The Mayor of Ngwathe Local Municipality, Cllr MJ Mochela and Acting Municipal Manager Mr P. Tsekedi led a municipal delegation to the 87th IMFO Conference from 03 – 05 October 2016, held at the Durban International Convention Centre, Inkosi Chief Albert Luthuli Complex, eThekwini. The purpose was, to receive the Clean Administration Award.
It gives me great pleasure to be accepting the Clean Administration Award from the Institute of Municipal Finance Officers. Remember Ngwathe Municipality has achieved an unqualified audit opinion for 2014/15 financial year and this milestone emphasises that the municipality under the ANC leadership is effectively managing public funds while improving and accelerating service delivery. We have achieved. The 2016 instalment of the IMFO Conference is aptly themed “Sustaining Municipal Viability amidst the Economic Distress.” To us, this is translated into ensuring that we continue improving on our administration while being robust on revenue collection and be conscious on expenditure.
We are also rolling out indigent verification and registration process where our officials are going to the townships to confirm the indigent status of our people and the data thereof will also assist us in making proper financial decisions while profiling our residents so as to deal with the economic distress at hand. Our robust approach in terms of revenue collection will ensure that those who are able to pay for municipal services are encouraged to do so while on the other hand we assist those at less privileged indigent position.
To sustain our audit status, the action plan has been developed to make sure that every manager is psyched towards improved performance (mind set). Empowering junior staff to handle daily duties with positive mind and diligence. Continuation with same consultants on AFS compilation & turn around strategy as they also assist in the skills transfer to ensure that we build internal capacity with clearer oversight.
On the political side, the new MMC for Finance, Cllr Masetshego Mofokeng has been tasked with ensuring that there is a common goal between the politicians and the administrative side of the municipality so as to maintain and sustain our unqualified audit status while pushing for clean audit. It doesn’t only end at that level, our clean administration also means improve service delivery targeting the youth, women and the disadvantaged. The provision of water for instance, while we commission and resurrect reservoir number one, the oldest and large reservoir in Tumahole, we are also dealing with water leakages to ensure that we provide basic services in an affordable manner. This achievement, is an overall indication that we remain committed to our service delivery objectives. A humble word of gratitude to our external stakeholders and government departments who played a meaningful role and contributed progressively to our achievements” Said the Mayor, Cllr MJ Mochela.