Pretoria - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has
asked the government to increase its annual budget, acting chief
executive Collins Letsoalo said on Monday.
Releasing the 2011/12 annual report in Pretoria,
Letsoalo said a lack of resources had led to dissatisfaction and low
morale among RTMC staff.
"Every effort will need to be made to increase the RTMC budget in order for it to be efficient and effective," he said.
"In this regard we have engaged the department of transport, National Treasury, and the [Parliamentary] portfolio on transport."
He said the corporation would operate "comfortably" with a budget of R240m.
"We would like to have more, but for us to at least
operate at a level where we will be comfortable, it will be a budget of
R240m," said Letsoalo.
The agency attained an unqualified report from the Auditor General's office in the period under review.
"I need to emphasise this. We have moved from an
adverse opinion to an unqualified report. The Auditor General went
through our financials but could not find any material defects that
would make him qualify his report," he said.
"This achievement bears testimony to the fact that the
strict control measures and governance principles implemented resulted
in no irregular, wasteful and/or irregular expenses in the corporation."
The opinion of an auditor is classified as unqualified
when the assessor concludes that the financial statements presented give
a true and fair view in accordance with the financial reporting
framework used for their preparation and presentation.
Sometimes called a "clean opinion", the unqualified
report is given when an auditor does not have any significant
reservation in respect of matters contained in the financial statements.
In his report, Auditor General Terence Nombembe
expressed concerns about issues including a deficit of R41,069,577
incurred during the financial year ended March 31.
On Monday, Letsoalo said of the R41m deficit, R34m came from material losses.
"We have written off R8m. It was one of the things
which were irregularly procured, now we have written that off. We have
impaired debtors to the value of R26m, mainly for [the SA National Roads
Agency Limited] Sanral," he said.
"If we add the R8m and the R26m and we marry it to the
R41m (deficit) we arrive at R34m. The actual deficit is at about R7m and
that is the deficit that people are emphasising on without looking at
what we have done."
He said the corporation was operating with a "miniscule budget of less than R80m".
The delay of the roll-out of the Gauteng e-toll system
was adversely affecting RTMC's financial position. The agency had geared
to do law enforcement, had the controversial gantries been operational.
"If there is no e-toll, it translates to a situation
where Sanral can't pay us. In our budget we had budget for that part,
saying when we are doing this service [enforcing the tolls], they
[Sanral] would pay us this much."