Audit reports: KZN councils are improving

2010-08-04 00:00

A TOTAL of 44 out of 61 KwaZulu-Natal municipalities received unqualified audits reports from the auditor-general during the 2008/2009 financial year.

KZN MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube revealed this at press conference in Durban yesterday.

While eight municipalities received qualified audits, representing a 13% reduction from the previous financial year, no municipalities received adverse audit opinions and nine got disclaimers.

A qualified report means that the municipality handled its financial affairs badly, a disclaimer is worse and an adverse report means that the municipality was extremely bad in handling its financial affairs.

Dube said these audit outcomes are a sign that KZN municipalities are getting their financial acts together.

Dube attributed the improvement to the role played by hard-working staff and managers who are embracing the ethos of good and clean governance on a daily basis.

Among municipalities who were errant but improved after provincial assistance are Msunduzi, eNdumeni, Maphumulo, Muziwabantu, uPhongolo and uThukela.

“We are particularly concerned with the eDumbe, Mbonambi, Nkandla, Nongoma, Nquthu and uMkhanyakude district municipalities, which obtained successive disclaimer opinions,” Dube said.


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