South Africa’s municipal finance officials are meeting in Durban to attend the 90th Chartered Institute of Government Finance, Audit and Risk Officers (CIGFARO) to discuss the challenges they are facing.
The Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said the local government sphere is where the impact is felt the most.
“Any successes or failures of government are most likely to be felt at a local government level. The local sphere also has a developmental role to play which must include the involvement of communities and community organizations, including cooperatives,” said Dlamini-Zuma.
She stated that they have developed a district development model, which requires all spheres of government to plan and implement together.
EThekwini municipality deputy mayor Belinda Scott said municipal employees should show good governance and ethical leadership.
“With the huge service delivery and economic challenges we currently face, also comes huge opportunities for growth…This is to reduce poverty, unemployment and inequality, and ultimately uplift the quality of life of all our people,” said Scott.
The president of CIGFARO Peet du Plessis stated that service servants must go back to the basis and know their role. He added that although strong systems are in place, government continually face fiscal management challenges.
“We still have irregular expenditure, fraud and corruption. Accordingly, we need transformational leadership to address the problems we face. We need leaders to steer South Africa to become successful and to ensure we become an economic force on this continent and in the world,” said Du Plessis.
Then 3-day conference will end on Wednesday. Enditem