Financial Management of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature Act (Act 7 of 2009)

Gauteng Provincial Gazette no. 249
This is the latest version of this legislation commenced on 13 Nov 2009.
Gauteng

South Africa

Financial Management of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature Act

Act 7 of 2009

  • Published in Gauteng Provincial Gazette no. 249 on 13 November 2009

  • Assented to on 2 November 2009
  • Commenced on 2 November 2009

  • [This is the version of this document from 13 November 2009 and includes any amendments published up to 27 July 2021.]


ACT(English text signed by the Premier)To regulate the financial management of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in a manner consistent with its status in terms of the Constitution; to promote accountable, transparent and sound financial management; to ensure that all revenue, expenditure, assets and liabilities of the legislature are managed efficiently, effectively and transparently; to provide for the responsibilities of persons entrusted with financial management in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
Recognising—that the Provincial Legislature must be governed by the democratic values and principles in the ConstitutionTherefore in order to—• Promote and maintain a high standard of professional ethics in the financial management of the Provincial Legislature;• Promote the efficient, economic and effective use of resources allocated to the Provincial Legislature;• Ensure the transparent, accountable arid sound management of the revenue, expenditure, assets and liabilities of the Provincial Legislature;BE IT ENACTED by the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, as follows:—


Chapter 1
Interpretation and objects

1. Definitions

In this Act, unless the context indicates otherwise—“Accounting Officer” means the Secretary to the Legislature, and includes, where appropriate, a person acting as the Accounting Officer;"annual provincial budget” means the annual provincial budget referred to in section 27(2) of the Public Finance Management Act;“a person in the employ of the state” means—(a)a member of the board of directors of any municipal entity;(b)an official of any municipality or municipal entity;(c)an employee of any national or provincial department, national or provincial public entity or constitutional institution within the meaning of the Public Finance Management Act;(d)a member of the accounting authority of any national or provincial public entity; or(e)an employee of Parliament or a provincial legislature;“approved budget”, means the total amount of funds that the provincial legislature has—(a)Appropriated from the Provincial Revenue Fund for the provincial legislature in a vote on a provincial appropriation Act; and(b)Approved by the provincial legislature’s own funds in terms of section 17(1)(b);“Executive Authority” means the Speaker of the Provincial Legislature;“financial year” means a year ending 31 March;“fruitless and wasteful expenditure” means expenditure that was made in vain and would have been avoided had reasonable care been exercised;“irregular expenditure” means expenditure, other than unauthorized expenditure, incurred in contravention of, or that is not in accordance with, a requirement of this Act or any other applicable legislation;“main division” means one of the main segments into which the provincial legislature’s approved budget is divided and which specifies the total amount which is appropriated and approved for the items under that segment;“month” means one of the 12 months of a calendar year;“official” means an employee of the provincial legislature or any other person to whom any function is delegated in terms of this Act;“oversight mechanism” means the oversight mechanism contemplated in section 3;“overspending”—(a)In relation to the approved budget of the Provincial Legislature, means causing expenditure to exceed the amount appropriated and approved for the approved budget; or(b)In relation to a main division within the approved budget of the Provincial Legislature, means causing expenditure under the main division within the approved budget of the Provincial Legislature, means causing expenditure under the main division to exceed the amount appropriated or approved for that main division;“prescribe" means prescribe by regulations in accordance with section 63;“Provincial Legislature” means the Gauteng Provincial Legislature;“Public Finance Management Act” means the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 (Act No 1 of 1999);“quarter” means any of the following periods in a financial year;(a)1 April to 30 June;(b)1 July to 30 September;(c)1 October to 31 December; or(d)1 January to 31 March;“rules" means the Standing Rules of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature;“standards of generally recognised accounting practice" means an accounting practice complying with the standards issued by the Minister for Finance on the advice of the Accounting Standards Board;“this Act” includes regulations issued in terms of section 63 of the Act;“unauthorized expenditure" means—(a)Overspending of the Provincial Legislature’s approved budget or a main division within that budget;(b)Any expenditure from the Provincial Legislature's approved budget or a main division within that budget for a purpose unrelated to the approved budget or main division, subject to section 22; and(c)Any expenditure of donor funds for a purpose not specified in the agreement with the donor;“vote” means that portion of the Provincial Legislature’s budget which forms part of an appropriation Act and which specified the total amount of funds to be appropriated from the Provincial Revenue Fund for Provincial Legislatures.

2. Objects of this Act

The objects of this Act are—(a)To ensure transparency, accountability and sound management of the revenue, expenditure, assets and liabilities of the Provincial Legislature;(b)To ensure a consultative relationship between the Provincial Legislature and the Member of the Executive Council for Finance, conducted at a high level and based on respect for—(i)the constitutional status of the Provincial Legislature;(ii)the constitutional requirements for the tabling of money bills;(iii)budget processes and standards of generally recognized accounting practice; and(iv)The fiscal policy of the provincial government;(c)to provide the Provincial Treasury with—(i)An opportunity to make comments on proposed annual budgets and adjustments budgets of the Provincial Legislature;(ii)Information on the proposed annual budget and adjustments budgets of the Provincial Legislature for inclusion in the Provincial annual budget and adjustments budgets; and(d)to ensure the provision of regular information on expenditure by the Provincial Legislature to its internal oversight mechanism.

Chapter 2
Oversight, Executive Authority and administration of Act

Part 1 – Oversight mechanism

3. Oversight mechanism

(1)An oversight mechanism of the Provincial Legislature must maintain oversight of the financial management of the Provincial Legislature by amongst other things—(a)Considering instructions issued by the Executive Authority in terms of section 38;(b)Considering the annual report and financial statements submitted to the Provincial Legislature in terms of section 58;(c)Considering instruction issued by the Executive Authority in terms of section 64; and(d)Performing any other functions specified in this Act or by the Standing Rules of the Provincial Legislature, nor consistent with the objects of this Act.
(2)Representation on the oversight mechanism must be in accordance with the Standing Rules of the Provincial Legislature, except that the Executive Authority, the Deputy Speaker of the Provincial Legislature—(a)may not be members of the oversight mechanism; and(b)may only participate in the deliberations of the oversight mechanism at the request of the oversight mechanism.
(3)The oversight mechanism may require the Accounting Officer and any other official of the Provincial Legislature to appear before it.
(4)The oversight mechanism has the powers that the committees of the provincial legislature have under section 118 of the Constitution.

Part 2 – Executive Authority

4. Executive Authority

(1)The Executive Authority of the Provincial Legislature is the Speaker of the Provincial Legislature.
(2)The Executive Authority is accountable to the Provincial Legislature for the sound financial management of the Provincial Legislature.
(3)The Executive Authority must act in accordance with the Provincial Legislature’s Code of Ethics.

