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Millions spent on consultants

2012-07-29 11:28

Johannesburg - South African municipalities spent nearly R250m on consultants to help them prepare financial statements last year, the Sunday Independent reported.

In 90% of the municipalities, there were no vacancies in the finance department, but consultants were hired anyway, the Auditor General noted in a recent report.

KwaZulu-Natal spent R79.8m on consultants, with an average of R1.9m per municipality.

In the Free State, 24 of the 27 municipalities spent R32m on consultants, a six percent increase on the previous year.

Limpopo's 22 municipalities spent R23m on consultants.

Municipalities relied heavily on consultants who did not have the skills required to assist them, the newspaper reported.

In other instances, consultants were hired at the last minute and supplied with incorrect data.

Comments
  • ian.d.samson - 2012-07-29 11:33

    Yet the billing crisis continues ... even with "consultants", they cannot get it right! They're WASTING public money!!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-07-29 11:42

      They have 'consultants' because they are not fit for the jobs that they have!!!

      colin.dovey - 2012-07-29 12:09

      Here is what they COULD have done: The Government of Uruguay has bought a Laptop and WiFi connectivity for EVERY School Child in the country - what do ours get - they cannot even connect to the Blo*dy Internet - and they cannot employ people who can do the jobs!

      Roulon du Toit - 2012-07-29 12:53

      @Leonardb1 auditors do not have the jurisdiction to comment on such matters or the quality of staff. They are only there to state whether the financial statements fairly represent the financial affairs of the entity.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-29 13:51

      Idiocy costs money.

      bernpm - 2012-07-29 15:05

      Anybody, working on a hourly basis, is called a consultant and usually unemployed. A consultant used to be somebody "specialised" in a certain discipline.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-29 15:24

      @alicia all one can do sadly is shake your head, roll your eyes, look up to the heavens and say a little prayer

  • Sonnyjakes - 2012-07-29 11:35

    Consultants? What for? To help or teach them to steal?

      Klaus - 2012-07-29 12:06

      Consultant's point out loop holes, cANCer cadres are to stupid

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-29 13:56

      To cover up lack of expertise. The whole country looks like that from the president down. Trevor Manuel had the cheek to say after Zuma became president, "This country has never been run as well as it is now." Come again Minister Manuel.

      james.m.wood.773 - 2012-07-29 14:28

      even so, only 13 out of 343 municipalities got a clean audit, what a waste of money!

  • thebe.tau - 2012-07-29 11:36

    All incompetent govnm workers must be trained, no need to fire them because that will do nothing to fighting unemployment, its a very difficult situation.

      Roulon du Toit - 2012-07-29 12:52

      It's not difficult. Don't hire incompetent people in the first place. I also believe that incompetence can be overcome with the right attitude. Someone probably wanted to train them during their 9:15 tea break

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-29 16:02

      thebe - there are 1000s of educated black youngsters out there that cant find work,i say get rid of all the fat arrogant uneducated comrades that shouldnt even be employed as car guards and give the jobs to these youngsters

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-07-29 11:37

    This is what happens when you employ the uneducated to do the work.

  • chiepner - 2012-07-29 11:38

    The excuse to use "consultants" is just another way for officials to divert millions of tax payers money into their own pockets and why should consultants be appointed in the first place? If the people that gets paid a nice round little salary not capable of doing their specified jobs why keep them on and then also pay a consultant to do their work?

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-29 11:45

    Gee that's a neat trick; get paid for doing nothing, hire someone else to do your work and then when there are problems, blame the consultant and keep your job!

  • magomarele - 2012-07-29 11:47

    it's because of ANC's cadre deployment policy. Our monies are being wasted by common thugs..,disgusted.

      john.morreira.9 - 2012-07-29 13:11

      Magomarele,you are spot on.Deployment of cadre's is a disaster.

  • pws69 - 2012-07-29 11:49

    This can be avoided by employing a professional public service, who have no allegiance to the governing party of the day. The politicians set the policies, and they implement. How it works in most functioning democracies, instead of the democrazy we have.

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-07-29 13:39

      @pws We used to have competent civil servants. Then we decided that BEE was the way to go. Now we are reaping the rewards of this truly dumb approach.

      pws69 - 2012-07-29 14:26

      @yar, I differ, I believe the failure is due to cadre deployment by the ANC. There are many highly competent blacks with no particular allegiance to a political party who refuse to work in government because of the ANC' cadre deployment policy, as it installs a glass ceiling on their career. Having said that, when there are no suitable black candidates available, then employ the white one. Currently the ANC just leave the post unfilled. Afriforum have already won court cases where this has occurred, particularly in the Police, where only white candidates applied, so the post was not filled.

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-07-29 14:58

      @Pws But I agree with you. BEE has simply become a vehicle for deploying cadres. This is not a "black competence" issue, but a shield for clueless cadres to scoop up all thejobs.

      pws69 - 2012-07-29 15:09

      @Yar, I get where you are coming from now. We may be confusing AA and BBBEE a bit. But the basic point is valid - a corrupted process resulting in inefficient and corrupt governance.

  • Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-07-29 12:05

    Hire the black man who can't add,multiply,subtract or divide then pay them a big salary but get the white man and is accountancy firms to do the work......class act!! Well done black man ..you so clever

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-07-29 13:48

      @ratsaka The fact is that in the good old days, the civil servants did not hire consultants. They knew what to do. But you and your buddies changed that all based on colour. You are the racist, and a failure to boot.

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-07-29 14:17

      @Yar, if it's real name, most of those public servants who used to be in office in those good old Nazi days, are on pension now, I met a few in Randfontein, and most can't even spell their own names properly, or Randfontein, they spell it Ramfuntin, for once I thought it's Randfontein in Dutch. Like I said before, you people will NEVER change.

