By Sukuoluhle Ndlovu
Zaka – In a bid to fight and curb the spread of Covid – 19 pandemic, the government is fronting the decentralization of Public Finance Management District Kiosk.
This came out during the launch of the Zaka Public Finance Management System District Kiosk.
Speaking at the launch, the Deputy Minister for ICT postal and courier services, Dingumuzi Phuti said the kiosk will help cut traveling costs.
The implementation of the Kiosks comes in line with the devolution and decentralization of public services.
Village heads used to travel to the head offices for work so having the kiosks near them will make their work a lot easier.
Service delivery was being delayed due to the need to travel to provincial capitals and the villagers will have full control of budgets allocated to them.
“Zaka community will never be the same again as delivery practices into the new normal that are now driving the national economic growth through such infrastructure that help, accounts, administration and procurement process to be expedited in efficiency service delivery.
“Government department in districts were facing challenges in transaction and deploying budget requisition timeously because they had to travel to provincial capitals to transact, else the duties or responsibilities that give ownership to budget were given to provincial offices, with the establishment of Zaka PFMS district kiosk, entails district department now have full control of the budget allocated to them. This even means you can now promote local companies since procurement and payment can now be done through the PFMS District kiosks,” said Phuthi.
Speaking at the same occasion, Zaka Central MP Davison Svuure said the project will see the country move in line with the digital world. Going digital is now the way to go and should be embraced. He said the kiosks will be of use to the people of Zaka and there will be less movement and this will help fight against the pandemic.
In an interview with one villager, Tapiwa Donhora said it is their hope the kiosks will be of better use for them.
“The move by the government is appreciated and we have been told the advantages of the kiosk and it is for our best interest. Will be able to access data and information from our very own kiosks in our districts,” Donhora.