De­part­ments ap­plauded for meet­ing tar­gets

The New Age (Free State) - - NORTH WEST NEWS - ELFAS TORERAI prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

OF­FI­CIALS at the provin­cial trea­sury and the North West Gam­bling Board (NWGB) have been ap­plauded for mak­ing the two en­ti­ties meet their fi­nan­cial tar­gets.

Fi­nance, econ­omy and en­ter­prise devel­op­ment MEC Wendy Nel­son said the depart­ment and the NWGB had met their third quar­ter tar­geted per­for­mance. “Thank you for be­ing the driv­ers and ma­chines for eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion,” Nel­son said.

She was ad­dress­ing the of­fi­cials dur­ing a two-day Third Quar­ter Per­for­mance re­view and 2018-19 An­nual Per­for­mance Plan ses­sion at Groot­bosch Con­fer­ence Lodge in Klerks­dorp.

The ses­sion as­sessed per­for­mance, chal­lenges and achieve­ments of dif­fer­ent com­po­nents of the depart­ment and the NWGB with the aim of pos­si­bly clos­ing gaps to im­prov­ing ser­vice de­liv­ery.

The MEC said while the ses­sion was planned to re­flect on how to in­te­grate the ef­forts to max­imise ser­vice de­liv­ery, man­agers must en­sure that the plans for 2018-19 were aligned to the deignated provin­cial con­cretes, namely, agri­cul­ture, cul­ture and tourism, vil­lages, town­ships and dor­pies, rec­on­cil­i­a­tion heal­ing and re­newal, Set­sokot­sane and Saamw­erk-Saamtrek and the Set­sokot­sane monthly cam­paign.

These are the key gov­ern­ment de­liv­er­ables crafted to speed up eco­nomic growth in the prov­ince.

MEC Nel­son high­lighted that, ac­cord­ing to the re­cent provin­cial VTSD ex­pen­di­ture re­port, the depart­ment is ranked top in terms of its spend­ing to­wards procur­able items in these des­ig­nated ar­eas.

She urged man­agers to look to mea­sures that en­sure the bud­get is con­tin­u­ally shared evenly over all dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

“This is to en­sure the set tar­gets of strength­en­ing econ­omy of the prov­ince through VTSD ini­tia­tives are met.

“Where nec­es­sary, recovery plans must be im­ple­mented be­fore the end of the fi­nan­cial year,” she said.

Nel­son ap­plauded the fi­nance sec­tion of her depart­ment for main­tain­ing a clean au­dit, say­ing the ef­forts of all of­fi­cials who went­be­yond their call of duty had put the depart­ment among the best in the coun­try.

She urged of­fi­cials to sup­port man­age­ment and en­sure that the depart­ment main­tains clean au­dit out­comes go­ing into the future.

The im­me­di­ate task is for the econ­omy and en­ter­prise devel­op­ment arm – to­gether with the NWGB – to de­liver clean ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“The fi­nance depart­ment achieved con­sec­u­tive favourable au­dit out­comes but it has the re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure other de­part­ments and state-owned en­ti­ties are ca­pac­i­tated to im­prove their au­dit out­comes too.”

The prov­ince has come un­der fire on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions for fail­ing to at­tain clean au­dits out­side the fi­nance depart­ment. Some of the de­part­ments con­tinue to take a turn for the worse, a sit­u­a­tion Nel­son said should be quickly con­tained.

PIC­TURE: MPHO BILWANE

MONEY MAT­TERS: Fi­nance, econ­omy and en­ter­prise devel­op­ment MEC Wendy Nel­son ta­bles the 2017-18 provin­cial ad­just­ment bud­get.

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