R10 mln traffic report full of errors

2009-08-13 00:00

COUNCILLORS were shocked to receive a report that the Msunduzi Municipality’s traffic department collected more than R10 million in revenue from January to March this year, but it turns out that the quarterly report is riddled with errors.

The total of R10 717 200 is actually based on figures from July last year to March this year. A source said quarterly reports are meant to be assembled on information collected over three-monthly intervals and they do not understand how a report based on figures spanning a period of nine months can then be called a quarterly report.

The report, which was tabled at a committee services meeting, contains conflicting statements.

In one instance it says the report is based on information taken from January 1 to March this year; in another it says figures are based on revenue collected from January 1 to the end of March last year and another statement claims it is based on a nine-month period with the quarter ending in March.

Sources told The Witness that the committee has not received a quarterly report from the traffic department in a long time so it is not surprising that it lumped three quarterly reports into one.

Sources claimed the reason for the errors is the fact that those who assembled the reports used documents from previous years without editing and checking them afterwards.“As far as I’m concerned the whole year should be filled with quarterly reports, but often meetings are cancelled … It’s therefore no wonder some quarterly reports are not submitted timeously,” said a source.

The Witness was told that although some errors are corrected verbally in meetings, people who miss them could easily misconstrue some of the reports.

Acting deputy municipal manager for community services Lungisani Kunene did not respond at the time of going to print.

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