We all have someone in our lives who is calm and calculated in all they do. They are the kind of people who, even during a time of great panic and stress, are always chilled. Kimi Makwetu, the auditor-general, is one such guy: always a smile, always positive and, most of all, always calm. But not even he could contain his frustration this week as he reported the lack of material progress in the financial management - or the mismanagement - of our provincial and national government departments. His report tore into the root causes for the slow progress. He called on leaders to stop sticking their heads in the sand, and for movement on what he calls the "doable actions". He said: "Accelerating the pace basically requires auditees to constantly and properly perform the basics my office has persistently pointed out to leadership over a while now. These doable actions include auditees implementing plans to address shortcomings in financial controls based on commitments already made. "Had...

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