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Title: OUDTSHOORN MUNICIPALITY


1
OUDTSHOORN MUNICIPALITY
  • Path to Recovery

2
PATH TO RECOVERY
  • Initial Diagnosis
  • Section 106 Investigation
  • Section 139 Intervention
  • Intervention Start-Up
  • Need for deeper analysis
  • Diagnostic exercise
  • Recovery Program
  • Funding

3
INITIAL DIAGNOSIS
4
S106 COMMISSION
  • MEC instituted investigation in terms of S106 of
    Systems Act
  • Commission appointed Adv Joey Moses, Mr. Meko
    Magida Mr. Desmond Grootboom as secretary
  • Terms of reference of commission allegations of
    mal-administration, non-compliance with statutory
    obligations and serious malpractice

5
S106 COMMISSION cntd
  • Report presented on 2 March 2007
  • Detailed numerous instances of mal-administration,
    non-compliance with statutory obligations and
    serious malpractice
  • Can be ascribed to political instability
    inexperienced political leadership
  • Also instances of dereliction of duty, breaches
    of statutory prescriptions and administrative
    deficiencies

6
S106 COMMISSION cntd
  • General Findings
  • There is internal strife and conflict in the
    Municipal Council and within the administration.
    There is an acute and destructive sense of
    distrust permeating the political and
    administrative structures of the Oudtshoorn
    Municipality. This has virtually collapsed the
    Oudtshoorn municipality and has effectively
    prevented it from serving its constituency, the
    people, especially the poor and marginalized
    community of Oudtshoorn.
  • In the circumstances, the Commission concludes
    and it is their finding, that this represents an
    extraordinary state of affairs within the
    Oudtshoorn Municipality, indicative of a serious
    crisis situation, which must be addressed
    urgently, comprehensively, effectively and
    efficiently. Sections 105 and 106 of the
    Municipal Systems Act, 2000 read with section 139
    of the Constitution, 1996 provide the legislative
    framework to address this crisis situation.

7
S139 INTERVENTION
  • Based on report by S106 Commission continued
    political and administrative instability,
    Provincial Cabinet intervened in terms of S139 of
    the Constitution
  • Terms of intervention are
  • That executive powers of the Council and all
    powers of the Municipal Manager be revoked and be
    assumed by an Administrator functioning under the
    direction of the Provincial Executive
  • That the intervention commences on 19 March 2007
  • That the Council not be dissolved and that the
    serving Councillors be retained as ordinary
    members in an advisory capacity to the
    Administrator and
  • That the intervention will last for six months.

8
S139 INTERVENTION cntd
  • Louis Scheepers designated as administrator
  • Initial threat of legal challenge to
    intervention, did not materialise
  • Intervention commenced on 19 March 2007.

9
INTERVENTION START-UP
10
NEED FOR DEEPER ANALYSIS
  • Initial high level assessment by administrator is
    that problems are more severe than initially
    thought
  • Political instability subsided to an extent,
    probably based on politicians desire to restrict
    the length of intervention
  • Crucial policies, procedures and processes are
    non-existent in the municipality

11
NEED FOR DEEPER ANALYSIS
  • Further exacerbated by a high vacancy rate in the
    senior management level
  • Organisational structure not based on proven best
    practice models
  • Seeming lack of ability, experience knowledge
    throughout the administration
  • Municipality was not able to meet requirement
    that draft budget be adopted 90 days before new
    financial year

12
NEED FOR DEEPER ANALYSIS
  • CFO and Head of Expenditure position vacant for
    long time
  • Head of Financial Planning resigned and will be
    vacant from 1 May 2007
  • Outstanding debtors grew from R32m to R50m in
    last two years
  • Current recovery rate at 84, predicted to be
    well below 80at end of year

13
NEED FOR DEEPER ANALYSIS
  • Position of Head of Housing declared redundant by
    Council in 2006
  • Housing section only have 1 permanent official
    (0n long term sick leave) and 1 temporary
    official
  • Municipality do not have ability to perform
    housing functions

