The Auditor General of South Africa, Eastern Cape has awarded Cogta a clean bill of health for the 2020/2021 audit financial year. The announcement was officially relayed to the management of the department by MEC Xolile Nqatha, today via a virtual link.

In his address MEC Nqatha voiced his appreciation to the contribution made by all staff members in Cogta. “As team Cogta we made it through to the clean audit stage due to collective efforts from the cleaner to the Head of Department (HoD). I know it was not easy to get this accolade after so many years in unqualified audit opinions. The achievement represents a serious boost to the brand image of Cogta to speak with authority on the work we do hence lead by example,” said MEC Nqatha.

Mr Andile Fani, Cogta HoD added that all hands must remain firmly on deck to sustain this good record by following the dictates of the law and relevant regulations with regard to financial and non-financial performance information.

“The MEC has spoken and regression is not an option. We will continue doing the right things from the beginning using the internal resources for support. Waiting for the time when the AG officials are in the house is something of the past. The achievement has put us under added pressure hence non-performance will not be tolerated,” said Mr Fani.

He added that the department regressed through unqualified audit opinions from 2016/2017-2019-2020 financial years. Already the management and staff are correcting issues raised by the AG including the financial health of Cogta, amongst other things to retain the honour going forward, he added. //End//

Issued by Cogta EC. For more information, please contact Mamnkeli Ngam on 071 685 7981 or Makhaya Komisa at 066 381 8259.