Cape Confidence: An Impressive 100% of WCG Departments Receive Clean Audit Opinions

A presentation before the Western Cape Provincial Parliament’s Budget Committee today revealed that 100% of provincial government departments received a clean or unqualified with findings audit opinion for the 2021/2022 financial year.

An impressive 85.7% of Western Cape Government Departments (including the Western Cape Provincial Parliament) received a clean audit (unqualified with no findings) and 14.3% received unqualified with findings. Combined, this amounts to 100% of all provincial departments receiving positive audit opinions.

The Auditor-General (AG) can classify audit outcomes into several categories, the best opinions being clean and unqualified with findings.

Auditee Finding for 2021/22
AgricultureUnqualified with no findings
Community SafetyUnqualified with no findings
Cultural Affairs and SportUnqualified with no findings
Department of the PremierUnqualified with no findings
Economic Development and TourismUnqualified with no findings
EducationUnqualified with findings
Environmental Affairs and Development PlanningUnqualified with no findings
HealthUnqualified with no findings
Human SettlementsUnqualified with findings
Local GovernmentUnqualified with no findings
Provincial TreasuryUnqualified with no findings
Social DevelopmentUnqualified with no findings
Transport and Public WorksUnqualified with no findings
Provincial ParliamentUnqualified with no findings

Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, Mireille Wenger said: “I would like to congratulate my colleagues in cabinet, our accounting officers, CFOs, and of course, all our employees across the government for making sure the Western Cape Government maintains its excellent track-record of good governance in South Africa. This is quite frankly an unparalleled achievement in our country.”

The Minister added: “We place a strong emphasis on good governance and strong financial management because it is a necessary foundation for efficient service delivery, boosting business confidence and economic growth and ultimately improving the lives of our residents.”

Commenting on the Department of Health and Wellness’s clean audit finding, Minister Wenger said: “It is remarkable and worthy of the highest praise that a Department, under so much pressure during the pandemic, was able to achieve the best possible opinion. My congratulations go to Minister Nomafrench Mbombo and Head of Department, Dr. Keith Cloete.”

Reporting on the outcomes of the public entities, 90.1% received either clean or unqualified with findings audit opinions for the period under review.

Auditee Finding for 2021/22
Western Cape Gambling and Racing BoardUnqualified with no findings
Government Motor TransportUnqualified with no findings
Saldanha Bay IDZ Licensing Company Unqualified with no findings
Western Cape Nature Conservation BoardUnqualified with no findings
Western Cape Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion AgencyQualified
CasidraUnqualified with findings
Western Cape Language CommitteeUnqualified with no findings
Western Cape Cultural CommissionUnqualified with no findings
Heritage Western CapeUnqualified with no findings
Western Cape Liquor AuthorityUnqualified with no findings
Atlantis Special Economic ZoneUnqualified with no findings

Minister Wenger said: “I would like to also congratulate the boards of our public entities, as their accounting officers, for this achievement. If one considers the management of State-Owned Enterprises nationally, this really is a shining example to the rest of the country and demonstrates what is possible in South Africa if we get our governance right.”

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