SALGA worried about municipal audit outcomes

Written by Lentswe. Posted in Community

Lentswe, Klerksdorp - The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) Provincial Office Bearers (POB) convened on Thursday 21 June in Klerksdorp.

During the media briefing, the provincial 1st deputy chairperson Kgotso Khumalo said the state of municipal audit outcomes in the province is troublesome.

SALGA proposed a Municipal Audit Support Programme (MASP) to address contributing factors highlighted by the AG like the lack of skilled staff in the Budget and Treasury Office (BTO), functionality of oversight structures, lack of consequence management and accountability and use of consultants.

“Under governance, our focus will be on ensuring oversight structures are functional and implementation of municipal standard chart of accounts (mSCOA),” Khumalo said.

He said when it comes to institutional capacity; they’ll be ensuring the right people are appointed including training and development of such financial management, revenue management and reduction of irregular expenditure and leadership establishment of disciplinary boards, audit committees will be intensified to ensure incremental improvement in the audit outcomes.

Khumalo who is also the mayor of JB Marks municipality said SALGA North West has enriched the Inter-Ministerial Task Team’s engagements in Madibeng and Ditsobotla Municipalities respectively.

“Issues raised during the engagement may be summarised as governance, accountability and consequence management, service delivery, functionality and sustainability of the infrastructure, financial management and value for money and economic development and investments as well as community participation and communication.

He said the POB has noted those and will be putting measures to work to incrementally improve them. “Such measures includes amongst others working with Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA) to unlock municipal infrastructure grant, support municipalities in capacitating oversight structures and enhancing collaboration between districts and local municipalities to improve governance and service delivery,” he added.

The Deputy Chairperson also mentioned that the POB reflected on support to municipalities and has directed the administration to intensify support based on emerging municipal needs and challenges.

“We are confident that our 2018/19 Annual Performance Plan is geared towards ensuring support provided changes the current narrative of our municipalities.

“PEC members will play a major oversight role in going for-ward.”