Johannesburg - The Gauteng provincial treasury has drastically reduced adverse audit findings and improved the accounting practices in the province, it said on Friday.
Finance MEC Mandla Nkomfe was tabling his 2012/13 annual report to the Gauteng legislature.
“A total of eight clean audits and 23 unqualified audits were achieved by the provincial government in 2012/13, with no disclaimers Ä a significant improvement on the previous year's audit outcomes,” Nkomfe said.
“The Gauteng government is making meaningful interventions to reduce adverse audit findings and strengthened its capacity to implement accounting practices.”
He said the audit outcomes showed that a lot had been achieved since 2009 to move towards clean government.
He said his department had intervened to effectively implement action plans to address recurring audit findings, and to improve financial management capacity and practices.
“The provincial treasury's intervention in the department of health through section 18 of the Public Finance Management Act resulted in the achievement of a qualified audit opinion with far less finding,” Nkomfe said.
“Also, the department has not overspent its budget for the first time in years,” he said.
This indicated a clear path towards achieving clean audits.
“The Gauteng provincial treasury is focused on sustaining clean audits achieved, and improving audit outcomes of other departments and entities.”
Nkomfe said additional personnel had been deployed to advise entities about issues of financial management.
Departments which received clean audits were the office of the premier, the provincial legislature, the provincial treasury, social development, and sport, arts, culture and recreation.
Entities which received a clean bill of health were the Gauteng partnership fund, Gauteng funding agency and the Gautrain management agency. - Sapa