Modise slams North West audit reports

2012-02-17 18:51

Johannesburg - The financial audit reports of most of the North West's municipalities are unacceptable, Premier Thandi Modise said on Friday.

"Most municipalities did not even bother to submit their financials to the auditor general in time," Modise said in her state of the province address in Mahikeng.

"This situation cannot be tolerated. We must act and act decisively."

Modise said municipalities had to employ qualified and skilled staff to overcome the service delivery problems.

To address the skills shortage, the provincial government was working with the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants, the North West University, and Thuthuka Project to find and sponsor students for accounting and finance management degrees.

"Upon completion, these students would be deployed to municipalities that experience [a] shortage of skills, especially in the field of finance," she said.

Earlier, Modise said two North West agricultural colleges - in Taung and Potchefstroom - would be refurbished.

A contractor was already on site working on all structural defects.

This came after reports that criticised the condition of the Potchefstroom College of Agriculture.

Modise said: "There is no need for people to sweat and misrepresent us on this matter."

She also announced the launch of the Kgora Resource Training centre at Ramatlabama, which would equip aspiring farmers with practical experience on farming methods.

The North West government should seek to make agricultural learning and training facilities in the province the best in the country, Modise said.

  • Chappies ZA - 2012-02-17 19:07

    "Modise said municipalities had to employ qualified and skilled staff to overcome the service delivery problems" makes you wonder what happened to all the qualified and experienced staff?????

  • Tokoloshe - 2012-02-17 19:10

    What's new? Once a comrade/cadre always a comrade/cadre!

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-02-17 19:12

    Well, GET ON IT Thandi, dont just say "we must act decisively" and think any thing will be done about it. Start taking names and kicking asses.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-17 19:19

    We hear daily how this report and that report is "unacceptable" Problem is we NEVER see any action being taken! Fire their sorry a&&es,get rid of the train riders and put your words into action! Great sentiment but alas is only hot air!

  • Shirley - 2012-02-17 19:31

    We hear this daily but see no action! When you have cleaned up we might believe you!

  • Ian - 2012-02-17 19:46

    Copy writer needs to improve! He did NOT slam the reports but the Municipalities reported on.

  • pws69 - 2012-02-17 19:55

    The success of ANC cadre deployment. The ANC thanks you for your vote, now f##k off.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-17 19:57

    The finance department is the heart of any organisation - if it fails, the organisation dies. Proper record keeping is absolutely imperative, and cannot be treated as a sideline, and only trained accountants and auditors who are able to instill discipline into the various departments will be able to fix this mess.

  • appietrader - 2012-02-17 20:17

    After extensive research the reason why these people in charge of all tiers of government steal taxpayers money, is "Apartheid". Previously they could not get their hands on these funds to steal it, it was spent responsibly and not in the pockets of cadres???

  • Lephutsi - 2012-02-17 20:49

    Nothwest is as corrupt as Limpopo province. If you want to know what I am talking about, visit Madibeng municipality in Brits. Services here have collapsed. The town is dirty, burst pipes are not being fixed, our water is not being treated. There is a rumour that the company that is supposed to treat our water is owned by Malema. Services are very expensive here including the water rates. I don't understand why we should pay for services that we do not receive (poisonous water). We are forced to buy bottled water which is expensive. I understand there is nepotism going on in Madibeng municipality that is why they are able to cover their tracks. Obviously they will not employ anyone they think will expose them even if they are well qualified for the job. I hope Modise will act decisively as she claims otherwise we will see ourselves in situations like Tunisia. The signs are there but they are ignoring them. Time will tell.

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