Auditor-General pays visit to Overstrand

“Life is tough, but do the right thing, and the outcome will be better than the beginning.” With these words, South Africa’s Auditor-General, Kimi Makwetu, encouraged the municipal officials who had the honour to listen to his address during a brief visit to Overstrand on Tuesday 19 January 2015.

According to Makwetu, “doing the right thing” boils down to exercising discipline as far as financial management is concerned, providing concrete evidence of projects/programmes implemented and complying with all laws and regulations.

Makwetu and his team are currently undertaking a countrywide tour of all local authorities to encourage those who are not in compliance with auditing standards to do so, and to learn from those who do.

 

Following on the 2013/14 fiscal audit, Overstrand was yet again declared fit and sound: A state of affairs Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie ascribes to a commitment to save costs and to cooperate in the interest of all, political differences despite.

This sentiment is supported by Municipal Manager, Coenie Groenewald, who believes that it is Council’s commitment to upholding the interests of the people of Overstrand – interests which encapsulate aspects such as a sustainable infrastructure, a working economy, a well cared for environment and the health and wellbeing of all who call Overstrand home – that makes it possible for municipal officers to deliver services of the highest standard.

To conclude Makwetu’s meeting with high-ranking municipal officials on the day in question, he and his team were treated to a whistle-stop tour of some of the key service-delivery projects in the area where they witnessed firsthand how cooperative governance in the Overstrand is underpinned by a commitment to values such as excellence, accountability, resilience and participation.

In parting, Botha-Guthrie reassured the Makwetu delegation that Overstrand will continue striving to be a centre of excellence for all it serves – and that commitment includes an undertaking to attain a clean audit year after year.

On the picture with the Auditor-General of South Africa Mr Thembekile Kimi Makwethu and Mayor of the Overstrand Municipality is the Municipal Manager of the Overstrand Municipality Mr Coenie Groenewald and his team of Directors with Senior Official in the office of Auditor-General.

 

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