19 July 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Municipalities’ assistance will boost audit outcomes

by: Boitumelo Seleka   date: 18 May 2018

Local Government and Human Settlements MEC, Galaletsang Gaolaolwe, has raised concern over municipalities that still continue to receive negative audit outcomes.  

Gaolaolwe revealed that to mitigate the situation, the departments of Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development and Local Government and Human Settlements, have developed plans to assist municipalities to improve their audit outcomes. 

Tabling her 2018/19 Budget Speech last week, MEC Gaolaolwe explained that the department had been able to capacitate Municipal Public Accounts Committees (MPACs) to enable them to perform their oversight roles and responsibilities in their respective municipalities. 

“We are pleased to indicate that, 77% of our MPACs are functional and the department will continue to support them and pay special attention to the remaining 33%, which are not functional. These include Maquassie Hills, Lekwa-Teemane, Mamusa, Tswaing and Ditsobotla local municipalities,” she told the Provincial Legislature.

Gaolaolwe added that both Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development and Local Government and Human Settlements deaprtments succeeded in putting in place a Section 32 programme, a procedure to follow in supporting council committees, MPACs and municipal administration to stop  unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditures.
    
“To date, Bojanala Platinum District, Rustenburg, Madibeng, Ratlou and Kgetleng Rivier local municipalities have been assisted to put an end to unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditures. During the current financial year, the programme will be rolled out to all municipalities to work towards achieving better audit outcomes,’’ she said.