Nkangala leads with financial integrity and gets another clean audit
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