Part 3 – Administration of Act

5. Accounting officer

(1)The Secretary to the Legislature is the Accounting Officer.
(2)The Accounting Officer is accountable to the Executive Authority for the financial management of the Provincial Legislature.

6. Responsibilities of the Accounting Officer

The accounting officer must ensure that—(a)The Provincial Legislature’s resources are used effectively, efficiently, economically and transparently;(b)Full and proper records of the financial affairs of the Provincial Legislature are kept;(c)The Provincial Legislature maintains effective, efficient and transparent systems of financial management, risk management, internal control and internal audit;(d)The Provincial Legislature complies with any obligations in relation to taxes, levies, duties, pensions, medical and auditing that may be imposed by legislation;(e)Unauthorized, irregular and fruitless and wasteful expenditure and other losses are prevented, and appropriate steps are taken where such expenditure has occurred;(f)Disciplinary action is instituted against any employee of the Provincial Legislature who has allegedly committed an act of financial misconduct; and(g)When appropriate, criminal proceedings are initiated against any person who has allegedly committed an offence in terms of section 69.

7. Performance of Accounting Officer

(1)The Executive Authority and the Accounting Officer must conclude a written performance agreement for the Accounting Officer annually.
(2)The performance agreement referred to in subsection (1) must—(a)be concluded within a reasonable time after the Accounting Officer is employed and thereafter within one week after the start of each financial year;(b)specify performance standards linked to the objectives and targets of the Provincial Legislature’s performance plan for the financial year;(c)provide for an annual assessment of the Accounting Officer’s performance by the Executive Authority; and(d)Specify the consequences of sub-standard performance.
(3)The provisions of this Act conferring responsibilities on the Accounting Officer are part of the performance agreement of an Accounting Officer.
(4)The annual assessment of the Accounting Officer’s performance must take cognizance of the audit report on the annual financial statements of the Provincial Legislature.

8. Acting Accounting Officer

If the post of Accounting Officer is vacant, or if the Accounting Officer is unable to perform the functions of the post, those functions must be performed by another official designated in writing by the Executive Authority.

9. Delegation of powers and duties by Accounting Officer

(1)The Accounting Officer may delegate any powers or duties conferred to him or her by this Act to an official of the Provincial Legislature in accordance with a system of delegation.
(2)The Accounting Officer must develop the system of delegation in consultation with the Executive Authority and it must—(a)maximise administrative and operational efficiency; and(b)provide adequate checks and balances in the financial management of the Provincial Legislature.
(3)The Accounting Officer must regularly review delegations made in terms of subsection (1) and, if necessary, amend or withdraw any of those delegations.
(4)A delegation in terms of subsection (1) —(a)must be in writing;(b)is subject to any limitations and conditions the Accounting Officer may impose;(c)may be to an individual or to the holder of a specific post in the administration of the provincial legislature;(d)may authorize that official to sub-delegate, in writing, the delegated power or duty to another official, or to the holder of a specific post in the administration of the Provincial Legislature; and(e)does not divest the Accounting Officer of responsibility for the exercise of the delegated power or the performance of the delegated duty.
(5)The Accounting Officer may confirm, vary or revoke any decision taken by an official in terms of delegation under subsection (1), subject to any rights that may have become vested as a consequence of the decision.

10. Responsibilities of officials

(1)Every official who exercises financial management responsibilities must—(a)comply with the provisions of this Act, to the extent applicable to that official;(b)comply with the terms of any delegation in terms of section 9; and(c)take all reasonable steps within that officials area of responsibility to ensure that—(i)the Provincial Legislature's system of financial management and internal control is implemented diligently;(ii)the provincial legislature’s financial and other resources are used effectively, efficiently, economically and transparently;(iii)any unauthorized expenditure, irregular expenditure, fruitless and wasteful expenditure and other losses are prevented, and, when such expenditure or losses occur, are reported to the Accounting Officer;(iv)all revenue due to the provincial legislature is collected; and(v)the provincial legislature’s assets and liabilities are managed effectively, and that assets are safeguarded and maintained to the extent necessary.

11. Fiduciary responsibilities

(1)The Accounting Officer and other officials with responsibility under this Act must—(a)act with fidelity, honesty, integrity and in the best interests of the Provincial Legislature in managing its financial affairs;(b)disclose all material facts which are available to that person or reasonably discoverable, and which in any way might influence any decision or action in terms of this Act; and(c)seek to prevent any prejudice to the financial interests and good reputation of the Provincial Legislature.
(2)For the purposes of subsection 1(b), any disclosure must be made—(a)in the case of the Accounting Officer to the Executive Authority; and(b)in the case of any other person, to the Accounting Officer.
(3)No person having any responsibility under this Act—(a)may act in a way that is inconsistent with the Act; or(b)may use their position or any confidential information obtained in the exercise of their responsibilities for personal gain or to benefit improperly themselves or any other persons.

Chapter 3
Planning and budgetting

12. Preparation of strategic plan, annual performance plan and budget

The Executive Authority must—(a)oversee the preparation of the Provincial Legislature’s strategic plan, annual performance plan, budget and adjustments budgets in accordance with this Chapter; and(b)table the strategic plan and annual performance plan in the Provincial Legislature annually.

13. Strategic plan

(1)Within six months after an election of the Provincial Legislature, or by another date determined by the Provincial Legislature, the Accounting Officer must prepare and present to the Executive Authority a draft strategic plan for the Provincial Legislature’s administration.
(2)The strategic plan for the Provincial Legislature's administration must—(a)cover the following five years or other period determined by the Provincial Legislature;(b)specify the priorities of the Provincial Legislature’s administration for the period of the plan;(c)include objectives and outcomes for each programme of the Provincial Legislature;(d)include multi-year projections of all revenue and expenditure; and(e)include performance measures and indicators for assessing the administration’s performance in implementing the strategic plan.

14. Annual performance plan

(1)At least six months prior to the start of the financial year, the Accounting Officer must prepare a draft annual performance plan for the Provincial Legislature and present it to the Executive Authority.
(2)The annual performance plan must—(a)cover the following financial year and the two financial years thereafter or other period determined by the Provincial Legislature;(b)indicate any changes to the Provincial Legislature's priorities as set out in the strategic plan prepared in terms of section 13;(c)update the projections of revenue and expenditure presented in the strategic plan;(d)specify performance targets related to each of the performance measures and indicators for assessing the Provincial Legislature’s performance in achieving the objectives and outcomes detailed in the strategic plan; and(e)provide details of the Provincial Legislature’s donor funded projects, including—(i)the donors and the amounts being given;(ii)the purposes of the projects; and(iii)performance measures and indicators for assessing the Provincial Legislature’s performance in achieving the purposes of the projects.

