Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle has lauded the Department of Health for achieving an unqualified audit opinion for the 2015-16 Financial Year audit results released recently.
The Premier said that this is an indication that there is progress in the management of resources and the ability of the department to account.
He attributed this achievement to management stability in the department as well as the introduction of management and governance systems that are closely monitored to ensure they bring good results.
The achievements at Health bring to eleven out of twelve the number of departments which received an unqualified audit opinion - with the exception of the Department of Education. He however noted improvements in the Department of Education as only three audit matters were raised as compared to five in the previous audit outcome. “This is a clear indication of improvements in the department,” he said.
Masualle emphasises that more can still be done. The matters raised by the auditor-general include, management and recording of assets, record keeping as well as personnel related practices in as far as deployment and usage.
Premier Masualle further said that the electronic management system that the Department of Education is implementing is expected to resolve some of these challenges. He further announced that the filling of vacant strategic positions in the department is progressing well, including the appointment of the Head of Department which is expecting to be finalised in a month’s time.
Six (6) of the province’s public entities also received clean audit opinions, which according to Masualle, points to better accountability and wise deployment of public resources.
“We are encouraged that close to 70% of the provincial budget is properly accounted for,” enthused the Premier.