One of Vaal’s Municipalities, Midvaal Municipality has made it again this year into the list of 8% of South Africa’s municipalities who are run very well. This is according to Auditor General, Thembekile Kimi Makwetu ’s report which he presented last week. In his annual report, Makwetu singled out a couple of municipalities for solid financial management.
AG noted that Midvaal Municipality was well run and described the Democratic Alliance led local authority as a success story.
“The municipal culture, driven by both the political and administrative leadership, is characterised by zero tolerance for transgressions and by taking personal accountability for maintaining good financial practices and sustaining clean audit outcomes.”
Midvaal has achieved a clean audit for the past six years as it has benefited from a high level of institutional knowledge since key management officials such as the municipal manager, chief financial officer, and head of supply chain management have been at the municipality for at least five years.
The municipality’s roads are generally in a good condition and recreational facilities such as parks and community swimming pools are well maintained.
Midvaal only spends 24% of its total revenue of R1.16 billion on salaries, which allowed for R130 million to be spent on various infrastructure projects during the year. This included a new R15 million reservoir and pipeline construction project, and R10 million for a roads tarring project.
The municipality pays its creditors within 10 days, on average – compared to the national average of a whopping 180 days.
The AG says other municipalities in Gauteng should replicate its model of good financial and performance management.
Midvaal Mayor Councillor Bongani Baloyi welcomed the report as a clear demonstration of his commitment to run a Municipality which is clean and viable.
“We attribute our successes of governance to our competent capable staff who are doing their work exactly what we expect and ethical leadership at the top of Midvaal,” said Baloyi.