Municipality makes progress on AG findings

2015-11-04 06:00

BY end of September the Msunduzi Municipality had completed 51 out of 59 findings presented by the Auditor-General for the 2013/2014 financial year.

The outstanding eight findings were still in progress at the time. The key risk areas, as identified by the strategic management committee, include asset management, leave management, revenue management and material losses.

To deal with these challenges, Msunduzi manager Mxolisi Nkosi appointed a team of two independent consultants to analyse and make sure that action plans provided against the Auditor­-General findings were adequate and sustainable. They also had the responsibility of tracking and reviewing progress on action plans, provide technical guidance and assistance where required in dealing with the findings, review internal audit reports, identify and report on outstanding issues that might impact the AG report, and identify best practises that could be adopted by Msunduzi Municipality.

The municipality has made strides in some of the issues previous raised by the Auditor-General. A recent report from corporate services business unit states that to deal with incorrect leave balances, the municipality now ensures that leave balances are reflected on payslips howeve, late submission of leave forms by business units remain a challenge.

The report also states that the challenge of the payments not made within 30 days to service providers has been completed now that payments are made on an ongoing basis and follow- ups are captured on outstanding payments. A register is also being maintained to track payments to check that they are made timeously.

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