Public Finance

MIG Framework review 4

In 2014 and 2015, PDG conducted a review of the policy for the Municipal Infrastructure Grant, one of the largest infrastructure grants in South Africa, for the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. The project involved consultation via one-on-one engagements and workshops, municipal case studies and desktop modelling and analysis. The findings from these activities were drawn together to make proposals regarding changes to the MIG Policy Framework, as well as drafting of the Revised MIG Policy Framework.

Gauteng tariff model

PDG prepared an Excel based tariff model for Gauteng COGTA in support of a number of Gauteng municipalities in 2015. The model aims to set affordable tariffs for water, sanitation, electricity and solid waste that result in a fully funded municipal budget. The starting point is the calculation of the full cost of providing the relevant services. The model makes strategic decisions related to the allocation of external subsidies and internal cross-subsidies explicit.

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Water Services

Water sector institutional realignment

PDG was a core team member on the project to assess institutional reform and realign the institutional landscape of the water sector institutions to ensure sustainable and effective outcomes. The specific objectives of this project was to develop an institutional framework with clearly defined roles, responsibilities and accountabilities; promote good governance, promote corporatisation of water sector institutions. PDG’s work on the project included an assessment of the role of water boards, the WRC and water user associations.

SALGA assessment of bulk water tariffs

PDG was appointed by SALGA to develop SALGA’s comments in response to section 42 of the municipal finance management act 56, 2003, as it relates to bulk water tariff increase for the financial year 2016/2017 and outlining the budgetary implications for municipalities in the short to medium term including development of comments on the published Pricing Strategy and Tariffs Norms and Standards.

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Urban Systems

CT Medium term Infrastructure Framework

PDG was appointed as part of a consortium led by AECOM to develop a Medium-Term Integrated Infrastructure Framework for the City of Cape Town. The project involved the evaluation of the costs and benefits of three scenarios for the spatial growth in Cape Town over the next 20 years. PDG was responsible for the financial analysis of the infrastructure implications of the city-wide future growth scenarios. This included a cost-benefit analysis of development scenarios, a concept note on the cost of housing versus public transport, and the development of a Spatial Costing Tool (SCOT). The SCOT is an excel-based model that projects the capital and operating costs of multiple services (housing, transport, water, sanitation, electricity, solid waste, stormwater, municipal public services and provincial social services) and apportions these to multiple actors (households, businesses, the City and the State). Ongoing

Gauteng Infrastructure Framework

PDG was part of a team led by Aurecon to develop an Infrastructure Framework as Phase 1 of the Gauteng Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan for the Gauteng Office of the Premier. The project involved a status quo and deficit analysis of all infrastructure in the Gauteng City Region and its key informants, followed by stakeholder engagement and infrastructure modelling to develop a Framework document that highlighted the strategic infrastructure priorities and actions that needed to be taken in the Province. 2014/15

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Environment and Sustainability

Municipal role in environmental management

PDG was appointed by the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs, to complete an assessment of the role of local government in Environmental Management and the establishment of the costs of performing Environmental Management functions. Through a partnership with EnAct International and Zenande Leadership PDG developed an Environmental Legal Protocol, defined a related set of Environmental Indicators and compiled a benchmark assessment of the costs to municipalities of implementing their Environmental Management responsibilities. The study includes two facilitated stakeholder workshops to pilot the Protocol and Indicators, complemented by a set of key stakeholder interviews across a representative sample of municipalities in all 9 provinces, to refine the cost benchmark assessment. 2014

WC Climate Change Mitigation Scenarios

PDG developed climate change (energy and emissions) scenarios for the energy sector of the Western Cape. This entailed the development of an energy model for the Western Cape with the existing baseline information from the Western Cape Energy Consumption and Carbon Dioxide Emissions Database (2012). A selection of mitigation measures, informed by the national Mitigation Potential Analysis and stakeholder engagements through the project, were modelled according to a range of scenarios including: Business As Usual, All Possible [Mitigation] Measures (APM) and APM with a fuel switching (from coal to natural gas) scenario. These mitigation measures were then prioritised using a Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) to identify those measures which can optimally be introduced in the short-, medium- and long-term. The province planned to use the outputs of this study to inform its planning in terms of the Western Cape Climate Change Response Implementation Framework. 2015

