Employees of the Western Cape gaming board are subject to a strict no-gift policy.

Receiving presents of any kind in connection with their job is prohibited by the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board, which includes board members as well as all other employees.

Sweetness Sixubane, the board’s human resource manager, testified before the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) that any presents received by workers were documented in a register and returned to the giver as soon as the gifts were received.

Sixubane was responding to a question from committee member Derrick America (DA), who inquired: “While the board of directors has a gift policy for its members, does the company have a gift policy for its employees?”

Sixubane expressed himself as follows

A policy has been put in place by the board, and it applies to all workers, including board members.” Employees are not permitted to receive gifts from the industry or from our stakeholders. We also keep a record of all incoming presents as well as items that have been returned to us. Because the industry is aware of the policy, we do not, in fact, get any benefits. “If we do get any, we must return them as quickly as possible,” said the company.

Committee member Nomi Nkondlo (ANC) inquired about the process of filling vacancies on the board of directors and if the opportunity will be utilized to enhance gender parity on the board of directors.

According to the 2019/20 annual report, which members used as a source of reference, the board had one vacancy and was comprised of four males and two women at the time of the report.

Board chairman David Lakay, on the other hand, said that “the board is completely filled at this time.” This year, on December 15, I was reappointed to my position on the board of directors, where I will serve as chair for another year beginning in December 2020.

“On January 31, the resignation of Linda Nyati, a member of the committee, became effective. She has resigned due to personal reasons, resulting in the creation of a new position. In addition to this, the term of yet another member will come to an end in May of this year. “I believe that the procedure that was started last year and for which interviews were done may provide an opportunity,” says the author.

A second question was raised by Nkondlo: why did the board have 16 meetings during the fiscal year under review, and did this indicate that the board was becoming more operationally involved?

“There are 13 board meetings each year on average, with any additional meetings being ad hoc sessions to deal with specific issues as they occur,” Lakay said. “There was no connection between any of the sessions in terms of operations.”

When asked by committee member Deidré Baartman (DA) about the constraints that the provincial treasury is obliged to cope with, treasury chief David Savage responded as follows

“Our budgetary forecast for the year under review was limited by a combination of global variables and fundamental economic constraints in the South African economy,” the authors write. Given the fact that the overwhelming majority of our income come from transfers from the federal government, this has had some impact on provincial revenues. “

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