Statement by Gauteng Provincial Government
Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, has requested the Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, to facilitate the lateral transfer of Michael Sachs, the Deputy Director General: Budget Office, from the National Treasury to the Gauteng Provincial Government. Mr Sachs will join the Office of the Premier as the Deputy Director General responsible for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation.
Michael 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. 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.
“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”, said Premier Makhura.
Michael Sachs has accepted the offer of a transfer from the National Treasury to the Gauteng Provincial Government. The Premier has spoken to the Minister of Finance who has confirmed that he is attending to the Premier’s request for the transfer of Mr Sachs.