ANC Gauteng Legislature
Successful NCOP week comes to an end

Successful NCOP week comes to an end

19 April 2013

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Provincial Week programme was successfully concluded through a fruitful debriefing meeting this morning.

The meeting, held at the Gauteng Provincial Legislation, was the culmination of a week-long programme which commenced on Tuesday under the theme: "

On what was the last day, delegates discussed a report which will later be tabled in Parliament. The report will be adopted in the next few days.

Following four days of interaction between the national and provincial legislators as well as the executive and the local government authorities, the key outcome was that the Gauteng municipalities were likely to attain clean audits reports by next year in line with Operation Clean Audit 2014, although a number of challenges still need to be worked on.

Municipalities committed to continue working on action plans to ensure that they not only attain clean audits but that they continued rendering effective services to the people.

As pointed out through a presentation by the Auditor General, municipalities have committed to address the two areas deemed necessary for the attainment of clean audit reports by 2014. These two, as stated by the AG, were for municipalities to focus on performance management and tighten compliance mechanisms.

The AG highlighted the fact that municipalities in Gauteng have shown that they were on track by putting in place solid action plans.

The province`s four metro municipalities - City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and West Rand - presented concrete plans to ensure that they reached the target.

Ekurhuleni has been showing noticeable progress in the past two years - having attained an unqualified opinion on four successive occasions. Furthermore, the municipality has implemented a plan to deal with the audit findings and there has been constant improvement in this regards since 2010/11.

The total number of audit findings in 2010/11 was 109 but the number dropped to 87 in 2011/12 - which represented a 20% improvement. Currently, only 45 of these 87 items are still remaining, and this has seen 59% of the initial items being successfully cleared.

The City of Tshwane has established an Operation Clean Audit (OPCA) Committee and an OPCA Technical Committee. The OPCA officers are deemed to be critical for sound financial management practices at departmental level.

The City of Johannesburg`s action plan has been developed with the primary intention of resolving the previous findings by the AG. With the AG having previously raised 194 matters - including those for entities - the city has already resolved 46 of these, which translates into 24%.

The city, which has had qualified reports for the past three financial years, has committed to dealing with all unresolved finding by 31 May 2013.

Sithembele Tshwete
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Elijah Maholola
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