Departments applauded for meeting targets
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.
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