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01 Jul 2015 12:58
Maurencia Gillion says funders 'need to have confidence in our ability to manage the money'. (David Harrison, M&G)
The first priority for the ANC’s new treasurer in the Western Cape is to help the party win back the confidence of funders and ensure that
every cent is accounted for.
Maurencia Gillion told the
Mail & Guardian on Wednesday that winning the confidence of
donors, as well as planning, would be key to stabilising the party’s finances
in the province.
The party’s congress last weekend had to be moved at the
last minute from the Cape Town International Convention Centre (ICC) to the
more affordable Cape Peninsula University of Technology after a donor withdrew
“I am busy drawing up a financial plan for the next few
years,” said Gillion, a former deputy secretary.
“It is important that we plan in advance at all times,
so we know what events are coming up and what we need for them. We need to be
This provincial executive committee will look at building
confidence of funders and it won’t happen overnight.
In 2011, the party hired the ICC for its elective congress
for R2-million but only managed to pay R250 000. It was only after four years –
and a default order – that the party was able to settle its outstanding
debt, just in time to book the venue for this year’s congress.
Beyond popularityAt the party’s congress last weekend, ANC national executive
committee member Derek Hanekom urged branches to elect treasurers who would
ensure there were funds in the party’s coffers to look after. Hanekom said it
was disgraceful that branches had no money at all and they needed to think
beyond popularity when electing a treasurer.
Gillion said that with the right planning, the party in the
Western Cape would never again run out of cash. The former Overberg district
municipality mayor – the ANC recalled Gillion for underperformance – said her background in finance would assist in stabilising the party’s finances.
“We know when these events are going to happen and we
need to plan accordingly. We need to be able to account to our funders, to
constantly report back to them so that they know where their money is going.
They need to have confidence in our ability to manage the money. It won’t be
easy, but we will do it.”
“We are going to start with an assessment to see where
we are and which way we are going. But I have been a part of the PEC [provincial executive committee] for four
terms and I know the systems, so it can and will be done,” said Gillion.
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