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Media Release: SANParks receives Clean Audit Award from the Auditor General

Date: 12th February 2014

Groenkloof National Park, Pretoria:  The office of the Auditor General (AG) today presented a trophy to the South African National Parks (SANParks) for having a clean audit for the financial year 2012/ 2013. 

This is a second clean audit in succession for the organisation, following on the 2011/2012 financial report. Prior to that, the organisation has had 18 unqualified audits under different CEOs. 

The current CEO, Dr David Mabunda, has had the lion’s share with nine unqualified reports and two clean audits. His predecessors, Mavuso Msimang and Dr G.A.R Robinson received seven and two respectively during their terms since the dawn of democracy. To achieve a clean audit means the organisation presented fairly in all material aspects.  This is in accordance with the South African Standards of Generally Recognised Accounting Practice (GRAP) and the requirements of the Public Management Act of South Africa 1999 (ACT No 1 0f 1999) PFMA.

Corne Myburgh, Business Executive at the Auditor General’s office, congratulated the SANParks CEO and his team saying, “This is the second time we are recognising your organisation for this great achievement, and we would like to encourage you and the team to build on the current controls, keep up the culture of compliance and governance. Pass our congratulations to your Audit Committee as well and continue making us proud”. 

The SANParks CEO, Dr David Mabunda, responded by thanking the office of the AG and giving a promise that controls that are in place will be maintained and improved upon where necessary. “Twenty years ago, this organisation’s budget was at R164 million and today we have a budget of R1.2 billion, that comes with a lot of responsibility. We are cognisant of the fact that we are custodians of the country’s natural heritage and we need to be smarter in carrying out our mandate with the small resources we have at hand”, said Mabunda 

The Chairperson of the Board of SANParks, Kuseni Dlamini, said the Board is committed to ensuring that it continues to give the necessary support to management to keep up this record and takes its fiduciary responsibilities very seriously.”

“Our country has a lot of other pressing challenges that require resources like the provision of clean drinking water, primary health services and many other important issues. We are committed to ensuring that we do much with the little we have. Money is a finite product and there is not much to go around especially when it comes to conservation. We are committed to raising a large part of our budgetary needs and continue to be frugal and strict when it comes to finances,” added Mabunda.

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, the Honourable Edna Molewa, also extended her congratulations to SANParks. Minister Molewa said, “We are very proud of these achievements by SANParks. As we celebrate twenty years of freedom this shows that our Natural Heritage is in safe hands. The diligence with which SANParks looks after its finances, should be a lesson and an example to other institutions. Working together we can achieve so much more,” concluded Molewa.

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Communications
Tel: 012 426 5170

Enquiries:
wanda mkutshulwa
SANParks Managing Executive for Corporate Services
Tel: 012 426 5201, Cell: 082 908 2692
Email: wanda.mkutshulwa@sanparks.org  

Ike Phaahla
Media Specialist SANParks
Tel: 012 426 5315, Cell: 083 673 6974
Email: Isaac.phaahla@sanparks.org 

 

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