Western Cape govt aims to be best in world

2012-03-27 21:38

Johannesburg - The Western Cape's results in the last financial year reconfirmed its position as South Africa's best-run administration, Finance MEC Alan Winde said on Tuesday.

"But, Speaker, our vision for this province does not stop there: we have set ourselves the target of becoming the best run regional government in the world."

Winde was making the provincial treasury 2012/13 budget vote speech in Cape Town.

"One of the most critical factors upon which our success will be judged is our ability to eradicate corruption. We have already made significant progress toward this goal."

In 2010/11, for the second consecutive year, every department of the Western Cape government achieved an unqualified audit from the Auditor-General.

The province also spent more of its total budget than any other province in South Africa, just over 99%, he said.

In the coming year the provincial treasury has been allocated R154.286m, a 7.95% increase on last year's budget.

Administration would receive 21.54% of the budget, or R33.243m, to give strategic direction and quality financial support to Winde and the Treasury team as a whole.

Sustainable resource management would receive 44.21%, or R68.204m, to ensure that the province's budget and its financial assets were professionally managed, and to ensure that budgets across the board were utilised effectively and efficiently.

Assets and liabilities management would receive 19.86%, or R30.639m, to ensure accounting systems, physical assets and supply chain management systems were effectively managed.

Financial governance would receive 14.39%, or R22.22m, to develop and drive financial practices that supported the province's goal of reaching level three financial maturity by 2015.

"Above and beyond these programmes, is a set of new and innovative priority areas that will form the basis of the work of this department in the coming year," Winde said.

These priorities were budget management, public finance, supporting and interlinked financial systems, fiscal policy, immovable asset management, moveable asset management, business information and data management, and accounting.

He said the success of the above initiatives were highly dependent on the province's ability to build fit-for-purpose financial managers at provincial and local level.

"To grow new talent, we have invested in a programme that invites learners from across the province to draft high level essays that deal with the pertinent issues of our economy."

Up to 12 winners each year would receive full bursaries to study finance at a tertiary institution of their choice. The programme would be run in conjunction with Nedbank.

"Through this department's determination, we are fast tracking the revitalisation of the Western Cape public service. We remain steadfast in our pursuit of becoming the best-run regional government in the world," Winde said.

  • calliedj - 2012-03-27 21:45

    I am very proud of our regional government!

  • Godfrey - 2012-03-27 21:52

    If only the ANCriminal regions could do 50% of this, what a wonderful SA we will be living in.

  • Scouter - 2012-03-27 21:55

    ...reconfirmed its position as South Africa's best-run administration' Without taking anything away from this fine effort and example, being the best run addministration in SA is not a difficult first place to achieve when you consider the abysmal competition ........... Hats off though for showing how it should and can be done.

  • Marion - 2012-03-27 21:56

    Well done to Western Cape. It is appalling to see how provinces do not spend their budgets. Do they think that money not spent this year will carry over to next year's budget? Someone should explain to them how an annual budget actually works in the real world.

      freddrickfm - 2012-03-28 04:14

      The problem with other comrades elsewhere is that they worry much about how much they are going to enrich themself not how they can efficiently and effectively deliver needed services to the people.I wish I was leaving in that province.keep it up DA

  • Sipho - 2012-03-27 22:02

    Bravo keep up the good work you make me proud. I don't want to be sound sarcastic but I would be happy if you would try to reduce inequality.

      Oom - 2012-03-28 06:50

      There will always be the rich and the poor, we can never all be equal in financial terms

      Bibi - 2012-03-28 07:09

      Sadly, there will always be rich and poor (amongst other evils) in all countries whether they are first world or thrid world.

      Marion - 2012-03-28 08:08

      Realistically there will always be a gap between the very rich and the very poor. I think the DA, like everyone else, realizes that the gap between the very poor and the very rich is way too big. Also believe that, despite what others would have us believe, they are doing their utmost to ease the lot of the poor, whilst maintaining the more affluent areas, as quickly as possible with the financial resources allocated by national government.

