Regular probes to curb corruption in KZN govt

2010-06-09 00:00

IN an attempt to prevent fraud and corruption in the KwaZulu-Natal government, the Treasury’s internal audit unit and the Office of the Premier now conduct regular investigations to ensure that no companies owned by government officials are involved in government tenders.

Premier Zweli Mkhize revealed this at a function in Durban yesterday to mark his 365 days in office.

Mkhize said the provincial government is committed to good governance and clean administration, characterised by programmes put in place to prevent fraud and corruption and necessary action in cases of wrongdoing.

“Treasury has been directed to undertake KZN supply-chain management policy compliance in all government departments,” he said.

A supply-chain management compliance report is presented regularly to cabinet, providing a clear overview of the following:

• Functioning of supply-chain management units and bid committees;

• The number of bids/quotations issued and which were issued under emergency delegation and why, and the number of bids appealed against and the outcomes.

The premier said the government has also joined forces with the police and other forensic organisations to identify and investigate fraudulent and corrupt activities in government and entities serving as the government’s agents.

Mkhize said his government has also endorsed a campaign focusing on nutrition and treatment of HIV and Aids and tuberculosis.

“Currently, the Health Department has 335 148 people on ART [anti-retroviral treatment] and we are targeting 470 472 in 2010/11. The province has started to implement the 350 CD4 count threshold for the initiation of treatment in HIV-infected pregnant women and TB-infected HIV-positive patients. HIV-positive babies who are less than one year old, irrespective of their CD4 count or clinical staging, are also being initiated on ART,” he added.

To counteract the impact of job losses due to the recession, Mkhize said, the government accelerated the development of small, medium and micro enterprises and co-operatives, with more focus on capacity building and promoting an entrepreneurial culture.

Since an estimated 580 000 households in KZN are said to be food insecure, “the one home, one garden campaign” campaign was started.

The Agribusiness Agency (ADA) was established to support emerging black commercial farmers and rescue the land reform project from collapse.

As for education, Mkhize said a number of programmes to deal with the development of teachers have been established, including accelerating training in mathematics, science and information communication technology.

The government has also unveiled a multi-faceted strategy to reduce crime, involving all in society and all government departments.

To mark his year in office, the premier, the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s development studies department, the United Nations Population Fund and the Social Development Department launched “The State of the Population” report.



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