PHAKAMANI HADEBE

T grew up in Wembezi, Estcourt, in hough soccer is his life, Phakamani Hadebe grew into one of South Africa's most astute economists, plying his trade at the National Treasury. Hadebe, who KwaZulu-Natal, has been the deputy director general of asset and liability management since 2004. He joined the National Treasury in 1996, when he was appointed deputy director in the Southern African Development Community finance and investment sector coordinating unit. In 1999, he was promoted to director of domestic debt management, where he was tasked to reduce government debt costs and to develop the domestic capital market. In 2001, he became the chief director of liability management, a position in which he specialised in coordinating government activities in borrowing funds in the domestic and international capital markets, as well as actively managing the government's debt portfolio. His responsibilities at the Treasury include the financial oversight and restructuring of state-owned entities. Furthermore, he is responsible for government's financial operations, debt and strategy, and risk management.

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