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ANC Free State Media Statement

ANC Free State Media Statement

The African National Congress Free State Provincial Executive Committee held its two day Provincial Lekgotla from the 5th -6th of February 2017 at Emoya Wild Life Estate, Bloemfontein. The meeting was attended by members of the PEC, the Leagues, Alliance Partners and veterans and comrades representing structures of the mass democratic movement as well as comrades deployed in various functions in municipalities and provincial departments. The Lekgotla was called for the ANC to deliberate on and outline the priority programmes for the ANC-led government for the coming year.

Opening Remarks contained in the Political Overview by Provincial Chairperson, Cde Ace Magashule laid emphasis on 2017 being the Year of OR Tambo and that every initiative must translate into implementation of ANC programmes and entrenching practice of unity in all its structures. The Chairperson also outlined the purpose of the Lekgotla being that of consolidating a practical programme of action for the upcoming year under the theme of deepening unity for action.

The meeting also received inputs from Comrades Naledi Pandor and Lindiwe Zulu in their capacities as deployees of the National Executive Committee (NEC). Their inputs reflected on the critical importance of ensuring that Lekgotlas function as platforms for accountability, strengthening the party's communications machinery at all levels and carefully assessing deployments of comrades in government and business that are aimed at transformation of the economy.

Anchored on the January 8th statement together with the PEC's 12 point plan, organizational renewal, economic growth, accelerated radical socio-economic transformation, land reform and redistribution, improved funding and infrastructure in education, fighting crime and corruption as well as building the capacity of the state were identified as the key priorities of the ANC in the Free State province.

In meeting these objectives, the PEC Lekgotla resolved on the following:

On Organizational renewal

  1. Launching of Hlasela Centres to improve the ANC communication and mobilization machinery at branch level.
  2. Communication with communities must be accelerated and enhanced. ANC must communicate its programmes, activities and achievements to the communities.
  3. The ANC branches must aggressively monitor delivery of quality services for the people.

On Agriculture and Land Reform:

  1. The Provincial Government should investigate all import and export transaction to assess products being exported, like hemp, which is demanded in the production of textiles.
  2. Increased support for agriculture as a key sector of the Free State economy.
  3. The ANC must investigate the possibility of establishing an Agricultural Bank.
  4. The Free State ANC to facilitate the establishment of a NGO dealing specifically with farm workers to focus on farm evictions in particular.
  5. An investigation of the functionality of agricultural cooperatives must be done in order to find ways to ensure cooperatives contribute in the transformation of the economy.

On Fighting Crime & Corruption

  1. Training of CPFs and Street Committees to be conducted in the next 3 months.
  2. Integrate rehabilitated ex-offenders into crime the fighting strategy.
  3. Zero tolerance approach to illegal firearms and undocumented migrants.
  4. All SAPS officers found to be involved in criminal activities be released with immediate effect.

On the Capacity of the State and Local Government

  1. Strengthen internal audit and risk management capacity in certain municipalities.
  2. Resuscitate the Masakhane Campaign to establish an awareness campaign to educate community members of their Citizen rights.
  3. Performance agreements for Mayors, Speakers, Chief Whips and members of Exco and Mayco.
  4. Consider alternative methods for revenue collections for local municipalities.

Issued by the Provincial Secretary of the African National Congress Free State.

Moqhaka Local Municipality

Report of the auditor-general to the Free State Legislature and the council on the Moqhaka Local Municipality

Report on the financial statements.

    Introduction

  1. I have audited the financial statements of the Moqhaka Local Municipality set out on pages...to..., which comprise the statement on financial position as at 30 June 2016, the statement of financial performance, statement of changes in net assests, cash flow statement and the statement of comparison of budget and actual amounts for the year then ended, as well as the notes, comprising a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.
  2. Accounting officer's responsibility for the financial statements

  3. The accounting officer is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of these financial statements in accordance with the South African Standards of Generally Recognised Accounting Practice (SA standards of GRAP) and the requirements of the Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003 (Act No. 56 of 2003) (MFMA) and the Division of Revenue Act, 2015(Act No. 1 of 2015)(DoRA), and for such internal control as the accounting officer determines is necessary to enable the preparation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
  4. Auditor-general's responsibility

  5. My responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on my audit. I conducted my audit in accordance with the international Standards on Auditing. Those standards require that i comply with ethical requirements, and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement.

  6. An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor's judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the entiry's preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity's interal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness on accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. For more info:

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