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Another year of clean audits confirms commitment to good governance

2 November 2020

The Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA) has completed the audit for the 2019/20 financial year in the Western Cape. 

We are pleased to announce that of the 22 provincial departments and entities that received an audit outcome, 21 (96%) of the auditees received an "unqualified" audit outcome on their annual financial statements, while 17 (77%) received a coveted "clean" audit (unqualified with no findings).

One department , the Department of Health, has not been finalised due to a delay by the AGSA as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. They have estimated that the audit results for the Department of Health will be finalised in January 2021.

2019/20 Audit Outcomes

2019/20 Audit Outcomes

In the 2019/20 financial year, of the 12 Western Cape Government departments that received audit outcomes, 10 received “an unqualified opinion with no findings”, or “clean audit”, 1 received an “unqualified opinion with findings”, and 1 received a “qualified opinion with findings”.

The Department of Agriculture remains qualified as a result of a long-standing matter of a technical nature. After a Western Cape High court exonerated the department, we now await the matter to be finally determined by the supreme court of appeal.

Western Cape Government Department Audit Outcomes
Community Safety Unqualified with no findings
Cultural Affairs and Sport Unqualified with no findings
Office of the Premier Unqualified with no findings
Economic Development and Tourism Unqualified with no findings
Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Unqualified with no findings
Human Settlements Unqualified with no findings
Local Government Unqualified with no findings
Provincial Treasury Unqualified with no findings
Social Development Unqualified with no findings
Transport and Public Works Unqualified with no findings
Education Unqualified with findings
Agriculture Qualified
Health Outstanding

Of the 10 Western Cape Government public entities, 7 received an “unqualified opinion with no findings”, or “clean audit”, 3 received an “unqualified opinion with findings”, and none received a “qualified opinion with findings” in the 2019/20 financial year.

Western Cape Government Entity Audit Outcomes
Government Motor Transport Unqualified with no findings
Saldanha Bay IDZ Licencing Company Unqualified with no findings
Western Cape Nature Conservation Board Unqualified with no findings
Western Cape Liqour Authority Unqualified with no findings
Western Cape Language Committee Unqualified with no findings
Western Cape Cultural commission Unqualified with no findings
Heritage Western Cape Unqualified with no findings
Western Cape Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency Unqualified with findings
Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board Unqualified with findings
Cassidra Unqualified with findings


And the Western Cape Provincial Parliament received an “unqualified with no findings”, or “clean audit”, for the 2019/20 financial year.

These audit outcomes are the result of a concerted effort by all officials to ensure that good governance and good financial management remain at the heart of what we do in the Western Cape Government.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the officials within these departments and entities for their diligent leadership and hard work in delivering this result.

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Media Enquiries: 

Francine Higham
Spokesperson for the Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities
(Responsible for the Provincial Treasury and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism)
Tel: 021 483 4327
Cell: 071 087 5150