Klerksdorp - The Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality wants to improve on its oversight and accountability in municipal spending via rigorous consultations with communities.
This can only be realized through a public participation process where people of Maquassi Hills, Ventersdorp, Tlokwe and Matlosana engage in discussion sessions with the Municipal Public accounts Committee (MPAC).
Such is the strategy employed to combat irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure where the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality has made developmental projects as agreed with City of Matlosana, City Council of Tlokwe, Maquassi Hills Local Municipality and the Ventersdorp local Municipality for the 2013-2014 Financial Year.
Chairperson of the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality MPAC, Cllr Daniel Montoedi says the Road show that took place over the past week bore ripe fruits as the committee was able to liaise with the communities over the verity of projects and their expenditure thereof.
“In order for the MPAC to fulfill this oversight role, it needs to be provided with the necessary information and documentation to interrogate the actions of the executive. This is guided by Section 129 of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) Act No.56 of 2003. This tells us that Local Government can only achieve improved operations and oversight duties within municipalities through consultation processes between MPAC’s and the communities. It is done to encourage community input with regards to validation of developments made in their areas.”
Montoedi also highlights importance of sharing information with the community.
“It is vital that our communities know what is happening in their areas, more especially if it involves public funds. The feedback information we gather from our communities help us to authenticate reports tabled to Council and later on to the Auditor General.”
Among main issues raised by the communities during these consultations where landfill sites, office space for Ward Committees, sanitation facilities and District Call Centre.
The communities are also encouraged to submit written submissions on any shortcoming related to service delivery by March 15, 2015.
“This notion is promoted to allow the public’s input to be included in the oversight report to be tabled during the forthcoming Council Meeting to be held later this month in Orkney,” concludes Montoedi.
The establishment of MPACs have been promoted by SALGA (South African Local Government Association), National Treasury and the Department of Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) since 2011, in an effort to improve oversight and accountability in municipal spending.
Communities in Maquassi, Matlosana, Tlokwe and Ventersdorp (all local municipalities), took part in the MPAC Road show organized by the District Municipality.
Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality Municipal Public Accounts Committee Chairperson, Councilor Daniel Montoedi.