The Mossel Bay Municipality has achieved a clean audit for the 2014 book year, making it the third consecutive year that it has achieved a clean audit. It also places Mossel Bay amongst the five per cent of 278 local municipalities in South Africa to have received three or more consecutive clean audits.
“As a Council we are absolutely delighted by this extraordinary achievement. Not may people realise what an achievement it really is to get a clean audit. It means much more than that a Municipality’s financial matters are in order. The Auditor General’s audits also include audits on compliance with financial as well as non-financial legislation and the implementation of different management systems. This achievement is evidence of the quality of the Municipality’s management team as well as personnel. The Municipal Manager, Dr Michele Gratz, and her team must be congratulated with their third consecutive clean audit. It is the result of hard work and top-notch management,” said the Executive Mayor, Alderlady Marie Ferreira.
A Municipality can achieve one of five audit opinions, from very good to very bad, from the Auditor General. They are an unqualified audit without matters of emphasis (clean audit), an unqualified financial audit with matters of emphasis, a qualified audit (an opinion cannot be given on the financial statements in their totality because of irregularities or inaccuracies), a disclaimer (opinion cannot be given on the annual financial statements as a whole because the statements have not been completed sufficiently) or a negative opinion because the financial statements are not an accurate reflection of how the municipality managed its financial affairs).