AG identifies critical govt deficiencies in project management

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu says in some instances the required skilled personnel were not appointed at the start of a project.

FILE: Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu. Picture: National CoGTA

PRETORIA - Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu has identified critical government deficiencies in project management which are resulting in financial losses and implementation failures.

Makwetu has released three performance audit reports dealing with pharmaceuticals, water infrastructure and urban renewal projects.

The office audited 109 health institutions and 10 medical depots, water infrastructure in seven district municipalities, and four Gauteng urban renewal projects.

The period under review ended in 2014 and recommendations have already been made to the relevant departments.

The Auditor-General says in some instances the required skilled personnel were not appointed at the start of a project.

“You get a project that gets set up and it does not invest in putting the people with the right skills in some instances.”

He says record-keeping deficiencies will further affect financial audits.

“Because when major funds are made available for these projects and no documents are forthcoming, it’s difficult to get to conclusion about how effective and efficient the expenditure was.”

These reports will now be submitted to the relevant portfolio committees in parliament.

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