Par­lia­ment re­sponds to Mgid­lana’s spend­ing

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Par­lia­ment de­fended Mgid­lana’s ex­pen­di­ture, say­ing the trips re­ferred to were un­der­taken “as a strate­gic im­per­a­tive as the fifth demo­cratic Par­lia­ment is sad­dled with a re­spon­si­bil­ity of repo­si­tion­ing Par­lia­ment from its first-gen­er­a­tion achieve­ments and chal­lenges, and to re­launch it­self on to a new de­vel­op­ment tra­jec­tory for the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion”.

“Even in a con­text of cost-cut­ting mea­sures adopted by Par­lia­ment a few months ago, these strate­gic in­ter­ven­tions to help re­po­si­tion Par­lia­ment for a new epoch can­not be sac­ri­ficed, as the cost of such omis­sions would be too bad to think of, in­clud­ing the ex­change pro­grammes, bench­mark­ing and strength­en­ing of South Africa’s role in the fast-evolv­ing sphere of in­ter­na­tional leg­isla­tive sys­tems,” said Par­lia­ment’s new me­dia man­ager, Manelisi Wolela.

He said all their ac­tions and de­ci­sions were in line with in­ter­na­tional pro­to­cols such as “the im­per­a­tive of get­ting chauf­feured ve­hi­cles in the coun­tries vis­ited”. “The value of these trips un­der­taken by the sec­re­tary to Par­lia­ment and a num­ber of ex­ec­u­tive man­agers con­tin­ues to man­i­fest in the cur­rent ef­forts of repo­si­tion­ing Par­lia­ment,” said Wolela.

Wolela said the in­ter­na­tional en­gage­ments have helped the in­sti­tu­tion to, among other things, re­move in­ef­fi­cien­cies in the sys­tem and have im­proved its busi­ness pro­cesses, and be­gan to en­hance sav­ings, close gaps in bud­get man­age­ment, re­sult­ing in the fi­nances of Par­lia­ment re­main­ing afloat and healthy, as ac­knowl­edged by the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral.

Wolela said the de­ci­sion not to pay bonuses was taken af­ter a sys­temic and ob­jec­tive anal­y­sis of the in­sti­tu­tion’s over­all per­for­mance rat­ing and its fi­nances, in­clud­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion of the bal­ance score­card in­tro­duced in the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year.

Af­ter the in­tro­duc­tion of the bal­ance score­card, the over­all per­for­mance of Par­lia­ment was be­low 46%, al­though there are a num­ber of emerg­ing pock­ets of ex­cel­lence that in­clude the at­tain­ment of the best au­dit opin­ion the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral of South Africa can grant to an in­sti­tu­tion.

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