National Treasury: Silindile Kubheka

Silindile Kubheka has been acting accountant general of National Treasury since 2019.

Interview: Silindile Kubheka 

Silindile Kubheka is Chartered Accountant CA (SA) and a certified internal auditor (CIA) with certificates in risk management, corporate governance and project management, among others. She started as a bookkeeper at Ngubane & Co in Durban. She then moved to Nkonki in Johannesburg to work with clients in the investment and telecoms space. After completing articles in 2007 and a short-term contract at the State Diamond Centre, she joined the internal audit division at KPMG. She joined National Treasury in 2012 as Director in financial accounting. In 2014 she worked for the Auditor General for two years as a Senior Manager. She was appointed CFO in April 2016. One of her leading priorities is battling corruption. 

“When I tell people that I work in the public sector, people often assume I am part of the corrupt ones. In my role, I am shielded from politics, but there is the baggage and stigma of people being lazy, incompetent and corrupt,” she says. "I want to change that and showcase that there are ethical professionals and people of integrity working in high positions within the public sector. What I do should not benefit myself, but the country. If you look back at my era, I want to be part of professionalising government.”

She is a group member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and has a B.Com Honours from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Work
2019 – Present    Acting Accountant General, National Treasury
2016 – 2019         CFO, National Treasury
2014 – 2016         Senior Manager, Strategic Audit Projects, Auditor General
2014 – 2014         Director Governance, National Treasury
2013 – 2014         Acting Chief Risk Officer, National Treasury
2012 – 2014         Director, Financial Accounting
2010 – 2012         Senior Audit Manager, Nkonki Holdings
2009 – 2010         Financial Accountant, Absa
2008 - 2009          Internal Audit Division, KPMG
2005 – 2008         Audit Suprvisor, Nkonki, Johannesburg
2002 – 2005         Bookkeeper, Ngubane & Co, Durban    

Education
2013 – 2013         CIA
2013 – 2013         CRMA
2008 – 2008         CA(SA)
2003 – 2004         B.Com, University of KwaZulu-Natal
1999 - 2001          Durban University of Technology
1998 - 1998          University of Zululand

About National Treasury: The National Treasury is mandated to: promote government's fiscal policy framework; coordinate macroeconomic policy and intergovernmental financial relations; manage the budget preparation process; facilitate the Division of Revenue Act, which provides for an equitable distribution of nationally raised revenue between national, provincial and local government; and monitor the implementation of provincial budgets. As mandated by the executive and Parliament, the National Treasury will continue to support the optimal allocation and utilisation of financial resources in all spheres of government to reduce poverty and vulnerability among South Africa's most marginalised. 

The National Treasury's priorities include: increasing investment in infrastructure and industrial capital; improving education and skills development to raise productivity; improving the regulation of markets and public entities; and fighting poverty and inequality through efficient public service delivery, expanded employment levels, income support and empowerment.