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QUESTION NUMBER: 251
Mr P F Smith (IFP) to ask the Minister for Cooperative Governance and
Whether his department has found reason for concern in the Auditor-
General's finding that the lack of consequences for poor performance
and transgressions at more than 70% of auditees causes slow progress
towards clean audits in local government; if not, what is the position
in this regard; if so, what steps has his department taken to ensure
that poor performers are sanctioned appropriately? NW195E
Yes. The department is concerned with the AGâs finding regarding the lack
of consequences for poor performance in local government.
1. a) The Minister has concurred with the Minister of Finance
regarding the regulations on minimum competency requirements. The
regulations require all managers, including specifically those
responsible for financial management, like CFO and Internal Audit,
to have the qualifications prior to employment. Those already in
employment but do not have the minimum competencies, the
regulations provide for compulsory training over 18 months.
b) According to these regulations in 1 above, all managers must be
trained in financial management as part of their core competencies.
c) In addition, management must be trained in all Core Management
Competencesâ to enable them to achieve their Key Results Areaâs.
2. The Minister has published Regulations to be promulgated under
Municipal Systems Act regarding S56 managers and matters relating to
skills requirements and emphasis on the retention thereof.
3. A guide for the establishment of Municipal Public Accounts Committees
(MPACs) has been developed and ensuring functionality of these
oversight committees. SALGA has further developed a practical guide
for the functionality of MPACs, which, among others, addresses the
terms of reference and delegations for MPACs.