By Masizole Mnqasela, MPP, Western Cape Spokesperson on Local Government:
The Western Cape Department of Local Government launched the Western Cape Association of Municipal Public Accounts Committees (WCAMPAC). The first of its kind in the Western Cape.
In my capacity as the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Local Government in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, I presided over proceedings, which saw the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson elected today.
According to the guidelines issued by the National Treasury in 2011, Municipal Public Accounts Committees (MPACs) were established in all 9 provinces. The roles of MPACs are to oversee municipal financial management.
The launch of the WCAMPAC structure in the Western Cape is in line with the principles of cooperative governance and intergovernmental relations as contained in the Constitution of South Africa, Act 108 of 1996.
WCAMPAC is comprised of the Chairpersons of MPACs from all municipalities across the Western Cape. In addition to liaising with the Auditor-General’s Office to improve external audit services and building relationships with SALGA, the Provincial Treasury, the WC Department of Local Government and other local government forums, the focus is to:enew
- promote sound, accountable and transparent governance;
- share experiences to develop and promote best practices; and
- facilitate the exchange of information and opinions relating to the work of MPACs and to discuss matters of mutual concern
WCAMPACs will consist of:
- a Chairperson – who will oversee the functioning, chair meetings and maintain relationships with other forums
- a Deputy Chairperson – who will assist the Chairperson and stand in for the Chairperson as necessary
- a Secretariat – who will distribute minutes, record keeping and oversee the administration
- the Auditor-General
- Provincial Representatives – the Chairpersons of the Standing Committees on Finance, Local Government and Public Accounts
This is a ground breaking initiative to ensure the effective use of public money. The Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Anton Bredell, has pioneered this process. This indicates a commitment by the DA-led Western Cape Government to promote equal access opportunity through accountability