Free State Premier, Sisi Ntombela, convened her first ordinary Premier’s Coordinating Forum (PCF) on Wednesday at Emoya Estate in Bloemfontein. Convened under the Premier’s clarion call of “Building the Free State We Want” , the sitting called on all officials and political principals to commit to ethical, servant leadership.
The PCF is an intergovernmental structure chaired by the Premier, and attended customarily by Members of the Executive Council (MECs), Heads of Department (HODs), Speakers, Mayors, and Municipal Mayors.
Due to the nature of the agenda, which included discussions of audit outcomes and general financial health of both the Free State Provincial Government and all Municipalities, the forum was attended by the Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) of both spheres of government.
The PCF meets on a regular basis to deliberate on broad issues which affect the different spheres of government, as well as to ensure the implementation of policies and subscription to legislation.
Towards the end of the sitting, all attendants signed a pledge, which committed them to:
- Contribute towards the improvement of the audit outcomes;
- Prevent and decisively deal with instances of contraventions to laws and regulations of the country, thereby reducing the amount of unauthorized, and irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure;
- Comply with Supply Chain Management Prescripts;
- Exercise prudent Financial Management practices;
- Enable good governance and a fraud free environment;
- Contribute towards improved levels and quality of service delivery.
“The level of commitment I have seen at today’s meeting is evidence that there is renewed energy amongst officials and leaders alike and that there is commitment from all of us to serve with an indisputable level of integrity”, said Ntombela.