Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says fracking licences hold the key to vital information about shale gas reserves. File picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says fracking licences hold the key to vital information about shale gas reserves. File picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

ENVIRONMENTAL Affairs Minister Edna Molewa will miss the deadline for tabling her department’s 2015-16 annual report in Parliament as she is challenging the qualified audit the department was given by the auditor-general.

She wrote a letter to Parliament saying she was unable to comply with section 65 of the Public Finance Management Act and table the department’s annual report by the end of September.

"The process of finalising the auditor-general’s audit of the 2015-16 financial statements of the department has taken an unusually extended amount of time to complete as the department and the AG are having a different interpretation with regard to the application of Modified Cash Standards as they relate to transfer payment for the Expanded Public Works Programme projects," Molewa said.

"Notwithstanding the highlighted inconsistencies/challenges and the department having been granted approval for departure from MCS and having explained its position to the AG, the AG has since issued the department with a qualified audit opinion as expressed in a report signed on August 4 2016," she said.

She said she was discussing the report as a priority with the auditor-general and Treasury, and hoped to table the report by December 31.

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