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NW treasury launches action plans for municipalities in financial distress

In a bid to improve the running of municipalities in the province, the North West provincial treasury is rolling out financial recovery plans for 14 particularly troubled entities.  Finance MEC Motlalepula Rosho announced the move in June 2021, while tabling the 2021/22 provincial budget. The targeted municipalities all have serious financial management and capacity challenges.   Read more >

Auditor-general: local government on the brink of collapse

By Kwazi Dlamini Auditor-General (AG) Tsakani Maluleke has called on leadership at both political and administrative level to make a determined commitment to tackling the scourge of corruption and irregular expenditure in local government. The consequences will be dire otherwise. Delivering her consolidated annual Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) report on local government for the Read more >

Poor planning for Covid-19 relief funds left municipalities vulnerable to fraud

By Kwazi Dlamini  Auditor-General (AG) Tsakani Maluleke continues to raise concerns with the way local governments have handled the Covid-19 relief funds. Maluleke released the third special audit report on Covid-19 related initiatives, together with the 2019/20 Municipal Finance Management Act report – which we cover in an upcoming article – and 43 municipalities were put under the microscope for several reasons.  They include municipalities which contributed the highest amount for irregular Read more >

SIU on the trail of govt officials abusing Covid-19 procurement

On Friday 5 February the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) released a report on its finalised investigations into ‘the procurement of, or contracting for, goods, works and services, including the construction, refurbishment, leasing, occupation and use of immovable property, during, or in respect of the National State of Disaster …’ The investigation was established in terms Read more >

Applications for AG position now open, until 17 July

Parliament has issued a call for applications for the upcoming post of auditor-general (AG). The term of office of current AG Kimi Makwetu will end on 30 November 2020. The Office of the Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) is an institution supporting constitutional democracy, established in terms of sections 188 to 189 of Chapter 9 of Read more >