The North West Provincial Legislature’s Standing Committee on Provincial Public Accounts (SCOPA) is scheduled to hold a series of virtual Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) public hearings. These hearings aim to scrutinize the 2021/22 audit reports of various key organizations. The primary objective is to provide a platform for in-depth discussions and gather essential insights into the responses to questions arising from the Auditor General’s reports.
Schedule and Participants
The comprehensive agenda for the day is set for May 19, 2023. The hearing will involve high-ranking officials, including Premier Bushy Maape, MEC Keenetswe Mosenogi, and the Mmabana Arts Foundation’s board members, alongside senior management. The hearing will start with the Auditor General’s briefing on the Office of the Premier at 11:00, followed by the Premier’s session at 11:30. The DACSR and Mmabana Arts Foundation will be subjected to the Auditor General’s briefing at 13:00, culminating in their hearing from 13:30 to 16:00.
The adoption of a virtual meeting format ensures that critical conversations and inquiries can proceed uninterrupted and with ease, despite any physical restrictions or limitations. The North West Provincial Legislature will also be live streaming the event on their official Facebook page, promoting accessibility and transparency.
Media and Public Participation
Interested members of the media who wish to attend the virtual public hearings are encouraged to reach out to Namhla Luhabe, Deputy Manager of Communications at the North West Provincial Legislature. By providing a contact number and email address, the Legislature aims to bridge the gap between the government and the public, ensuring a free flow of information and facilitating open communication.
Accountability and Fiscal Responsibility
The North West Legislature’s initiative to hold virtual public hearings upholds the core values of responsive governance. It reinforces the importance of transparency, accountability, and public participation in government processes. This crucial exercise in accountability and fiscal responsibility sets a commendable example for other provincial legislatures in South Africa to follow.