The NBI's policy on HIV/AIDS was finalized during the year and made available in English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana and Venda. HIV/AIDS peer educators were identified and trained throughout the NBI and World AIDS Day commemorations were arranged at NBI centres across the country.
An assessment of HIV/AIDS prevalence and risk throughout the NBI was conducted by a specialist company and the results were released to the administrators of the NBI Retirement Fund (NBIRF).
Mentorship Workshops were presented for staff members throughout the organization and led to the launch of the NBI Leadership Academy in September 2001. This Mentorship Programme aims to nurture and develop a leadership pool from which future NBI managers can be drawn.
Employee Satisfaction and Wellness Surveys were conducted throughout the NBI with a view to the possibility of establishing an employee assistance programme, to gauge the organizational culture and climate, and to identify work-related problems.
The NBI continued reviewing its Employment Equity Plan in line with the Employment Equity Act. The Employment Equity Plan and report were presented to the Department of Labour in accordance with legal requirements.
The NBI's ABET Programme was redesigned in the light of budget limitations and implementation of the new programme began with 27 learners at the Lowveld and Free State NBGs in February 2002. Once external funding has been sourced, the programme will be implemented at the Natal, Pretoria and Witwatersrand NBGs.
NBI classified as a Public Entity
The NBI was listed as a Public Entity with effect from April 2001 and now has to comply with the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA). In terms of the Act, the NBI Board is now the accounting authority responsible for all operations of the NBI. Accordingly, the NBI has adapted its management and reporting procedures to comply with the Act, including the appointment of a Chief Financial Officer.
The annual operating grant received from the DEA&T was increased by only 0.8% on the previous year. The NBI made proposals to the DEA&T during the year for the operating grant to be increased at least in line with inflation so that the critical mass and expertise within the organization would not be threatened. The DEA&T has simultaneously granted the NBI R15 million towards capital development over the next two years. These developments will greatly enhance income and visitor facilities.
The NBI achieved excellent results in terms of self-generated income of R38.5 million, an increase of 50.2% over the previous year. The main increase was in project funds where the NBI's reputation has made it a preferred recipient of local and foreign donor funding.
The financial systems of the NBI have been improved to be able to cope with the several dozen projects run throughout the organization. These controls and procedures mean that all funding and expenditure is clearly recorded and each project receives an independent monthly operating report. The efficacy of these systems has been borne out by positive independent audit reports on all the foreign donor-funded projects run by the NBI where such reports have been required.
Audited Financial Statements
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Report of the Auditor General
Changes in Equity
Grants and Donations