15. Annual budget

(1)At least six months prior to the start of the financial year, the Accounting Officer must prepare a draft budget for the Provincial Legislature and present it to the Executive Authority.
(2)The Provincial Legislature’s budget must-(a)cover the following financial year and the two financial years thereafter or other period determined by the Provincial Legislature.(b)specify the Provincial Legislature’s expected revenues distinguishing between—(i)funds to be appropriated through the annual provincial budget;(ii)funds that are a direct charge against the Provincial Revenue Fund; and(iii)funds derived from the Provincial Legislature's own revenue sources, excluding donor funds.(c)specify the provincial legislature’s proposed expenditure requirements per main division within the budget, distinguishing between the sources of funds identified in paragraph (b);(d)specify the purpose of each main division within the budget and provide explanations and other information substantiating the amounts proposed in terms of paragraph (b) and (c);(e)specify the allocations to Members of the Provincial Legislature and political parties, providing details of the different purposes for which allocations are made and the amounts allocated for such purposes;(f)provide details of all transfers to other entities;(g)contain a schedule of planned expenditure under the Provincial Legislature’s donor funded projects; and(h)be in accordance with the format prescribed under section 63, for the purpose of maintaining consistency with the format followed by other organs of state.

16. Submission of drafts of strategic plan, annual performance plan and budget

The Executive Authority must—(a)after consultation with the Member of the Executive Council for Finance, determine a process for submitting the Provincial Legislature’s budget and adjustments budget to the Provincial Treasury;(b)consult with the Member of the Executive Council for Finance before the budget and adjustments budget are submitted to the Provincial Treasury;(c)submit the budget and adjustments budget to the Provincial Treasury; and(d)represent the Provincial Legislature in any discussions with the Member of the Executive Council for Finance on any aspect of the Provincial Legislature’s budget or adjustments budget.

17. Annual appropriations and approvals

(1)For each financial year the Provincial Legislature must—(a)appropriate funds contemplated in section 15(2)(b)(i) in the annual provincial budget; and(b)approve the use of the funds contemplated in section 15(2)(b)(iii).
(2)Any revision of an appropriation in terms of subsection (1)(a) must be made—(a)by a provincial adjustments budget referred to in section 31 of the Public Finance Management Act; and(b)in accordance with the procedure set out in section 16.
(3)Any revision of an approval in terms of subsection (1)(b) must be approved by the Provincial Legislature.

18. Expenditure before the Provincial Legislature’s annual budget is passed

(1)If the Provincial Legislature does not pass its annual budget before the start of the financial year to which it relates—(a)funds may be withdrawn from the Provincial Revenue Fund for the requirements of the Provincial Legislature during that financial year as a direct charge against the Fund until the budget is passed; and(b)funds from the Provincial Legislature's own revenue sources may be used to meet the requirements of the Provincial Legislature.
(2)Funds made available by the Provincial Legislature in terms of subsection (1) may not-(a)during the first four months of the financial year, exceed forty-five percent of the total amount in the previous approved budget;(b)during each of the following months, exceed ten percent of the total amount in the previous approved budget; or(c)in aggregate, exceed the total amount appropriated and approved in the previous approved budget.
(3)The funds provided for in subsection (1) are not additional to funds appropriated or approved for the relevant financial year, and any funds withdrawn or used in terms of that subsection must be regarded as forming part of the funds appropriated and approved in the budget for that financial year.

19. Unauthorised expenditure

(1)This section applies to any unauthorized expenditure incurred by the Provincial Legislature, other than the unauthorized expenditure of donor funds.
(2)Unauthorised expenditure incurred by the Provincial Legislature does not become a charge against the Provincial Revenue Fund unless—(a)the expenditure is an overspending of the Provincial Legislature’s approved budget and the Provincial Legislature appropriates an additional amount to cover the overspending; or(b)the expenditure is unauthorized for another reason and the Provincial Legislature authorizes the expenditure as a direct charge against the Provincial Revenue Fund;(c)in aggregate, exceed the total amount appropriated and approved in the previous approved budget.
(3)The Provincial Legislature must advise the Provincial Treasury of any unauthorized expenditure that is authorized in terms of subsection (2).
(4)If the Provincial Legislature authorizes unauthorized expenditure in terms of subsection (2) but does not appropriate an additional amount to cover the amount for the unauthorized expenditure, the unauthorized expenditure becomes a direct charge against the Provincial Legislature's own funds.
(5)Any unauthorized expenditure that the Provincial Legislature does not approve must be recovered from the person responsible for the unauthorized expenditure, subject to the Provincial Legislature's internal processes determining gross negligence on the part of the responsible person.

20. Unauthorised expenditure of donor funds

(1)Any unauthorized expenditure of donor funds that the Provincial Legislature approves becomes a charge against the Provincial Legislature’s own funds.
(2)Any unauthorised expenditure of donor funds that the Provincial Legislature does not approve must be recovered from the person responsible for the unauthorized expenditure, subject to the Provincial Legislature’s internal processes determining gross negligence on the part of the responsible person.

21. Virements between main divisions within the approved budget

(1)The Accounting Officer may use a saving in the total amount appropriated or approved under a main division within the Provincial Legislature’s approved budget towards defraying excess expenditure under another main division within the approved budget, unless the Executive Authority directs otherwise.
(2)The Accounting Officer must obtain the written permission of the Executive Authority to defray excess expenditure contemplated in subsection (1) from the savings of an amount—(a)specifically and exclusively appropriated or approved for a purpose mentioned under a main division within the approved budget;(b)appropriated or approved for transfer to another institution; or(c)appropriated or approved for capital expenditure when used to defray current expenditure.
(3)The amount of a saving under a main division of the Provincial Legislature’s approved budget that may be used in terms of subsection (1), may not exceed eight percent of the amount appropriated and approved under that main division.
(4)This section does not authorize the use of a saving of an amount that is a direct charge against the Provincial Revenue Fund in order to supplement the Provincial Legislature’s appropriated funds.
(5)The Executive Authority may make regulations or issue instructions in accordance with sections 63 and 64 respectively concerning the application of this section.

22. Treatment of unspent funds

(1)The Provincial Legislature is not required to return to the Provincial Revenue Fund any money appropriated or approved for a particular financial year not spent in that year.
(2)Funds appropriated for, but not spent in a particular financial year, must be regarded as funds derived from the Provincial Legislature's own revenue sources, and the approval of their use in subsequent financial years must be in accordance with section 17(1)(b).
(3)Funds derived from the Provincial Legislature's own revenue sources that are approved for a particular financial year, but not spent in that year, must be approved for use in subsequent financial years in accordance with section 17(1)(b).

