The Consolidated Report on Audit Outcomes of Local Government 2013/2014 released by the Auditor General yesterday, 3rd June 2015, confirm that the ANC government programme, Back to Basics, to make local government serve our communities better is delivering the desired results. Launching Back to Basics last year, government committed to building a caring, responsive and accountable local government which would have as its core tenants, putting our people first, delivering basic services, good governance, sound financial management and building capable institutions.
The ANC government assured our people that we knew what was wrong in some municipalities and that we had the solutions to resolve the challenges. Together with the masses of our people, we called for visible and urgent change. The AG`s report therefore of noteworthy improvement in almost all aspects of municipal audit outcomes points to a steady realisation of this vision and should serve to encourage our municipalities and municipal entities to do even better.
We congratulate the 256 out of 335 municipalities and municipal entities that received unqualified or clean audits. We further urge the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and the Provincial Governments to continue with the good work of providing support and exercising vigilance over those municipalities and municipal entities that need to improve their audit outcomes.As we welcome and celebrate these significant improvements in municipal audit outcomes, the African National Congress does so fully aware of the residual challenges and the extreme importance of this sphere of governance as the primary point of delivery and closest interface between our people and their government.
In order to continue with our progressive programme of massively expanding access to basic services, addressing backlogs and the quality and consistency of services, we must do even more to improve the performance of the public service. We must also, of necessity, celebrate the many successes that are characteristic of many of our municipalities in their daily work of delivering basic services (water, electricity, sanitation and refuse removal) at rates which are unprecedented in world wide terms to those who had been previously excluded.
Issued by the African National Congress