Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature obtains clean audit
13 October 2011
For the first time since 1994, the Auditor-General`s report has given the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature a full clean audit opinion for the financial year 2010/11. This is a clear indication of improvement from the institution`s previous achievements of consistently receiving unqualified audit opinions, albeit with matters of emphasis being listed in some of the audit reports.
This improvement is subsequent to our commitment to putting all necessary financial management systems and procedures in place so as to ensure this achievement. This included channelling more of our energies towards the management of financial information and paying particular attention to accountability and procedures.
An institution receives a clean audit when an auditor`s statement indicates that its financial statements have been reviewed and have been found to be accurate, complete, and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) without any matters of emphasis.
This milestone is a reflection of our collective commitment towards continuous improvement on the management of financial and non-financial institutional performance. It also demonstrates the effectiveness of our governance structures in achieving their goals.
Whilst we note this great milestone we are conscious of the challenge that lies ahead for us to remain at this apex point. We are also conscious of the fact that these achievements should be a norm in any state institution, especially Parliament and the Legislatures as custodians of oversight.
The progress and milestones recorded through this glorious achievement represent a joint effort by our staff and management in the Legislature. We therefore wish to pronounce our profound appreciation to the personnel, and the broader management team for their sustained support and cooperation in the past financial year.
Our word of gratitude and appreciation also goes to the personnel in the Office of the Auditor General under the guidance of Mr. Brian Madliwa for their support and encouragement. We hope that we shall continue working together to make the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature a model organisation and leader in financial management and accountability.
Legislature holds training on Ethics
We also wish to inform the public that, as part of strengthening our moral responsibility of conducting oversight, enforcing accountability and promoting ethical and moral conduct by Members of the Legislature who are also public representatives, we have just concluded a training session for all Members of the Legislature on the Code of Ethics and Accountability, facilitated by Professor M Kanyane from Human Science Research Council.
The training covered ethics and some of its core dimensions including but not limited to professional ethos, accountability and governance. In essence, the training targeted corruption, ethical question of the revolving door and other topical issues relating to disciplines such as professionalism and governance. We believe that the knowledge gained will also boost Honourable Members` professional experience and expertise in an attempt to increasingly augment their leadership and managerial capacities to act responsibly.
As we move forward, we remain committed to our vision and our constitutional mandate. Let us continuously work together to intensify oversight and foster service delivery for the benefit of the people of the Mpumalanga Province.
Issued by: Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature
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