The Provincial Treasury is one of the departments regarded as being at the centre of government. This means that it does not only have its own mandate to fulfil, but also affects the back-office processes and systems across the provincial government and even local government. The Department therefore plays a pivotal role towards achieving the priority outcomes of government, specifically with regard to the following;
- Outcome 5: A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path
- Outcome 9: A responsive, accountable, effective and efficient local government system
- Outcome 12: An effective, efficient and development-oriented public service and an empowered, fair and inclusive citizenship
The responsibility of the Department is two-fold, namely it leads some of the identified outputs to achieve the three identified outcomes but it also contributes to the programmes and initiatives of other Departments to achieve the identified outcomes of other government priorities. Provincial Treasury has translated the required outcomes into clear priorities that it must achieve in the context of the constitutional and legislative mandate of the provincial government.
Outcome 12: An effective, efficient and development-oriented public service and an empowered, fair and inclusive citizenship
The Provincial Treasury is one of the key delivery partners at provincial government level to give effect to the Delivery Agreement that has been concluded for this outcome. The implementation model for this Delivery Agreement requires departments, provinces and institutions which are the custodians of the legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks to play a much stronger leadership and support role in assisting the rest of government to implement their work efficiently and effectively.
It has specifically interpreted its responsibilities towards ensuring that;
- Budget management is appropriately implemented.
- The management and support of transversal systems are effective. This includes that reports on the functionality and accuracy of PERSAL, BAS and LOGIS must be produced, considered and implemented. It also necessitates that supply chain management (including procurement) must be improved across government and key indicators in this regard include probity, alacrity and value for money.
- The management of assets, liabilities and financial systems must be efficient and effective and the implementation of national and provincial norms and standards must be monitored by Provincial Treasury.
- A review of financial, human resource and administrative delegations in departments must be carried out. During 2010, the Executive Council of the Free State concluded its review of financial and human resource delegations and standardized uniform norms and standards.
- Targets must be set for increasing unqualified audit reports as part of the initiative to improve the financial management throughout all government departments.
- A review of the organizational design of the Department must be undertaken. This process has been concluded.
- Improving turn-around times and being responsive will assist in achieving the required service delivery quality and access.
- The achievement of the identified outcomes with regard to Human Resource Management and Development include improved performance management through performance agreements and assessments. Equally important is ensuring that minimum competency levels are achieved before public officials move to higher levels. The Department is committed to achieving real growth in skills. The application of disciplinary measures, conclusion of disciplinary procedures within prescribed time-frames and appropriate sanctions are also key outcomes for the Department to achieve.
- The Provincial Treasury is equally a key stakeholder in achieving government’s priority to reduce corruption in the public sector.
Outcome 9: A responsive, accountable, effective and efficient local government system
The Department maintains a strong and constructive working relationship with the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) towards ensuring that a differentiated approach to municipal financing, planning and support is implemented. A support programme for vulnerable municipalities has been developed and is implemented. It also supports COGTA in strengthening the administrative and financial capability of local government, specifically through the implementation of the Operation Clean Audit initiative. The success of this programme will be directly measurable through the improvement of audit reports received by municipalities.
Outcome 5: A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path
The Department contributes towards ensuring the achievement of increasing access to occupationally-directed programmes in needed areas and thereby expanding the availability of intermediate level skills. This will be achieved through the success rate of the workplace skills programme, increasing workplace skills training opportunities, increasing intake of students as interns and increasing the number of bursaries awarded.
Provincial Treasury supports the other outcome priorities of government, such as Education (Outcome 1) and Health (Outcome 2) through conducting a review and implementing funding criteria and various other joint initiatives towards ensuring the improved coordination of planning and implementation activities as well as the allocation of sufficient resources to other stakeholders supporting the Education outcome. The role of Provincial Treasury also includes monitoring of the financial management and accountability, including expenditure trends, of all provincial departments responsible for achieving the identified outcomes.