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​​Office of the Chief Financial Officer


The Office of the CFO is responsible to support the Director-General (Accounting Officer) and other senior managers in the execution of their functions in terms of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999, the Treasury Regulations and any other compliance legislative requirements.

The goal of the Office of the CFO is to ensure good corporate governance including effective resource management.

Its responsibilities include:

  • the management of the Department's finances
  • supply chain management processes
  • assets
  • support in the management of grants and donor funding
  • the monitoring and reporting of public entities
  • compliance management.

Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Its role is to manage the administration and compliance of the Office of the CFO.

Financial Management Directorate

This purpose of this directorate is:

  • Salary administration
  • Examinations, claims and pay-roll management
  • Budget and Cash Flow
  • Financial Transactions
  • BAS and Financial Reporting
  • Inspectorate

Supply Chain and Asset Management Chief Directorate

The role of this Chief Directorate is:

  • The management and control of the supply chain management in the department
  • The management and control over the Department's assets
  • Managing supplier contracts.

Development Support Directorate

The Directorate's role is development of policy and coordination of education and training development support projects:

  • Evaluate/appraise business plans and recommend for approval before utilisation of funds
  • Develop and coordinate approval of Memoranda of Agreements between the Department and local donors
  • Facilitate development of grant proposals and secure supporting funds/resources to address short, medium and long-term requirements for identified priorities
  • Coordinate National Skills Fund-funded projects for Departmental priorities
  • Report to Minister and National Treasury on projects funded by local donors.

Public Entities Directorate

The role of this Directorate is to:

  • Provide financial oversight and manage compliance of public entities with regard to Public Finance Management Act, Treasury Regulations and other statutory frameworks:
  • Analyses of Quarterly Reports, Annual Reports, Annual Performance Plans and Strategic Plans.
  • Request submission of MTEF database in line with MTEF Guidelines.
  • Ensure submission of ENE inputs for submission to National Treasury.
  • Monitor any statutory compliance requirements.
  • Collect data from public entities, update and consolidate banking details.
  • Analysis of quarterly reports of public entities.

Internal Audit Unit's role and the Auditor-General (AGSA)

The effective functioning of an Internal Audit Unit is critical to support the functions of the Office of the CFO.

Although Internal Audit reports directly to the Director-General, it is appropriate to reflect on the work performed by Internal Audit.

In addition, the Office of the CFO is also continuously liaising with the Auditor-General and therefore also reflects on their work.

The role of Internal Audit is:

  • To assist the Department to accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic disciplined approach to: evaluating and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes
  • Perform internal audits on the following systems:
  • Risk management systems
  • Control systems
  • Governance systems.

​Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA)

The AGSA's role is:

  • Responsible to strengthen the country's democracy by enabling oversight, accountability and governance in the public sector through auditing.
  • Express an opinion on the financial statements.
  • Perform an audit on the Department's Information Technology Systems.
  • Express a conclusion in the management report on the usefulness and reliability of the reported performance information for selected programmes, and report the material findings in the auditor's report.
  • Report on material findings relating to compliance with specific requirements in key applicable legislation, as set out in the general notice issued in terms of the Public Audit Act, 2004 (Act No. 25 of 2004) (PAA).


Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Mr Theuns TredouxMs Pretty Makukule
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone +2​7 12 312 5079

Ms Tsholofelo Nakale
Personal Assistant
Telephone +27 12 312 2 5357
Ms Hannelie Ackerman
Deputy Director: Compliance Unit
Telephone +27 12 312 5885
Mr Casper Badenhorst
CFO Branch Coordinator
Telephone +27 12 312 5730

Financial Management Directorate

Ms Amelia Poolman
Director: Financial Management
Telephone +27 12 312 5241

Ms Anicky Malungani
Personal Assistant
Telephone +27 12 312 5078

Supply Chain and Asset Management Directorate

Mr Lucian Kearns
Chief Director: Supply Chain and Asset Management
Telephone +27 12 312 6181

Mr Hamilton Ramaphakela
Director: Supply Chain Management
Telephone +27 12 312 5134

Ms Annetjie Coertze
Personal Assistant
Telephone +27 12 312 5221

Mr Neels Meiring

Deputy Director: Asset Management
Telephone +27 12 312 5617

Adv Mariana Erasmus
Director: Contract Management
Telephone +27 12 312 5379

Development Support Directorate

Ms Gloria Maaka-Tlokana
Director: Development Support
Telephone +27 12 312 5587

Ms Ketty Ntlemo
Personal Assistant
Telephone +27 12 312 5728

Public Entities Directorate

Mr Zakhele Hlongwane
Director: Public Entities
Telephone +27 12 312 5411

Ms Kamogelo Phetla

Personal Assistant
Telephone +27 12 312 5411

Internal Audit

Mr Paul du Toit
Director: Internal Audit
Telephone +27 12 312 5642

Ms Lindelani Maumela​
Personal Assistant
Telephone +27 12 312 5113

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