14
DIAGNOSTIC EXERCISE
  • The above are just examples of the administrative
    challenges facing the municipality
  • In order to devise a well thought through and
    credible recovery program it was necessary to
    perform a thorough diagnostic exercise through a
    management audit

15
DIAGNOSTIC EXERCISE
  • Challenges that management audit addressed
    include
  • A dysfunctional organisational structure
  • A general lack of adequate and acceptable
    processes, procedures and systems
  • A lack of the implementation of Batho Pele
    principles in the interaction of especially the
    administration with the community
  • High vacancy rate amongst the senior posts of the
    Municipality
  • An unsustainable budget
  • Payment rate of 84, resulting in an expected
    income shortfall of R24m at the end of the
    2006/2007 financial year
  • Inability to meet the statutory requirements in
    respect of the tabling of the draft budget ninety
    days before the beginning of the financial year

16
DIAGNOSTIC EXERCISE cntd
  • Complaints by the environmental health officers
    of the Eden District Municipality (Eden) that the
    municipality is discharging raw effluent into the
    Olifants River
  • Suspicion about the adequacy of the bulk
    infrastructure of the municipality
  • Chaos and disarray in respect of the planning and
    implementation of human settlement projects
  • Insufficient capacity and inability to deal with
    the town planning functions of the municipality
    and its negative impact on the financial
    sustainability of the municipality

17
DIAGNOSTIC EXERCISE cntd
  • A general lack of managerial responsibilities
  • The absence of policies required in terms of
    legislation
  • A gap between the skills, experience,
    qualifications and abilities of some officials
    and what is required of them
  • Readiness to comply with GAMAP/GRAP and
  • Distrust between different sectors of the
    community.

18
DIAGNOSTIC EXERCISE
  • Terms of Reference
  • An audit of the total administration of the
    municipality to determine the nature of the
    administrative deficiencies in the municipality.
    The recommendations serve as preparation of a
    framework for a recovery programme to put the
    municipality on the path of administrative health
    and sustainability.
  • Macro and micro-structure
  • Statutory and other policies
  • Processes, systems and procedures.
  • Staff audit (skills assessment measured against
    the requirements of the posts)

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OUTCOME
  • No doubt exists that the municipality was
    mismanaged to the extent that it is now faced
    with serious difficulties that will require time,
    money and skills to resolve, both in the
    administration as well as the political terrain.
    The functioning of corporate and financial
    services have collapsed to such an extent that
    these services cannot be turned around without
    external intervention and assistance.

20
RECOVERY PROGRAM
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RECOVERY PROGRAM
  • The recovery of the municipality must be based on
    a strategy and planning exercise that is
  • Sustainable
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Resourced
  • Time-framed

22
RECOVERY PROGRAM
  • The timeframe for the intervention is six months,
    and will thus end in September 2007
  • The recovery program will however have to go
    beyond this date to be sustainable

23
RECOVERY APPROACH
  • The recovery approach must combine short, medium
    and long term planning
  • The purpose must be to create a sustainable
    municipality, in alignment with national,
    provincial, district and local strategic policy
    initiatives

24
SUSTAINABLE MUNICIPALITY
  • Can perform the functions assigned to it by the
    constitution and other legislation efficiently
    and effectively.
  • Involves people in their own governance through
    structures such as ward committees and other
    community participation mechanisms.
  • Has the ability to raise the revenue due to it.
  • Provides a safety net of free basic services to
    ensure that the poorest of the poor have access
    to the minimum level of service.
  • Makes sure that all its actions have human
    wellbeing, economic success and ecological
    responsibility as their aim.
  • Ensures that short-term actions are aligned with
    medium- to long-term planning.