Chapter 4
Cash management and investment

23. Cash management and investment policy

(1)The Executive Authority must prescribe in accordance with section 63 an appropriate policy—(a)to ensure efficient and effective banking and cash management; and(b)for investing money not immediately required.
(2)The Accounting Officer is responsible for establishing systems and procedures for the effective implementation of the policy prescribed in terms of subsection (1).

24. Opening of bank accounts

(1)The Accounting Officer, with the approval of the Executive Authority, and in accordance with the policy referred to section 23, must open and maintain—(a)a bank account into which all money received by the Provincial Legislature must promptly be paid; and(b)such other bank accounts as are necessary for the effective and efficient management of the Provincial Legislature’s funds.
(2)The Provincial Legislature may not open a bank account—(a)abroad;(b)with an institution not registered as a bank in terms of the Banks Act, 1990 (Act No 94 of 1990); or(c)otherwise than in the name of the Provincial Legislature.
(3)A bank account opened in terms of this section does not form part of the Provincial Revenue Fund.

25. Control of bank accounts

The Accounting Officer—(a)must administer all of the provincial Legislature's bank accounts;(b)is accountable to the Executive Authority for the Provincial Legislature’s bank accounts; and(c)must enforce compliance with section 26.

26. Withdrawal from bank accounts

(1)Only the Accounting Officer, or an official to whom that power has been delegated in terms of section 9, may withdraw money, or authorize the withdrawal of money, from any of the Provincial Legislature's bank accounts.
(2)A delegation in terms of subsection (1) must be in accordance with the policy made in terms of section 23.
(3)Money may be withdrawn from a bank account of the Provincial Legislature only for—(a)defraying expenditure in accordance with the Provincial Legislature's approved budget or authorized for the Provincial Legislature as a direct charge against the Provincial Revenue Fund;(b)defraying expenditure incurred in relation to a donor funded project;(c)refunding money incorrectly paid into a bank account;(d)making other refunds approved by the Executive Authority; and(e)cash management or investment purposes in accordance with the policy made in terms of section 23.

27. Restrictions on borrowing, guarantees and other transactions

(1)The Provincial Legislature may not—(a)borrow money;(b)issue a guarantee or security; or(c)enter into any other similar transaction that binds or may bind it to any future financial commitment.
(2)Neither the state nor the Provincial Legislature is bound by a loan, guarantee, security or other transaction entered into in breach of subsection (1).
(3)Subsection (1) does not prevent the Provincial Legislature from—(a)issuing or being bound by guarantees for loans in terms of a housing or motor vehicle scheme administered by the Provincial Legislature for its employees;(b)entering into any operating lease agreement for the use of properly or equipment; or(c)using credit cards, fleet management cards or other credit facilities repayable within 30 days from the date on which an account is rendered.

28. Requisitioning of funds by Accounting Officer

The Executive Authority must, after consultation with the Member of the Executive Council for Finance, determine a process for requisitioning appropriated funds that provides for sound cash-flow management.

Chapter 5
Financial management

29. Asset and liability management

(1)The Accounting Officer is responsible for managing—(a)the Provincial Legislature’s assets, including safeguarding and maintaining those assets; and(b)the Provincial Legislature's liabilities.
(2)For the purpose of subsection (1), the Accounting Officer must ensure that—(a)the Provincial Legislature maintains an accounting and information system that accounts for its assets and liabilities;(b)the Provincial Legislature's assets and liabilities are valued in accordance with standards of generally recognized accounting practices; and(c)the Provincial Legislature maintains a system of internal control of assets and liabilities including a register of assets and liabilities.

30. Revenue management

(1)The Accounting Officer is responsible for managing the revenue of the Provincial Legislature.
(2)For the purpose of subsection (1), the Accounting Officer must ensure that—(a)the Provincial Legislature has effective collection systems;(b)all money received is deposited promptly into the bank account contemplated by section 24(1)(a)(c)the Provincial Legislature maintains an accounting and information system which—(i)recognizes revenue when it is earned or becomes due; and(ii)accounts or receipts of revenue;(d)the Provincial Legislature maintains a system of internal control in respect of revenue; and(e)all revenue received by the Provincial Legislature is reconciled at least on a weekly basis.

31. Management of debtors

(1)The Accounting Officer must take effective and appropriate steps to collect all monies due to the Provincial Legislature including—(a)maintaining proper accounts and records of all debtors, including amounts received in part payments; and(b)if appropriate, instituting legal proceedings.
(2)The Accounting Officer may settle or write off a debt only in accordance with a policy prescribed in accordance with section 63.
(3)Interest must be charged on any debt owed to the Provincial Legislature in accordance with a policy prescribed in accordance with section 63.

32. Expenditure management

(1)The Accounting Officer is responsible for managing the expenditure of the Provincial Legislature.
(2)For the purpose of subsection (1), the Accounting Officer must ensure that—(a)the Provincial Legislature maintains an effective system of expenditure control, which includes procedures for the approval and authorization of the withdrawal and payment of funds;(b)the Provincial Legislature maintains an accounting and information system which—(i)recognizes expenditure when it is incurred;(ii)accounts for creditors of the Provincial Legislature; and(iii)accounts for payments by the Provincial Legislature;(c)the Provincial Legislature maintains a system of internal control in respect of creditors and payments;(d)the Provincial Legislature makes payment—(i)directly to the person to whom it is due unless agreed to in writing; and(ii)either electronically or by way of non-transferable cheques, but cash payments and payments by way of cash cheques may be made for exceptional reasons, and only up to a prescribed limit;(e)all amounts owed by the Provincial Legislature are paid within 30 days of receiving the relevant invoice or statement, unless—(i)the amount is unclear or disputed; or(ii)it is agreed to in writing; and(f)all financial accounts of the Provincial Legislature are closed monthly and reconciled with its records.

33. Transfers

(1)Before transferring any funds from the Provincial Legislature to any other entity, the Accounting Officer must—(a)obtain a written assurance from the entity that it implements effective, efficient and transparent financial management and internal control systems: or(b)render the transfer subject to conditions and remedial measures requiring the entity to establish and implement effective, efficient and transparent financial management and internal control systems.
(2)(a)Subsection (1) does not apply to transfers to entities in other countries or to international institutions.(b)Any transfer contemplated by sub-paragraph (a) is governed by the instrument regulating the relationship between South Africa and that entity or institution.

34. Budget implementation

The Accounting Officer is responsible for implementing the Provincial Legislature’s budget and must ensure that—(a)spending is in accordance with the approved budget; and(b)revenue and expenditure are properly monitored.

