Media Statement by Mayor April
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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 15 June 2013. 09h50. The Council of the Greater Oudtshoorn failed to approve the budget and the Integrated Development Plan for 2013/14 on Friday, 14 June at its Special Council Meeting, when the DA (11 councillors) and Cope (1 councillor) approved motions by 12 votes to 6 of the ANC, 1 of Icosa, and 1 on the NPP to reject both the budget and the IDP.
The Executive Mayor, Alderman Gordon April; and the Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Vlancio Donson; and several ANC councillors implored Council for unity to approve the important documents in service of community development.
The Consultant Financial Officer, Mr Roland Butler, refuted certain councillor misrepresentations and told the Council that the budget was workshopped and could be workshopped still with a view to meet councillor approval. He stressed that the unqualified audit report for 2011/12 indicates that Oudtshoorn’s accounting standards and practices are in robust health and that the financial statements provide a true and fair representation of the municipality’s actual financial state of affairs.
The unqualified audit report was the result of audit standards compliance; a credible asset register; adequate loan administration; and the proper designation of provisions, and proves that council’s approved policies were implemented, and correlate with the approved guidelines of national treasury.
Butler also stressed that credible reasons were demanded when a Council rejects a budget.
The DA insisted that the budget was flawed beyond repair and that the IDP was pervaded with inconsistent fonts; erroneous pagination; and duplicated data tables.
The administration indicated that it will redouble its efforts to have the budget and the IDP approved soonest through additional workshops and editing.
Issued on behalf of Oudtshoorn Munucipality by the Executive Mayor, Aldm Gordon April, on June 14, 2013
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