How SA could improve audit outcomes for SOEs and govt depts

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu on Wednesday reiterated that many of the national and provincial government departments and the 16 state-owned enterprises audited by his office simply moved too slowly or blatantly disregarded the recommendations to meet acceptable audit norms and standards.

Speaking to John Maytham on the Afternoon Drive, UCT researcher Dr Andrew Siddle said university commercial departments must accept some of the blame outlined by the Auditor General.

One has to keep in mind that in order for a political project or process to succeed, there are certain conditions that need to be met. Chief among is the fact that you need to have the financial resourced and accountability mechanisms. A huge part of the audit outcomes is that we don't have the necessary technical skills in public sector institutions to perform very important tasks. Universities always focus on the private sector.

Dr Andrew Siddle - UCT researcher

Siddle added that universities tend to ignore the public sector, saying most of the courses at universities are geared towards serving the private sector with very little attention paid to the public sector.

If we look at the provincial and national government departments where the conditions are tough, you will find a need for public qualified people to be there. One of the things we can do is to get people who are properly qualified in that field to serve.

Dr Andrew Siddle - UCT researcher

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