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of our own homes. We also feel safer now be­cause there are lights.”

Matomane, who is from Umz­imkhulu, KwaZulu-Na­tal, be­gan work­ing in Ng­cobo in 2012 af­ter leav­ing au­dit­ing firm SizweNt­salubaGo­bodo Sys­tems.

His mu­nic­i­pal­ity has now also de­vel­oped a check­list that has be­come a model for oth­ers.

Ng­cobo is firm when it comes to proper ten­der pro­cesses and the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of­ten asks the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral’s of­fice for ad­vice about how to best mon­i­tor them.

“This is the fourth con­sec­u­tive year with­out ir­reg­u­lar and fruit­less ex­pen­di­ture be­cause of that check list. When we award ten­ders, we check them against the pro­ce­dures. Be­fore we even advertise, we test each and ev­ery step against the pro­ce­dure,” Matomane said.

He said his back­ground work­ing for an au­dit­ing firm had helped him a lot.

Re­gard­ing ten­ders, he said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity had to en­sure qual­ity and com­pet­i­tive prices, and the process had to be as com­pet­i­tive as pos­si­ble.

An­other fac­tor in the clean au­dit was per­for­mance management, cham­pi­oned by mu­nic­i­pal man­ager Silumko Mahlasela, who said that, in 2011, there were more than 12 000 house­holds within the pop­u­la­tion of 155 000 that did not have elec­tric­ity.

“But, as I am sit­ting here, we are left with a back­log of only 5 000,” he said.

As a small mu­nic­i­pal­ity, the gov­ern­ment budget was not that big and they fast-tracked the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion project by us­ing their sav­ings as a coun­cil to top up what they re­ceived from the depart­ment of en­ergy.


LIFE-CHANG­ING No-Test Ng­cenge no longer has to walk to other vil­lages to charge her cell­phone as her home has been sup­plied with elec­tric­ity

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