EC agri­cul­ture bod­ies on right fi­nan­cial track

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - Siya Miti

aHeaD OF PUB­liC seC­tOr mONtH, two East­ern Cape en­ti­ties cel­e­brate clean au­dits and com­mit to sus­tain­ing clean gov­er­nance when de­liv­er­ing ser­vices.

the East­ern Cape Depart­ment of Ru­ral Devel­op­ment and Agrar­ian Re­form (DRDAR) and the East­ern Cape Ru­ral Devel­op­ment Agency (ECRDA) both re­ceived clean au­dits from the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral for the 2016/17 fi­nan­cial year.

The ECRDA con­tin­ued its good gov­er­nance and ac­count­abil­ity record by achiev­ing its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive clean au­dit. Con­grat­u­lat­ing the agency, MEC for Ru­ral Devel­op­ment and Agrar­ian Re­form Mlibo Qo­boshiyane said the results mean the depart­ment and the agency are on the right track.

“These au­dit out­comes prove that our sys­tems and con­trols are work­ing and we will con­tinue sus­tain­ing these results.

“Our goal is not just to get clean au­dits, but clean au­dits based on the pru­dent de­liv­ery of ser­vices to end poverty, cre­ate jobs, and grow the agri­cul­ture economy through com­mod­ity-based pro­grammes, link farm­ers to mar­kets in a way that brings ma­te­rial ben­e­fits and changes in the lives of the peo­ple in the prov­ince,” said Qo­boshiyane.

Strong sys­tems and con­trols

“Clean gov­er­nance de­mands that gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials do ev­ery­thing by the book so that we meet the needs of the peo­ple in the prov­ince at all times. As we cel­e­brate the clean au­dits, we are aware that this is what is con­sti­tu­tion­ally ex­pected of us and we com­mit to sus­tain­ing clean gov­er­nance when de­liv­er­ing ser­vices to the peo­ple of the prov­ince.”

Qo­boshiyane con­grat­u­lated all em­ploy­ees – from the chair of the board and the head of depart­ment to all the pro­gramme man­agers and staff – for their ef­forts, adding that the achieve­ment sends a good mes­sage to the pri­vate sec­tor and any po­ten­tial in­vestors who may want to part­ner with gov­ern­ment and its en­ti­ties.

MEC Mlibo Qo­boshiyane (right) and some mem­bers of the East­ern Cape Ru­ral Devel­op­ment Agency board.

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