Audit pilot project for KZN

2011-08-15 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL has been chosen by the Auditor-General’s office as the province where it will conduct a performance audit pilot project.

Premier Zweli Mkhize said the selection of KZN for this project is a vote of confidence in the province.

Explaining the importance of this move to fellow members of the legislature, Mkhize said auditing was more like encouraging everyone to go to church, while performance auditing takes you a step further to become saints.

He said the initiative will put pressure and responsibility on the provincial government as it will require departments and municipalities to put a lot more effort into planing which will in turn inform budgets. This in turn will have to be monitored and evaluated.

“We are keen to participate in this project so we must make sure we have all our ducks in a row so that we don’t frustrate the process,” the premier said.

He added that citizen satisfaction is not easy to assess and the challenge is that it has a relative aspect to it and is subjective.

Mkhize said the development of the Provincial Nerve Centre will prove to be a valuable monitoring and evaluation tool.

Auditor-General Terence Nombembe, who was on a visit to KZN said that his office has not yet conducted any performance audits at local government level, but that they intend to do this to be consistent with performance audits carried out at national departments.

Nombembe said his office had finalised performance audits on infrastructure, health and education at national level and these reports are due to be released shortly.

They are currently doing a performance audit on the use of consultants in the whole of government and this will touch local government as well.

He added that the core aim and function of government was service delivery as opposed to the private sector whose aim was improved economic returns.

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