NORTH WEST: Board Chairperson of the North West Development Corporation (NWDC), Dali Duma has been given until Friday noon this week to furnish the provincial legislature’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) with the report of the purchase of a game farm.
The purchase raised eyebrows after the sale of the All Seasons Resort and Game Farm in Christiana was escalated.
The office of Premier Supra Mahumapelo was also not spared. The committee was mostly interested in the irregular expenditure of R112- million that was incurred in contravention of the Supply Chain Management.
Director General of the province Dr Lydia Sebegoe said a service provider that was procured as an implementing agent, used their own internal systems to procure but they have since agreed with them to follow our own (the PFMA).
Scopa needs explanations from Duma as to why the purchase price was escalated from R28 million, that the board had secured for during an auction to R40 million. However, the purchase further went high to R49 million.
The public accounts committee also demands a list of animals in the game farm and issue of minerals that are supposedly in the precinct of the farm.
Duma has been given until March 9 at 12h00 to furnish the Committee with the report of the sale and until March 13 this year with the rest of the information.
The committee recently held Public Finance Management Act public hearings with the office of Premier Mahumapelo and the NWDC.
Scopa Chairman Mahlakeng Mahlakeng said the hearings were looking into the 2016/17 financial year Audit Outcomes of both the Office of the Premier and NWDC.
In his presentation, Mahlakeng said Duma claimed the hotel was bought for tourism purposes and to create employment opportunities.
Duma had explained that the farm was employing 43 people and when asked about the game farm and the number of animals in the farm he confirmed that the hotel was bought with the farm.
Although he has seen the game he could not attest to the numbers of the animals there. He added that he had no full knowledge of how many were they and whether anything had been moved.
Regarding the minerals, Duma said he was not aware of any minerals even though he saw that the place looked like a quarry, and that suggested to him that something could have been mined there but was not sure.
The committee is in possession of the transfer documents; the guarantee letter from the Provincial Treasury for the amount of R40m; and the NWDC board resolution authorising the purchase of the hotel.
All these were submitted by the board to the committee and the Auditor General’s office. The questions of the committee emanates from the documents received and the Auditor General’s report.
Mahumapelo thanked the committee for its robustness and that he will always ensure that all executive arms of state have a good relationship with Chapter 9 institutions including the Auditor General.”