JOHANNESBURG, November 18 – Senior South African National Treasury official Michael Sachs, who resigned earlier this month, is set to join the Gauteng Provincial Government.
In a statement on Saturday, the Gauteng Provincial Government said provincial Premier David Makhura has requested Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba to facilitate the lateral transfer of Sachs, the Deputy Director General: Budget Office, from National Treasury to the provincial government where he is set to be deployed in the Office of the Premier as the Deputy Director General responsible for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation.
According to the statement, Sachs holds two Masters Degrees from the University of London, as well as the Kennedy School of Government, in Public Administration and Economics.
“Michael Sachs started off his public sector career in Gauteng Provincial Government in the Department of Health in 1994, he also worked as a Programme Director in the office of the then Leader of the House in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature,” the statement added. “He has been with the National Treasury in various positions since 2008. Mr Sachs brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in policy making, public finance, macro-economic policy, policy evaluation and international best practice in policy implementation.”
Makhura said: “I would like to use the skills of Michael Sachs to immediately help to stabilise the finances of the Gauteng Department of Health, which poses a major risk at the moment. He will thereafter focus on monitoring and fast-tracking spending on infrastructure budgets of the Gauteng Departments and Municipalities.”
The statement said Sachs had accepted the offer of a transfer from the National Treasury to the Gauteng Provincial Government and that Gigaba was attending to the Premier’s request for the transfer.