The Office of the Strategic Operations Manager has a corporate responsibility for managing and coordinating the day-to-day operations and activities of the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality. It provides both strategic and support services to ensure that the municipality delivers on its mandate in an integrated and coordinated manner. The Strategic Manager oversees development, implementation and review of policies and strategies. In addition the Office ensures good corporate governance and entrenches a performance driven culture throughout the institution. The office of the Strategic Manager is an extension of the Office of the Municipal Manager and therefore performs a strategic support role to the Municipal Manager.
FRAUD AND ANTI-CORRUPTION
Prevention of fraud is about understanding risks, external and internal and in recognizing that the working environment created by an organization is the most significant factor factor that determines how much of a target for fraud that organization will be. It is for that reason that the Council of ZF Mgcawu District Municipality adopted a fraud prevention policy. This policy is intended to set out the attitude of the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality to fraud and to reinforce existing policies and procedures of the municipality aimed at preventing, reacting to and reducing the impact of fraud. The goal of fraud and corruption prevention within ZF Mgcawu District Municipality is to manage the susceptibility to risk with a view to reducing it and to raise the level of fraud awareness amongst employees and other stakeholders.
Furthermore, the purpose of the policy is to communicate that the Municipality is committed to eliminate fraud and that the Municipality supports and fosters a culture of zero tolerance to fraud and all its activities. Through this policy, the Municipality undertakes to combat all forms of fraud and corruption as well as to remain pro-active in the fight against fraud. In accordance with the policy the District Municipality identified procedures for reporting fraudulent and or corrupt activities and these include that every employee who becomes aware of fraud or acts of dishonesty must report this to his/her immediate supervisor. If the immediate supervisor is a party to the fraud, the next level of management must be informed. In addition to this the Office of the Accounting Officer and the Head Internal Audit must be informed. The Fraud Prevention Plan has been made Mscoa compliant.
There are certain important deterrents to fraud and corruption within the Municipality, such as:
- Division of duties
- Exclusion of politicians from procurement processes
- Internal audit review of processes and adherence to process
- Fraud Registers for both employees and service providers