Gauteng not under administration - premier

2011-12-06 16:24

Johannesburg - The Gauteng provincial government has not been placed under administration, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Tuesday.

"We have not been placed under administration and we have not acted against any legal or political mandate," she said in a statement.

She was reacting to the Cabinet's decision on Monday that national government would intervene in the Free State, Gauteng, and Limpopo under the Constitution.

The Gauteng premier would sign an agreement with the ministers of health and finance to address financial management problems in the provincial health department, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said.

He said the provincial health department had been facing chronic problems with large accruals and other financial issues.

The ministers of health and finance would assist the premier and MEC with financial management issues and supply chain management issues.

In addition, urgent action would be taken in respect of the Gauteng Shared Services Centre, Manyi said.

Mokonyane said the Gauteng provincial government was concerned about how the Cabinet's statement had been interpreted in the public arena.

"It is important to note that in as far as our province is concerned, the National Treasury has welcomed our intervention in the department of health and social development including our financial management approach," she said.

The signing of the agreement with the ministers of health and finance would be the "beginning and the end of national government's engagement in our province".

Mokonyane said the problems with financial management and cash flow in the departments of health and social development were well documented.

"It is no secret that the health arm of the department has been plagued by financial management and procurement issues as far back as 2005.

"As a pro-active administration that is concerned with clean governance, we took a number of corrective steps to remedy the situation - approaching National Treasury for guidance being one of them."

Before that, the government had also decentralised the procurement of certain essential goods and services to give hospital CEOs control over some parts of their budgets.

"In that way, the turnaround time will be greatly improved as opposed to the current situation where suppliers' invoices are submitted at hospitals, then sent to the department and then finally get to the Gauteng Shared Services Centre to be paid."

The province had also tackled overexpenditure and accruals through cost-cutting and reprioritising funds, she said.

  • PB - 2011-12-06 16:42

    If you'd kept the people who can do the work and not replaced them with mamparas who are clueless about how to actually do the work, this fiasco would never have taken place. Hopefully the idiots who are responsible for this circus will be fired.

  • Larry - 2011-12-06 16:43

    If not, then that is a pity. Gauteng desperately need administering and a good team of Rat catchers (the tailesss variety)

  • Frikkie - 2011-12-06 16:47

    En hier begin die stront..... Dankie anc vir julle onnosel "leiers"

  • Bigrp - 2011-12-06 16:53

    The worst thing is that in a press conference the premier welcomes the decision...I would be ashamed, because big brother has to bail me out as I cannot keep my own house in order!

  • Shirley - 2011-12-06 17:08

    None of these measures would have been neccesary if the greedy little sh@ts had kept their grubby little hands out of state money and stuffing it into their own!!!! Took anc long enough to step in and try and stem the bleed! Wanted to make sure all had their christmas spending money.

  • Sidima - 2011-12-06 17:14

    heads must roll. I just read Gauteng was the best managed province now they on the brink of being under administration? Who's fooling who?

      Enlightened - 2011-12-06 18:36

      africa is africa bru.

      johnkk - 2011-12-06 21:16

      We the public are being fooled.

  • Observer - 2011-12-06 17:37

    Maybe it is time to take running the various levels of government seriously and stop " playing at Government".....when will these clowns realize that a liberation movement is one thing, but running a country is entirely something else. The rules of engagement are totally different and capable, ethical and moral people are what is required, not some group of misfits, ideologues and know nothings that couldn't organize a p#$$ up in a brewery....Finish and Klaar

      johnkk - 2011-12-06 21:17

      I must disagree with you !!! A p#$$ up in a brewery they would organise VERY WELL !!!

  • Polotic - 2011-12-06 18:28

    Why don't you all move to the Cape. The province is well run and is in good and honest hands.

  • StirMonger - 2011-12-06 18:29

    Just getting more cash from the toll roads aint going to fix it. The auditor general was not spouting hot air as some seem to think. If you can't fire any of the incompetants then it won't change. They will just have more cash to blow.

  • Enlightened - 2011-12-06 18:30

    Let me try to get this into perspective. JHB was founded in 1886. It grew and thrived. The infrastructure grew and thrived with it. Then come apocalipse; 1994. I do not wish by any standard to exagerate my boost my knowledge but, am I righty in saying that in the 80's and early 90's jo'burg was a metropoly where things worked?. My two children were both born at the jo'burg general, both by caesarean. could you do that today? I don't think so. I wonder what happened?

      Shirley - 2011-12-06 18:39


  • maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-06 20:11

    "Gauteng not under administration - premier" Correct. Gauteng under maladministration.

      elemental777 - 2012-02-21 19:29

      Very sharp

  • sefeddt - 2011-12-06 20:18

    Good you've admitted that you need help, next step is accept you are way out your depth and resign, next step is appoint a non cadre ANC flavoured person to get the job done properly.

  • johnkk - 2011-12-06 21:15

    I do feel sorry for the premier, it is very difficult batting for a loosing team. I really hope that voters will see that the ANC themselves are stating that they are unable to administer a provincial government. What saddens me is that the ANC forever telling people what they are going to do, despite that their history reflects a performance of shame, head lined with corruption, mal administration and laziness. She states: "It is no secret that the health arm of the department has been plagued by financial management and procurement issues as far back as 2005". he media have broadcast this time and time again and every time some smooth talking gov official pops in and promises to sort things out, and explains that what is happening is not acceptable and that this will be sorted out immediately. YET, since 2005, we are still in a mess. I recently had my domestic lady admitted to the Helen Joseph (Jhb) hospital . She was booked in at 08h30. When my wife and I arrived at 19h00 that evening, she had not been fed yet. The meals that followed over the following 5 days was (according to her testimony) 4 table spoons of porridge (breakfast), a dried out meat pie (lunch) and boiled potatoes (evening). When we did our daily visits, we supplied 'primary' meals to her. Aluminium skirtings were bent out from the walls, that could have hurt an unsuspecting patient or guest. I will not even go into the absolute collapse of assistance from administrative and nursing staff.

      johnkk - 2011-12-06 21:27

      When then get confirmation from the docs at JHB gen that the lifts have been broken for an year. The SAD part is that the gov hospitals are serving mostly the poor, the people that mostly vote them into power and these are the same people that they (the anc) are unable to serve. How I wish that these people that vote for this so called liberation movement would realise that there is a better life for all and stop voting for these hoodlums ! If a CEO of a hospital cannot manage it properly, WHY IS THAT PERSON STILL THERE. On then on another note ~ The toll roads were not planned prior to the world cup ! CoJ sees that the coffers are getting empty, what is the next best solution, let us milk the goats, because the cows have all died. YOU ARE SCREWING UP THIS COUNTRY !!!!

  • Robert - 2011-12-06 21:33

    Well, it should be!

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