The City’s Advisory Committees have been urged to help enable good governance within the metro through critical oversight on the work of administrators.
The newly appointed members of the Group Audit Committee, Group Performance Audit Committee and Group Risk Governance Committee attended a two-day induction workshop at the SAPPI building in Braamfontein on Tuesday, 14 and Wednesday, 15 May.
The workshop was designed to introduce the committees to the City's group heads and senior administrators. It was attended by, among others, the MMC of Finance Cllr Funzela Ngobeni, the Chief Operations Officer Floyd Brink and chairpersons of boards of entities and audit committees.
The appointees have a mix of technical skills and experience from the private and the public sectors. They were told to work towards a reliable and credible financial performance and improve decision-making to boost the City’s governance framework. In their oversight role, audit committees needed to monitor concerns around fruitless, wasteful and irregular expenditure in their pursuance of prudent management.
Nicola Dickens, a Senior Manager in the Auditor-General’s (AG) Office, said audit committees should provide guidance and advice on IT governance, assist with performance and financial management and help the City comply with relevant legislation.
“The AG remains committed to assisting the municipality in achieving a clean administration and good governance through the audit process without compromising its independence,” said Dickens.
Dickens advised the committees to avoid apathy from City administrators in improving governance. “You should deal with the lack of support from management, which often results in the submission of poor quality reports,” she said, adding that inadequate commitment and dedication should be flagged.
Audit committees report to council on a quarterly basis.
MMC Ngobeni told committees about the City’s Diphetogo project, a strategy to accelerate service delivery for resident. “We are working to increase revenue collection in an effort to make the City financially sustainable.”
The housing backlog was being addressed, so was urban decay. He said bulk services were being delivered to improve the quality of life in informal settlements and free basic services were expanded through the indigent register to more than a 100 000 beneficiaries.
Ngobeni said the City was committed to improving public safety and had already attracted over R8 billion in investment.