The Greater Letaba Local Municipality leads the way in Limpopo in municipal audit outcomes, despite its financial struggles.
Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha praised the municipality for its sterling performance, especially since last year none of the province’s municipalities could manage a clean audit.
Yesterday, the municipality threw a banquet to celebrate after it scooped two awards, for spending 100% of its budget and for getting an unqualified audit opinion from the auditor-general, Kimi Makwetu.
“I think this sterling display is due to the fact that we have the right people with the right qualifications in the right positions,” said Greater Letaba Mayor Peter Matlou.
An elated Matlou said dedication, hard work, teamwork and transparency were some of the pillars for success.
“When you need good results, you must not send a boy to do a man’s job,” he said. “This is one of a few municipalities in Limpopo which has two directors and a municipal manager who have doctorates.
“We have Dr Betha Letsoalo as director of cooperative services, Dr Masilo Mokweana as director of community services and Dr Innocent Sirovha as municipal manager.
“When you want to achieve in life, you must learn to mingle with the right people with the right qualifications and track record,” said Matlou.
Mathabatha, who is also ANC Limpopo provincial chairperson, spent the better part of last week pleading with municipalities to spend their budgets in an effort to avoid returning monies to the National Treasury.