August 17, 2017

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Ace hails Fezile Dabi clean audit

The premier also lauded the steady progress municipalities in the province made in terms of sound financial controls

Premier Ace Magashule has congratulated the Fezile Dabi Local Municipality for attaining a clean audit from auditor general Kimi Makwetu for the 2015/16 financial year.

This follows Makwetu’s visit to the Free State this week, where the AG had come to engage with municipal stakeholders on the outcomes of the previous financial year audits.

“We wish to congratulate Fezile Dabi Local Municipality for attaining a clean audit opinion. To all the provincial departments, political and administrative leadership of municipalities, the office of the auditor general, SALGA, we thank you for the contribution you have made,” said Magashule.

He pointed out that each contribution in maintaining sound financial controls, however small, is highly valued, and he urged all officials to pull up their sleeves and do things right in their pursuit of better audit results in future.

Magashule said he appreciated the steady progress made by municipalities in the province towards clean financial management in the 2015/16 Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) audits.

The meeting was attended by members of the provincial executive council, mayors, director-generals, heads of departments as well as municipal managers and chief executive officers of different municipalities in the province.

Briefing the media on the meeting with Makwetu, the premier’s spokesperson Tiisetso Makhele said Magashule welcomed the auditor general’s report.

“The premier also appreciates and welcomes the steady progress made by Free State municipalities as far as audit opinions are concerned. The premier is of the view that, while this progress must be noted and appreciated, more effort must be made to improve, amongst others, key internal controls as well as matters relating to financial health of our municipalities,” said Makhele.

He added that back in 2008/09, 23 of the 30 municipalities audited received disclaimer opinions.

Makhele said the situation improved in the eight financial years between 2008 and 2016, wherein disclaimer opinions by the auditor general declined by 87 percent, which translates into three disclaimer opinions.
“In the 2008/09 financial year, only three municipalities and municipal entities received unqualified audit opinions. In the 2015/16 financial year audit outcomes, up to 12 municipalities received unqualified audit opinions,” added Makhele.

He said one of the three municipalities with disclaimer opinions, Naledi Local Municipality, has since been incorporated into the Mangaung Metro Municipality.

Meanwhile, the Masilonyana and Mafube Local Municipalities, are under the support of the provincial department of co-operative governance for support.

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