Capricorn District Municipality (CDM) has, for the third consecutive year, received an unqualified audit outcome following the Auditor-General’s (AG) audit of the municipality for the 2015/16 financial year.
This was announced by Executive Mayor John Mpe during CDM’s first council meeting for 2017 that took place last Monday.
“It is a wish of every institution to want to achieve good audit performance, but there is a lot of hard work, expertise and commitment that go into achieving it. It is more than just about accounting. It is about compliance and accountability,” Mpe said, explaining such a great achievement did not come easily, given the circumstances and conditions under which the administration performed in that reporting period. According to Mpe, the challenges included high staff turnover in management, the resignation of the Chief Financial Officer and the acting capacities across management.
Mpe said that, in the previous financial year when the municipality received the same audit outcome, the acting Municipal Manager Thuso Nemugumoni vowed at that time that CDM was committed to sustaining the audit performance and that it would inspire the municipality to work even harder and smart towards future clean audits. “This means that we are succeeding with the implementation of our internal controls and how we report. The fact that we managed to satisfy the AG yet again in this reporting period means we are getting the basics right, and thanks to our sound financial management systems and strong political will,” Mpe said.
“An unqualified audit outcome means that the Auditor-General is satisfied that CDM finances are in order and that the municipality has complied with municipal finance management laws and treasury regulations and that every cent that has been spent was accounted for and that CDM’s annual performance report is credible,” Moffat Senyatsi, CDM Media Liaison Officer explained.
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Featured photo: CDM Executive Mayor John Mpe.