The submission of the Annual Financial Statements (AFS) should not be a compliance exercise only but should also demonstrate how resources allocated to government were utilized towards service delivery. Provincial government Accounting Officers from departments and public entities are optimistic that the improved audit outcome for 2022/23 would bear testimony to that.
This came to light at the submission of the Annual Financial Statements by departments and public entities.
The Provincial Treasury is optimistic that the AFS preparations workshop they held in assisting departments and public entities to prepare credible accurate and quality financial statements will yield the desired results.
Through the Office of the Provincial Accountant General, the Provincial Treasury provided technical financial management support to all departments and public entities through training and capacity building on accounting, audit, reviewing of interim and annual financial statements as well as monitoring of post audit action plans.
Speaking on behalf of her counterparts, Ms Pulane Mojaki, the Chief Financial Officer for the department of Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation said compilation of the AFS has not been an easy exercise. She said they have put much effort and spent sleepless nights to compile the statements.
“We cleaned, we corrected and we hope what we are submitting is a credible, accurate and fair presentations of the annual financials statements of our departments and entities. The findings raised last year formed the basis for the 2022/23 financial year. In a nutshell, we believe that we did our best and hope for improved audit results,” said Mojaki.
She appreciated the support for quality assurance reviews performed by Provincial Treasury’s Office of the Provincial Accountant General and Provincial Internal Audit.
Chief Executive Officer from the North West Housing Corporation, Bishop Sello Mogodiri said public entities appreciate the opportunity to serve and the submission of AFS is a reflection of their accountability.
The Director General of the Province, Mr Mosweu Mogotlhe says the AFS submission is an annual excersice to account for resources allocated to government departments and public entities to deliver services.
“We appreciate your hard work of putting shoulder to the wheel to ensure the information we are submitting is not only credible but also reliable. Everyone is trying to work hard to get a clean audit as that is what the public expects,” said the Director General. He also appreciated the work done by the office of the Auditor General for enforcing compliance issues.
Mr Mthokozisi Sibisi, the Business Unit Leader, Office of the Auditor General for North West said departments should not only aspire for clean audit but on how the public resources allocated to those institutions were responsive to service delivery challenges.
“We are quite positive that there will be small gains that will move provincial government in the right direction. We are looking beyond clean audit but on how service delivery was improved’’
Issued by North West Provincial Treasury