35. Financial implications

(1)A directive by the Executive Authority that has financial implications must—(a)be in writing: and(b)be addressed to the Accounting Officer.
(2)If implementation of a directive contemplated by subsection (1) is likely to result in unauthorized expenditure, the Accounting Officer—(a)may not proceed with the implementation of the directive; and(b)must inform the Executive Authority in writing of the likelihood that the directive may lead to unauthorized expenditure.
(3)If the Accounting Officer proceeds to implement a directive contemplated in subsection (2), without receiving a further instruction from the Executive Authority in terms of subsection (5), and it results in unauthorized expenditure, the Accounting Officer is responsible for such unauthorized expenditure.
(4)An official may not implement a directive by the Executive Authority that may have financial implications, unless the Accounting Officer issues a written instruction to proceed with implementation.
(5)The Executive Authority may instruct the Accounting Officer to proceed with the implementation of a directive contemplated in subsection (2) only if it is to provide for—(a)an expenditure of an exceptional nature which is currently not provided for in the Provincial Legislature’s budget and which cannot, without serious prejudice to the interests of the Provincial Legislature, be postponed to a future provincial appropriation or approval of funds; or(b)an unforeseeable and unavoidable expenditure approved by the Provincial Legislature.
(6)If the Executive Authority instructs the Accounting Officer to proceed with the implementation of a directive contemplated in subsection (2), the Executive Authority must specify the instruction and the reasons for that instruction in writing and without delay-(a)give a copy to the Accounting Officer; and(b)table a copy in the Provincial Legislature for prompt referral to the oversight mechanism.
(7)On receipt of a written instruction contemplated in subsection (6), the Accounting Officer must file a copy with the Auditor-General promptly.
(8)If the Provincial Legislature does not authorize the expenditure arising from an instruction contemplated in subsection (6), the Executive Authority is responsible for the unauthorised expenditure and it must be recovered from the Executive Authority in his/her personal capacity.

36. Impending shortfalls and overspending

The Accounting Officer must—(a)report in writing to the Executive Authority—(i)any impending shortfalls in budgeted revenue and overspending of a main division with the Provincial Legislature’s vote; and(ii)any steps taken to prevent or rectify such shortfalls or overspending; and(b)comply with any remedial measures imposed by the Executive Authority to prevent or rectify such shortfalls or overspending.

Chapter 6
Supply chain management

37. Application of this chapter

This Chapter applies to—(a)the procurement by the Provincial Legislature of goods and services; and(b)the disposal and letting of the Provincial Legislature’s assets, including the disposal of goods no longer required.

38. Supply chain management policy

The Executive Authority must prescribe in accordance with section 63 a supply chain management policy which—(a)is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost effective;(b)promotes high ethical standards and prohibits fraud, corruption, favouritism and unfair and irregular practices;(c)requires disclosure of and deals appropriately with conflicts of interest;(d)establishes appropriate supply chain management processes and procedures, including—(i)demand management;(ii)acquisition management;(iii)logistics management;(iv)disposal management;(v)risk management; and(vi)regular assessment of supply chain performance;(e)complies with other applicable legislation: and(f)covers at least the matters specified in Schedule 1 of this Act.

39. Implementation of supply chain management policy

The Accounting Officer must—(a)implement the supply chain management policy;(b)take all reasonable steps to ensure that proper mechanisms are in place to minimise dishonesty, favouritism and unfair and irregular practices;(c)ensure that contracts concluded for the supply of services and goods are properly enforced;(d)monitor the performance of contractors; and(e)regularly report to the Executive Authority on—(i)the management of contracts and the performance of contractors; and(ii)the implementation of the policy;

40. Unsolicited offers

(1)The Executive Authority may prescribe a policy in accordance with section 63 for considering offers to supply goods or services that are unsolicited or are made otherwise than in accordance with the supply chain management policy contemplated in section 38.
(2)The Accounting Officer—(a)is not obliged to consider any offer contemplated in subsection (1); and(b)may consider an offer contemplated in subsection (1) only in accordance with the prescribed policy.

41. Tenders not recommended

(1)The Accounting Officer must notify the Auditor-General and the Executive Authority in writing if a contract is concluded in respect of a tender, quotation, or other bid other than the one recommended.
(2)Subsection (1) does not apply if a contract was concluded in order to rectify an irregularity.

42. Members of the Provincial Legislature barred from serving on tender committees

No Member of the Provincial Legislature may—(a)be a member of a committee evaluating or approving tenders, quotations, contracts or other bids for the Provincial Legislature;(b)attend any meeting of such committee as an observer; or(c)participate in any other way in evaluating or approving tenders, quotations, contracts or other bids for the Provincial Legislature.

43. Interference

No person may—(a)interfere with, or improperly influence, the supply chain management system of the Provincial Legislature;(b)impede the Accounting Officer in fulfilling the responsibilities of the Accounting Officer in terms of this Chapter; or(c)amend or tamper with any tender quotation, contract or bid after its submission.

44. Prohibition on contracts

No contract to provide goods and services to the Provincial Legislature may be awarded to—(a)a Member of the Provincial Legislature or a Member of the Executive Council;(b)a Municipal Councillor;(c)a person in the employ of the State whose participation in bidding for the contract may result in a conflict of interest; or(d)any entity in which a person mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c) is a Director or has a controlling or other substantial interest.

Chapter 7
Audit committee and internal audit unit

45. Establishment of audit committee

(1)The Provincial Legislature must have an audit committee appointed by the Executive Authority.
(2)The committee must—(a)be constituted in a manner that ensures its independence; and(b)consist of at least three persons with appropriate experience and knowledge.
(3)More than half of the members of the committee must be individuals who—(a)are not employed by the Provincial Legislature or the state, are not Members of the Provincial Legislature or a municipal council; and(b)have no personal or financial interest in any matter related to the Provincial Legislature.
(4)The Executive Authority must appoint one of the members contemplated by subsection (3), who is knowledgeable of the status of the position and have the requisite business, financial and leadership skills, as the chairperson of the committee.
(5)The terms of appointment and remuneration of members of the audit committee contemplated by subsection (3) must be consistent with the requirements by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants in consultation with the Auditor-General, and tariffs determined by the Provincial Treasury.
(6)A member of the audit committee who has a personal or financial interest in any matter before the committee must disclose that interest and withdraw from the proceedings of the committee when that matter is considered.

46. Functions of audit committee

(1)The audit committee must—(a)establish an audit charter to—(i)guide its audit approach and, in consultation with the internal audit unit, that of the internal audit unit;(ii)set out its operating procedures; and(iii)determine the rules that govern its relationship with the internal audit unit and the Accounting Officer,(b)carry out such investigations into the Provincial Legislature’s financial and risk management as it considers necessary or as requested by the Accounting Officer;(c)report to and advise the Accounting Officer on matters relating to the financial and risk management of the Provincial Legislature; and(d)communicate any concerns it deems necessary to the Executive Authority and the Auditor-General.
(2)in performing its functions, the audit committee—(a)has access to the financial records and other relevant information of the Provincial Legislature;(b)must meet as often as required to perform its functions, but at least four times a year; and(c)must liase with—(i)the internal audit unit of the Provincial Legislature;(ii)the person designated by the Auditor-General to audit the financial statements of the Provincial Legislature.

