Technology to help end tender corruption in KZN

2014-08-04 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Treasury head Simiso Magagula warned that Provincial Treasury aimed to eliminate corrupt practices in tenders by introducing electronic procurement.

Speaking at the Premier’s Service Excellence Awards where he was named Best Head of Department recently, Magagula said pilot programmes would be tried at a few departments before the end of the financial year. He said misinterpretation of policy and corruption in tenders were standing in the way of KZN getting one of the best audits in SA.

Magagula credited his leadership style, which he said enabled a team spirit within his department, for his provincial government award. “My leadership style is not authoritarian and I am able to create a team spirit. I have an open-door policy and take the empowerment of colleagues seriously,” he said in an interview.

Magagula’s department was also named as Best Public Service Institution of the Year. He said he was humbled and also excited for the team he leads in Treasury.

Magagula, a former economics teacher, has been Treasury head since 2010. A mark in his favour was keeping communities informed about the budget before and after it was tabled. He said the department had also done very well in attaining clean audit reports for four years in a row.

He joined the department in 2005 as senior general manager and became an acting head of department in 2009. Along with former MEC Ina Cronjé, he is credited with turning around the fortunes of the province, which was in the red, to a healthy state by introducing belt-tightening measures.

Also working with the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs ­Department, Magagula oversaw the department that lent its support to ailing councils that now have improved their management of finances.

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