety of areas within the South African intergovernmental fiscal relations system,including the design of revenue sharing formulae, the financing of education, health care and social assistance, and sub national borrowing and taxation issues and on the design of conditional grants. Upon completing a Master of Science (Economics) degree from theUniversity of Zimbabwe, Bongani Khumalo lectured at the same University in the areas of International Trade and Development and Public Finance. He then moved to Rhodes University in Grahamstown in 1994 where he lectured Public Policy, International Trade Policy and Development Economics until 1999 when he joined the Financial and Fiscal Commission as a Researcher. He has published articles and contributed book chapters on Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations and on Public Finance.
Mr Krish Kumar
Krish Kumar commenced work as a trainee Accountant with the erstwhile Durban City Council in 1981and progressed through the ranks to become City Treasurer of the North and South Central Local Councils in 1997. In addition, in 1999 he was appointed City Treasurer of the Durban Metropolitan Council and in 2001 Deputy City Manager: Treasury. Krish is a member of the South African Local Government Association's (SALGA) Finance working Group, Fellow of the Institute of Municipal Finance Officers (IMFO), Chairperson of the Municipal Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Forum, past President of IMFO, and member of the Accounting Standards Board. He is also chair of the eThekwini Risk and Managing the Municipality committee. He was appointed as a Commissioner commencing on1 March 2008 and his initial term ended on 28 February 2011.Krish was reappointed on 1March 2011and his term of office expired on 28 February 2013. He has been reappointed fora second five-year term until 28 February 2018. Krish has completed all 21 modules of National Treasury minimum competency training for CFOs.
Prof Nico Steytler
Nico Steytler (BA LLB (University of Stellenbosch), LLM (University of London), PhD (University of Natal, Dr h.c. University of Fribourg)) is a professor of public law and the South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy at the Community Law Centre of the University of the Western Cape. Formerly he was the Director of the Community Law Centre, a research and advocacy institute that works for the realization of the democratic values and human rights. His main field of research is comparative multilevel government, including local government. He has writing extensive on the subject, including co-authoring Local Government Law of South Africa. He has advised governments at all levels on constitutional and statutory design and implementation of multilevel governance. He was a technical advisor to the Constitutional Assembly drafting the 1996 Constitution as well as a technical advisor to the Western Cape Provincial Legislature on the drafting of a provincial constitution (1996-1997). He was a member of the Municipal Demarcation Board for the past ten years (2004-2014). He is the president of the International Association of Centres for Federal Studies (2010-2016). Most recently, as a UN-appointed expert, he advised the Yemen’s Constitutional Drafting Committee on the design of a federal constitution.
Prof Daniel Plaatjies
Daniel Plaatjies has a PhD in the study of Governance, Public Policy and Public Finance from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is Executive Director at the Human Science Research Council (HSRC) responsible for Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery. He is also a Commissioner of the Financial and Fiscal Commission. Daniel has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Free State and served as Head of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation within the Office of the Premier, Free State Provincial Government. He has also served on secondment as an adviser to the Minister of Public Service and Administrator. Daniel is the Editor and Author of two books: 2011 Future Inheritance- State Capacity in Democratic South Africa and 2013 Protecting the Future - Governance and Public Accountability in Democratic South Africa.
Mr Kenneth Fihla
Kenny Fihla was the Branch Secretary of the Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union between 1988 and 1990. He was the Chairperson of a Committee established by Ministerial Proclamation to turn around the Greater Johannesburg Transitional Metropolitan Council from 1997 to 2000. As Chairman of the Transformation Lekgotla he led the implementation of the City’s restructuring plan that resulted in the financial turnaround of the Johannesburg Councils.
In 2003, he joined Business Against Crime South Africa as its Chief Executive Officer. Kenny joined Standard Bank as Head of Investor Services business in 2006. In April 2008, he became the South Africa Head of Transactional Products and Services. In recognition of his clients’ impact, he was appointed Head of Client Coverage in July 2012. In this role he is responsible for corporate relationship management and business origination across the geographies where Standard Bank’s Corporate and Investment Banking Division has a presence. In January 2014 he was also appointed the Franchise Head for CIB in South Africa.
Kenny studied Mechanical Engineering at the Harare Polytechnic. He has an Msc in Financial Economics from the University of London and an MBA from the University of Witwatersrand
Mr Sipho Lubisi
Sipho Lubisi commenced to work for TSB Sugar Holdings in 1981. He served as a shop steward of the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) at TSB Sugar Holdings. He was elected as the chairperson of (FAWU) Nelspruit Branch from 1986 to 1988, and at the same period he served as the Chairperson of COSATU for the Nelspruit Local. He served as FAWU Transvaal Regional Treasurer from 1988 to 1990. In 1990 to 1993 he served as the National Treasurer of FAWU. He was elected as the chairperson of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Eastern Transvaal Region in 1989 to 1993 and also served as a member of Central Executive Committee of COSATU.
Mr Lubisi served as a member of the African National Congress (ANC) Provincial Executive Committee as from 1992 to 2008. He was elected as the ANC Provincial Deputy Chairperson in 2002 to 2005. In 2002 to 2007 he served as member of the South African Community Party (SACP) Central Committee. He is currently serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the SACP in Mpumalanga province. Mr Lubisi was elected as a Senator in the then Senate of the Republic of South Africa in 1994 to 1996,and served as the Permanent Delegate in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) from 1996 to 1998. He joined the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature and was elected as the Speaker of the Legislature in 1998 to 2004. He served as a Member of the Executive Council (MEC) of the Mpumalanga Department of Health and Social Development in 2004 to 2005, appointed as an MEC for Economic Development and Planning in 2005 to 2007. In 2007 to 2008 he was reappointed as an MEC for Health and Social Development. From 2008 to 2009 Mr Lubisi served as a Member of the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature and served as Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture and Land Administration; Economic Development and Planning. He served as a member of various Committees such as Select Committees of Chairpersons of Committees and Public Accounts Committee (SCOPA).
