Silindile Shezi has immense passion for social and rural development, with a particular interest in systems and policies aimed at enhancing the general welfare of poor communities. He holds a Master's degree in Commerce specialising in International Economics and Managerial Finance.
Silindile previously worked as a Senior Agricultural Economist for the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, where he was responsible for market research on value-adding in new agricultural industries, and for evaluating the effect of international, national and provincial marketing trends and policies in agriculture. He has also worked as an academic and lecturer in Economics, Managerial Economics and Marketing Finance.
At CEGAA, Silindile’s current focus is on capacity-building and HIV/AIDS expenditure tracking surveillance, which is a critical activity aimed at enabling South Africa to monitor spending according to its National Strategic Plan for HIV and AIDS, STIs and TB (NSP). He co-ordinates our expanded district-level BMET project, providing technical assistance to the TAC BMET teams in Khayelitsha (Western Cape), Mopani (Limpopo), Gert Sibande (Mpumalanga), and Ekurhuleni (Gauteng).
He also assists in other CEGAA projects, such as resource tracking (the National AIDS Spending Assessments), and costing (of Provincial Strategic Plans for HIV and AIDS, STIs and TB).
Siphethelo worked at Statistics South Africa as a Survey Statistician Intern from March 2014 where his duties were to assist with the recommendation of appropriate survey methodologies and the design of questionnaires. He assisted in analysing data towards the publication of statistical releases, the production of thematic reports and research papers.
He joined CEGAA in November 2015 as a Researcher where his responsibilities are mainly the coordination and management of CEGAA’s research activities, budget monitoring and expenditure tracking (BMET) for health, HIV/AIDS and TB. It also includes the provision of capacity building and technical support to clients and partners on BMET.
He obtained his B.Com Economics Degree at University of Zululand, completed both his Honours and Master’s degrees in Economics with University of KwaZulu Natal. His area of interest is public and health economics. In his Master’s Degree he did an interesting thesis titled “Analysis of equity of health care financing in South Africa” which gave an insight on mechanisms used to finance health care in South Africa and to understand whether those methods are just and fair enough to all the citizens regardless of their economic status. .