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Gauteng treasury budget tabled

May 30 2013 15:30 Sapa

Turnaround time has improved for payments to service providers and suppliers, the Gauteng health department says. (File, Sapa)

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Cape Town - The Gauteng Treasury will sharpen internal processes in the new financial year, finance MEC Mandla Nkomfe said on Thursday.

"Treasury is committed to ensuring financial stability of the province, while facilitating service delivery," he said, while tabling the department's budget vote in the provincial legislature.

"Therefore we place greater emphasis on improving the credibility of the processes and data which informs the in-year monitoring system and quarterly performance reports used to guide decision making."

Nkomfe said the department had five goals. These were: to maintain clean audits, pay suppliers within 30 days, sort out supply chain management issues, reduce fraud and corruption, and enforce fiscal discipline.

The Treasury had budgeted R320.29m for 2013/14.

Nkomfe said they remained committed to building a strong provincial health department and had appointed PriceWaterhouseCoopers as an administrator to "re-engineer business processes".

"The administrator has been appointed for a period of two years, and will follow a detailed work plan containing a reporting framework with measurable targets and tight timeframes," he said.

He believed that two years was enough to turn around the department and fulfil its mandate.

"I must emphasise that this intervention does not mean that health is under administration. We are strengthening the financial management capacity of the department so that it could continue to provide quality health services to the public."

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