iLembe scores another clean audit

2017-02-15 06:03
At the council meeting (from left) municipal manager Nonhlanhla Gamede, speaker Lucky Makhathini, audit manager Hlengiwe Phewa, mayor Siduduzo Gumede, deputy mayor Dolly Shandu and the finance portfolio committee chairperson Sandeep Oudhram. Photo: supplied

At the council meeting (from left) municipal manager Nonhlanhla Gamede, speaker Lucky Makhathini, audit manager Hlengiwe Phewa, mayor Siduduzo Gumede, deputy mayor Dolly Shandu and the finance portfolio committee chairperson Sandeep Oudhram. Photo: supplied

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THE iLembe District Municipality together with its controlled entity, Enterprise iLembe, received yet another clean audit report for the third consecutive year from the for the 2015/2016 financial year.

Audit manager Hlengiwe Phewa from the KZN Auditor-General’s offices revealed this last week at a council meeting.

Prior to 2009/2010 iLembe had a history of receiving a qualified audit opinions, with the municipality having achieved its first unqualified audit opinion for the 2009/10 financial year.
The district was able to maintain this trend for the 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13 financial years.

For 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 financial years the municipality received a clean audit outcome meaning the financial statements are free from material misstatements and there are no material findings on reporting on performance objectives or non-compliance with legislation.

Mayor of iLembe District Municipality Siduduzo Gumede also reported on the mid-year budget assessment and performance for the year 2016/2017 at the council meeting.

The mayor said that there were various achievements that came with the first half of the financial year despite the challenges the district is facing.

“Some targets were not achieved due to the effects of the severe drought which negatively impacted municipal revenues. As a result this led to certain funds to be reprioritised and non-service delivery projects to be suspended,” he said.

Commenting on the clean audit report, Gumede said this was a progressive accomplishment.

“We are proud for having achieved clean administration in three consecutive years together with the municipality entity, Enterprise iLembe. We are encouraged to continually ensure sound financial management within local government,” said the mayor.

Gumede also revealed that the mid-term performance of the district showed slight improvement in revenue collection.

“The liquidity of the municipality is still under pressure and care should be exercised to maintain healthy cash flows,” he said.

Gumede said the budget would be adjusted to accommodate latest projections, stating that as council, they are closely monitoring the strict measures to restrict unnecessary spending.

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