Public Finance

GIZ Metro Own Revenues

PDG was appointed by National Treasury (through GIZ) to assess the adequacy of the own revenue sources of metropolitan municipalities, in particular to assess whether own revenues are matched with expenditure responsibilities; whether metros are optimising own revenues; and whether current own revenue sources are sustainable. The work primarily involved desktop analysis of data on metro’s revenue bases, expenditure patterns and revenue generated. In addition, financial models were used to project revenue needs going forward and assess the extent to which own revenue sources will be adequate into the future. Results were discussed in one-on-one engagements with selected metros and in a workshop with a full working group.

World Bank Intermediate City Municipalities Grant Framework

PDG was appointed by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (through the World Bank) to design a grant for Intermediate City Municipalities (ICMs), previously known as Secondary Cities. This grant is to include a performance based or incentive component. The project includes conceptual design and proposals for institutionalisation, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation, as well as stakeholder engagement around those proposals through one-on-one meetings and workshops.

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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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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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