The Auditor-General of South Africa, Mr Thembekile Kimi Makwetu released the audit outcomes for the 2015/2016 financial year at the Soweto Theatre, on Wednesday 24 August 2016.
Gauteng Premier, David Makhura stated that “for the first time in 13 years, all 12 Gauteng Provincial Departments and public entities received unqualified audit status in the period under review”. The audit outcome serves as an indication of the Gauteng government’s commitment, which strives to strengthen financial management and to build an activist, accountable and clean government.
The AG announced the following audit outcomes:
• Seven Provincial Departments achieved clean audits
• Seven Provincial Departments achieved unqualified opinions
• Thirteen public entities achieved clean audits
• Six public entities achieved unqualified audit opinions
Premier Makhura was elated to pronounce that the Department of Health improved from qualified to unqualified audit status. He alluded that, “the improvement can be attributed to the Department’s strategic intervention plan on all audit outcomes, in particular revenue management”.
In the 2015/2016 financial year, MEC Creecy once again lead by example and was amongst the Provincial MEC’s who received an award from the Auditor-General for achieving clean audits in her respective Departments. Treasury achieved a clean audit for the third consecutive year.
“We welcome the Auditor-General’s Report and we are encouraged by the improvements that were noted by the report” said Premier Makhura. Furthermore, the Premier commended all Departments for their ongoing efforts to improve management of public finances and taking corrective action to address poor performance. Premier Makhura, emphasised that the Province’s ultimate goal remains 100% clean audit.
In the course of the proceedings, the Premier expressed his concern regarding irregular expenditure and indicated that some departments are not paying service providers within 30 days.
The Open Tender System will assist in eliminating irregular expenditure, the system will enforce compliance with supply chain regulations. MEC Creecy further mentioned that Gauteng is the only government in the world that adjudicates tenders publicly.
In his closing remarks, Premier Makhura expressed that the audit outcomes show that the Gauteng Provincial Government has done a lot since 2014 to move towards a clean government that is transparent and accountable to people.