Die OG-verslag: Oudtshoorn is te vrot om eers deel te wees daarvan

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Oudtshoorn. 24 Julie 2012. 08h30. Oudtshoorn is nie eens deel van die verbysterende statistiek wat die ouditeur-generaal gister bekend gemaak het oor die mislukte finansiële bestuur van munisipaliteite nie.

Die Wes-Kaapse minister van plaaslike regering, Anton Bredell, sê dat Oudtshoorn (en Kannaland en Swellendam) se ouditverslae nie deel uitmaak van die OG-verslag nie… Want die oudits is nie betyds voltooi nie… Want dié rade se jaarstate was laat.

Onthou dat Oudtshoorn pas der miljoene aan konsultante spandeer het – Mubesko, wat uitmúntende werk gedoen het om die dorp se finansiële rekords op datum te gebring het – maar dat Oudtshoorn al wéér agter is noudat die vaardige konsultante die werk weer aan die sukkelaars van Verwardplein oorgelaat het.

Maar wat OO so perséwis het, so skuins teen die grond bedônnerd, met apologie aan André P Brink, is Bredell se onderneming om die sukkelende munisipaliteite – waaronder Oudtshoorn – te hulp te snel.

Ook Helen Zille het grootmoedig gesê sy sal sukkelende munisipaliteite help.

Dankie vir net mooi níks, Zille en Bredell!

Waar was julle toe julle onophoudelik gewaarsku is oor die probleme!?

Hoekom het julle nie tóé “ingegryp” en die probleme voorkom nie!?

Watse gat-oor-kop-bestuurswaansin is dit om vrylik die vergaan van ‘n onderneming gelate gade te slaan en dan ná die ineenstorting te kom help!?

Zille en Bredell laat OO koud. Yskoud. Dié paartjie kan nie ‘n gemoedelikheidjie in ‘n biertent mêniets nie.

Hier is die ouditeur-generaal se mediaverklaring:

13 municipalities receive clean audits – Terence Nombembe
Terence Nombembe
23 July 2012

AG says 156 out of 343 auditees obtained financially unqualified audit reports

Nationwide local government audit results unchanged at unqualified audit option level

Six new municipalities have joined the ranks of municipalities with clean audits this year, bringing the total to 13 (5%), said Auditor-General Terence Nombembe.

These municipalities are in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape. None of the municipalities in the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Northern Cape or North West received clean audit reports.

Only four (4) municipal entities registered clean audits, which represents a decline from ten (10) last year.

Nombembe said he remained sure that, with the commitment of the leadership, any size municipality could achieve clean audits, as already proven by a few determined ones.

“Where appropriate action is taken by leaders and key officials, we are beginning to see results,” said Nombembe, referring to the provinces with clean audits.

“What these provinces are beginning to display is the outcome of concerted efforts on the part of political leaders and management. They are moving forward towards the clean audit space by consistently committing to take ownership of municipal performance practices, insisting on adequately qualified staff and effective performance management practices. The next logical step for these municipalities is to institutionalise these gains to sustain the culture of clean administration. This will surely uphold the public confidence that we witnessed during the presentation of the clean audit awards held at each of the municipalities.”

The latest audit results at national level show that close to half of the auditees (156 out of 343 or 45%) have obtained financially unqualified audit reports, but with internal control concerns (findings). These financially unqualified audit reports were only obtained after corrections during the audit process and with the assistance of the auditors. The other half of the municipalities received financially qualified (18%) and adverse opinions or disclaimers (19%), while 13% of municipalities had not submitted financial statements in time for auditing.

This slow progress towards clean audits in local government is underpinned by three prominent causes:

• fifty seven percent (57%) of municipalities have shown a slow response to AGSA messages and the implementation of key controls
• A lack of consequences for poor performance and transgressions at more than 70% of auditees and
• A lack of minimum competencies of officials in key positions (most evident in the financial discipline) at 72% of auditees.
These factors have contributed to the poor and stagnant audit outcomes for 2010/11.

