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AG says he is “encouraged” by “significant improvement” in audit outcomes

NOVEMBER 27, 2014
AG says he is “encouraged” by “significant improvement” in audit outcomes

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu says he is “encouraged” by the “significant improvement” in the audit outcomes of Eastern Cape provincial government departments and entities.

In his general report on the audit out-comes of the Eastern Cape for the 2013/14 financial year, Makwetu says the improvement is evident from the reduction in the number of adverse and disclaimed audit opinions.

It was also evident from the increase in the number of clean audits.

“This is the first time since the dawn of democracy that no department obtained an adverse or disclaimed audit outcome in the province.”

Improvements were achieved “by auditees responding to our messages around the improvement of basic disciplines.

“This was done through the leadership setting the correct tone at the top; a more focused approach towards accountability and governance, stability in leadership positions and the fulfilment of the commitment to address vacant posts and improve the skills of officials.

“We encourage the leadership to further enhance this approach by ensuring that the financial, performance and compliance disciplines are entrenched within the control environment.”

The AG says progress towards clean administration has been slower at local government level than at provincial - the MBDA was the only local government entity to achieve a clean audit in the 2012/13 financial year. - metrominutes


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