KWAZULU-NATAL municipalities had improved on the management of their finances with seven councils obtaining a clean bill of their finances from the Auditor-General. “The seven clean audits for KZN municipalities is the best result this province has seen to date and the culmination of steady improvements, many of which have been achieved under close co-operation between individual municipalities and Cogta,” Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said. The recipients of the clean audits are: Uthungulu district, Okhahlamba district, Umhlathuze, Ntambanana, Ubuhlebezwe, Umzimkhulu, and Msinga local municipalities. The performance by the province’s municipalities in the latest round of audits was an improvement considering only Umtshezi had obtained a clean bill of finances in the previous financial year. “A number of KZN municipalities have improved markedly, with some turning the corner from a disclaimer to an unqualified audit, such as the Jozini local municipality, and others, such as the uMkhanyakude district municipality, progressing from a disclaimer to a qualified audit,” said Dube-Ncube. However, there was no indication of how Umtshezi Municipality fared in the latest audit. Dube-Ncube said the clean audits account for more than 10% of KZN’s municipalities, up from an average of five percent nationally for the past three years. Dube-Ncube was, however, quick to say the challenge would be to sustain these results in the current financial year.