Lukhanji receives qualified audit after five years of disclaimers

2016-02-10 06:00

THE Lukhanji Municipality has received a qualified audit opinion from Auditor General Thembekile Kimi Makwetu for the first time in five financial years and the local authority’s chief financial officer Nomthandazo Ntshanga has resolved that they will do better in the 2015/2016 financial year.

Speaking during a special council meeting recently, Ntshanga said they had noted the issues raised by the AG and had started working on them.

“We will investigate the report and find a solution. We need to find corrective measures. The monthly reviews are important and we have checked some of the things that were raised by the AG since July and come 2015/2016 all the issues that were raised will not be there,” she said.

Municipal manager Nolwandle Gqiba added that a qualified audit was a big deal when you had been receiving disclaimers for more than five years.

“ We do not want to go back into a disclaimer,” she said.

The municipality last received a clean audit in the 2008/2009 financial year.

Lukhanji executive mayor Nozibele Makhanda said they were excited that a lot of progress had been made in the AG report.

“We received a qualified audit opinion. We are coming from five years of consecutive disclaimers. We need to continue making sure that the workforce is complying with the AG requirements,” she said.

Makhanda said they had a chief financial officer who had managed to help the municipality to obtain a qualified opinion.

“The basis of the opinion according to the AG was inability to gain sufficient evidence on a number of issues. The municipality did not account for its property, plant and equipment in accordance with GRAP 17,” she said.

She said the authority had not accounted for its investment properties in accordance with GRAP 16.

“The AG said that the municipality’s processes and procedures to record irregular expenditure are insufficient and the municipality did not account for revenue from exchange transactions in accordance with GRAP 9,” Makhanda said.

She said the municipality had managed to produce information that could be audited by the AG and from that they had managed to obtain a qualified audit opinion.

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