District Municipality: Gert Sibande
Local Municipality: Govan Mbeki
Towns incorporated: Bethal, Charl Cilliers, Embalenhle, Evander, Kinross, Leandra, Secunda, Trichardt.
Why the OUTA Branch?
The community of Secunda approached OUTA to assist in the process of keeping the Electricity on following the Govan Mbeki LM’s failure to pay Eskom for electricity usage. After investigation, it became clear that various issues revolve around the lack of accountability within the LM. Due to the status quo, it was decided to establish an OUTA Branch to enable residents to have an organised platform, free from politics, to hold those who govern the Govan Mbeki LM to account and to ensure public funds are being spent efficiently, cost-effectively and economically.
How we work?
OUTA Local provides the local community with a well-established and organised support system including research, investigations, litigation, communications, empowerment and a financial platform.
The committee will represent the interests of residents within the jurisdiction of the Local municipality which will be guided and empowered by the Regional Management team and OUTA’s national offices.
This endeavour is completely dependent on the sustainable crowd funding method whereby residents within the Municipality fund the initiatives of the OUTA local branch.
Why we need YOU!!!
The only way a local initiative like this can succeed is through residents taking ownership of their problems by enabling the sustainability of their local branch through a recurring monthly contribution.
If you believe in the OUTA vision and mission you and your business can get involved through becoming supporters of the OUTA local initiative. It is important to ensure that you join the branch established within your local municipality.
From 2013 to 2015, with the advent of the e-toll launch, two additional part-time team members were contracted to assist with communications and writing. All this while, OUTA continued to be governed by its constitution, holding regular board meetings and receiving input from its advisory committee.
It was during the final quarter of 2015 when OUTA changed gear and began to transform into a larger movement that would tackle matters of general Government corruption and maladministration of tax-payer’s money, and over the next two years, OUTA grew rapidly from a four person team to 38 full-time staff. Naturally, along with this significant expansion over a short period of time, manpower structures and the introduction of policies and procedures were required to keep pace with the changing demands, roles and responsibilities of its people.
In mid-2017, OUTA contracted an external tax and compliance specialist and revised its constitution to that of a formal Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI), ensuring that the organisation kept pace with compliance of NPO’s and Companies Act regulations, whilst also addressing the need to allow for additional directors to cater for OUTA’s plans to grow into a larger and broader based Non-Profit organization.
The community, including local businesses, are the “shareholders” of the municipality and have every right to know where the money, be it MIG funding, equitable share, other grants and income from rates and taxes, is being spent. Transparency must be fostered by providing the public with timely, accessible and accurate information.
The Municipal Calendar indicating timelines for finalization of the Budget, SDBIP, Annual Financial Statements, Annual Report, In-Year reporting, Adjustment Budget and the IDP, must be circulated and made known to the public. It is convenient for Municipalities to keep information away from the tax and rate payers, this way few questions will be asked.
The point of departure would be the IDP, the IDP should be a bankable business, outlining the annual development of the Municipality and key performance indicators.