Successful MPAC public hearing

MPAC Chairperson in Musina Municipality, Cllr Phillemon Nare stresses a point during the public hearing. Also in the photo are MPAC members from left to right: Cllrs Alpheus Mamafa, Elliot Magwira, Dorcus Makhura and Gift PhiriMPAC Chairperson in Musina Municipality, Cllr Phillemon Nare stresses a point during the public hearing. Also in the photo are MPAC members from left to right: Cllrs Alpheus Mamafa, Elliot Magwira, Dorcus Makhura and Gift Phiri

The political component of Musina Municipality had an opportunity to pose questions to the management team to get clarity on the contents of the Annual Financial statements and the 2015 / 2016 Annual Report. This was during the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) public hearing which was held at the new Nancefield community hall. Before the actual hearing, the annual report was tabled before the municipal Council and the local community and organs of the state were allowed to make representations.

MPAC undertake  and  manage  similar functions  and  responsibilities  for municipalities, as  undertaken  by the  Standing Committee  on  Public  Accounts (SCOPA)  in  the  national  and  provincial  legislatures, except  for  certain powers  regarding subpoena  of individuals. 

MPAC Chairperson in Musina Municipality, Cllr Phillemon Nare said legislation requires a certain level of oversight by the municipality over the executive authority. He said accountability and oversight can be most effective if recognised by those in power as promoting accountability and good governance, which in turn are there to enhance performance, effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery.

Nare added: “Oversight and accountability helps to ensure that the municipality implements programmes and plans in a way consistent with policy, legislation and the dictates of the Constitution. The functionality of the internal governance arrangements in a municipality is to a large extent determined by the effectiveness of its committee system and oversight in the municipality.

Among issues clarified during the public hearing include the root causes of the municipality’s financial difficulties, the corrective measures taken to improve cash flow, recovery plans to correct the situation, systems in place to ensure that debt is being followed-up and collected, the alignment between Service Delivery Budget Implementation Plan (SDBIP) and budget and beefing up of revenue enhancement in the municipality. Representatives from the Auditor General, the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) also made some presentations during the public hearing.

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