Pro­vin­cial per­spec­tives

Public Sector Manager - - Contents - Writer: Al­bert Pule

Two North West gov­ern­ment de­part­ments are work­ing to­gether to help mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery

Two North West pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment de­part­ments will work closely to­gether to help ail­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that have been given dis­claimer au­dit opin­ions by the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral.

Mem­ber of the Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil (MEC) of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Hu­man Set­tle­ments in the prov­ince Fenny Gao­laolwe says her depart­ment will work with its coun­ter­parts from the Depart­ment of Fi­nance, Econ­omy and En­ter­prise Devel­op­ment (FEED).

“We have ini­ti­ated Op­er­a­tion Au­dit Rooms in part­ner­ship with FEED to sup­port mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that have re­ceived dis­claimer au­dit opin­ions.”

The MEC says this op­er­a­tion fo­cuses on the es­tab­lish­ment and main­te­nance of proper records and in­for­ma­tion-man­age­ment sys­tems. It fur­ther pro­vides sup­port to strengthen the mu­nic­i­pal au­dit com­mit­tees and in­ter­nal au­dit struc­tures whose re­spon­si­bil­ity it is to re­view mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties' fi­nan­cial records.

MEC Gao­laowe adds that her depart­ment will keep an eye on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tors' rec­om­men­da­tions.

“The depart­ment, to­gether with FEED, will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the rec­om­men­da­tions to en­sure that con­se­quence man­age­ment is put in place,” says MEC Gao­laolwe.

“Proper lead­er­ship and ca­pac­i­tated man­age­ment are es­sen­tial to run­ning a mu­nic­i­pal­ity suc­cess­fully and ren­der­ing the nec­es­sary ser­vices to its com­mu­nity. This is why the depart­ment will not ne­glect this as­pect.”

MEC Gao­laolwe says her depart­ment will play a role in mak­ing this a re­al­ity. “The depart­ment will con­tinue to sup­port mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to build lead­er­ship and man­age­ment ca­pac­ity of ward com­mit­tees to en­sure that they are re­spon­sive to the com­mu­nity's needs.

“We have con­ducted in­duc­tion work­shops on the role and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of ward com­mit­tees across the prov­ince.”

Mu­nic­i­pal rev­enue en­hance­ment

Apart from money pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment al­lo­cates to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, they rely on the rev­enue they col­lect from cit­i­zens and en­ter­prises that con­duct busi­ness in the ju­ris­dic­tion of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

MEC Gao­laolwe says her depart­ment will again work closely with FEED to help mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the prov­ince de­velop and im­ple­ment their own rev­enue-en­hance­ment strate­gies.

The 12 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that have de­vel­oped their strate­gies are Dr Ken­neth Kaunda District, Tlokwe, Moretele, Madibeng, Kgetlen­griv­ier, Lekwa Tee­mane, Greater

Taung, Naledi, Tswaing, Ramot­shere Moiloa, Ma­musa and Mahikeng.

“We will fur­ther re­view rev­enue plans for those mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties which col­lect be­low the ex­pected norm in or­der to im­prove their rev­enue col­lec­tion and we will pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to con­duct a data cleans­ing ex­er­cise,” says MEC Gao­laolwe.

North West goes Back to Ba­sics

North West's pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment re­mains com­mit­ted to ac­cel­er­at­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a Back to Ba­sics (B2B) ap­proach in mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties with the aim of im­prov­ing ser­vice de­liv­ery.

MEC Gao­laolwe says the 2016/17 fi­nan­cial year re­mains crit­i­cal to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the sec­ond phase of the B2B pro­gramme.

“The depart­ment com­mits to con­tinue with co­or­di­na­tion of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Back to Ba­sics.

“We will do so by mo­bil­is­ing multi-de­part­men­tal teams to sup­port dys­func­tional mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, strength­en­ing com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and lo­cal gov­ern­ment ac­count­abil­ity to cit­i­zens through the Set­sokot­sane and

Bua le Puso pro­gramme, ac­cel­er­at­ing the hands-on ap­proach.”

Set­sokot­sane is a pub­lic cam­paign by the of­fice of the Premier and North West gov­ern­ment to fight in­equal­ity, unem­ploy­ment and poverty.

Launched in 2015, Bua le Puso is a peo­ple-cen­tred pro­gramme in which gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and their prin­ci­pals, us­ing a one-stop-shop ap­proach at taxi ranks, of­fer gov­ern­ment ser­vices and di­rect re­sponses to is­sues com­mu­ni­ties might raise.

The MEC adds that the depart­ment will also pri­ori­tise pro­grammes and projects that have high vis­i­bil­ity and an im­pact on the de­liv­ery of core B2B ob­jec­tives through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­vin­cial in­fra­struc­ture pro­gramme.

Shared ser­vices model

Last year, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment adopted the shared ser­vices model to en­sure co­or­di­nated and in­te­grated sup­port to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the work of de­liv­er­ing qual­ity ser­vices.

The in­ter­ven­tion has re­sulted in an im­prove­ment in in­ter­nal au­dit, risk man­age­ment, func­tion­al­ity of au­dit com­mit­tees, good gov­er­nance and im­proved cap­i­tal projects ex­pen­di­ture.

Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties such as Mahikeng, Kgetlen­griv­ier, Moses Kotane and Maquassi Hills have ben­e­fited im­mensely from shared in­ter­nal au­dit ser­vices.

“We are grate­ful to re­alise the pos­i­tive im­pact to­wards the im­proved au­dit out­come and we have stopped the process of out­sourc­ing in­ter­nal au­dit ser­vices in our mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

“There is a progress on fi­nan­cial man­age­ment by mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and im­proved func­tion­al­ity of the au­dit com­mit­tees,” MEC Gao­laolwe says.

Mu­nic­i­pal au­dit out­comes

With some in­ter­ven­tions, MEC Gao­laolwe in­di­cated that the depart­ment is pleased with the im­prove­ments reg­is­tered in the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year's au­dits.

The im­prove­ments were a re­sult of the part­ner­ship be­tween the depart­ment and its coun­ter­part at FEED.

“Out of the 23 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, only six were dis­claimed and one au­dit re­port is still out­stand­ing. Six mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties re­ceived un­qual­i­fied au­dit re­ports, while 10 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties re­ceived qual­i­fied au­dit re­ports.”

Hous­ing devel­op­ment

MEC Gao­laolwe says she is proud to an­nounce that since the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Set­sokot­sane, North West has recorded sig­nif­i­cant progress in hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the 2015/2016 fi­nan­cial year.

“We man­aged to achieve the im­ple­men­ta­tion of

17 551 hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties com­pris­ing of 10 997 units and 6 554 ser­viced sites out of a tar­get of 15 080 op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The min­ing towns' over­all achieve­ments are at

4 876 units in the 2015/16 fi­nan­cial year, out of a tar­get of 4 188 units. We con­tinue to im­ple­ment our spe­cial pro­gramme ini­tia­tives in sup­port of women and youth con­trac­tors.

“To this end, 12 women con­trac­tors have been ap­pointed to build 1 400 units through the 1956 Women's Build Pro­gramme. We want to con­firm that the con­trac­tors are cur­rently on site in It­soseng, Mahikeng, Glau­d­ina and Lethabong.”

MEC Fenny Gao­laolwe sign­ing a pledge at the re­cent Hu­man Set­tle­ments Ind­aba in Rusten­burg.

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