Situation at public works 'salvageable'

2011-10-03 22:22

Johannesburg - Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde on Monday night stressed her "deep concern" about the auditor general's (AG) report on her department.

"As I anticipated and already announced, the AG has issued a disclaimer regarding the department's financial administration," she said.

"This is for the financial period 2010/11. The report makes troubling reading for any South African. There is a clear record of financial mismanagement running into hundreds of millions of rand," she said.

"All I can promise South Africa is that we will sort this mess out and turn the department around. That is my job and I will fulfil it."

The minister said that problems in the department make swift progress difficult.

"The auditor general is not telling us anything we do not already know and deeply regret. But the situation is salvageable, the majority of people in the department are honest and hard-working and ashamed of their corrupt colleagues.

"Working together with these people, progress towards financial stability and good corporate governance is underway. It's about strong financial controls, committed leadership and integrity."

The minister said it was particularly troubling that the AG was so critical of the department's Property Management Trading Entity (PMTE).

"This organisation was set up so that government could get better control of its property portfolio but the AG's report shows that this intention has not been properly implemented and the PMTE is not fully functional.

"As a matter of urgency the PMTE needs to be reviewed and I will be discussing it with the minister of finance."

The minister said that the most important thing now is for the people who are trying to sort out the problems to have full support.

"No minister could honestly promise to sort out a situation like this overnight, but we are working really hard to improve things and are making progress," she said.

  • James Weather - 2011-10-03 22:45

    talk talk talk and all you do is talk ... if you serious then suspended all involved immediately, open criminal investigations into the 'lost' funds and start recovering some of the money!!!

      Sedick - 2011-10-04 01:00

      Rotten and incompetent from the top down.....called Cadre deployment!!!!

      IsThatAFact - 2011-10-04 06:44

      "As I anticipated and already announced, the AG has issued a disclaimer regarding the department's financial administration," she said. If you knew about it why didn't you already start taking action?????

  • Atholl - 2011-10-03 22:54

    Oops we almost forgot ... the envelope! Many employees have been seen leaving DoPW buildings with bulging brown envelopes sticking out of their back pockets. The envelopes all had yellow, black and green emblems on the outside. The envelopes are the same texture, size and shape as those found hanging from the pockets of BPL referees leaving all manchester united matches ... in this case, the emblems on the envelopes were red and white.

      Taurus 11 - 2011-10-04 07:56

      Asshol Oops sorry Athol Pity you do not know Man Utd Colours are Red,White and Black Arsenil colours are Red and Whiteb Also the Man Utd emblem is red and yellow. Finally there is no BPL Man Utd play in the EPL

  • JanSlim - 2011-10-03 23:05

    Simple, conduct a forensic investigation, find the money, and who took it... that is the least we expect!

      Ion James - 2011-10-04 07:39

      and then redeploy them..

  • Mandla - 2011-10-04 01:01

    The only solution to this problem is to do away with tenders,it seems tenders are the route course to the failer of most governmant departmants in the country.When the former president Thabo Mbeki started this tender iam not sure weather he knew that his action will have a negative impact on the lives of the poor and the smoth running of the governmant.

      JMsays - 2011-10-04 08:37

      That's like saying; away with cars because people cause accidents with them, don't throw away the tools, throw away the cadre!

  • Liberty - 2011-10-04 03:39

    Well I can find a quick solution to this problem, get rid of all the useless AA people that's employed due to the colour of their skin rather than their ability to do their jobs.

      Deeteem - 2011-10-04 07:07

      OK I will say it ...... And put a white man in charge !!!

  • Stuartthom - 2011-10-04 06:49

    ja she will turn it around 360 degrees

      WhoCaresNotI - 2011-10-04 07:05

      Yes. Using the whiplash action to gain more momentum to drill it even further down the drain!

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-10-04 07:14

    Wherever Nkabinde is,corruption,incompetence is rife. No management skills. She is like acid -- whatever she touches,goes bad. Get rid of her ugliness

  • Bloodstone - 2011-10-04 07:20

    And this is the same Mampara that was behind the illegal police HQ deal...there is no end to her incompetence.

  • muttlet - 2011-10-04 07:51

    In the 1990's, a small town in Wyoming, USA a council member was found to have stolen money from the town. A group of towns folk went to his house and asked him politely to grab a suitcase with some clothes. When out of the house they burnt it to the ground. Strangely enough, the whole town had a rare case of amnesia and could not identify the culprits. Even more strange, there has been no incidents of financial mismanagement in the state since. I wonder how long it would take for government officials to stop stealing if informal settlers burnt down their houses and possessions in retaliation for stealing money earmarked for them? Just a thought.

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  • muttlet - 2011-10-04 08:05

    For all the good the DA does, they really drop the ball when pointing out stealing of public funds. Before you start to edge your mouse to the dislike button read further. For someone earning a thousand rand a month or even less, their brains are not capable of conceptualizing how much two billion rand is. You might as well say a quadrillion. For the DA to win at the expense of ANC graft, thievry and inconpetence, they must do the following: 1. Determine (which I sure they have done) which areas of the country are politically on the fence from provincial to the lowest level. 2. Then drive home the message to the lowest level. 3. Gather a township together. If 2 billion Rand = 1 million homes (just a random number, I have no idea how many it equates to) then address the crowd accordingly. Ask the crowd, how many do not have a house of their own (many hands are raised). "You would have a home if 2 billion was not stolen from the government" End the speech by saying, "we are not here to convince you to vote DA, We are here to open your eyes to how your money is being spent. By all means keep vote for whatever party you want, but expect them to work for you not the other way around. This applies to the DA, ANC, IFP, etc." Then walk off the stage, drive to the next town. This message can only be delivered at the lowest level. If done on the national level, the message is lost in all the noise.

  • Johnny - 2011-10-04 08:23

    fire the incompetant fool

  • Neville - 2011-10-04 09:13

    Coruption in South Africa is above HIV and AIDS shame on those incompetent leaders

  • J - 2011-10-04 09:22

    Oh please Gwennie. With a corrupt, money grubbing minister in charge - it is difficult for staff not to have lost faith and dropped the ball as not much is demanded of them with you as an example. And no-one believes your useless words. Do you honestly think tax payers are that stupid!

  • tokoloshe - 2011-10-04 11:28


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