tourism and parks muddle

THE Limpopo Tourism and Parks has received a scathing report from the auditor-general.

The A-G gave LTP the worst report, a disclaimer of opinion, among other things because the R7,6million worth of assets recorded in the financial statement differed sharply from the R1,6million in the fixed asset register.

The report also says that there is not sufficient evidence to satisfy the A-G as to the valuation existence and completeness of property, plant and equipment totalling R63,87million.

The A-G could also not obtain evidence to determine the completeness, occurrence and accuracy of the amount recorded as other income totalling R4,39million.

There was also no evidence to verify the valuation existence, completeness and right and obligations of the closing balance of deferred income totaling R51,36million, says the report.

It was also discovered that the board of the LTP had contravened the Public Finance Management Act on numerous occasions, including an unauthorised expenditure of R412294.

The DA in Limpopo yesterday called on MEC for economic development, environment and tourism Pitsi Moloto to "make an intervention as LTP is in disarray".

DA member of the provincial legislature Jacques Smalle said they were concerned about the performance of the LTP, especially with the 2010 Fifa World Cup less than 205 days away.

"We call on MEC Moloto to urgently intervene to make sure the management of the LTP is above board," Smalle said yesterday.

"Tourism's potential to contribute to economic growth, job creation and foreign exchange earnings are enormous.

"The DA will do everything in its power to make sure that the province remains the best attraction for both local and foreign tourists."

Smalle said a recent report had indicated that in the 2008-09 financial year the province's share of foreign arrivals was 1055101, which was 11percent of South Africa's total arrivals.

The figure, he said, was likely to triple or quadruple during the World Cup.