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-07-29 14:32

      @rat Most of thos efficient and effective civil servants were forced to take pension packages to make way for the cadres. Inexperienced, clueless, bone idle dishonest cadres, who are now overpaid and over-protected. Service delivery has suffered at their hands. PS: You don't understand what a Nazi is. My father, my uncles and their generation kept Africa clear of Nazis. If they had not done that, Adolf and the boys would have come down here and turned the skin on your butt into a lampshade.

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-29 16:08

      reading ratsakas comments i come to the conclusion that he is one of the cadres reaping the benefits of employment he does not deserve and he is trying to justify this with his inane comments

      craig.hicks.7737 - 2012-07-29 16:52

      Arghhh man rat person , your chip on your shoulder is irritating . Good luck being an under educated racist ! Bet you one of them road warriors in a audi that will wrap themselves road a tree due to your tempestuous arrogance !

  • robynne.els.1 - 2012-07-29 12:27

    That is hilarious! If you dug a little deeper you would probably find that these consultants applied for the job but didn't have the right connections! What idiots now paying much more to consultants!

  • Sedeshan Naidoo - 2012-07-29 12:31

    agreed. hire incompetent people to accomplish a task and it won't get done. 3 of my cousins are qualified CA's so please...it's not always black and white.

  • willie.dique - 2012-07-29 12:40

    Incompetant people hires consultants to tell them to stop spending money.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-07-29 12:57

    Well, at least public money's coming back to the private sector for something constructive - that is: if the consulatants performed.

  • martin.pearce.3762 - 2012-07-29 13:01

    Appoint people who trained to the job and the first place, then ther willbe no need to waste MY HARD EARNED MONEY on INCOMPETANT danmed consultants who are no better qualified than the others in the first place.

  • charl.deswardt - 2012-07-29 13:20

    before long they will have consultants consulting the consultants and now they wonder why people are fed-up with the government.

      nompumelelo.madonda - 2012-07-29 13:45

      LOL!!!

  • keith.recore - 2012-07-29 14:04

    Sadly incompetence is a job creator of sorts. But that just shouldn't be, don't think this type of "job creation" via incompetence is sustainable nor will the public ever be served properly.

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-07-29 15:18

      @Keith Incompetence is a destroyer of jobs in the short and the long term.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-07-29 14:32

    Spending so much on these consultants and still these municipalities are in one big massive mess. Get rid of this cadre mentality,sack the whole lot from top to bottom and then start over by employing people who know what they should be doing. I spent 26 years working for a local authority and everything ran smoothly even in black areas.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-29 15:02

    Just to be clear: these guys who just got 5.5 percent increases, are the the same ones who couldn't do their jobs and so wasted tax payers money on consultants?

  • pws69 - 2012-07-29 15:11

    Another thought. Unisa offer various diplomas and public (civil Service) management competencies. Let's bring in a law that states you cannot run for a councillor position without a relevant diploma, or at a minimum, if you are elected, you have 3 years to complete it, or lose your position.

      barrydiale.nkgabe - 2012-07-30 01:00

      pws9...I wouldn't normally comment on this forum since most of you behave like dogs, and my apologies to man's best friend. Dogs because everything is seen in black and white, which is a shame really since this clouds and prevents the discussion of real issues. South Africa needs solutions that must come from its people both black and white and in between. I work for Unisa in Public Management and have done a lot training in this but the sad thing that I have seen is the lack of attitude that says this is my country and I am gonna make it work.We have given it over to foreigners because everybody wants to be a millionaire without really working for it. So we accept bribes, we provide work of poor quality and expect a miracle that things should work properly, well lets think again.Racism still rears its ugly head from all races and expect our children to be role models. Children live what they learn and they see all this from us, what a sad state of affairs. I am black and not proudly South African from whatever angle since some will say I am a counter-revolutionary for stating our government's shortfalls or I am just a black imbecile if I state that some statements are racist, but that South Africa for you. Both black and white need to wake up before we all perish in our folly.

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-07-29 15:58

    Politicians only knows hw 2 steal promise lies 2 d public bt cnt balance financial statemnt n rely on privat companies..Dis gives us an indication dat even d president dsnt hv a clue hw 2 run dis country wth his Grade R diploma“Corruption Degree”..m pissed honestly our tax goes in2 waste.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-29 23:12

    Well that's what u get when u vote for uneducated people....they just there because they black...no brains

  • Danwill Theys - 2012-07-30 05:32

    Vivian Harris please quit the boere mag can't we just get along

      vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-30 06:39

      Lmao...boere mag. Just sad to see idiiots running the country wasting millions and the poor voters living in poverty while they get wage increases for doing nothing...

  • leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-07-30 07:12

    I'm an independant consultant. AA and BEE suits me to a T :-)

  • claude.oosthuizen - 2012-07-30 07:38

    Please can my company have a contract, it seems these " consultants" are either pals or front companies to sort this mess out, who have no idea. The people who can do the job, never get the work..................forget race, colour, get the job done by the right people at the right price who can deliver.................

  • rob.west.92123 - 2012-07-30 08:27

    I know of many instances at the Municipality in Durban where the appointment of people to positions based on their colour has resulted in the appointee not being able to do even the simplest of tasks but they have the authority and knowledge to appoint a consultant to do their job for them. A manager recently told me that more than half of the money spent by the Municipality on goods and services of whatever nature was completely wasted - Goods not delivered, projects paid for but not completed or having to be redone, incorrect goods delivered but just left rotting in offices, warehouses etc. Theft, corruption, fraud you name it.

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