Free State says it has taken drastic steps after auditor-general report

2011-10-19 08:34

The Free State provincial government says it has taken “drastic steps” to address the problems raised in an auditor-general’s report on infrastructure delivery by the departments of health and education.This is according to Free State finance MEC Seiso Mohai.

Mohai was responding to a report in City Press on Sunday detailing how these departments cost the province millions in irregular and unauthorised expenditure.

“The impression we have of this situation is that we have challenges on infrastructure planning because in some instances there is not a strong relationship between budget planning and the execution of projects,” said Mohai.

He said these measures would be implemented:

» As an implementing agent, the provincial department of public works will only handle projects worth R10 million and more. This, he said, would deal with the bottleneck caused by smaller projects and ensure that bigger projects start on time.

» Procurement practices in all departments will be sharpened. “We are going to strengthen supply chain management units and make sure policies are in place and adhered to,” said Mohai.

» All departments will be part of an infrastructural plan. “I am concerned that infrastructure expenditure is below the norm”, said Mohai. He said the expenditure was at 30% by the end of August, but that he was confident that these measures would address the problems. 

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