Events

Northern Cape officials rewarded for good governance

As the department continues to celebrate Women’s Month, the Northern Cape region employees were rewarded for their hard work in obtaining an unqualified audit opinion for the 2012/2013 and 2013/14 financial years.

The event, which took place at the Flamingo Casino, Kimberley on 15 August, was one of the series of road shows by the Director-General Nonkululeko Sindane to engage with staff and appreciate their good work. Officials were awarded certificates on good governance as a token of appreciation.

Speaking on behalf of the director-general, Chief Master, Mr Lester Basson, expressed the department’s pride in the region. “The department did not only obtain a clean audit for one, but two consecutive financial years 2012/13 and 2013/14,” he remarked. He appealed to officials to work even harder, motivate each other and sustain the momentum.

Northern Cape Regional Head, Mr Rodney Isaacs explained that the achievement by the region does not mean that they got everything right. “There are still areas that need improvement such as assets and leave management, we need not to relax but work even hard to ensure that we do our homework thoroughly,” he advised.

Also giving an overview of the regional audit issues, Mr Max Budeli, Head of Internal Audit took officials through a presentation on audits and how the department managed to get   unqualified audits. He also reminded officials about paying service providers within 30 days and proper assets and leave management. “Units should not overlook these areas as they are also important when audits are being done at regions,” cautioned Mr Budeli.

One of the officials, Mr David Petersen, a Provisioning Administration Clerk at the Northern Cape Regional Office said he was honoured to be awarded a certificate on good governance. “Events of this nature do not happen often where, officials in regions are acknowledged for their hard work, we truly feel special and motivated to go an extra mile in obtaining another unqualified audit in the coming years, “he expressed.

Another official, Ms Ella Nkwakwa, a Senior Administration Clerk at the Colesberg Magistrate’s Court said: “Although not everyone got certificates, I am certain that this event has motivated them to put in an extra effort in the work they do in their respective units,” she concluded.

By Mosima Mashao

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Published: 20 Aug 2014