Nzimande wants local govt to up standards

2011-10-13 19:09

Johannesburg - Improving financial management in local government would address issues that spark service delivery protests, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said on Thursday.

"Enhanced municipal service delivery, along with cleaner municipal administration... is perhaps ambitious but critically necessary," he said at a programme launch in Johannesburg.

"The expectations of communities have been raised by the state but not always met."

He said financial management was a key skill in local government and clearly not up to standard.

Only seven of 237 municipalities obtained unqualified audits for the past financial year.

"We are looking for ambassadors and change agents to turn this around," the minister said.

The department launched a skills programme on Thursday to upgrade financial skills at municipalities.

The programme's aim was to introduce minimum standards of competence for supply chain and financial managers.

These minimum standards were in accordance with National Treasury regulations to be put into effect in January 2013.

The R72m programme is a partnership between the department, National Treasury, Deloitte and the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants.

A pilot programme had already trained 160 unemployed graduates and 150 municipal officials, deploying them to nine districts in Gauteng, Kwazulu Natal and North West.

  • Thanani - 2011-10-13 21:02


  • Shaun - 2011-10-13 21:03

    The daywalker talks sense, he might be a bit anal, but just about everything he says is in the best interest of the country. Plus he keeps us safe at night from those nasty vampires.

  • Francois - 2011-10-13 23:35

    And here I was sitting thinking that Lem was the Minister of Higher Education and all he could do was to implement a course for cadres. Lemmetjie what do you mean with: "We are looking for ambassadors and change agents to turn this around." I was brought under the impression it is part of these people job and they are to do it properly. Are you thus admitting that they are not working or not working as they are suppose to? Then a course will not help, but dedicated and fearless management. Of the latter you have not displayed much as you are always blaming the media, strange you did not do it in this case.

  • TheRock - 2011-10-14 08:46

    Ja, we also want that....ponker.

  • Karen - 2011-10-14 14:17

    The only way to achieve this, is to stop employing AA candidates only. The best man should get the job, no matter what his skin colour is. AA has cost this country dearly!!

      hvklein - 2011-10-18 08:54

      In blade Nzimande's case AA would be Alcoholics Anonymus?!

  • eloffler - 2011-10-14 14:40

    These tribal, genetically incapable sub-species of man like Nzimande and his black nation don't have the right to give themselve English titles of any kind, let alone attempt to do the job those titles entail!

  • Greg - 2011-10-14 16:12

    "Nzimande wants local govt to up standards" The taxpayers said that just after 94, the blunt blades only realise this in 2011. These "change agents" Blade is looking for do not exist in SA, they have all been driven out of the country.

  • Karabo - 2011-11-01 15:31

    While the government continues making empty promises when it comes to service delivery, Why don't you all log your issues on Mobilitate while they sort out their issues we can just be a step ahead and try do something about the super slow service.

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