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PDG is a public sector consulting firm that supports decision-making in the public interest


We are a multi-disciplinary consulting firm that provides research, policy, evaluation, strategy planning and management support to the public sector with the ultimate goal of improving people’s quality of life.

We have successfully completed over 1000 consulting projects since establishment in 1990. PDG’s success is built on the foundation of over thirty years of consulting experience in providing quality advice and support to a wide range of government departments in all three spheres of government and other public sector stakeholders in South Africa and across the Africa continent

PDG Archived News


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We are looking to fill the positions of M&E Consultant and General Administrative Assistant. If you meet our requirements outlined in each of the adverts, apply via our recruitment portal. Applications close 30 April 2024.


Last week four Directors participated in two IGOLD facilitated sessions applying a Gestalt Organisational Development approach. These sessions were intended to help them think through how they approached PDG’s strategic planning processes this year. The facilitation took them to a point of deep reflection about their individual hopes and conceptions of a what a thriving PDG looks like. PDG will take these insights into a new approach to strategizing for 2024. 


We are excited to welcome our newest Consultant, Simon van Blerk, to the PDG staff compliment. Simon is a professionally registered civil engineer with over six years of experience working in Land Development and Water with experience designing, planning and managing infrastructure projects in both South Africa and the UK. Welcome on board Simon!


PDG is pleased to introduce our new Intern, Zuhayr Mahomed. Zuhayr is passionate about working to drive meaningful change, optimise performance, and achieve sustainable growth. With a strong understanding of systems, processes and communications, he has joined PDG to further expand his knowledge and contribution to achieving these goals. Welcome on board Zuhayr!


PDG’s Municipal Services Practice Area Leader, Nick Graham, recently presented a paper at the 86th Institute of Municipal Engineers of South Africa (IMESA) conference in Gqeberha on 25 October. The paper, titled “Legal impediments to the providing water services to informal settlements on private land” covered research undertaken by PDG, Victoria Johnson and Isandla Institute for the Water Research Commission. The paper provides a comprehensive legal review of the perceived impediments to providing water services to informal settlements on private land, without the owner’s consent, and concludes that not only are municipalities allowed to provide these services (in most instances), but they are also obligated to do so to fulfil their constitutional mandate. The research hopes to provide municipal engineers with sufficient background and justification to be able to provide these much-needed services.

Recruitment advert

Join our team and make an impact. We are looking to fill the position of Municipal Services Research Consultant.  If you meet our requirements and are looking to join our fabulous team, apply via our recruitment portal. Applications close 31 October 2023.

Position requirements can be found here

Internship advert

PDG has a 1-year paid internship programme for South African postgraduates under the age of 30. We are currently accepting applications for January 2024.

Full details about the internship programme can be found here

Nick presents at SALGA
PDG Director Nick Graham addressed the Commission on Municipal Financial Sustainability at the SALGA National Members Assembly 2023 held 4-6 September 2023. He was presenting work being done for SALGA on reviewing the fiscal framework and the vertical and horizontal distribution of the fiscus. 
PDG staff connected again at our two-day annual Stratplanning sessions at Chartfield Guesthouse, Kalk Bay. Cape Town and Johannesburg staff came together and strategised about our goals and priorities for the year ahead. It was a very fruitful 2-day session which was wonderful for everyone, including our new staff. It was also a time when the role of MD was handed over between Kim Walsh and Mike Leslie. We thank Kim for the time under her leadership and welcome the new leadership headed by Mike. Cara Hartley was unfortunately not able to be with us as she was on parental leave
Daniel Moody
PDG is excited to welcome our newest recruit to our organisation. Daniel is a development practitioner, MERL specialist, researcher and environmentalist concentrating on socio-economic, developmental and environmental issues in the Global South. Combining excellent academic credentials with a diversified work portfolio, he seeks to use his skills, knowledge and passion to develop and implement socially-orientated, sustainable and evidence-based solutions to some of Africa’s major developmental challenges.

A hearty welcome from all of us!

