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Min Brown statement on DPE Clean Audit

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Min Brown statement on DPE Clean Audit
To: All Media

Date: 20 September 2017

For Immediate Release

Minister Brown 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 Brown said.


“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 ensuring compliance.”


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 structure.


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 (


For enquiries contact Colin Cruywagen on 082 3779916.

Issued by: Ministry of Public Enterprises

20 September 2017​

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