Date: 20 September 2017
For Immediate Release
announces clean audit for Department of Public Enterprises
The Department of Public Enterprises
spent almost 95% of its budget, achieved 18
of 22 set targets for the year and paid
service providers within an average of 13
These are among the highlights of the
clean audit report for 2016/2017 tabled in
Parliament by Minister of Public
Enterprises, Lynne Brown, today.
“We were thrilled to receive the
Auditor-General’s positive report. Our challenge is to
inculcate the principles of good
governance practised within the Department across
our state-owned companies,” Minister
“The Department should complete a
re-alignment exercise in this financial year that
will lead to the significant
strengthening of its oversight capacity.
“Events that have unfolded over the past
year have starkly demonstrated the need
for a Departmental structure that is
agile, swift to respond to challenges at state owned companies, and capable of
The Department spent 94.7% of its budget
(R253.78m of R267.98m) with the
underspending of 5.3% due to vacancies
which occurred as the result of the realignment of the organisational
Achieving 18 of 22 set tasks for the
year equated to an 82% success rate.
In terms of Public Finance Management
Act (PFMA) and Treasury Regulations
payments to suppliers and service
providers must be effected within 30 days of
receipt of invoices. The A-G’s report
noted that the Department took an average of
13 days to pay services providers.
“Small, medium and micro enterprises
(SMMEs) are critical to the economy and the
Department is continuously looking at
ways to ensure that payments are made
timeously, without threatening the
efficiency of operations,” Minister Brown said.
The full audit report can be viewed on
the Department’s website (www.dpe.gov.za).
For enquiries contact
Colin Cruywagen on 082 3779916.
Issued by: Ministry of
20 September 2017