96% Unqualified Audits on Western Cape Government Financial Statements
An analysis of the audit outcomes for 2017/18 indicates that a total of 23 out of 24 auditees – 96% – received unqualified audits on their financial statements. This includes all Western Cape Government departments, Provincial Parliament and entities.
All front-line service delivery departments – Education, Health, Social Development and Human Settlements – received unqualified audits on their financial statements, demonstrating our commitment to delivery-focused government.
Consistently unqualified financial statements across these portfolios – which manage huge budget allocations – are unique to the Western Cape, compared to the rest of the public sector.
The Department of Health received unqualified financial statements, however, the Department’s overall audit is “unqualified with other matters” due to technical matters raised in respect of recording and reporting on certain predetermined objectives..
A total of 11 out of 13 provincial departments received clean audits overall, and 12 out of 13 received an unqualified opinion on their financial statements.
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said: “At the core of this government’s brand lies good financial governance. The quality of our audits confirms the high standard of financial management within the Western Cape public sector. We thank our officials at every level for their outstanding commitment to integrity and service delivery.”
Western Cape Minister of Finance, Dr Ivan Meyer said: “Robust engagements between the Provincial Treasury and departments have laid the basis for embedding good financial governance. The various levels of assurance bodies – including the audit committees, internal audit, the auditor general and the oversight committees of parliament – have all played a vital role in ensuring public funds are accounted for.
“We remain committed to a clean administration and the audit results bears not only testimony to this but also justifies the confidence the people of the Western Cape have in this government.”