Picture: ISTOCK
Picture: ISTOCK

Nearly two-thirds of Gauteng’s government departments and entities received clean audits for 2016-17, while the rest all received unqualified opinions.

Gauteng premier David Makhura told journalists on Wednesday that 22 of the province’s departments and entities received clean audits, two more than in 2016.

In his administration’s first audit outcome in 2014 a few months into his term, only 56% of the departments and entities had clean audits. There was one disclaimer and one qualified opinion.

Makhura said Gauteng had shown sustained improvements in governance, administration and financial management over the past three years.

He also said the provincial government continued to make steady progress in improving financial management, eliminating wasteful expenditure and ensuring that funds were used to deliver services.

The departments that received clean audits were the office of the premier, the provincial legislature, co-operative governance and traditional affairs, provincial treasury, social development, economic development, and e-government, while the rest all received unqualified opinions.

Makhura said the Gauteng department of health had sustained its improved audit outcomes for the past two years, but added that the department was most affected by accruals and irregular expenditure.

Fifteen public entities received clean audits, with the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller and the Greater Newtown Development company receiving the two newest clean audits.

Makhura said the province would continue to pursue the goal of 100% clean audits within its departments and entities.

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