Knit­ting to­gether lo­cal, pro­vin­cial and na­tional bud­gets

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Proper plan­ning, re­port­ing and manag­ing of mu­nic­i­pal and pro­vin­cial fi­nances are es­sen­tial if ser­vices are to be de­liv­ered to cit­i­zens eq­ui­tably and with­out glitches.

This is ac­cord­ing to Na­tional Trea­sury’s deputy direc­tor-gen­eral for in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal re­la­tions Mal­i­jeng Ngqaleni.

The main man­date of her di­vi­sion is to co-or­di­nate eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial re­la­tions across the na­tional, pro­vin­cial and lo­cal spheres of gov­ern­ment.

Speak­ing to Vuk’uzen­zele, she said peo­ple need to un­der­stand that the three spheres of gov­ern­ment man­age their func­tions si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

For ex­am­ple, the Na­tional Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion is re­spon­si­ble for for­mu­lat­ing the poli­cies, norms and stan­dards that prov­inces then have to im­ple­ment. But for im­ple­men­ta­tion to take place, funds are needed and they are al­lo­cated by Na­tional Trea­sury.

“Be­cause we give them (prov­inces and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties) al­lo­ca­tions on a three-year ba­sis, we en­able them to plan ahead. It also helps the Na­tional Trea­sury to re­view plans drafted by mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and prov­inces be­fore they are im­ple­mented,” she ex­plained.

She said Trea­sury takes into ac­count the de­mand for ser­vices and ca­pac­ity to raise rev­enue by mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and prov­inces and as­sesses plans and bud­gets to en­sure that they are aligned and give ef­fect to gov­ern­ment pri­or­i­ties.

With the 2019/20 fi­nan­cial year ap­proach­ing, she said Na­tional Trea­sury is help­ing prov­inces and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties fi­nalise their plans, in­clud­ing In­te­grated De­vel­op­ment Plans and bud­gets.

Ngqaleni said the main aim is to en­sure that all cit­i­zens have ac­cess to ba­sic ser­vices.

When it comes to fi­nan­cial re­port­ing, Ngqaleni said it is im­por­tant be­cause it en­hances trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity to tax­pay­ers, strength­ens co-or­di­na­tion and alerts na­tional gov­ern­ment to po­ten­tial prob­lems.

“The con­cept of trans­parency is very big in our sys­tem be­cause if the na­tional depart­ment is re­spon­si­ble for ed­u­ca­tion and yet ed­u­ca­tion is de­liv­ered by the prov­inces, then they (na­tional gov­ern­ment) want to be able to know whether that de­liv­ery is hap­pen­ing,” she said.

She said fi­nan­cial man­age­ment is about mak­ing sure that the re­sources are used ac­cord­ing to plan and they are able to achieve the set ob­jec­tives of de­liv­er­ing ser­vices to the peo­ple.

Na­tional Trea­sury’s deputy direc­tor-gen­eral Mal­i­jeng Ngqaleni.

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