PDG attended the REALS SA Colloquium hosted by the EU, UNICEF, the DBE and NECT. The colloquium was held at UKZN Edgewood Campus on the 27th of June 2023, and was attended by stakeholders ranging from the implementing partners to the programme recipients on the ground (teachers, parents and SGB members). The colloquium was a space for all involved in REALS SA to reflect on the programme, from the design of the programme to how implementation unfolded and the subsequent outputs and short-term outcomes arising from that. As the evaluating team for the programme, PDG (represented by Anele Msomi, Cara Hartley and Mark Abrahams) presented on the programme-level lessons learnt through the evaluation process, reflecting mainly on what can be done to improve the design and implementation of such programmes in future. The team gathered inputs from colloquium participants, which will contribute towards the finalisation of the evaluation report due to be completed in July 2023.


Cara Hartley recently presented guest lectures to students pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Administration at the School of Public Leadership (SPL). The Masters course M&E as one of its electives modules.

She participated over two days (16-17 May 2023), focusing on Theories of Change and M&E Systems respectively. She contributed a practitioner’s perspective to complement the theoretical content of the course.

To enrich the session, Cara conducted a short survey of M&E practitioners’ experience and shared the results as part of her guest lectures. Members of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) mailing list were surveyed on pitfalls and keys to success in their personal experience of working with Theories of Change and M&E Systems. The results of the survey are available here.

Cara Hartley co-leads PDG’s Monitoring and Evaluation Practice Area, focusing on evaluations and M&E frameworks.

Mildred Nakkungu
PDG welcomes the 3 new recruits!
Consultant: Mildred Nakkungu

Mildred comes with a range of expertise across the fields of the built environment, sustainable development and governmental structures. She has a developed skill set in sustainable building design; thermal, solar, and daylight analysis; and qualitative research. Her academic research focuses on cities, with particular interest in the institutional, legislative and politic logics used to govern municipalities. She hopes to utilise her diverse skillset by contributing to a holistically sustainable future in our cities. She is currently based in our Johannesburg office.

Njabulo Ndaba
Consultant: Njabulo Ndaba

Njabulo recently joined PDG as a consultant in our Cape Town offices. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of the Western Cape and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the area of financial inclusion and financial health. His focus is on improving the financial lives of low-income households and women throughout Africa. He possesses a diverse skill set, including proficiency in qualitative primary research, quantitative research and analysis, and reporting. He is deeply passionate about inclusive financial integrity, Anti-Money Laundering and compliance, and digital identity, and is dedicated to utilizing his skills and knowledge to make a positive impact in these areas.

Sophiya Gabier
Intern: Sophiya Gabier

Sophiya’s academic background is in Environment and Development studies, where she pursed her honours in BCom-Public and Development Management, at Stellenbosch University. She is passionate about developing a more sustainable economy, and this passion serves as her motivation to effectively apply her knowledge of the environment, policies and legislation with a sustainable approach to contribute towards the greater benefit of society. She is committed to utilizing her education and enhancing her skills to make a positive impact in the field of sustainability and development. She is currently based in our Cape Town offices.

Recruitment advert

Join our team and make an impact. We are looking to fill two positions within our organisation – Municipal Services Research Consultant with a civil engineering background and a Monitoring & Evaluation Research Consultant with a passion for M&E.

Applications accepted via our website’s Recruitment Portal and closes at 5pm on 12 May 2023. 

PDG speaks to Newsroom Afrika

According to an article in the Business Day on 6 March, government is considering withholding the local government equitable share from municipalities who have built up significant debt with water boards. Our MD, Kim Walsh, was interviewed by Stephen Grootes on Newzroom Afrika about how likely this might be and what impact it would have on municipalities.

The interview can be viewed here

FCSA group
Conclusion of three-year Future Cities South Africa Programme

From 2019 to 2022, PDG participated in a consortium led by PwC UK to implement the South African component of the Global Future Cities Programme. This was a 3-year, UK-funded programme of technical assistance. In South Africa the programme supported Johannesburg, Cape Town, and eThekwini. Given our multidisciplinary skill offering, nearly all PDGers were drawn into the various projects – focusing on data and evidence use; transport; spatial development; and resilience – to a greater or lesser extent.

For more reflections, information, and links to resources produced by the programme, see Cara Hartley’s article on LinkedIn.