“The desired progress towards clean audits is at risk if these root causes are not addressed,” continued Nombembe.

He noted government’s interventions to address the skills gap, including coordination and commitment by all parties to implement legislation on minimum competency levels.

The lack of skills is further evident in the fact that numerous errors needed to be corrected by auditors during the audit, despite consultants that were brought in to assist municipalities having increased from 86% last year to 91% of municipalities in 2011. In addition, 13% of audits in a few provinces (North West, Northern Cape and Western Cape) had not been finalised in time for inclusion in the general report being released today.

“We are seeing the impact of the lack of skills, the slow response of leadership to owning key controls, as well as the absence of managing poor performance and the risks that municipalities continue to face. At the moment these risks are beyond tolerable levels,” said Nombembe, who explained that the five major risks relate to:

• supply chain management, which is showing a growing trend of irregular expenditure
• predetermined objectives (service delivery reporting), which show some improvement in certain provinces
• IT controls, which show minimal improvement in terms of internal control
human resource management, which shows minimal improvement as well as
• significant errors in financial statements, which show no improvements at all despite the increased use of consultants.

“We need to purify and perfect the internal controls in all these areas to improve the level of transparency and accountability in local government,” he added. In order to improve these, municipalities need to strengthen internal controls in the following three logical areas:

• Leadership, which is expected to set the correct tone for effective governance
• Financial and performance management reports, that need to be subjected to management checks and balances to confirm credibility of information and
• Governance, by strengthening audit committees and internal audit functions that will complement the work of the newly established municipal public accounts committees (MPACs).

In this regard, Nombembe said that only 30% of municipalities are making good progress in addressing the internal control disciplines. He remains concerned about 70% of municipalities where the basics of key controls have not yet been mastered.

The AG reiterated his office’s commitment to assisting auditees, highlighting that following the launch of government’s Operation clean audit in 2008, he had introduced regular engagements with municipal, provincial and national political leaders to share his office’s assessment of key controls in the areas mentioned above and to identify threats to clean audits. These engagements helped to create greater awareness on matters that require urgent attention to enable the realisation of clean administration in local government.

Nombembe said the benefit of these visits was to further align expectations towards clean audits, recognise champions of goodness and encourage those who still need motivation in this direction.

“We do this because we care about how auditing can lead to building public confidence and to facilitating and encourage leadership and governance practices that are exemplary.” 

He singled out the importance of strengthening oversight coordination between public accounts and portfolio committees in all legislatures.

In presenting these results today with the national ministries, Nombembe drew attention to the commitments that all partners had made during his roadshows. These commitments and a detailed analysis of the audit outcomes are captured in the respective general reports tabled in the national and provincial legislatures today.

These partners, which also include the South African Local Government Association and provincial and municipal leadership (executive and oversight), have committed to initiatives that can support excellent coordination of their various activities and strengthen their diagnostic and monitoring instruments. These initiatives will lead to improved support for municipalities and streamlined accountability to the municipal councils, legislatures and citizens.

Statement issued by the Auditor-General South Africa, July 23 2012

AfriForum het so gereageer:

AfriForum
 
Mediaverklaring
23 Julie 2012
 
95% van munisipaliteite se finansiële sake in chaos

Die burgerregte-organisasie, AfriForum, het sy kommer uitgespreek oor die ouditeur-generaal se verslag wat vandag in Johannesburg bekendgemaak is. Luidens die verslag voldoen slegs 5% van die land se munisipaliteite aan die vereiste standaarde. Geen metroraad het ’n ongekwalifiseerde oudit ontvang nie.

Volgens Cornelius Jansen van Rensburg, AfriForum se woordvoerder oor plaaslike regeringsake by AfriForum, blyk dit duidelik uit die verslag dat die staat nog geen werklike vordering gemaak het om die bestuursonbevoegdheid in munisipaliteite te verander nie.

