Team to speed up payments due by govt

2011-08-31 00:00

A COMPLAINTS project team and toll-free number to ensure that all KwaZulu-Natal government departments pay their service providers within 30 days were launched under the watchful eye of Premier Zweli Mkhize yesterday.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Finance Ina Cronjé launched the team and named its members, who, she said, will start operating tomorrow to speed up payments to small businesses.

The new team is led by Themba Mposula.

Nhlanhla Radebe is the field investigator.

Cronjé said they will report to the province’s acting accounting general, Hermann Conradie, and will be based in the provincial Treasury.

The team was established following a circular issued by the Auditor-General last year, who instructed that all accounting officers and government departments must put measures in place to improve payment of invoices in line with the requirements of the Public Finance Management Act.

Many small companies that depended upon the provincial government for businesses have collapsed as a result of delayed payments, some of which are yet to be resolved.

Among the reasons cited by Cronjé as common factors in the delay in payments are: receipt of invoices from service providers that are not registered as an entity on the financial system; when there has been a failure to follow proper procurement procedure, when official orders have not been issued or when there are disputes with the supplier on the services rendered; calculation mistakes and disputes about to whose budget the payments should be charged.

People with complaints over delayed payments are asked to try to resolve the delay with the relevant departments before calling 080 020 1049 toll-free for their complaints to be handled by the team.

The launch was well attended by local businesses.

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