ECape ‘committed’ to clean audits

2012-07-24 14:51
The Eastern Cape local government department will continue to invest in a drive for improved oversight in municipalities, MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane has said.

“Part of this is to ensure that municipal leaders account for their performance, actions and decisions through the service delivery agreements we signed last year,” he said in a statement.

He said that in order to help municipalities improve their audit results, two specialists with diverse skills had been employed to assist all municipalities under the operation clean audit programme.

The programme aimed to address matters of oversight in line with the Auditor General’s recommendations.

Qoboshiyane said the government would support municipalities to ensure that the AG’s recommendations were implemented.

It would focus on ensuring credibility of information, compliance with supply chain management processes, and consequences for non-performance, filling vacant posts, record-keeping, oversight by administrative and political leadership, and employing qualified and skilled individuals.

“We learnt a lot from our participation in the Auditor-General’s door-to-door visits to our municipalities. We believe that the wisdom gained will help us in supporting municipalities to improve their systems and controls,” he said.

Qoboshiyane said that out of 45 municipalities, 44 had functional audit committees.

“Only the OR Tambo District Municipality does not have a functional audit committee, owing to the fact that its term ended recently.”

He said a senior manager for municipal information technology IT had been employed, because of poor and inadequate IT controls in municipalities.

“This incumbent will work with the existing team already working with municipalities to address these issues.”

In relation to recruitment of competent and skilled people, 42 municipalities had municipal managers, 40 had chief financial officers, and 34 had corporate services directors.

Of 286 vacant posts, 254 had been filled, leaving 32 unfilled vacancies.

“While we welcome and notice slight improvements, we note, with optimism the challenges revealed by this report.

Our response to these matters has already been factored into our plans for the current financial year,” said Qoboshiyane.