Auditor warns city bosses

2015-12-22 12:41
The red-brick road around the City Hall.

The red-brick road around the City Hall. (Jonathan Burton)

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Pietermaritzburg - Only one municipal business unit has increased their performance, with all the others underperforming for the last financial year.

This was revealed in the city’s internal audit committee report released recently.

The audit committee noted that the city’s town planning department was the only unit to “significantly” rise above their performance in the previous financial year in 2012/2013.

Community services, public safety and enforcement, community development, local economic development, expenditure management, sound governance, water and sanitation and electricity were some of the units with a significant decline in performance.

Offices of the municipal manager, mayor and speaker were also deemed as “poor performing” offices by the audit committee.

The committee said that the municipal business units failed to implement the agreed action plan from prior internal audit reports and that untimely or poor performance was not detected and corrected in time.

“During the review, it was noted that some business units underperformed in 2012/2013 and 2013/2014, but there was no consequence management or plans for remedial action that was implemented in the consecutive years to deal with the poor performance,” read the audit committee’s report to the executive committee recently.

In addition, the audit committee pointed out that the assessments of managers in the fourth quarter of this year was not completed and criticised municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi, saying that he should ensure everyone adheres to the policies of the municipality and “disciplinary steps should be taken against managers who are not complying with the internal policies and procedures”.

The audit committee stated the effects of the poor performance saw many service delivery objectives set out in the Integrated Development Plan not being achieved and the assessments of managers “may not improve”.

The report added that “senior managers know there is no consequence management for poor performance”.

The committee said poor performance, when identified, should be dealt with in a “constructive, progressive and reinforcement manner”.

Most departments had not handed in their portfolio of evidence and the audit committee identified the fact that staff had inadequate training in preparing the portfolios as the root cause. Also, there was not enough enforcement of the procedures, according to the report.

“The office of the municipal manager should conduct a workshop on how to compile portfolio of evidence file as per standard operating procedures,” recommended the audit committee.


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