Nkan­gala leads with fi­nan­cial in­tegrity and gets an­other clean au­dit

The Star Early Edition - - INTERNATIONAL - By Musa Nd­langa­mandla

WHEN it comes to man­ag­ing pub­lic funds in a man­ner that is be­yond re­proach Nkan­gala District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has once again proved to be a shin­ing bea­con of clean gov­er­nance, with the au­di­tor-gen­eral (AG) Kimi Mak­wetu giv­ing the in­sti­tu­tion its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive clean au­dit in the 2015-16 re­port.

Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor Coun­cil­lor Li­nah Malatjie says achiev­ing fi­nan­cial in­tegrity is a ma­jor pri­or­ity for the district mu­nic­i­pal­ity, at­tribut­ing the feat to strong in­ter­nal con­trol sys­tems, ef­fec­tive man­age­ment struc­tures, fi­nan­cial in­tegrity and ef­fi­cient over­sight mech­a­nisms.

The district also has a fully func­tional Per­for­mance Man­age­ment and Eval­u­a­tion Sys­tem to en­sure the smooth flow of ser­vice de­liv­ery sys­tem and timely in­ter­ven­tions to plug de­fi­cien­cies.

Be­sides the two con­sec­u­tive clean au­dits of 2014/15 and 2015/16 fi­nan­cial years, the district ob­tained un­qual­i­fied au­dit opin­ion since 2002 to 2013 con­sec­u­tively.

“The out­stand­ing achieve­ment is an in­di­ca­tion of the ster­ling man­age­ment team led by the Mu­nic­i­pal Man­ager, Mar­garet Skosana, com­mit­ted of­fi­cials and vi­sion­ary coun­cil­lors.

“In­deed, the clean au­dits are a tes­ta­ment to the team ef­fort and hard work that each and ev­ery one at Nkan­gala District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity puts into their day to day ac­tiv­i­ties.

“I am proud of the sac­ri­fice and ded­i­ca­tion of the team mem­bers and would like to urge every­one to con­tinue be­ing faith­ful stew­ards of the com­mu­ni­ties we serve, and South Africa as a whole,” said Cllr. Malatjie.

Nkan­gala is one of the three districts of Mpumalanga prov­ince and it is sit­u­ated in Mid­del­burg. Nkan­gala District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is made up of Vic­tor Khanye, Dr J.S. Moroka, Emalahleni, Emak­hazeni, Steve Tsh­wete, and Them­bisile lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to the 2011 Cen­sus, the pop­u­la­tion is over one mil­lion. Nkan­gala is at the eco­nomic heart­beat of Mpumalanga and is rich in min­er­als and nat­u­ral re­sources.

Its econ­omy is dom­i­nated by elec­tric­ity, man­u­fac­tur­ing and min­ing. These sec­tors are fol­lowed by com­mu­nity ser­vices, trade, fi­nance, trans­port, agri­cul­ture and con­struc­tion.

The district is host to the Ma­puto cor­ri­dor which brings in­creased po­ten­tial for eco­nomic growth and tourism de­vel­op­ment. Nkan­gala district neigh­bors prov­inces like Lim­popo, Gaut­eng, North West and KwaZulu-Natal.

The prox­im­ity to Gaut­eng opens up op­por­tu­ni­ties to a larger mar­ket, which is of ben­e­fit to the district’s agri­cul­tural and man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tors.

There is fur­ther po­ten­tial in ex­port­ing goods that pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties within the district. “I know I speak for many fel­low busi­ness peo­ple in the district when I con­grat­u­late Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor Malatjie and her team for achiev­ing ster­ling au­dit re­sults year and year.

“This goes a long way to boost in­vestor con­fi­dence and at­tract more busi­nesses to in­vest in our district, and in­deed coun­try.

“Clean au­dits are a ma­jor driver of in­ward in­vest­ment as peo­ple look­ing to set up busi­nesses and em­ploy peo­ple are guar­an­teed that the govern­ment is clean and that ba­sic ser­vices are de­liv­ered ef­fi­ciently,” said Keith Jor­daan, a busi­ness­man.

Jor­daan added that that for res­i­dents, and busi­ness alike, such an achieve­ment means that there are strong in­sti­tu­tions and sys­tems within the district which they can ap­proach with their con­cerns for speedy so­lu­tions without hav­ing to pay a bribe or en­gage in cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties.

In an in­ter­view Skosana (the mu­nic­i­pal man­ager) ex­plained that apart from the clean au­dit the district was also hon­oured by rep­utable or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Nkan­gala District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity re­ceived the fol­low­ing out­stand­ing recog­ni­tion awards on ar­eas of good gov­er­nance from the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Gov­er­nance, Au­dit and Risk Of­fi­cers:

The best Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in ar­eas of good gov­er­nance In­ter­nal Au­dit 2015 /16 ( CIGFARO Con­fer­ence)

Best In­ter­nal Au­di­tor 2016/17( Au­dit and Risk Ind­aba)

Best Per­for­mance prac­ti­tion­ers 2016/2017( Au­dit and Risk Ind­aba)

Run­ner up best Risk Of­fi­cer 2016/2017( Au­dit and Risk Ind­aba)

Woman of the year award 2016/17 – Mu­nic­i­pal Man­ager – Women in Lead­er­ship sem­i­nar.

The ZK Mathews award 2016 / – recog­ni­tion for good gov­er­nance and well run/ man­aged mu­nic­i­pal­ity by the rul­ing party in Govern­ment ( ANC- Jan­uary 8 state­ment)

“Surely, these mile­stones and mul­ti­ple awards con­firm our motto: ‘We are des­tined for Ex­cel­lence’. They are a de­mon­stra­tion that we are well on the road to­wards re­al­is­ing the dic­tates of the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan (NDP) whose goal is to elim­i­nate poverty and re­duce in­equal­ity by 2030.

“Our role as the Nkan­gala District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in the over­all NDP vi­sion is in the cre­ation of a re­spon­sive, ac­count­able, ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient lo­cal govern­ment ad­min­is­tra­tion which is peo­ple driven and ad­heres to the pre­scripts of ser­vice de­liv­ery ex­cel­lence,” Skosana said.

“The district has spent 48% and 50% of the to­tal ex­pen­di­ture on ser­vice de­liv­ery projects to the ben­e­fit of our lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 fi­nan­cial years re­spec­tively, con­tribut­ing to our vi­sion of im­prov­ing the lives of our peo­ple,” Skosana said.

Mean­while, Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor Malatjie ex­pressed grat­i­tude to Coun­cil­lors and the var­i­ous Coun­cil Com­mit­tees for the sup­port and guid­ance lead­ing to the ful­fil­ment of Nkan­gala District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity man­date.

She also paid spe­cial trib­ute to all Ex­ec­u­tive May­ors and Coun­cil­lors of Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, Man­age­ment, Of­fi­cials, com­mu­nity Struc­tures and Stake­hold­ers for their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion.

Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor Coun­cil­lor Li­nah Malatjie

Mu­nic­i­pal Man­ager: Mar­garet Skosana

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