Four Limpopo Government departments have in the previous financial year failed to pay a cumulative total of 4 681 invoices. The departments have to pay invoices within 30 days but Health had failed to pay 4 571 invoices, Education 43 invoices, Transport 52 invoices and Social Development 15 invoices.
This information was revealed by Provincial Government spokesperson, Phuti Seloba during a Post Executive Council (Exco) media briefing at the Premier’s Office last Thursday.
He stated that Education at 91,95% and Health at 75,84% did not achieve the 95% compliance rate set for the province for 2017/18 financial year.
He said the percentage of invoices paid within the prescribed 30 days of receipt during March 2018 was 95,57%, which was 0,57% above the 95% compliance rate set for all departments.
Four departments paid all their invoices within the given time and they are Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (1 282 invoices), Transport (820 invoices), Office of the Premier (769 invoices) and Provincial Treasury (560 invoices), Seloba indicated.
Asked the total amount for the outstanding 4 681 invoices, Seloba said they don’t deal with the figures but the number of unpaid invoices.
He stressed that invoices should be paid on time for service providers to benefit.
Allegations that the Provincial Government had failed to spend over R1 billion in the previous financial year, a report on revenue and expenditure tabled at the meeting confirmed the claims and highlighted that as of 31 March the overall provincial expenditure was at R61,8 billion which is 98,7% of the total adjusted budget of R62,8 billion.
Seloba said it was rare to spend 100% of the budget but reiterated that Limpopo Government was doing well especially when it comes to revenue collection. The report indicated that compensation of employees recorded an expenditure of R42,6 billion which is 99,7% while goods and services recorded an expenditure of R9,1 billion which is 96,8% and transfers and subsidies amounts to R7,9 billion or 98,9% of the total budget.
Payment for capital assets recorded an expenditure of R2,1 billion which is 86,9%, conditional grants expenditure was standing at R7,7 billion which is 97,3% of the total adjusted budget of R8,1 billion.
The provincial infrastructure recorded an expenditure of R5,3 billion which is 97% of the total adjusted provincial infrastructure budget of R5,4 billion and revenue amount of R1,316 billion or 101,5% out of a target of R1,138 billion was collected, it was learnt.
Seloba emphasised that the Exco meeting was to reflect on matters that affect financial management, strengthening of governance and government priority programmes to accelerate service delivery.
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