      Nigel - 2012-03-28 08:15

      they are working on this Sipho, the WC is the most racially integrated & progressive of all the provinces, I can see it at the schools already, black, colored, asian & white all getting along very very well, the demographics is nicely balanced & soon there will be a whole multiracial generation emerging as leaders & successful business people, CT is the rainbow province, equality can only be overcome through good governance, education, harmony, passion, opportunity & hard work, this is what the WC is working on.

      Jadon - 2012-03-28 09:34

      I think the best any administration can do is bring about equal opportunity for all. Equal facilities, equal education, good public transport, etc. Then it's up to the individual to flourish or not, and inequality is solved by the people, not the government. It's a sad fact maybe, but Mr So-and So that dropped out of school in standard three to look after his mother because the hospital was dysfunctional may never be equal IN HIS CIRCUMSTANCES to Miss Has-it-all that graduated as a chartered accountant.

      Amused - 2012-03-28 10:42

      Fair comment. Reducing inequality is crucial to our success as a nation, and it appears some have missed the difference between 'reducing' and 'eradicating'. Alas the regional governments hands are very much tied in the realisation of this worthy goal, by those of the national government, whom, in the main, remain utterly clueless into hopw to achieve the required economic growth to fulfil even their own goals around job creation. One day i hope we will have a credible government, who can show just what can be achieved with clean sound honest governance.

  • Chappies ZA - 2012-03-27 22:03

    Great stuff W-cape !! Set the standards

  • Sipho - 2012-03-27 22:03

    Bravo keep up the good work you make me proud. I don't want to be sound sarcastic but I would be happy if you would try to reduce inequality.

      jacques.koorts - 2012-03-27 22:13

      See the article "Zille zooms in on poverty"

      Andres - 2012-03-27 22:23

      See: Phase 2 of BRT going to Cape Flats; Khayelitsha Provincial Hospital opens; Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading, Khayelitsha pilot project; COSAT School in township now a matric top-10 school. There is much afoot.

      Andres - 2012-03-27 22:42

      @Hugh. Proof of this "gunpoint" you allege? Show us all proof... O, and PS. The SAPS is a national competency, they get their orders from Pretoria, not the DA in Cape Town.

      Rodney - 2012-03-28 03:14

      Hugh_influence? more like Hugh_ass.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-03-28 07:23

      Hugh, dont come with bulls__t, unsubstantiated claims

      Nigel - 2012-03-28 08:18

      @ hugh, what "gunpoint" give us facts, not fantasies, where is the link about this story

      markdeanbrown - 2012-03-28 08:23

      Then you'll be pleased to know that the Western Cape has the lowest inequality of any province. Google fact-based sources for verification:)

      Arthur - 2012-03-28 23:20

      For those of you too scared to face the ugly truth, go wikipedia "blikkiesdorp" or google it if you like, idiots.

  • Danny - 2012-03-27 22:11

    Hopefully not at the expense of our environment! Our Western Cape Government seems to be insensitive to our greatest asset!

      Andres - 2012-03-27 22:26

      Yes Hugh... they're exactly the same cloth. One wastes R30billion per year, the other, ZERO! Yes, they're identical! Wake up dude... All politics is dirty, when you vote, you do so for the lesser of the two evils.

  • thulanit3 - 2012-03-27 22:29

    The only problem with Madam is her focus on the city of CT and forget the poor on the outskirts,,,she is goin to achieve the world standard at an expense of the poor,,! 'Madam, u must alleviate poverty all over western cape, and not only in whites occupied areas,,!'

      Andres - 2012-03-27 22:40

      District Six Resttlement: largest inner-city redress and settlement project in the country, gets green light end 2011. Yes, that's exactly what "Madam" does; she chases poor people out. See at the advent of "positive news" the colour of skin needs to be brought up again to divert attention from the point. Well done on allowing the ANC-propaganda machine to use you.

      Anton - 2012-03-27 22:56

      Do your homework (if you know what that is) prior to commenting. The WC has built more houses for the poor than all other provinces together. The WC has the best education system for the poor compared to any other province. The list goes on. Get a life troll.

