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KZN premier calls for supply review

2012-02-15 16:48

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize on Wednesday called for a review of supply chain regulations in the province.

"We cannot tolerate the image of the province to be tainted by all sorts of activities that go against the normal standards and good governance," he said in Durban.

"If we think there are weaknesses, we have to actually tighten the whole process and regulations."

Regulations for managing the provision of goods and services to the provincial government should ensure fairness, competitiveness, transparency, value for money and quality of service. The politicians had to lead by example, he said.

"Political heads must be known to be watching, then everyone will behave. The champion for good governance has to be the premier, mayor and MEC. It's you, the mayor, who has presided over terrible [audit] outcomes and change has to come from you."

Mkhize said he had talks with the chief financial officers and heads of departments to discuss how over-expenditure could be tightened.

District mayors had now been included in the executive council's lekgotla so they could help mayors, he said.

Last month KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube said the province's 47 municipalities had incurred R2bn in irregular spending.

The main contributing factors were poor controls, poor quality of financial statements, and non-compliance with supply chain management.

Comments
  • Douglas - 2012-02-15 17:40

    So KZN is in a financial mess because "The main contributing factors were poor controls, poor quality of financial statements, and non-compliance with supply chain management". Rubbish!. KZN is in a financial mess because crooks, politicians, officials, and councillors, were allowed to get away with plundering the taxpayers coffers.

  • Mzwandile - 2012-02-15 17:43

    Do the review of the regulations, but we already have the PFMA, investigate all the trangressors and set an example if you want us to take you seriously. The first person where action must be taking is Ex Mayor of eThekwini Municipality Obed Mlaba and his cronies

  • GeeWizz - 2012-02-15 18:40

    Majority of state tenders get awarded to staff and there families within the state. I know this for a fact as I supplied plently goods to state staff on behalf of their families. I also am aware of all tenders given to family and friends. Honest suppliers like my company do not get any tender awards but yet the people that are awarded buy from me, how much did they mark these products up by the pay off person that awarded them these items. That is why KZN has overspent by R2 billion.

      oddearring - 2012-02-16 10:36

      Absolutely agree. Same situation here.

  • GeeWizz - 2012-02-15 18:41

    My price is too cheap for state to buy directly from me and save.

  • oddearring - 2012-02-16 10:36

    If you want some evidence of bungling and mess ups, I have a lot.

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