Tribute to Mr Jayce Nair

Dear Colleagues,

It is with profound sadness that our thoughts are with the Nair family as we remember and bid our final farewell to Jayce.

Jayce was a deeply committed public servant, a trusted colleague and  a dedicated family-man.

His contribution to building good financial management and ethical governance in the public service will forever stand as a testimony to his conviction. 

Jayce joined the National Treasury in 1 September 1997 as a Deputy Director: Norms and Standards. In 2001 he was promoted to Director: PFMA Implementation and later promoted to Chief Director: Governance Monitoring and Compliance in 2009. In 2015 October to 31 August 2017 he was appointed by the former Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene as the Acting Accountant-General and served as board and audit committee member for the South African Special Risks Insurance Association (SASRIA) reporting to Minister of Finance. He also served in the examination committee for the South African Institute of Government Auditors for a period of three years.

Jayce represented the National Treasury at Committees of Parliament at various Public Finance fora and at meetings with the Executive of the Auditor-General.  Jayce’s commitment to the public service was visible, he was a career driven public servant, with the aim of improving public sector financial management. He played a pivotal role in drafting the first set of Treasury Regulations, issued in 2005 and the revision of it in 2012. His role included amongst others, PFMA support implementation models, monitoring departmental compliance, preparation of detailed reports to SCOPA and to the Portfolio Committee on Finance (PCOF) on progress made with PFMA implementation. Jayce provided regular support to PFMA institutions through rendering advice to internal and external stakeholders on the interpretation and application of the PFMA and Regulations and also annually prepared Memoranda to Cabinet on the audit outcomes of national and provincial institutions.  In addition, he serves on the DPSA established Anti-Corruption Sub-Committee: Civil Society & Private Sector Relations.

He also published the following journals: “Structuring of the Treasury Regulations” in the Institute of Public Finance and Auditing (IPFA) Journal, Volume 1 Number 3, September 2000, “Progress with implementation of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), 1999” in the South African Government Auditors (SAIGA) Auditing SA Journal, Summer 2006/7 and “Progress with implementation of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), 1999” in the South African Government Auditors (SAIGA) Auditing SA Journal, Summer 2007/8.

Jayce loved his music, collection of antique furniture and playing golf every now and then.

National Treasury and the Public Service are poorer for Jayce’s loss.  May we and his family find strength and comfort during this difficult time.  

May his soul forever rest in peace.

Dondo Mogajane


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