EC transport dept gets clean bill of health

Thursday, August 4, 2011

East London - The Eastern Cape Transport Department has been given the all-clear by the Auditor-General in an unqualified report released last week.

Department spokesperson Ncedo Kumbaca said this is the second consecutive year that the department has received a clean bill of health.

"This is testimony of the maintenance of a high standard and consistency by the department, without regression from the 2009/10 unqualified report," said Kumbaca.

He said the Auditor-General was able to complete the department's report a lot quicker because of the co-operation and timely response to audit queries by staff.

"This in itself is an outstanding achievement and a first in the department's history," added Kumbaca.

Department chief financial officer, Denzil Skweyiya, said the results of the report were never in doubt and made special mention of the commitment by staff from corporate services, strategic support and policy, revenue and expenditure, budget, supply chain management, eNatis and the risk and internal control departments for their assistance in preparing financial statements.

"The department's information gathering process was an excellent piece of work," added Skweyiya.

Department MEC Thandiswa Marawu said the department would work even harder to ensure that it continues to receive unqualified reports.

"We will double our efforts and commitments to translate our theory into practice. With the availability and distribution of the management report, specific areas are to be highlighted as part of the audit implementation response plan for various implementers," said Marawu.