DAVID MAYNIER: DA-led Western Cape has best audit outcome in the country

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79% of Western Cape departments received clean audits compared to the next best province, Gauteng, with 30% clean audits.

In the province, 79% of departments received clean audits compared to Gauteng, with 30% — and the Free State, with 0%The audit results recently released by the auditor-general, Kimi Makwethu, show a stark contrast between the performance of the Western Cape and all other provinces across SA.

Of the R1.37bn unauthorised expenditure incurred by the provinces, no unauthorised expenditure emanated from the Western Cape. The Western Cape incurred only R154,000 worth of fruitless and wasteful expenditure, compared to R898,000 in the Northern Cape and, the worst performing, Free State, with R144m.

The question is how did we achieve such outstanding audit results in the Western Cape, and how do we continue to do so year after year? Finance Management Act is to “promote and enforce transparency and effective management in respect of revenue, expenditure, assets and liabilities of provincial departments and provincial public entities”.

We have established CFO, supply chain management, financial and management accounting forums. We issue delegation frameworks. We provide continual analysis and guidance of regulations and instructions, and we have workshopped the draft versions of the irregular, unauthorised, fruitless and wasteful expenditure frameworks to ensure there is a consistent understanding in the province, together with a standard way of evaluating, monitoring and reporting on irregular expenditure in the Western Cape.

 

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