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Mpumalanga welcomes 4 clean audit reports

2012-07-24 16:58

Skukuza - Four of the 13 municipalities nationwide that received clean audits from the Auditor General Terence Nombembe (AG) for the 2010/2011 financial year are based in Mpumalanga.

Addressing the media in Skukuza on Tuesday, Mpumalanga MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Madala Masuku said that although these municipalities got unqualified reports, more still needed to be done.

"We are happy and welcome the auditor general's report. This makes our province the top in the country for having received four unqualified audit reports... ,"said Masuku.

"However, there is still more to be done. We have set up a team from Cogta and the provincial treasury to help those municipalities that didn't do well. Reports have been received from such municipalities."

Mpumalanga has 21 municipalities. Four got unqualified audit reports with no emphasis, namely Ehlanzeni district municipality, Gert Sibande district municipality, Steve Tshwete local municipality and Victor Khanye local municipality.

"These municipalities are leading and torchbearers for our goal of Clean Audit 2014. Their splendid perfomance is worthy to be emulated by other municipalities and they need to keep up their record, even after 2014," said Masuku.

Seven municipalities got unqualified reports with emphasis, three got qualified audit reports and seven municipalities got disclaimers.

Masuku said the AG found unauthorised expenditure amounting to R384m, irregular expenditure amounting to R285m and fruitless and wasteful expenditure amounting to R10m.

"As we know, for municipalities that don't perform, there must be penalties," said Masuku.

He said the provincial task team would visit the poor performers and address the issues raise by the AG.

He warned that municipalities that don't improve even after help from the province will face harsh recommendations, like removing the managers.

Municipalities that got unqualified audit reports with emphasis are: Nkangala district municipality and the Bushbuckridge, Emakhazeni, Nkomazi, Govan Mbeki, Msukaligwa and Mbombela local municipalities.
Uqualified audit reports were given to Dipaliseng, Emalahleni and Thembisile Hani local municipalities.

Those that received disclaimers were: Chief Albert Luthuli, Dr. JS Moroka, Lekwa, Mkhondo, Dr Pixley Ka Seme, Umjindi and Thaba Chweu local municipalities.

Comments
  • kala.bafazi - 2012-07-24 17:12

    Correct me if I'm wrong but is an unqualified not something to be proud of? I thought an unqualified report means that the financials are in such poor state the AG can't give a report?

      keaneharvey - 2012-07-24 17:42

      A qualification in the sense of audit means a limitation. So for example an audit report would be qualified if there is a limitation as to the reliability or factual correctness, or as to the actual substance. In the case of municipalities, misspending and such things are matters of substance which cause the Auditor to qualify the audit report. As with Audited Financial Statements, you want your audit report to be unqualified. Meaning there are "no issues" with the reports. It is clean. The use of the word "qualification" is the issue here. Qualifying anything in this sense means limiting it or giving it parameters within which it is correct/acceptable.

      wstapelberg - 2012-07-24 17:51

      You are wrong. An unqualified audit report is one that the auditors could not find any fault with.

  • peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-07-24 17:14

    well done, so what happened to your other municipalities?... Sounds like the 4 were a fluke

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-24 17:36

      Yeah 4 out of 13 is not great, typical of our cadres to celebrate mediocrity

      larissa.pienaar.1 - 2012-07-25 09:16

      @Devon - it's 4 out of 13 GOOD ones in the WHOLE COUNTRY ... only 4 in Mpumalanga were good, out of a total of 21 in Mpumalanga alone. I'm more concerned with the fact that there were only 13 good ones COUNTRYWIDE!!! WTH?!?!?!

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-07-24 17:18

    Wow, nothing to be proud of 4/21 is less than 20% acceptable (and when it comes to tax payers money, anything less than a clean audit is NOT ACCEPTABLE.

  • Henk - 2012-07-24 17:18

    It is a disgrace. Open theft of the tax payers resources and these politicians just continue their advance on money that is meant for us. When is this ever going to stop? We should really consider the Chinese method of dealing with corrupt public officials...That is the only way to stop this.

  • ashley.stroebel - 2012-07-24 17:31

    SAD how low are standards are in this country. Only 13 ....... Wow maybe next time 14. All this money down the drain. Could have been used For Education, Service delivery, help the poor. Tax payers money flushed down ze toilet.....

  • bongani.nzimande - 2012-07-24 18:33

    Was expecting 100% from da western cape

      larissa.pienaar.1 - 2012-07-25 09:18

      Although they haven't mentioned WC yet ... perhaps they just got clean reports with emphasis, which also wouldn't be too bad! Getting a TOTALLY clean report is very very difficult, for companies and municipalities alike! As long as the qualifications are minor, then there's not TOO much to worry about. I would like to see the WC figures, for interest's sake :)

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-07-24 18:49

    you will all ways be happy as long as you get a way with "murder"

  • Tshepo Mongale - 2012-07-24 19:28

    i careless. Witbank has no drinking, roads and the hospital is dilapidated.

      bzondikoata - 2012-07-25 09:39

      so does the councils they careless as long as you don't bring it to their attention it's not their problem either coz if it was I'm sure they would have attended to it. it's you who need those facilities if you don't tell them who will tell them don't complain Do if can do better don't blame it won't help giving up without even trying... they say ONLY Cowards will wait for someone to represent them that's why they are cowards who will represent u if you don't !!!!! use you mind before applying action.

  • thabo.seleke.94 - 2012-07-24 20:41

    People with skills, qualifications and experience are ready to help but because they are not from exile or robben Island they don't qualify.

      Koos - 2012-07-25 08:05

      Might want to add ... or friends or family to your list.

  • Koos - 2012-07-25 08:06

    "He warned that municipalities that don't improve even after help from the province will face harsh recommendations, like removing the managers." I can already see these managers scrambling for a photo - smile boys, we are up for promotion.

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