Cabinet has approved the start of a process to hand back administration of certain provincial departments to the Limpopo premier and his MECs.
This followed a briefing to Cabinet on progress made on the interventions that followed five of the province’s departments – education, health, public works, treasury, and roads and transport – being placed under central government administration in December 2011.
Briefing journalists in Pretoria today, following Cabinet’s fortnightly meeting last Wednesday, acting government spokesperson Phumla Williams indicated the province’s financial situation had improved dramatically.
“As of July 31 (this year), the credit balance was R3.3 billion, compared with an overdraft of R1.7 billion in December 2011.
“Having appreciated the corrective measures put in place in the five departments that are under administration, Cabinet approved that the ministerial committee can commence the six-month transitional process of handing over the administration of Limpopo to the premier and his new executive,” she said.
Cabinet had agreed that further investigations “should continue on matters that seek to establish irregularities, and where people are found to have (flouted) procurement procedures, the due disciplinary processes will take effect”.
The ministerial committee would hold a briefing on the matter “at an appropriate time”.
City Press reported yesterday that chief administrator Monde Tom cautioned that while a lot of work had been done, some serious systemic problems remained, particularly around procurement and the provision of infrastructure.
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