Director–General recognises officials in KZN region
In recognition of dedication and hard work towards achieving an unqualified audit for the 2012/13 financial year, the department’s Director-General Ms Nonkululeko Sindane, awarded certificates of good governance as a token of appreciation to officials in the KwaZulu-Natal region recently.
Speaking at the event attended by about 250 officials on 22 August 2014, Ms Sindane congratulated the new KZN Regional Head, Ms Mabel Ramela for her new role and reassured her continued support to her and the region as they endeavor to deliver quality service to the public.
“I am here to support you because if KZN region wins, I also win and the whole department wins,” remarked the director-general. Other officials from the national office, Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Western Cape, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape have already been rewarded for their hard work.
Ms Sindane said officials must assist auditors, be open about the findings and provide them with relevant documents. “We advise you to act swiftly on our internal reports so that the auditor-general finds everything in order. Let us avoid running away from auditors, let us support them, work with them and give them the information needed.”
For the 2013/14 financial year, KZN region has received two audit findings. According to the director-general, the turn-around on Guardian’s Funds, Paperless Estate Administration System (PEAS) as well as maintenance will benefit the citizens greatly. “With all these initiatives, we are making sure that we improve our services,” she said. Ms Sindane further indicated that throughout the country, the department has received only seven complaints on maintenance from the latest Presidential Hotline queries.
Chief Director: Internal Audit, Mr Max Budeli advised officials about some of the areas that need to be improved such as Third Party Funds, assets management and compliance on 30 days payments to suppliers. He further cautioned staff not to force numbers to balance when they actually do not have proof. “The reconciliation is done, however, there are imbalances that need to be addressed urgently,” said Mr Budeli.
Ms Khanyisile Majola of the Master of the High Court: Durban said the award will serve as a reminder that she is important in the department. “This will encourage me to work even harder and to serve the public even much better,” she said.
Another official, Ms Nandisa Mtebeni said she received an award for the first time in the department and was happy for being recognised. “I am so honoured to receive this award, it means a lot to me and I will keep on shining, doing a good work for the department in the KZN region,” she concluded.
By Mokgethwa Ngoepe
Published: 27 Aug 2014