      Kyle - 2012-03-27 23:13

      thulani you're a douche. That means babies suck milk out of you. You'r so upset about madam cz she's white, and thats all you ever think about. She's doing a better job than JZ, and you're so jealous you resort to racism. Grow a pair you empty sack.

      Christelle - 2012-03-28 06:26

      Thulanit - why do you think so many people are trying to move to the WC? Do you think they are under the impression that they will be oppressed when they move there. No buddy, they realise the ANC does nothing for them like they promised, and it is time to side with the "madam" as you call her.

      Bibi - 2012-03-28 07:16

      THULANI: This madam has built more modern clinics for the poor than any other province in SA. And WC now have the lowest mother to baby HIV transfer in the country. More houses have been built in the townships in the last 4 years than in the years the ANC was in power.

      DSBennie - 2012-03-28 07:48

      @thylanit it is the blacks that are so called "occupying" Cape Town, not the whites

      robert.m.sylvester - 2012-03-28 08:21

      thulanitwit3 - relocate !! There is a village somewhere out there short of an idiot. Go and find it.

      Nigel - 2012-03-28 08:23

      no so Thulanit3, the DA is very active uplifting the poor in the WC, its the ANC that is brainwashing you into thinking that HZ & the DA don't care about the poor, if any party doesn't care about the poor its the ANC. Your reference to HZ as the Madam & white areas as occupied is prejudiced & shows your disrespect for them, so rather than pretend to be open minded, just be honest & say you don't like the DA & HZ irrespective of how much they do for the blacks & the poor in the WC.

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-03-28 15:52

      @thulanit and zybt99.The madam as you like to call her has done far more for the poor than your corrupt ANC government. The WC Province built 7000 houses for the poor last year as to your ANC only 3000. So be grateful to Helen Zille and her well run management staff. We are the only province to have a clear audit and a province that runs perfect.

  • Mercury01 - 2012-03-27 22:46

    Wow what a vision,im so glad i stay in the Western Cape.

      Christelle - 2012-03-28 06:27

      I wonder why people give you a thumbs down (do you think they might be jealous:-):-)

      Oom - 2012-03-28 06:52

      ANCestor supporters

  • zybt99 - 2012-03-27 23:32

    Of that who budgetory spend how much of it was used on housing and social developement? Its funny how people are quick to look at corruption in ANC run provinces yet they do not ask themselves questions when people say they have spent money with no visible outcome. In our haste for a better option lets not overlook the fact that most of the money spent in the Western Cape was on "administration". And those who will call me names please do urselves a favor and check facts. The dislikes are wlecome though.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-03-28 00:41

      "Check facts." Checked, ANC-run provinces use more money on corrupt causes and self enrichment, than on the province itself, and it's people. Checked, the entire western province wasn't under 'administration'. A single department was under administration for an amount not even comparable to the annual salary of an ANC top-dog.

      Blingani - 2012-03-28 01:33

      @ zybt99. If the ANC administrated the Western Cape you would be cheering wouldn't you? Its amazing how ANC Supporters tend to support their party when they fail to deliver at ground level... come see where I live, the ANC runs the show and its just obvious.

      freddrickfm - 2012-03-28 04:44

      Your ANC is failing my friend, I don't need to be a politician to see that, let us give DA courage to do more and challenge your party to improve,if we can have them competing to service us we will be better off.I don't belong to any party but I will always vote for any opposition to balance power

      Christelle - 2012-03-28 06:31

      I do not know whether you have had time to read the AG report done earlier this year. They normally check budget in accordance to expenditure - and they found NO irregularities. Soooo - clearly the AG was happy with the outcome. Just as a reminder - ANC had R19.1 billion irregular spending. Do the math - how many houses could they have build for the poor with that money - imagine the job creation in building those houses - more job creation by furnishing the houses - they list goes on does it not. But no, that money was spent on trips, cars, parties, houses and what else!

      zybt99 - 2012-03-28 06:49

      You can do the math all you want and bring out as many reports as you want i still would prefer seeing actual houses rather then reports. And as a point of correction not all black peopl are ANC surpporters. People need stop the us againts them mentality.

