Eng­cobo paves the way on clean au­dits

CityPress - - Voices -

There was a great feel­ing of sat­is­fac­tion in Eng­cobo this week af­ter Au­di­tor-Gen­eral Kimi Mak­wetu sin­gled the Eastern Cape mu­nic­i­pal­ity out for its clean au­dit.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity had de­liv­ered a R8.5 mil­lion vil­lage elec­tri­fi­ca­tion project R1.6 mil­lion be­low budget, Mak­wetu said. Last month, the res­i­dents of Ngxebe vil­lage got elec­tric­ity for the first time in their lives. Nok­wanele Mpon­donkulu (60) and NoTest Ng­cenge (50) can now do things the rest of us take for granted, ditch­ing their can­dles and paraf­fin stoves, and buy­ing gro­ceries and put­ting them in the fridge.

Eng­cobo’s of­fi­cials worked hard to af­ford the project by us­ing the small mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s sav­ings to top up funds from na­tional gov­ern­ment.

So how did the poor, ru­ral mu­nic­i­pal­ity of 155 514 peo­ple do it? By sim­ply fol­low­ing the rules.

Eng­cobo’s chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer, Mzusekho Matomane, is prop­erly qual­i­fied. The for­mer au­di­tor at SizweNt­salubaGo­bodo drew up a check list for pro­cess­ing ten­ders, which has be­come a model for other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

He and his staff are also of­ten in touch with the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral’s of­fice for ad­vice on how to best mon­i­tor pro­cure­ment. Matomane be­lieves that when award­ing con­tracts, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity must go for qual­ity, com­pet­i­tive prices and that the process must be as com­pet­i­tive as pos­si­ble.

Eng­cobo’s mu­nic­i­pal man­ager, Silumko Mahlasela, is also pas­sion­ate about their per­for­mance management sys­tem, which en­sures that there are con­se­quences for mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees who don’t do their jobs prop­erly.

Be­cause of this, Eng­cobo has in­curred no unau­tho­rised, ir­reg­u­lar, or fruit­less and waste­ful ex­pen­di­ture since 2014, has a healthy liq­uid­ity ra­tio, and a 100% debt col­lec­tion rate, ac­cord­ing to Trea­sury web­site Mu­nic­i­pal Money.

So if Eng­cobo can do it, why can’t ev­ery­body else?

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