47. Allegations against Accounting Officer

If the audit committee becomes aware of information implicating the Accounting Officer in fraud, corruption or gross negligence, it must report this promptly to the Executive Authority and the oversight mechanism.

48. Internal audit unit

(1)The Accounting Officer must establish the Provincial Legislature’s internal audit unit which must conduct internal audits in accordance with the standards set by the Institute of Internal Auditors, for the purpose of maintaining consistency with internal audit functions in other organs of state.
(2)The unit must prepare for the approval of the audit committee—(a)operating procedures to guide its relationship with the administration of the Provincial Legislature; and(b)a three year risk based audit plan; and(c)an internal audit programme for each financial year setting out the proposed scope of each audit.
(3)the unit must report quarterly to the Accounting Officer and the audit committee on its performance against the annual audit plan.
(4)The unit must—(a)be independent of the activities that are audited; and(b)have access to the financial records and other relevant information of the Provincial Legislature.

Chapter 8
Reporting and auditing

Part 1 – In-year reporting

49. Monthly financial statements

(1)Within fifteen days after the end of each month, the Accounting Officer must submit a financial statement to the Executive Authority and the Provincial Treasury, in a format determined by the Executive Authority in consultation with the Member of Executive Council for Finance, reflecting the state of the Provincial Legislature’s finances for that month and for the financial year to date and specifying—(a)actual revenue by revenue source;(b)actual expenditure by main division;(c)actual capital expenditure by main division and(d)when necessary, an explanation of—(i)any material variances from the Provincial Legislature’s projected revenue by source, and from the Provincial Legislatures expenditure projections by main division;(ii)any remedial or corrective steps taken or to be taken to ensure that projected revenue and expenditure remain within the Provincial Legislature's approved budget.
(2)The statement must include a projection of revenue and expenditure for the remainder of the financial year and any revisions from initial projections.
(3)The amounts reflected in the statement must in each case be compared with the corresponding amounts set out in the projected cash-flows and in the Provincial Legislature's budget.

50. Quarterly performance reports

Within 30 days of the end of each quarter, the Accounting Officer must report to the Executive Authority in the Provincial Legislature’s performance in implementing the annual performance plan in that quarter.

51. Mid-year budget and performance assessment

(1)Before 31 October of each year, the Accounting Officer must submit to the Executive Authority a report that assesses the performance of the Provincial Legislature’s administration during the first half of the financial year, taking into account—(a)the monthly Statements referred to in section 49 for the first half of the financial year;(b)the past year's annual report, and progress on resolving problems identified in the report; and(c)performance in implementing the annual performance plan.
(2)In the report the Accounting Officer must—(a)recommend whether an adjustments budget may be necessary; and(b)revise projections for revenue and expenditure to the extent that this may be necessary.

52. Submission of reports to oversight mechanism

(1)The Executive Authority must table the quarterly and mid-year reports in the Provincial Legislature within five working days of receiving the reports.
(2)The Provincial Legislature must refer the reports to the oversight mechanism promptly.

Part 2 – Annual report, financial statements and auditing

53. Preparation of annual reports

(1)For each financial year, the Accounting Officer must prepare an annual report.
(2)The purpose of an annual report is to—(a)provide a record of the activities of the Provincial Legislature's administration during the financial year to which the report relates;(b)provide a report on performance of the Provincial Legislature's administration; and(c)promote accountability for decisions made during the year by the Provincial Legislature's administration.
(3)The annual report must be based on the annual performance plan and must contain—(a)the annual financial statements of the Provincial Legislature for the relevant financial year as submitted to the Auditor-General;(b)any explanations that may be necessary to clarify the financial statements;(c)the Auditor-General’s audit report on those financial statements;(d)an assessment by the Accounting Officer of the performance of the Provincial Legislature during that financial year against the objectives and outcomes identified to the Provincial Legislature’s annual performance plan;(e)particulars of any corrective action taken or to be taken to response to issues raised in the audit report referred to in paragraph (c);(f)the audit committee's report; and(g)any other prescribed information.

54. Preparation of financial statements

(1)For each financial year, the Accounting Officer must prepare annual financial Statements in accordance with the standards of generally recognized accounting practice and, in the absence of an applicable standard, in accordance with standards prescribed by the Executive Authority for the purpose of maintaining consistency with other organs of state.
(2)The notes to the annual financial Statements must—(a)include particulars of the remuneration of the Accounting Officer and senior managers, whether financial or in kind;(b)disclose in respect of each bank account held by the Provincial Legislature during the relevant financial year—(i)the name of the bank where the account is or was held, and the type of account; and(ii)year opening and year end balances in each of these bank accounts;(c)provide a summary of all investments of the Provincial Legislature as at the end of the financial year; and(d)provide particulars of—(i)all unauthorized expenditure that occurred during the financial year indicating whether it is recoverable and distinguishing between unauthorized expenditure of appropriated and approved funds, and unauthorized expenditure of donor funds;(ii)all material losses, and irregular and fruitless and wasteful expenditure that occurred during the financial year indicating whether these are recoverable;(iii)any disciplinary or criminal steps instituted as a result of such losses or unauthorized, irregular or fruitless and wasteful expenditures;(iv)any material losses written off.

55. Submission of annual financial statements

Within two months after the end of the financial year, the Accounting Officer must submit the annual financial statements—(a)to the Auditor-General for auditing; and(b)to the Provincial Treasury for inclusion in the consolidated financial statements.

56. Auditing of annual financial statements

(1)The Auditor-General must—(a)audit the financial statements submitted in terms of section 54; and(b)submit an audit report on those statements to the Executive Authority within two months of receiving the statements.
(2)If the Auditor-General is unable to complete an audit within two months of receiving the financial statements, the Auditor-General must promptly submit a report outlining the reasons for the delay to the Executive Authority. The Executive Authority must promptly table the report in the Provincial Legislature.
(3)Once the Auditor-General has submitted an audit report to the Executive Authority, no person may alter the report or the annual financial statement to which the report relates.

57. Submission of annual report

The Accounting Officer must submit the Provincial Legislature’s annual report to the Executive Authority so that the Executive Authority is able to table the report in the Provincial Legislature within five months of the end of the financial year concerned.

58. Tabling and consideration of annual report

(1)The Executive Authority must table the annual report in the Provincial Legislature within five working days of receiving it.
(2)The annual report, including the audited financial statements and audit report must be made public.
(3)The annual report of the Provincial Legislature must be referred to the oversight mechanism.

59. Issues raised in audit reports

The Accounting Officer must—(a)promptly address any issues raised by the Auditor-General in an audit report; and(b)advise the Executive Authority of the steps taken to address the issues.

