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Siya Biniza

Political Economist & Entrepreneur

Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born 05-07-1988 in East London South Africa

Siya is a Political Economist specialising in Development Finance, Industrial Development, and Regional Integration. He has an insightful understanding of the political economy of development, entrepreneurship, and public affairs for corporations and social formations.

Contact details

O: +27(0)123155229

Web presence

Business Address

240 Madiba St, Pretoria, South Africa, 0002

Professional Portfolios

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Analysing Total Factor Productivity Growth for Sou...

in Economic Development and other considerations...

How is the South African State Promoting Investmen...

in Economic Development and other considerations...

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Senior Economist: SACU | International & Regional Economic Policy | National Treasury of South Africa
Pretoria, South Africa | 2015 - present

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Previous Position(s)

Economist: Secondary Sector | Economic Policy | National Treasury of South Africa
Pretoria, South Africa | 2014 - 2015

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Special Project Administrator | Strategic Planning Division | University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2014 - 2014

Academia, Education and Training

Chief Financial Officer | Mpolase Biniza (Pty) Ltd
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2014 - 2015

Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

Student Intern | Development and Alumni | University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa | 2011 - 2012

Academia, Education and Training

Lab Assistant | Customer Service | University of Cape Town Information and Communication Services
Cape Town, South Africa | 2009 - 2012

ICT and Telecommunications

Educational history


Port Rex Technical High School, East London (2007)


University of the Witwarersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | January 2014 - March 2015

M.Com - Development Theory and Policy

Dissertation Title: 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)

University of the Witswatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | 2013 - December 2013

B.Com. (Hon.) - Development Theory and Policy, Cum Laude

Research Title: What is the Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Unemployment in Post-Apartheid South Africa?

University of Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa | 2010 - 2012

B.Soc.Sci. - Politics, Philosophy and Economics

University of Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa | 2008 - 2009

BSc - Mechanical Engineering



Wits Postgraduate Merit Award | 2014

Department of Trade and Industry Public Bursary | 2013

Best Group Award | Allan Gray Orbis Foundation | 2008

Fellowship Award | Allan Gray Orbis Foundation | 2007

media exposure

CNBC Africa | 2016

Oct, 2016: S.A to withdraw from International Criminal Court

CNBC Africa | 2016

Aug, 2016: The battle for S.A's metros

CNBC Africa | 2016

Jul, 2016: Role of regional bodies in Africa's integration

Beeld Newspaper | 2014

Interview on the China's interest in Africa and increased Sino-Afro relations.

Radio Islam International | 2014

This is an interview about the EFF's barring from the Gauteng and Eastern Cape Legislature as well as the EFF's support for NUMSA and AMCU.

PowerFM | 2014

Interview on PowerFM 98.7's Power Hour about Personal Finance.

Voice of the Cape FM | 2014

This is an interview about the possible ending of the 5-month AMCU strike.

IOL News | 2007

Daily Dispatch | 2006

Selection for Nationals Model United Nations Debating where Siya was part of the team that won the Eastern Cape Provincial Round.

Varsity Newspaper | 2009

Report on a debate that Siya was part of on race proxy for accepting students at the University of Cape Town.

Competitive Accomplishments

Contender | South African Council for English Education Public Speaking Competition | 2007

Third Place for Prepared Speech and First Place for Impromptu Speech

Third Speaker | World Schools’ Debating Nationals | 2007

Member of the Eastern Cape team, achieved fourth place overall.



University of Cape Town Engineering and Built Environment Students’ Council

Head of Transformation and Student Life, 2008 - 2009

University of Cape Town Ikhaya Day House

Treasurer, 2010 - present

University of Cape Town History and Current Affairs Society

Strategist, 2010 - 2011

University of Cape Town History and Current Affairs Society

Treasurer, 2008 - 2010


The Silicon Cape Initiative

Member of Educational Events Planning, 2011 - present

The Silicon Cape Initiative is a non-profit, community owned & driven movement for entrepreneurs, geeks, venture capitalists, angel investors, marketers and other professionals in the IT industry.

South African Education & Environment Project

Tutor, 2009 - 2010

Siya tutored Mathematics and Physical Science to Grade Twelve learners from Phillipi High School.

Equal Education

Member, 2009 - present

EE is a community and membership-based organisation. It advocates for quality and equality in the South African education system and engages in evidence-based activism for improving the nation's schools.

Other Activities

UCT Emerging Student Leaders Programme (ESLP)

Mentor, 2012 - 2012

Mentoring and facilitating the UCT ESLP an annual initiative seeking to enhance the leadership capacity of UCT students.


Co-Founder and Business Development Officer, 2011 - present

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IBG (Internation Bureau of Guests)

Co-Founder, 2011 - present

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Mary Hilton

"Testimonial for Siyaduma Biniza

Due to the huge shortage of engineers in the South Africa, young people studying maths and science are encouraged to enter the fields of engineering. This is often to the detrimant of the student as their interests and passions lie elsewhere. Siyaduma Biniza realised this at the end of his second year in Mechanical Engineering. He had to make some tough decisions as he was facing academic exclusion. Being a responsible and mature young man, he was able to take his failure and transfer it into something positive. He was able to reflect and take a good hard look at himself and realise that his passion and interests were in the Humanities Faculty. Judging by his academic results – he has chosen correctly.

I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Siyaduma Biniza through my interactions with the 2009 Engineering & the Built Environment Student Council (EBESC). Siyaduma was an active member of the council and contributed positively in the meetings I held with the council.

He was the student representative for Student Life and Transformation and played an active role in our Values and Culture Working Group. He was responsible for getting the engineering and the built enivronment undergraduate students involved in the values and culture programme to ensure that feedback and input from the student body, was heard by the faculty executive. He showed a great understanding of the challenges that the faculty faces in the area of transformation and was committed to contribute in a postive manner. He was responsible for coordinating a debate on Academic Development which brought key role players together. The outcomes of the debate highlighted problem areas in the faculty which students from disadvantaged educational backgrounds were grappling with. These areas are now being addressed in the faculty’s curriculum review. Siyaduma’s input will play a role in assisting many students to succeed in their field of study.

I have always been impressed by Siyaduma’s enthusiasm to improve the status of others. He is passionate about the future of South Africa and has a good understanding what is needed to lead this country. It is evident from Siyaduma’s CV that he is a young man with great leadership potential. He is continually looking for opportunities where he can make a difference and has been involved in a number of leadership roles at the university.

I believe that he is a dedicated young man who has the capability of making an impact on society. The skills he will gain from the South-Africa-Washington Programme will benefit the country in the long-term.

Yours sincerely
Mary Hilton
" - 2011

Asanda Makumese

"Siyaduma is a hard working and focused young man. I had a privilage of working with him as a treasurer of one the biggest day-house in the university. His attention to detail, accountability and organisation is going to take him far in life. He has managed to turn around the collective student organisation from worst to the best ever. I have no doubt he is going to be an asset to whatever he decides to do." - 2011

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