MPG’s Finance Department among the best run institutions in the country

Friday, 15 November 2013

Mpumalanga’s MEC for Finance, Mr Madala Masuku applauded the management and staff of the Department of Finance for being nominated amongst the top three public institutions in the inaugural National Batho Pele Excellence Awards.

The Department came second in the category of the Best Functioning Provincial Department during the National Batho Pele Excellence Awards ceremony held in Midrand on Thursday, 14th November 2013.

The Awards were aimed at recognising public servants who performed excellently in the public sector.

According to the Department of Public Service and administration, “The awards programme is aimed to promote sharing of best practices, learning, rewarding good performance and gauge citizen satisfaction towards government performance”.

The nomination of the Department in the category of best functioning department is a significant recognition of Department which has, over the past years, attained clean audit opinion on its performance, said MEC Masuku.

Amongst the recent achievements of the department is being chosen as the overall winner of the South African Institute of Government Auditors Award in 2010.

The Head of Department, Ms Nombedesho Nkamba acknowledged the sterling contribution of her team in bringing the second best award in the provincial category to the land of the rising sun.

“It is about team effort".

It is this team that brought this glory back to the Department and the Province.

“This team has adopted a slogan ‘Work, Work, Work’ to illustrate the commitment to pursue the service delivery objectives of the Mpumalanga Government.

“It is their sheer desire to be amongst the best in the country that made it possible for us to get this rare recognition amongst more than 90 provincial government departments in the country”, said Ms Nkamba.

The exemplary and leading role that the department continues to play in promoting service excellence is also encapsulated in the review report on its risk management approach.

In the case study titled” The Mpumalanga Department of Finance: Leading ‘risk management’ through exemplary practice” the Department is credited for moving “from compliance towards excellence in the risk management function and responsibility, attesting to the best practices that are adopted by the Department”.