MARBLE HALL – Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality held its annual institutional strategic planning session on Sunday 09 to Tuesday 11 February 2020.

According to the local municipality the strategic planning session was part of building impetus towards the 2020/2021 IDP budget process with the aim to ensure credible development of objectives, strategies and projects towards ensuring municipal financial year as espoused in the municipal development planning framework.

David Mothogwane, EMLM Mayor, emphasised on key issues in local government – governance, compliance and consequence management.

Mothogwane emphasised on the three issues in the context of the 2018/2019 audit regression from unqualified audit opinion.

In that regard, the strategic lekgotla agreed to put concerted efforts towards addressing all the audit findings as raised in the 2018/2019 audit report.

The lekgotla mandate senior management to address all findings as raised in the 2018/2019 audit report as part of putting up building blocks towards operation clean audit.

In that regard, the lekgotla mandated the accounting officer assisted by other council committees to apply consequence management as part of building a culture of compliance and accountability.

As part of its comprehensive outcomes of the 2020 strategic lekgotla, the session recommended objectives, strategies and projects in line with the six local government key performance area of spatial rational, financial viabiliry, basic service, local economic development, municipal transformation and organizational development as well as good governance and public participation.

According to the local municipality the strategic lekgotla made important reflection and recommendations among others, the need to enhance revenue base of the municipality by improving collection rate from the current 82 to 95 percent by June 2020, stabilization of administration through filling critical vacant positions such as Municipal Manager, Chief Financial Officer and Director Planning and Economic Development by at least June 2020.

It further recommended addressing the audit regression through rigorous implementation of audit plan and consequence management. Also, to improve council oversight by among other strengthening support to municipal public accounts committee, portfolio committees and submission of compliance report.

In addition it was further recommended that local economic strategy be implemented as, harmonization of employer-employee relations and the creation of conducive environment for labour peace. Acceleration of service delivery by ensuring sound project management and 100 percent municipal infrastructure grand spending by June 2020.

Legale Sereko, EPMLM Acting Communications Manager, said the strategic planning lekgotla among others reflected on the swot analysis with prospects for development and growth.

Sereko said as part of the deepening accountability and participatory developmental local government, the strategic lekgotla agreed to intensify both internal and external communication to ensure there was by-all from all the stakeholders.

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