60. Consequences of non-compliance with certain provisions

(1)If the Accounting Officer does not submit the annual financial statements to the Auditor-General in accordance with section 55(a)the Accounting Officer must promptly submit a written explanation setting out the reasons for the failure to—(i)the Auditor-General; and;(ii)the Executive Authority; and(b)the Executive Authority—(i)must report to the Provincial Legislature concerning the failure;(ii)must take appropriate steps to ensure that the financial statements are submitted for auditing; and(iii)may order that disciplinary steps be taken against the Accounting Officer or official responsible for the failure; and(c)the Auditor-General may issue a special report on such failure to the Provincial Legislature which must be made public.
(2)If the Executive Authority does not table the annual report in the Provincial Legislature within five months of the end of the financial year concerned—(a)the Executive Authority—(i)must table a report on the failure in the Provincial Legislature;(ii)must take appropriate steps to ensure that the annual report is tabled in the Provincial Legislature; and(b)the Auditor-General—(i)must submit the audited financial statements and audit report to the Provincial Legislature for tabling; and(ii)may issue a special report on the delay.

Part 3 – General reporting responsibilities

61. Reporting of irregularities

The Accounting Officer must report particulars of any unauthorized, irregular or fruitless and wasteful expenditure, or the likelihood of any such expenditure, to the Executive Authority immediately on discovery.

62. Other information

The Accounting Officer must comply with any request by the Provincial Legislature, the Executive Authority, or the Auditor-General for information, documents, explanations and motivations.

Chapter 9
Regulations and instructions

63. Regulations

(1)The Executive Authority may issue regulations not inconsistent with this Act concerning—(a)any matter in respect of which this Act authorizes regulations or policy;(b)the handling of, and control over, the assets of the Provincial Legislature;(c)the improvement and maintenance of the assets of the Provincial Legislature;(d)the alienation, letting or other disposal of the assets of the Provincial Legislature;(e)an appropriate supply chain management system for the Provincial Legislature which complies with Chapter 6;(f)the financial management of the provisions of support services and constituency funding to political parties represented in the Provincial Legislature;(g)the determination of any scales of fees, other charges or rates relating to services provided by the Provincial Legislature’s administration;(h)the writing off of, or settling of claims in respect of, losses of money or other assets of the Provincial Legislature or amounts owed to the Provincial Legislature;(i)liability for losses and damages, and procedures for recovery, including the recovery of fruitless and wasteful, unauthorized and irregular expenditure;(j)the cancellation or variation of contracts that are to the detriment of the Provincial Legislature provided that such variation or cancellation is not in conflict with the principles of the Law of Contracts;(k)the settlement of claims by or against the Provincial Legislature;(l)the waiver of claims by the Provincial Legislature;(m)the remission of money due to the Provincial Legislature;(n)gifts or donations to officials of the Provincial Legislature;(o)vouchers or other proofs of receipts or payments, which are defective or have been lost or damaged;(p)varying the time period within which any act must be performed in terms of this Act if it is necessary to achieve conformity with the budgeting or accounting cycles applicable to the public sector; and(q)any other matter concerning the financial management of the Provincial Legislature that may facilitate the application of this Act.
(2)Regulations in terms of subsection (1) may prescribe that the prior approval of the Executive Authority must be obtained for particular actions.
(3)The Accounting Officer must—(a)ensure that drafts of regulations required by this Act are prepared;(b)periodically review regulations made in terms of this Act; and(c)when appropriate, ensure that draft amendments are prepared.
(4)The Executive Authority must ensure that a draft of any proposed regulations dealing with any matter contemplated in Chapter 6 is published in the government gazette within 10 working days for public comment before adoption.
(5)Regulations issued by the Executive Authority in terms of subsection (1) may come into effect only after they have been approved by the Provincial Legislature.
(6)The Accounting Officer must publish all regulations approved by the Provincial Legislature—(a)in a Provincial Legislature paper; and(b)in the Government Gazette.

64. Instructions

(1)For the purpose of implementing this Act, the Executive Authority may issue written instructions not inconsistent with this Act or its regulations.
(2)A copy of any instruction issued in terms of subsection (1) must be submitted to the oversight mechanism promptly.

Chapter 10
Financial misconduct

65. Financial misconduct by accounting officer

(1)The Accounting Officer commits an act of financial misconduct if the Accounting Officer deliberately or negligently—(a)contravenes a provision of this Act:(b)fails to comply with a duty imposed by a provision of this Act on the Accounting Officer;(c)makes, or permits or instructs another official of the Provincial Legislature to make, an unauthorized, irregular or fruitless and wasteful expenditure; or;(d)provides incorrect or misleading information in any document which must be submitted to the Executive Authority, the Provincial Treasury or the Auditor-General in terms of this Act.
(2)The Executive Authority must—(a)investigate promptly any allegation of financial misconduct against the Accounting Officer, unless it is obviously unfounded; and(b)if the investigation warrants such a step, institute disciplinary proceedings promptly and in accordance with any applicable systems and procedures.

66. Financial misconduct by officials

(1)An official of the Provincial Legislature to whom a power or duty was delegated in terms of section 9, or who exercises financial management responsibilities in terms of section 10, commits an act of financial misconduct if that official deliberately or negligently—(a)fails to carry out the delegated power or duty;(b)contravenes or fails to comply with a condition of the delegated power or duty;(c)makes, or permits or instructs another official of the Provincial Legislature to make, an unauthorized, irregular or fruitless and wasteful expenditure; or(d)provides incorrect or misleading information in any document submitted to the Accounting Officer.
(2)The Accounting Officer must—(a)investigate any allegation of financial misconduct against an official, unless it is obviously unfounded; and(b)if the investigation warrants such a step, institute disciplinary proceedings within 30 days in accordance with any applicable systems and procedures.

67. Offences

(1)It is an offence for the Accounting Officer to—(a)deliberately or in a grossly negligent way—(i)contravene or fail to comply with a provision of section 6, 25(c), 29(2)(a) or (c), 30(2)(a), (b), (c) or (d), 32(2)(a), (b), (c), (d) or (f); or(ii)fail to take all reasonable steps to prevent unauthorized, irregular or fruitless and wasteful expenditure;(b)contravenes section 11(3)(b);(c)fails to take all reasonable steps to prevent corrupt practices—(i)in the management of the Provincial Legislature’s assets or receipt of money; or(ii)in the implementation of the Provincial Legislature’s supply chain management system;(d)deliberately mislead or withhold information from the Executive Authority or Auditor-General on any bank accounts of the Provincial Legislature or on money received or spent by the Provincial Legislature; or(e)deliberately provide false or misleading information in any document which in terms of a requirement of this Act must be submitted to the Executive Authority nor Auditor-General.
(2)It is an offence for-(a)any official to whom a power or duty is delegated in terms of section 9, to contravene or fail to comply deliberately or in a grossly negligent way with the delegation or a condition of the delegation;(b)any official who exercises financial management responsibilities in terms of section 10, to fail to fulfill those responsibilities deliberately or in a grossly negligent way; or(c)any official to contravene section 11(3)(b).
(3)It is an offence for any person to contravene sections 42, 43, 44 or 56(3).