He is on record the longest serving Speaker, having completed twelve (12) years at the helm of the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature on different occasions. In 2010 to 2011, Mr Lubisi was elected as the president of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Africa Region. He served also as a trustee of various organizations, and patron of various schools. He was appointed as a Commissioner of the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) by the President.
Prof Gilingwe Mayende
Professor Gilingwe Mayende holds a BA (Sociology and History) from the University of Botswana, and an MA in Development Sociology (1987) and PhD in Sociology from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom (1990). He also holds a Diploma in Executive Leadership (Senior Executive Programme) from Harvard University and has done a number of other short courses in Leadership and Public Financial Management.
As a student, Professor Mayende received a number of prizes and scholarships, the most prestigious of which was the Isaac Schapera Prize, which was awarded to him by the University of Botswana in 1986 in recognition of his performance as the most outstanding student among the graduating group in the Social Sciences.
After completing his PhD in 1990, he was selected to the position of Visiting Fellow and Senior Associate Member of St Antony’s College at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, where he conducted research on the land question in South Africa over a period of nine months.
Professor Mayende is widely acknowledged, both nationally and internationally, as one of the foremost specialists in the fields of land reform and rural development in South Africa. He also has an advanced level of experience in public and tertiary education sector management issues in the country, with a high level of competency in financial management, human resource management and development, programme and project management, and in a range of other related areas. Between 1995 and 2005 Professor Mayende served as a senior public servant in the democratic South African government - a career which included a five-year stint as the Director General of the Department of Land Affairs from 2000 to 2005. He also served as the Deputy Director General of the Eastern Cape Provincial Government, between January 1999 and April 2000. From March 1995 to December 1998 he was the Regional Land Claims Commissioner for the Eastern Cape and Free State Provinces. Whilst serving as Director General, he also participated in activities involving the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the United Nations. In the latter case, he was deployed by the South African Government as a senior member of the team of key negotiators during the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), and he also chaired the WSSD’s Africa Group of Economic Experts. After leaving the public service in 2005, Professor Mayende joined Sekunjalo Investments, which is a JSE-listed BEE firm operating in the fields of fishing, health services, and information technology, among others.
Thereafter, in 2007, he was appointed as a Partner and Director in the East London firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he served from 2007 to 2009. He then decided to start his own consulting firm called MayeCon Consulting (Pty) Ltd, which provided development and management consultancy services to clients mostly in the public sector.
Professor Mayende decided to follow his heart and calling as an academic and returned to the higher education sector in 2010, when he took up the position of Head of Research at the Centre for Rural Development at Walter Sisulu University. He was then appointed to the senior management position of Deputy Vice Chancellor: Resources and Operations at the Central University of Technology, Free State, which unfortunately he had to vacate because of ill health in December 2013. He is currently attached to the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, where he is engaged as a Senior Research Fellow while working on a book writing project. Professor Mayende has published many articles on land reform, agrarian transformation and rural development in South Africa. He has also presented papers in numerous conferences on the subject. He is also currently working on a draft manuscript for a book entitled ‘The Land Question: The Last Frontier of Decolonization in South Africa’, which is scheduled for publication in 2015.
• Adjunct Professor in the School of Management and Development Studies, University of Fort Hare • Visiting Professor on ‘Integrated African Leadership’, MBA Programme, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School. • Chairperson of AgriSETA, since April 2011 • Member of the Audit Committee, Department of Provincial Planning and Treasury, Eastern Cape Provincial Government • Member of the Audit Committee, Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Eastern Cape Provincial Government • Member of the Ministerial Task Team on the Establishment of the South African Co-operatives Academy, Ministry of Higher Education and Training • Member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Geographic Names Committee (ECPGNC) • Member of the Editorial Board of Africa Insight, which is the Journal of the Africa Society of South Africa • Member of the AgriBEE Charter Council • Member, South African Sociological Association (SASA) • Member, Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) • Member of the Panel of Experts advising the Ingquza Hill Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape • Professional and advisory services to the Mzantsi Business Mechanics Co-operative Development Network, which operates in Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality and in OR Tambo and King Sabata Dalindyebo District Municipalities in the Eastern Cape • ‘Advanced Studies in Organisation’, Master of Public and Development Management, School of Public and Development Management, Wits University • ‘Land Issues in Africa’, an MA Level Course, Programme of Africa Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of the Free State
Dr Sibongile Muthwa
Dr Muthwa is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Institutional Support at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She holds a PhD from SOAS, University of London. Her other academic qualifications include an MSc in Development Policy and Planning (LSE), BA (SW) Honours (Wits), BA in Social Work (Fort Hare).
She has a distinguished career both in South Africa and the United Kingdom where she has worked in both the development and public sector institutions, as well as in academia. Between 2004 and 2010 she served as Director General of the Eastern Cape Provincial Government. Before joining government, she was Director of the Fort Hare Institute of Government, University of Fort Hare for five years.
Dr Muthwa served in a number Boards and Committees, including, the Joint Universities Public Management Education Trust (Chairperson) and Applied Fiscal Review Centre (AfreC).
Dr. Muthwa currently Chairs the Board of Seriti Institute and also serves in Boards of the SA Women in Dialogue Trust; University Sports Company; and Curro Holdings, among others. She also serves in an advisory capacity to the Programme to Support Pro-poor Policy Development in South Africa, a programme of the National Planning Commission. She is a regular coach for the Business Women’s Association, where she mentors young and aspiring businesswomen.