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The Office of the Auditor-General handed Artscape Theatre Centre its clean audit trophy at a ceremony on Friday, 2 June.
This was in recognition of its clean audit findings for the 2015/26 financial year.
The award followed on three previous Clean Audit findings by the Auditor-General making this Artscape’s fourth such finding. The event was attended by all Artscape staff, a selection of key stakeholders and representatives of the Office of the Auditor-General in the Western Cape.
Presenting the award on behalf of the Office of the Auditor-General, Sharome Adams of the Western Cape office noted that clean audit findings remain rare within the South African government and state-owned-entities landscape.
“Roughly only about 10% to 20% of institutions (audited) receive clean audits,” Adams pointed out, adding that only a handful receive this finding consistently as in the past four years by Artscape.
In her address to staff Artscape CEO Marlene le Roux dedicated the award to all employees. “It is only through your dedication and fiduciary obligation as government employees that this clean audit finding, once again, could be realised,” she said.
Le Roux also heaped additional praise on the Finance Department for its commitment to continuously maintain financial expenditure in accordance and compliance to all government acts, procedures and policies including internal control policies as set up.
In his report presented to Parliament in May this year (2017) Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu found that Artscape had complied with applicable legislation regarding financial matters and financial management.
At the release of the Auditor-General audit results of national and provincial governments over the past three years last year November, Makwetu said it was encouraging that the number of auditees that received financially unqualified opinions with no findings (commonly known as “clean audits”) increased overall from 122 in 2013-14 to 152 in 2015-16. Nevertheless, he was quick to caution that 13 departments and 19 public entities that had performed well previously, lost their clean audit status in 2015-16. This regression, he pointed out, was offset by nine departments and 39 public entities that obtained their clean audits for the 2015-16 financial year – one of those who contributed to the offset was, of course, Artscape.
The slight improvement in audit outcomes testifies to the leadership efforts in accelerating the pace in dealing with internal control shortcomings of prior years, said Makwetu at the time.
The AG’s latest report covers a total of 484 auditees, which include 169 national and provincial departments and 315 public entities with a total budget of R1,2 trillion for the year under review.