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.
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.
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
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.