Sarah Baartman District Municipality CFO Daniel de Lange gets prestigious award

OCTOBER 15, 2015

Chief Financial Officer of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality, Daniel de Lange, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Municipal Finance Officers (IMFO). IMFO is the recognized professional body for finance, audit, risk management, performance management and related professionals in the public sector.

The Institute was founded in 1929, and is dedicated to establishing and maintaining high standards of professionalism among practitioners by providing a framework for them to collectively enhance, maintain sustainable financial management and good governance in the management of public finances. IMFO has been in existence for 86 years.

The award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to IMFO and the Municipal Finance profession for the greater part of their professional career.  De Lange was instrumental in establishing the Eastern Cape Branch of IMFO in 1990 in the Uitenhage Town Hall, where he was selected as Treasurer.

After eight years he went on to become the Branch Chairperson and subsequently started serving on the IMFO Board as well. Collectively, De Lange served as a member of the Eastern Cape Branch Executive Committee for a period of 25 years and served on the board of IMFO for more than 16 years.

While serving as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Education and Training Committee, in 2008, he wrote a report, recommending that IMFO adopts the National Treasury Competency Level Requirements as its own membership requirements.

During an IMFO strategic planning intervention at the end of 2008, he presented his findings and recommendation in this regard. In 2009, the Board adopted the recommendations, which were finalized by a Committee appointed by the Board. This strategy has contributed to greater recognition of IMFO by stakeholders.

Earning him much recognition, De Lange also published numerous articles in the IMFO Journal since 1983, with some of the most recent being about important matters such as the Public Administration Bill, irregular expenditure and its disclosure, the implementation of the Standards Chart of Accounts (SCOA), the responsibility of management in the review of internal controls, professionalizing Public Finance Management and regulations surrounding the appointment and conditions of employment of senior managers in the government sector.

De Lange matriculated in 1970 and obtained all his qualifications on a part-time basis. His first qualification was a Local Government Finance Diploma from The Institute of Administration and Commerce, obtained in 1982, followed by a B.Admin Degree in Local Government Finance in 1989 from UNISA. Thereafter he obtained his Master’s Degree in Public Adminstration in 1998 and at the age of 61 he obtained a certificate in Municipal Finance Management.

His career started in the private sector in 1971 as an Accountant at the Central News Agency (CNA). In 1975 he took up a position as Senior Accountant at the Eastern Cape Development Board, after which, in 1983, he was employed by the then Dias Divisional Council (which became the Algoa Regional Services Council in 1987, the Western District Council in 1994) as the Deputy Director of Finance.

He remained in this position for 12 years and was promoted to Director of Finance of the then Western District Council in 1996. In 2000, the Western District Council was renamed as the Cacadu District Municipality. Shortly after that, in 2002, De Lange was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer and the Director of Finance and Corporate Services. The Cacadu District Municipality was renamed in 2014 as the Sarah Baartman District Municipality.

Under De Lange’s guidance, the Sarah Baartman District Municipality obtained its first clean audit, one of only two municipalities in the Eastern Cape to achieve this.

“The Sarah Baartman District Municipality is extremely proud of Mr de Lange’s achievement and the substantial contribution he has made to the local government finance arena. We congratulate him on receiving this well-deserved and coveted award. As an institution, Mr de Lange, together with the Municipal Manger and the senior management  team, has largely seen to the establishment of a stable administrative environment with a high level of oversight, internal controls and governance structures that operate effectively.”