Van die redes wat die ouditeur-generaal vir die swak prestasie in die verslag aantoon, is dat daar ’n gebrek aan leierskap is en dat munisipale amptenare nie oor die nodige vaardighede beskik om die werk te doen nie.
Wat AfriForum verder bekommer, is munisipaliteite se ongemagtigde en onreëlmatige uitgawes wat tot R11 miljard beloop.

Die verslag dui verder aan dat 84% van die munisipaliteite se rekeningkundige beamptes nie die nodige stappe gevolg het om die onreëlmatige besteding te stop nie.

Daarby is byna R600 miljoen se tenders aan raadslede en munisipale amptenare toegeken. Die ongerymdhede het met 46% toegeneem vergeleke met verlede jaar.

Die verslag se inhoud spreek vanself. Die feit dat munisipaliteite nie oor die vermoë beskik om dienste te lewer of om amptenare aan te stel wat gemeenskappe na behore kan bedien nie, plaas bykomende druk op gemeenskappe oor die land heen.

Burgerregte-organisasies soos AfriForum – wat munisipaliteite dwing om hul pligte na te kom en gemeenskappe mobiliseer om hulle regte op te eis – raak juis om hierdie rede van ál groter belang. 

“Hierdie situasie is besig om die menseregte van miljoene Suid-Afrikaners te ondermyn. Die regering behoort die volle blaam vir die groeiende ineenstorting van derdevlakregering te dra,” het Jansen van Rensburg gesê.
 
Cornelius Jansen van Rensburg
Woordvoerder oor plaaslike regeringsake: AfriForum
 
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4 thoughts on “Die OG-verslag: Oudtshoorn is te vrot om eers deel te wees daarvan

  1. Ouditier, Surprised with all current the notoriety and infamy surrounding of our “financial” wizards you don’t already know who they are?

    Phone the Municipality and ask them – GOOD LUCK, and when you find them please report back!

    PS – we know who they are but they don’t, won’t and care-less to acknowledge their responsibility or hold themselves individually of collectively “accountable” – pun intended.

    They are just pretending doing their “tjob” and earning a fat salary and perks at the citizens expense.

    Lets stop voting these fools and incompetents into OUR public offices!

  2. O hel…… As die ouditeur nie eers weet wie die oudit verslae moes doen nie, wie sal?????? Aarde bedek ons en hemele val op ons

  3. Wie is die persoon by OM wat daarvoor verantwoordelik is dat geouditeurde state betyds moet wees?. Is daar so iemand? Ken u sy naam.? Sal u ons kan se wie dit is?

  4. Acountability, acountability !
    Voordat dit nie gebeur en sie knape aan bewind in hul persoonlike hoedanighede verantwoordelik gehou word, gaan niks verander nie. Dat hul turf uiteindelik wel gaan sit is n feit. Of dit, of die uitgebuite belastingbetalers gaan uiteindelik self oorneem. Die staat se tyd om totale chaos te stuit loop vinnig uit.

    Oor die ANC slegs die volgende – jul is n kwynende morele bankrot party en jul dae is getel (tussen 2016 en 2020 sal dit als reeds verby wees vir julle volgens politieke guru’s). Fransman, as ek jy was hang ek my kop in skaamte – jou eie mense gaan jou nog uit vat, en dit sal nie vir ete wees nie my ou klong, glo my !

    Vir die DA, Zille en Bredell wil ek net dit se, SIES Man, absolute laakbare skande. Jul huigelagtige praatjies wat jul verkondig verskil hemelsbreed met wat jul uiteindelik doen/ of nie doen nie. SKANDALIG !!
    Gaan vee voor jul eie deur of SHUT UP !

    Enige nuus oor wanneer Bredell gaan bedank of uitgeskop gaan word ? Whichever comes first will be jubelantly accepted, the sooner the better!!

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