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South African Thought leadership

Municipal Clean Audit Efficiency Series : Leadership Ownership
The latest Auditor-General (AGSA) report emphasises that only 5% of municipalities received clean audit reports for the 2010/2011 financial year. Key reasons for municipalities failing to receive clean audit reports were poor governance and oversight.


Municipal Clean Audit Efficiency Series : Financial Management
During the 2010/2011 financial year only 13 of the 283 municipalities in South Africa (including district municipalities and metros) achieved clean audits.

The reasons for this poor state of affairs are complex, but one key causal factor is that the basic principles of good financial management are not adhered to. Several of the major challenges identified by the Auditor-General (AG) are listed below and can be directly linked to poor financial management.


The rewards of a Green Economy
The benefits of the Green Economy and the need for more sustainable ways of operating have been very topical in South Africa. As a developing country, we are grappling with the challenges posed by the need for growth and the creation of new and sustainable jobs whilst reducing our impact on the environment. Over the years, South Africa has identified a number of initiatives that could be undertaken to make the aspirations for a Green Economy a reality.


Job creation - Generating growth and opportunities
Unemployment is a global issue and it is so serious that it topples governments when citizens feel their leaders have failed to meet the challenge. An unemployment level of 5% is considered acceptable but in the USA unemployment has hit 8%-9% and this may prove to be President Barack Obama’s greatest re-election hurdle. In the UK unemployment is 8.2% and the uncertainty that comes with having 2.6 million people out of work is one of the issues facing the government of that country as it seeks to kick start its economy. Greece with 22% unemployment is experiencing major political and economic turbulence and at the time of writing it is literally without a government. It is noticeable that some emerging market countries – such as China with 4% and Australia 4.9% - have managed to buck the trend and achieve low unemployment numbers despite the troubled global economy.


Partnering for future prosperity
In 2012, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked the competitiveness of global cities according to their demonstrated ability to attract capital, business, talent and visitors. In this index Johannesburg occupied the 67th most competitive position out of 120 global cities, while Cape Town occupied the 73rd position and Durban 94th position respectively.


The “ideal Municipality” is not yet beyond reach
The state of South African municipal finances can reasonably be described as being chaotic to a point where they have a negative impact on business planning and operations and frustrating for the consumer, judging by the recent but ebbing wave of service delivery protests. But this can be improved. In fact, the elusive “Ideal Municipality” is not beyond reach.


The impact of leadership in the public sector
The Auditor General (AG) recently released his 2010/2011 findings, which revealed a glaring R20-billion in irregular, unauthorised or fruitless and wasteful expenditure across the country’s nine provinces. This points to a serious gap in financial management skills in the public sector. The root of the problems is as much about accounting as it is about leadership.


The Reality of Employment
Much has been said about creating jobs. Ministers, taking their cues from President Jacob Zuma, have each made departmental affirmations and numerical commitments to job creation. The government plans allocating R88.3bn over the next three years, the bulk of which will be in the expanded public works programme focusing on community-based projects, environmental and social programmes and maintaining roads and infrastructure, housing and services.


Collective Leadership: Smarter As One
At a time of financial, social and environmental turbulence, nations, organisations, leaders and CEOs continue to face their greatest challenge – how to get their people to successfully work together to achieve organisational goals. Boards and Executives alike grapple with one of the single biggest risks in their organisation’s getting all of their people aligned and fully engaged in the execution of their carefully crafted plans.

Local Government Turnaround Strategy
A calculated solution

The aims of a democratic society and a growing economy can only be realised through a responsive, accountable, effective and efficient system of local government. If local government fails, South Africa fails.

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A Framework for improving service delivery in the Metros
This paper, proposes a new integrated framework that comprehensively addresses the three strategic levers that are an integral part of the journey towards achieving the vision of a world-class metro. In recent times, local government in South Africa has witnessed a significant deterioration in these three strategic levers namely; Revenue Management, Service Delivery Excellence and Institutional Capacity.


CFO Conversations 2011
Deloitte CFO Conversations provides creative and innovative insight, information and knowledge on the challenges and successes of being a CFO within the National sphere of government. We hope that this Report will provide information which CFOs of all National Departments, as well as at other spheres of government, find beneficial and which will provide significant insight into the evolving role of the CFO.

Global Thought Leadership

The power of zoom: Transforming government through location intelligence
The power of zoom represents an evolution in the way government sees and interacts with the world. When location data is coupled with existing government data and expertise, every point on the map can provide historical and predictive perspective to inform complex policy decisions.

The map itself has been transformed from a static picture to a living platform for shared decision making and real-time collaboration, focusing the energy of the crowd and empowering government and citizens to work together to respond quickly to challenges at any scale.


Office politics: Improving public sector property management 
Shrinking budgets are driving fundamental changes to the size and shape of governments around the world. Leaders are exploring a more compact, dynamic government workforce, and in turn, their underlying asset needs are changing. Simply put, a reduced workforce translates to reduced property needs. But tackling the effective management of one of government's largest spending areas is easier said than done.
While each government faces its own unique set of barriers to improving property management, there are a number of critical success factors to creating and employing smart property strategies. Office politics: Improving public sector property management examines five areas that would enable more streamlined and efficient handling of government property through best practices and examples from across the globe.


Cross-boundary collaboration, or "XBC," networks can take a variety of forms, but share one underlying common theme: They all involve collaborating with those outside the organization to create value.

The series of papers titled The Gender Dividend, examines successful models for investing in women. The first installment, making the business case for investing in women, lays out the rationale behind why governments and organizations must look to women as key to their economic growth.

Deloitte Analytics – Insight on tap Improving public services through data analytics
Deloitte analytics has produced insight into key data analytics opportunities facing public sector organisations as they seek to extract costs and improve services. Insight on tap: Improving public services through data analytics outlines how public bodies can use analytical tools to draw valuable insight from their data.

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