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Mr Siyaduma Biniza

Pretoria, South Africa +27 76 115 5370 +27 12 315 5229
Siyaduma Siya Biniza is a Political Economist specialising in Industrial Policy, Regional Industrialisation and
Regional Integration. With more than 5 years experience in research, organisational strategy, business development
and financial management, Siya has extensive knowledge and skills which he gained through the experiences below.
Siya has an insightful understanding of the political economy of development, entrepreneurship, and public affairs
for corporations and social formations.
Core Competencies: Policy Research, Organisational Development, Leadership, Relationship Management,
Stakeholder Engagement, Problem-solving, Communications and Public Affairs.

University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, South Africa
M.Com. - Master of Commerce in Development Theory and Policy
Thesis: How is the South African State Promoting Investments that Increase Local Content in the Production
of Automobiles?: A Critical Evaluation of Investment Promotion and Industrial Policy (1994-2014)
B.Com. (Hon.) - Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Development Theory and Policy
Thesis: What is the Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Unemployment in Post-Apartheid South Africa?:
Bridging the Chasm between Ideology, Scholarship and Policy-Making



University of Cape Town (UCT) Cape Town, South Africa

B.Soc.Sc. PPE - Bachelor of Social Science in Politics, Philosophy and Economics
B.Sc. - Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Discontinued)


Port Rex Technical High School East London, South Africa

NSC - National Senior Certificate (Academic Merit with Two Distinctions)



Economic Issues in Regional Integration (International Monetary Fund)
Ebne Cybercity, Mauritius
Regional Industrialisation and Regional Integration (Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies)
Johannesburg, South Africa

Sep 2015
Jul 2015

Macroeconomic Diagnostics (International Monetary Fund)

Ebne Cybercity, Mauritius

Mar 2015

Innovation, SMMEs and Trade (UCT Graduate School of Business, UCT School of Economics)
Pretoria, South Africa

Mar 2015

Pullen Farm Writing Workshop (University of the Witwatersrand)

Nelspruit, South Africa

Sep 2014

PARI Dissertation Programme (Public Affairs Research Institute)

Johannesburg, South Africa

Feb-Oct 2014

Workshop in Scientific Writing Skills (University of Stellenbosch Language Centre)

Johannesburg, South Africa
UNASA UCT Diplomacy Course (United Nations Association of South Africa UCT Chapter)
Cape Town, South Africa

Feb 2013
Jul 2012

National Treasury of South Africa Senior Economist: Southern African Customs Union
2015 Present
International and Regional Economic Policy Division
Formulating of National Treasurys position on regional integration and the role of the Southern African Customs
Union (SACU) therein. Compiling cabinet memoranda and coordinating relevant Inter-Ministerial Committee
processes. Monitoring and development an in-depth profile of each SACU countrys economy. Inputs to South Africas
policy on the extension of credit lines and bilateral financial assistance. Assessing the extent of existing institutional
arrangements and assistance to attain regional integration. Providing input to policy on co-operation with regional
and global multilateral institutions on the development of SACU economies. Coordinating the payment of all funds
due to SACU countries. Coordinating dialogue between the South African Ministry of Finance and SACU Ministries of
Finance; visits and engagements with SACU countries and National Treasurys participation in special projects within
these countries. Assisting in negotiations within SACU and bilaterally with SACU countries.
National Treasury of South Africa Economist: Secondary Sector
2014 2015
Economic Policy Division
Research and analysis of sector trends and identifying the required policy stance for the manufacturing industry and
the secondary sector. Compiling the monthly Manufacturing PMI and Manufacturing Production reports. Providing
inputs into policy design and development such streamlining the process of designating sectors for public
procurement and contributing towards the evaluation options for developmental taxes. National Treasury
representative on the Industrial Participation Control Committee. Providing technical support to the Directorate in
the form of briefing notes, technical memoranda, comment on technical reports and papers and conducting basic
research on a variety of development topics. Supporting the Directorate in liaising and building effective working
relationships with the multilateral and other stakeholders. Facilitating and coordinating the Staff Policy Seminar
University of the Witwatersrand Special Projects Administrator
Strategic Planning Division
Strategic research, report writing, coordinating events and workshops. Project management, compiling PowerPoint
presentations, internal public relations function for the Strategic Planning Division. Developing and compiling annual
strategic projects reports, operational plans and annual operational plan reports.
CTI Education Group - Student Advisor
Sales and Marketing Division
Curriculum and enrolment advisory to prospective students. Extensive communication, sales, presentation and
administrative experience.
UCT Alumni Relations Intern
2011 2012
Development and Alumni Department
Coordinating the departments alumni and donor relations, events and pledging relations. Liaising with the UCT
Association of Black Alumni and Smuts Hall Alumni, facilitating events and projects. Relationship-management and
organisational development experience.
UCT Computer Lab Assistant
2008 2012
Information and Communication Technology Services
Assisting UCT students, staff and visitors with Information Technology services, printing and all computer-related
queries at Student Learning Centre. Adept computer and customer service experience.