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Institutional Development and Inter-governmental Relations

Assessment of National & Provincial IGR Structures

PDG has been appointed by COGTA to conduct an assessment of the functionality of the national and provincial intergovernmental relations structures constituted in terms of the IGRFA, 2005.  The project objectives are to assess the functionality of all the nine PCFs, the six sector MinMecs and the PCC; exact lessons on challenges and obstacles faced by IGR in discharging their legislative and developmental mandate..

Intergovernmental Provincial Framework

PDG has been appointed by COGTA to develop an Intergovernmental Planning Framework and Implementation Plan to ensure the integration, alignment and coordination of planning and implementation process across the spheres of government, with a view to ensuring that the activities of all the sectors of government complement each other and ensure that the government’s  priorities are addressed in a coherent and systematic way.

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Monitoring and Evaluation

Assessment of Government Evaluations (1, 2 & 3)

The initial project (1) was to develop the methodology and instruments for undertaking quality assessments of all known government evaluations conducted between 2006-2011. PDG completed quality assessments of 93 government evaluations drawing on the expertise of a panel of evaluators from across South Africa. This informed the development of a web-based process management system (QA system) to streamline the quality assessment process. After this was successfully delivered, PDG was re-appointed for a second phase (2): to develop an integrated system for managing government evaluations and undertake another round of quality assessments. PDG was subsequently re-appointed for three more components (3): an improvement plan tracking system; another round of quality assessments; and an upgrade of the public evaluation repository to integrate directly within an encompassing web-based evaluation management information system (EMIS). All web-based project components have now been successfully completed and handed over to the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and over 150 quality assessments have been completed to date.

Citizen Based Monitoring Evaluation

PDG was appointed by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) to conduct an Implementation evaluation of the Citizen Based Monitoring Model. A participatory evaluative approach was adopted for this evaluation which combined both design and implementation evaluation elements to assess the pilot programme across service sites (e.g. SAPS, SASSA, DOH and DSD) in five provinces. The assessment identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the pilot while making recommendations to inform a future strategy for citizen-based monitoring.

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Public Sector Governance

Municipal Support and Intervention Framework

PDG was appointed assist with the development of a practical municipal support and intervention model for SALGA.

World Bank Public Partnership Practice

The overall objective of this assignment was to research policy and practice in South Africa with regard to the proactive disclosure of pre-and post-procurement information in PPPs.   The purpose of the study was to help foster more transparent, effective and accountable governance, through setting out best practice for information disclosure in PPPs from around the world, and lessons learned.

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Municipal Systems

Ward Participatory System Evaluation

PDG was part of the GFA Consortium conducting the assessment of the effectiveness of the Ward Participatory System for COGTA and the EU. Our role was that of content experts and PDG and Professor Piper were responsible for the Literature Review, Evaluation Framework, Qualitative Case Studies, Overall analysis of quantitative and qualitative findings and recommendations in the research report.. GFA Consulting Group GmbH.

Jo’burg Performance Management Policy

The project assessed the performance management policy and practice for non-Section 57 employees across the City of Jo’burg core administration, the Municipal Entities (MEs) and the Regions taking into account the desegregation of employees by levels (employees below Section 57). The City of Jo’burg has within its Performance Management Systems developed separate policies for Section 57 employees and non-Section 57 employees. Further, there is a mix of contractual arrangements which are either fixed term contracts or permanent employment contracts, and as noted City of Jo’burg has encountered challenges in the standardised application and uptake of the Project Management Systems. City of Johannesburg.

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