      Bibi - 2012-03-28 07:19

      @zybt99: With administration, they mean the way the province is run. It is just a broad term. More houses & modern clinics have been built in the last for years than before. The houses prior to the DA are all falling apart due to fraud.

      dcowney - 2012-03-28 08:50

      hmmm....I think you haven't 'checked the facts'. Have the balls to make a comment on the comments of your post. Back up what you say and argue your point. We know you can't!

  • mutiraasi - 2012-03-28 01:13

    They will be, I'm sure!!

  • freddrickfm - 2012-03-28 04:31

    Keep raising the standard DA,well done. I am not a DA, I don't even belong to any party, without taking sides I just wish that fellow majority south africans realize that competition is good and give other political parties a chance in their provinces and let see if they can't make a different. We are surely going to see many years of good governance in that province as DA will be saying to south african this is what we can do for SA .

  • braamc - 2012-03-28 06:22

    Nothing is ever perfect, this is a step in the right direction, eventually people will see the fruits and experience better services. Well done Helen and your team.

  • Leonard - 2012-03-28 07:35

    ANC can learn how to run a city! well-done DA

  • Herman - 2012-03-28 07:35

    Man, I would love to become a refugee in the WC, eish should never have left Melkbosstrand.

  • llrudman - 2012-03-28 07:42

    Whooo Hooooo Give us independence!!!!

  • Nigel - 2012-03-28 08:10

    well done WC, most ANC supporters won't even read this article its too full of facts, they prefer to remain ignorant.

  • Noxolo - 2012-03-28 08:14

    This is exactly why political opposition is GREAT for any democracy! Well done WC government and good luck!!!

  • Erna - 2012-03-28 08:17

    well done Western Cape cleary no"baantjies vir boeties"!

  • louisdiemasjien - 2012-03-28 08:26

    O *hit!! An administration that works. Now the western cape is gonna pay. How dare they be efficient in running a province. The ANC is not going to take this lightly.

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-28 08:34

    Take that ANC people! May you loose power by the next elections!

  • Nigel - 2012-03-28 08:35

    For those of you that need to do some research into what the DA IS DOING, here is a related

  • Kenny - 2012-03-28 08:38

    The ANC must stop barking at madam Zille instead they must go cap in hand to her for tips on how to govern the rest of the country. The eight mulfunctioning provinces could harvest the benefits derived from lesson learned from madam Zille. They are so betoon bekopfen I doubt they are listening

  • justin.schonegevel - 2012-03-28 09:26

    If you don't like Cape Town or Western Cape run government then there is 8 other provinces to live in. Ct and Western Cape are well run. Poverty is a problem for all provinces and I think DA is doing a fine job addressing that. The government can do so much then the people need to pick up tools and work. I warn those looking for a better life in the city, don't go if you not ready. It may sound fancy but the quality of life is expensive and you have more security in the rural areas with micro farming. The ANC fail to tell of the ills of a City when they bring you here. They only want your vote. The next 3 or 4 years they forget you. So try change the country, change your vote. The ANC would then care all 5 years they in charge. The ANC can't tell who votes for them, they don't control the stars and they aren't angels. So make a change vote for change! Democracy is about choice! Live the Mandela dream.

  • claudevn - 2012-03-28 10:21

    Great work DA! Now please expand to Gauteng and all the other provinces... we anxiously await the same great public service! Once again, hats off!

  • Tobatsi Motsoeneng - 2012-03-28 11:28

    the said part about the situation is that the actual people from the townships do not have access to internet to voice out thier concerns on news24. Nyanga, Langa, khayaelitsha, Mannenburg, Mitchelsplain etc those people are suffering. let us be honest people, our government entirely does not care about poor people. Each and every South African has a huge responsibility, let us stop fighting against each other and stand together.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-03-28 13:42

      Those places you mention aren't anything compared to the other appalling settlements in Limpopo and kwa-Zulu natal. But I completely agree with you about standing together. Cyclical hatred on these comment threads are making me lose faith in this country.

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