MBDA should BER used as example of “best practice” - auditor-general

NOVEMBER 13, 2014

The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) should be used as example of “best practice” by all municipalities in the Eastern Cape, including the Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City metros.

The Auditor-General made this observation in a presentation to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) during provincial week when delegates visited the Eastern Cape.

The combined NCOP Report on Provincial Week has now been tabled in Parliament.

The MBDA was the only entity in the Eastern Cape to receive a clean audit report from the AG for the 2012/13 financial year.

In his presentation to the NCOP delegation, the AG pointed out that irregular expenditure In the Eastern Cape at R3.3 billion was the highest in the country with R2.2 billion of that recorded in the two metros.

In its report, the NCOP also recommends that “working relations in terms of economic planning” between the Coega IDZ and metro should be improved.

The committee recommends that Nelson Mandela Bay should “focus on its audit outcomes and “implement a consequence management system”.

Further, it recommends that the metro should “use alternative, innovative ways that are sustainable to cover roads in-stead of using tar,” adding that paving should be considered.

It also recommends that the metro should “consider building a relationship with NMMU.

In this way, “certain projects can be undertaken by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University students to save costs and minimise the use of consultants”.

The NCOP reports adds that this would also provide work experience for the NMMU students and would allow them to develop their skills.

The NCOP delegation also recommends that “better coordination and information sharing between the different levels of government should be encouraged.

The report also states that the metro should focus on asset management and should “not neglect the servicing of drains” - metrominutes