Rethink Africa NPC Co-Founder & Chief Financial Officer
2013 - Present
Rethink Africa is a youth-led development consultancy with expertise in Economic Policy Research, Stakeholder
Engagement, Advocacy, Thought Leadership and Impact Advisory. Balancing of all Rethink Africa accounts and
financial obligations. Managing the annual budget, financial reporting and business development. Conceptualising,
funding and management of projects under the Knowledge Exchange initiative of Rethink Africa.
Mpolase Biniza (Pty) Ltd Co-Founder & Chief Financial and Operating Officer
2014 - 2015
Mpolase Biniza is a Johannesburg-based South African PR Agency that specialises in Publicity, Reputation
Management and Thought Leadership. Primarily responsible for managing the financial risks, financial planning
and record-keeping of the company. Also responsible for analysis of data and planning all strategic and tactical
matters as they relate to budget management, cost benefit analysis, forecasting needs and the securing of new
business. Conceptualising, costing and management of all company project finances. And consulting on media,
public relations and reputation management strategies for clients.
UCT - Mentor, Emerging Student Leaders Programme (ESLP)
Mentored for the UCT ESLP, which is an annual leadership and skills development initiative seeking to enhance the
leadership capacity of UCT students.
UCT iKhaya Day House - Treasurer
2010 2012
Balanced all iKhaya accounts, managed the annual budget and fund-raising strategies. Diminished a three-year
budget deficit of over R30 000 into a budget surplus during first year of service; and maintained surplus budget
UCT History and Current Affairs Society Treasurer and Strategist
2008 2011
Managed finances for two years before strategically overseeing operations, admin and finances for the History and
Current Affairs Society changed the brand and nearly doubled membership.


Economic Research Southern Africa Postgraduate Fellowship

Public Affairs Research Institute-Nedbank Masters Fellowship
Wits Postgraduate Merit Award
Department of Trade and Industry Public Bursary
UCT ESLP, Mentor Award
Students for Law and Social Justice National Seminar, Delegate Award
Brightest Young Mind Seminar, Delegate and Best Idea Award
Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, Best Group Award
UCT ESLP, Delegate Award
Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, Fellowship Award


Economic Society of South Africa Biennial Conference, Cape Town
Sep 2015
Analysing Total Factor Productivity Growth for South Africas Manufacturing Sector Using a DEA-Based Malmquist
Productivity Index by Siyaduma Biniza and Mpho Tsebe


Computer Literacy: Sound knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, STATA, WordPress, Photoshop, and Adobe Suite.

Driving: I have a Code B (old Code 8) drivers licence.

Entrepreneurship: Having been selected as entrepreneurially talented and awarded an Allan Gray Fellowship Award;
and my experience in various start-ups has honed my entrepreneurial skills and interest in social entrepreneurship.

Financial Management: I have over 8 years of experience in managing finances of various student organisations, startups and non-profit corporations.

Flexibility: The different roles in my co-curricular and professional life have taught me to be flexible and how to
manoeuvre dynamically between responsibilities and commitments. My diverse interests also aid my flexibility giving
me a vastly diverse knowledge and skillset.

Languages: I can speak, read and write in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa. I am conversant in isiZulu and I have limited
understanding of Sestswana, Sotho and Portuguese.

Organisational Development: My experience in establishing student organisations and startups, and managing some
during transitional periods, has taught me a great deal in organisational development and change management.

Policy Research: I have over 4 years research experience gained through my occupation within the National Treasury
of South Africa and previous occupations and my involvement in Rethink Africa NPC.

Problem-solving: I have a general disposition and attraction towards problem-solving which has been developed by
various personal and career responsibilities. University training in Engineering, Philosophy, Politics, Economics and
Development Economics also informs the technically-sound and political economy perspective I hold.

Professional Communication: High school debating and public-speaking successes, and my leadership commitments
at University, have honed my public speaking skills and articulation. Moreover, my working experience has also helped
me perfect my communication skills and use of professional tone.

Project Management: As a member of various executive committees for student societies and Not-for-Profit
Corporations (NGOs) I have learned adept skills in project management.

Teamwork: Over the past 4 years my involvement in simultaneous team activities (professional, extra-mural and
academic) taught me how to work with a team and how to apply my skills in different roles dynamically. Working with
diverse teams in varying levels of authority has been most meaningful in my self-development of teamwork skills.

Time-management: Having enjoyed a deeply involved student life that ranged from co-curricular, extra-curricular
involvements and professional occupations; I learned invaluable time-management skills through practical experience
in every aspect of my life.

Mr Ayabonga Cawe
Rethink Africa NPC
+27 72 405 6309

Dr Nicolas Pons-Vignon
Programme Director & Senior Researcher
Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development
University of the Witwatersrand
+27 11 717 8096

Dr Melanie Samson
Senior Lecturer
Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies
University of the Witwatersrand
+27 11 717 6521

Mr Themba Zulu
Director: Southern African Development Community
International & Regional Economic Policy
National Treasury of South Africa
+27 12 315 5424