68. Penalties

A person convicted of an offence in terms of section 67 is liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years.

Chapter 11
Miscellaneous

69. Liability of functionaries, exercising powers and functions in terms of this Act

(1)The Executive Authority, the Accounting Officer or any other official exercising a power or performing a function in terms of this Act, is liable in respect of any loss or damage resulting from the exercise of that power or the performance of that function in good faith.
(2)Without limiting liability in terms of the common law or other legislation, the Provincial Legislature may recover from the Accounting Officer or other official, any loss or damage suffered by it because of the deliberate or negligent unlawful actions of that Accounting Officer or other official when performing a function in terms of this Act.

70. Short title and commencement

This Act is called the Financial Management of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature Act, 2009 and comes into operation on assent by the Premier and in accordance with the transitional arrangements set out in Schedule 3 to this Act.


Schedule 1

Code of Ethics for the Executive Authority

(1)The object of this Code is to enhance the confidence of the public and that of the Members of the Provincial Legislature in the integrity of the management of the Provincial Legislature. It applies to the Executive Authority of the Provincial Legislature and supplements the Revised Code of Conduct and Ethics for Members of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. It recognizes that in holding high public office the Executive Authority has an obligation to perform the Executive Authority’s official functions and duties in a way that will the closest public scrutiny, an obligation that is not discharged by simply acting within the law.(2)The Executive Authority must conform to the principles of good governance set out in this Schedule.(3)The Executive Authority must-(a)Fulfill all the obligations placed upon him/her by the Constitution, the law and the rules, regulations and policies of the Provincial Legislature;(b)Perform his/her duties and exercise his/her powers with honesty and diligence and in accordance with the highest ethical standards;(c)Act in all respects in a manner that is consistent with the integrity of his/her office; and(d)Arrange his/her private affairs in a manner that will prevent real, potential or apparent conflicts of interests from arising and, if such a conflict does arise, resolve the conflict in favour of the interests of the Provincial Legislature and the public.(4)The Executive Authority may not—(a)use his/her position to enrich himself/herself or improperly benefit any other person;(b)expose himself/herself to any situation involving the risk of a conflict between his/her official responsibilities and his/her private interests;(c)receive remuneration for any work or service other than for the performance of his/her functions as the Executive Authority; or(d)use any allowance provided by the Provincial Legislature for a purpose other than that for which it is provided.(5)Any complaints concerning adherence to this Code must be determined by the Provincial Legislature’s Privileges and Ethics Committee established under the Rules of the Provincial Legislature to oversee the Code of Conduct for the Provincial Legislature.

Schedule 2

Matters that mast be covered in the Provincial Legislature’s supply chain management policy

A Provincial Legislature's supply chain management policy must cover the following matters—(a)the range of supply chain management processes that the Provincial Legislature may use, including tenders, quotations, auctions and other types of competitive bidding;(b)when the Provincial Legislature may or must use a particular type of process;(c)procedures and mechanisms for each type of process;(d)procedures and mechanisms for more flexible processes where the value of a contract is below a prescribed amount;(e)open and transparent pre-qualification processes for tenders or other bids;(f)competitive bidding processes in which only re-qualified persons may participate;(g)bid documentation, and the advertising of an invitations for contracts;(h)procedures and mechanisms for—(i)the opening, registering and recoding of bids in the presence of interested persons;(ii)the evaluation of bids to ensure best value for money;(iii)negotiating the final terms of contracts; and(iv)the approval of bids;(i)screening processes and security clearances for prospective contractors on tenders or other bids above a prescribed value;(j)compulsory disclosure of any conflicts of interests prospective contractors may have in specific tenders;(k)the circumstances in which prospective contractors may be excluded from being considered for any contract on account of a conflict of interest;(l)the consequences of failing to disclose conflicts of interest in accordance with the policy;(m)participation in the supply chain management system of persons who are not officials of the Provincial Legislature or in the employ of the State;(n)the barring of person from participating in tendering or other bidding processes, including persons—(i)convicted of fraud, corruption or any other crime involving dishonesty in the previous five years;(ii)who willfully breached a contract with an organ of state during the previous five years; or(iii)whose tax matters are not cleared by the South African Revenue Service;(o)measures for -(i)combating dishonesty, favouritism and unfair and irregular practices in supply chain management; and(ii)promoting ethics of officials of the Provincial Legislature and others involved in supply chain management;(p)the invalidation of recommendations or decisions that were made, taken or in any way influenced by—(i)Members of the Provincial Legislature in contravention of this Act or any applicable code of conduct for Members of the Provincial Legislature;(ii)officials of the Provincial Legislature in contravention of this Act or any applicable code of conduct for officials of the Provincial Legislature;(q)the procurement of goods and services by the Provincial Legislature through contracts procured by other organs of state;(r)contract management and dispute settling procedures;(s)the delegation of the Provincial Legislature's supply chain management powers and duties to officials of the Provincial Legislature; and(t)the circumstances in which a contract or agreement procured through the supply chain management policy of the Provincial Legislature may be amended by the parties.

Schedule 3

Transitional arrangements

(1)Sections 13 to 19, 21, 22 and 49 to 60 come into effect at the start of the first financial year after the Act comes into effect.(2)Until such time as any provision contemplated by item (1) of this Schedule Comes into effect, the Provincial Legislature will continue to comply with any applicable requirement of the Public Finance Management Act and its regulations.(3)Until such time as any regulations that must be made in terms of this Act comes into force, any policies, regulations or rules concerning the subject- matter of such regulation remain in force.(4)If, when this Act comes into effect, there is no performance agreement for the Accounting Officer as required in terms of section 7, an agreement must be concluded within a month.(5)After this Act comes into effect, no powers or duties may be delegated until the system of delegation anticipated in section 9 is adopted, except—(a)Officials exercising powers or performing duties delegated to them by the Accounting Officer before the Act came into effect may continue to do so; and(b)If a power or duty was delegated to the holder of an office in the Provincial Legislature before the Act came into effect, the holder of that office and any future holder of the office may continue to exercise the power or perform the duty.(6)Sections 38, 39 and 40 come into effect when the regulations that sections 38 and 40 anticipate are made in terms of section 63.(7)Regulations required by this Act must be made within a reasonable time of the Act coming into effect.