Accounting Technician graduates to strengthen service delivery

2017-12-13 06:01
Proud accounting technician graduates. From left are Christelene le Roux, Desiree van Jaarsveld, Henk Diedericks (MBAT academic principal) and Nasoreen Loggenberg.       Photo:SUPPLIED

Proud accounting technician graduates. From left are Christelene le Roux, Desiree van Jaarsveld, Henk Diedericks (MBAT academic principal) and Nasoreen Loggenberg. Photo:SUPPLIED

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SERVICE delivery levels in the Nelson Mandela Bay should continue to improve, following the graduation of 24 learners as Accounting Technicians South Africa (ATSA) with certificates in Local Government Accounting, according to ATSA general manager Nadine Kater.

Speaking at the MBAT College graduation ceremony hosted in the Port Elizabeth City Hall, Kater said, “Service delivery depends on proper administration.”

Funds need to be allocated correctly in order to ensure that they are spent in the right areas as identified in the budget.

“It was recognised that this qualification could play a vital role towards this institution achieving a clean audit going forward,” added Adriaan Ferreira, Senior Director: Office of the Treasury at the Nelson Mandela Bay Munici­pality.

Accounting and bookkeeping are identified as “scarce skills” in the municipalities.

“Already, we can see the difference, as those participating learners are now in a position to grasp their respective individual roles and the importance of their functions within the bigger financial environment in which they operate,” he said.

“The advantage of the Local Government Accounting courses is that they are purpose-designed for municipalities, and are flexible so as to ensure there is minimum disruption to the running of the different departments while staff are working through the very practical course,” added Henk Diedericks, academic principal of the MBAT training and development company, which is a registered private FET college.

MBAT has run ATSA’s Local Government Accounting Certificate training for over 500 students from local municipalities in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape and Free State since 2009.

“Municipalities report that the advantages of the ATSA qualifications are that staff become more competent, which means they make fewer errors, need less time to complete routine financial documents, require less supervision, and contribute towards the municipality having a clean audit,” said Diedericks.

Kater encouraged the newly qualified learners to register as professionals with ­ATSA.

Registered technicians sign a code which commits them to ethical conduct. Those who are involved in unethical behaviour can be disciplined by the professional body.

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