New audit outcomes welcomed

The Auditor General, Kimi Makwetu has expressed his satisfaction over the performance of North West provincial government departments in the 2014/2015 audit report which he presented to Premier Supra Mahumapelo last week.

Unlike the departments’ performance during previous years, the government administrations displayed remarkable improvements in their audit outcomes in the New Year, with all 10 departments receiving unqualified opinions.

The most outstanding was the finance, economy and enterprise development walking away with the title of the best performing administration and claiming a clean audit.

“These audit outcomes represent an improvement for the provincial government in light of the radical reconfiguration of departments embarked upon which could result in adverse disclaimers had the province not worked hard and consistently throughout the 2014/15 financial year”, Makwetu said.

Premier Mahumapelo was equally upbeat and congratulated the finance department for sustaining the achievement of a clean audit outcome. He called on government departments to work on the identified findings so that they also achieve clean audits.

We are equally happy that after many years of adverse audit opinions, the future looks promising for local administrations especially as Mahumapelo told the auditor general, the provincial government had decided that on a monthly basis, the Executive Council would receive reports on audit matters, to institutionalize consequence management and to measure the positivity from audit outcomes against the implementation of measures to reduce poverty, inequality and unemployment.

“The audit outcomes show that we are on course in so far as the Rebranding, Repositioning and Renewal of the province are concerned.”Mahumapelo said.

We applaud the performances of the departments and urge others to work harder.

Comment by Bobby Saul of 13 Martin Street, Galleria Arcade, Mafikeng.