Professionalism will help curb mismanagement, MEC Phosa tells risk and internal audit professionals

15 March 2011

Mpumalanga MEC for Finance, Mrs YN Phosa challenged all local and provincial government officials to perform in accordance with the mandates of their positions in order to improve service delivery.

Addressing the Provincial symposium for Internal Audit and Risk officers on Tuesday, 15 March 2011, MEC Phosa said if everyone does his bit in improving performance, then the people of Mpumalanga will derive greater benefit from government programmes.

“You must know that if you do your work professionally, this will assist government to curb mismanagement, wasteful expenditure and will also minimize corruption in the public sector, said MEC Phosa.

She said internal audit and risk management professionals are critical to the goal of making ours a truly developmental public service that provides service in a fair and consistent manner to the people.

“Managers, Internal Audit and Risk officers are the custodian of good corporate governance because of the nature of the work that they. We expect you to fulfil your responsibilities in accordance to the mandates of your positions in the public service."

“Internal auditors must also ensure that there is compliance with all the Treasury Regulations and other prescripts, especially the PFMA and MFMA” said MEC Phosa.

MEC appealed to more than 120 practitioners who attended the symposium to advocate and promote risk management as an integral part of sound organisational management in the province.

She said each employee in the public service, who participates in the process of implementation of government programme, should engage in this process of addressing the risk attached to their activities with the goal of achieving sustained benefit with each activity and across the portfolio of activities.

The repositioned risk-based approach directs internal audit to address strategic operational, financial and sustainability issues in order to deliver value to the institution.

The chairperson of the SCOPA, Mrs NS Mtsweni welcomed the hosting of the first symposium for Internal Audit and Risk officers in the province and urged the participants to work hard to ensure total compliance with the legislations that governs the work of the government such as Public Service Act and other.

The symposium is one of the activities that are being undertaken to ensure that the goals of operation clean audit are achieved.

For more information, contact:

Letshela Jonas on 013 766 4243 / 079 500 0154
Issued by Communications, Department of Finance, Mpumalanga Provincial Government