29 September 2017
Sesobe – the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) of the Moses Kotane Local Municipality conducted a public awareness campaign on Thursday, 28 September 2017 at Sesobe village.
The campaign was aimed educating and making communities aware of the roles and responsibilities of the committee in the municipal governance.
Communities from wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24 & 25 attended the campaign.
MPAC intends to conduct four awareness campaigns in the current financial year under the theme: Making an impact by promoting transparency & accountability. By so doing, the MPAC will be helping to disseminate information and increase public awareness of the financial and performance issues of the municipality.
Brief on the Municipal Public Accounts Committee:
Municipal Public Accounts Committee is established in terms of Municipal Finance Management Act of 2003, Act 56 of 2003 (MFMA) to oversee the expenditure of public funds to ensure efficient and effective utilization of Council resources and to enhance the political accountability of Council. MFMA further provides for issuance of guidance on the manner in which municipal councils should consider annual reports and conduct public hearings, and the functioning and composition of any public accounts or oversight committees established by council to assist it to consider an annual report.
The committee exercises an oversight role over the Executive and Administration on behalf of Council with regard to matters falling within its area of competence. In keeping with good governance, MPAC accordingly reports and makes recommendations to Council through the Speaker of Council.
Duties of the committee:
– To ensure that Council oversight report is prepared for adoption by Council and that corrective action is taken in respect of the comments and resolutions in respect of oversight report as envisaged in section 129 of the municipal finance management act
– Consider reports of the internal audit and audit committee -Examine financial statements of the municipality with the aim of improving and promoting sound financial management
– Promote transparency through accountability
MPAC is an 11-member committee chaired by Clr Thomas Manganye consisting of Councillors appointed by Council in terms of section 79 of the Local Government Municipal Structures Act. Members of MPAC are elected for a term ending when the next council is declared elected.
MPAC Chairperson, Clr Thomas Manganye commended communities for attending the campaign that was meant for them. He expressed his satisfaction on the fact that the people of Moses Kotane Local Municipality always have interest and participate in the affairs of their municipality.
Moses Kotane Local Municipality