25
RECOVERY PATH
RECOVERY PROGRAM RECOVERY PROGRAM RECOVERY PROGRAM
SHORT TERM MEDIUM TERM LONG TERM
1 6 Months 7 36 Months 37 60 Months
ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES
Strategic session Reality Check Review IDP develop 20 year vision align IDP with provincial national strategic agendasUrgent intervention iro role of councillors vis a vis administration e.g. training Admin Law, Code of Conduct, Public Finance and Budgeting Draft template for annual report Promulgate various policies in by-laws Review all council resolutions taken over past 2 years verify validity lawfulness Forensic investigate alleged maladministration iro tender award of Rosebank/ Neppon 660 units Procedures iro change of banks Excess payment R 640 000 to former chief housing
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RECOVERY PATH
RECOVERY PROGRAM RECOVERY PROGRAM RECOVERY PROGRAM
SHORT TERM MEDIUM TERM LONG TERM
1 6 Months 7 36 Months 37 60 Months
ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES
Review of Delegations Review all policies policy training for councillors rate policy tariff policy Appoint municipal manager Appoint Sect 56 managers Develop service and performance contracts in line with new regulations Determine policy iro Mayoral Fund Emergency Aid Fund Review water services development plan align with IDP Address critical services backlogs Functional review of organi-sational structure affected job descriptions (current staff costs 42 of operational budget) Finalise job evaluations Identify critical vacancies finalise staffing
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RECOVERY PATH
RECOVERY PROGRAM RECOVERY PROGRAM RECOVERY PROGRAM
SHORT TERM MEDIUM TERM LONG TERM
1 6 Months 7 36 Months 37 60 Months
ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES
Introduce system of regular management meetings Address outstanding 2005/ 2006 audit report issues Reconcile balance outstanding financial records statements Implement supply chain management system Withdraw/ cancel contract iro creditors outsourcing re-establish functional creditors section Individual skills assessment of all staff Prioritise urgent training programs e.g. general management training, supervisory behaviour skills, disciplinary hearings, financial management, report-writing skills, budgetary control, performance measurement appraisal reporting, management of financial IT system (Promun 2)
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RECOVERY PATH
RECOVERY PROGRAM RECOVERY PROGRAM RECOVERY PROGRAM
SHORT TERM MEDIUM TERM LONG TERM
1 6 Months 7 36 Months 37 60 Months
ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES
Budget review 2007/ 2008 to ascertain validity realism Preparation for GAMAP conversion review asset management policy Update asset register asset valuation of investment properties assets survey chart of accounts accounting format Review meter reading route, readings, reconciliation accounts deliveries Develop a system of council resolution dissemination execution reporting Finalise other staff training programs identified by skills audit Compile statutory services delivery maintenance plan Finalise numerous outstanding disciplinary hearings Introduce functional cost effective credit control system Verify debtors database for validity
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RECOVERY PATH
RECOVERY PROGRAM RECOVERY PROGRAM RECOVERY PROGRAM
SHORT TERM MEDIUM TERM LONG TERM
1 6 Months 7 36 Months 37 60 Months
ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES
Establish proper contracts administration system Guidelines for functioning of ward committees Monthly newsletters that reflect the progress in the municipality
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FUNDING
  • The municipality does not possess the financial
    ability to fund the recovery process on its own
  • The recovery program will require multiple
    sources of funding, including Oudtshoorn
    Municipality, Eden District Municipality,
    Provincial Government (various departments),
    Development Bank of Southern Africa, others
    (Ilima Trust), etc.

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IMMEDIATE STEPS
  • Advertise Fill key positions (municipal
    manager, chief finance officer, manager corporate
    services, head of expenditure, and head of budget
    office)
  • Review intervention (bring forward date of
    political intervention and extend administrative
    intervention)
  • Establish task team.

32
CONCLUSION
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CONCLUSION
  • The purpose of a S139 intervention is to assist a
    municipality to become a sustainable and self
    sufficient local government, able to
  • Perform the functions assigned to it by the
    constitution and other legislation efficiently
    and effectively.
  • Involve people in their own governance through
    structures such as ward committees and other
    community participation mechanisms.
  • Has the ability to raise the revenue due to it.
  • Provide a safety net of free basic services to
    ensure that the poorest of the poor have access
    to the minimum level of service.
  • Make sure that all its actions have human
    wellbeing, economic success and ecological
    responsibility as their aim.
  • Ensure that short-term actions are aligned with
    medium- to long-term planning.

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