GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - Both the Knysna and Bitou Municipalities received clean audits from the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA) for the 2013/ 2014 financial year.
For Knysna it is the second consecutive unqualified opinion with no findings, but for Bitou it is the first ever clean audit since the dawn of democracy.
Africa Boso, senior manager: Media Relations and Communication at the AGSA's office, told the Knysna Plet Herald the areas audited by the AGSA include fair presentation and the absence of material misstatements in financial statements; useful and credible performance information for purposes of reporting on predetermined performance objectives; and compliance with key legislation governing financial matters.
Acting Knysna municipal manager Grant Easton said: "Receiving another clean audit is a real boon for this municipality. We strive to deliver the best possible service to our residents on a daily basis, while complying with the relevant legislation. Receiving this audit proves that governance processes introduced over the past few years are well entrenched and delivering constant results."
Easton added: "We are very pleased with the municipality's performance."
The 2013/ 2014 auditor-general report will be tabled at a special council meeting today (December, 4) and will be available on the municipal website thereafter.
Municipal manager Allen Paulse said, "The said audit outcome is the ultimate sign of good governance of a capable institution."
Paulse indicated that he has, since his appointment in September 2012, set himself the goal to achieve a clean audit within his contract period of five years. "My first priority was to set the scene to source the right and appropriate skills to fulfill our constitutional duty of efficient and effective service delivery to the people of Bitou. To this end suitable, professional, qualified appointments were made, which now bears the testimony of this achievement."