The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has maintained its high level of excellence and professionalism, receiving yet another clean audit from the Office of the Auditor-General for the 2017/18 financial year.
The financial statements of the Department for the past financial year were found to be free of material misstatements (in other words, received an unqualified audit opinion), and there were no material findings in respect of reporting on performance objectives or compliance with legislation.
Receiving the award from the Office of the Auditor-General at the Department's offices in Pretoria today, Minister Blade Nzimande congratulated all the staff as well as his predecessors, Dr Naledi Pandor and Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane.
Dr Nzimande said receiving the award was also a tribute to the memory of Nelson Mandela, whose birthday the country is celebrating this week. The former President was a hard worker who detested sloth, said the Minister.
Emphasising the need to sustain the Department's clean audit position, Dr Nzimande warned against corruption, particularly in light of the graft that is currently being exposed in the country. For anyone who might engaged in such activities, he had the following message: "Please stop, so that this honour remains in a manner that will benefit all of our people."
Theuns Eloff, representing the Office of the Auditor-General, congratulated the Department, and emphasised the need to sustain the audit outcome to a much higher level. "Make sure your work is effective, monitored and produces the results," he said.
The Department has consistently achieved clean audits, and has been the recipient of numerous good governance accolades. In 2016 it received an award for best-functioning national department at the Batho Pele Excellence Awards. In addition, the Management Performance Assessment Tool (MPAT) results confirm the DST as one of the best-performing government departments.
The MPAT is one of government's initiatives to improve the performance and service delivery of national and provincial departments. The methodology has been informed by similar management performance assessments carried out in countries such as Russia, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Kenya, Turkey and India.
Source: Department: Science and Technology