2003 RESULTS OF SAIGA'S REPORTING AWARDS Click on the BEELD Logo above to read the article that was published in BEELD. Results of the Second Annual Public Sector Reporting Awards (2002) published October 2003 The National Department of Housing is the overall winner of SAIGA’s 2002 Reporting Awards (published October 2003) The full list of 2003 winners for the financial year ended 31 March 2002 is: [ 2003 RESULTS ][ TOP 20 LIST ][ MOST CONSISTENT DEPARTMENT ] [ BACK TO THE TOP ] Provincial statistics Independence statement: The Southern African Institute of Government Auditors received numerous offers for sponsorship of this project and specific categories. We do, however, believe that the information and the findings not only have to reflect absolute independence but that SAIGA also has to be seen and perceived to be independent. Consequently, no sponsor’s name is associated with the project - it is completely self- funded and independent. Quality assurance statement: The quality assurance relating to the technical analysis and evaluation, is done by the Department of Auditing, University of Pretoria. Media statement: Professor Dieter Gloeck, Executive President of SAIGA and Chairperson of the Award Committee praised the high scoring departments and stated that their achievements had set a standard or benchmark which would inspire others to improve. This bode well for increased transparency and public accountability. SAIGA’s Executive President also points out that departmental reports generally contain more information than the annual financial statements of listed companies. The main reason for this is that performance information is also being presented in public sector statements. Although this requirement was not yet fully applicable in the year under review, many departments already include substantial performance information in their statements. Compared to the standard format of private sector audit reports, the audit reports by the Auditor-General also provide a much more detailed account of the audit findings. Efforts need to be made to make the general public more aware of the existence of the annual reports of public sector entities. These reports contain a wealth of information that the public will find interesting and informative. It will also contribute towards reducing the “service delivery expectation gap” as Gloeck labels it. Gloeck suggested that all departmental reports should also be published on the government website. The SAIGA Reporting Awards are now firmly established and have become a highly visible instrument to monitor public accountability and transparency in the public sector. Congratulations to all category winners and in particular the Department of Housing which stood out and is the overall winner of SAIGA’s second Reporting Awards (2002) published October 2003 [ 2003 RESULTS ][ TOP 20 LIST ][ MOST CONSISTENT DEPARTMENT ] [ BACK TO THE TOP ] The TOP 20 list Second SAIGA Reporting Awards - 2002 Since competition was intense special mention should also be made of departments which achieved a high score, but were not category winners. SAIGA has therefore decided to publish a "Top 20" list. The "Top 20" list shows that the competition was stiff (lowest percentage in the Top 20 is above 83% (2001: 79%)). The table shows that some departments recorded admirable improvements, for example: The Office of the Premier [Eastern Cape] from position 86 in the first year to position number 3 in this year’s competition. The overall average score recorded by all departments is 75.21% compared to 70% in the first year of the competition. "This significant increase from an already high base shows that more progress has been made towards improving public accountability and transparency" SAIGA’s President, Prof Dieter Gloeck says. Only 14 departments (2001: 27) were disqualified because their audit reports contained either a disclaimer or an adverse opinion. A total of 91 departments scored above 70%. In the first year of the Award only 47 departments exceeded this psychologically important target. Most consistent departments Second SAIGA Reporting Awards - 2002 The prestige of achieving the most consistent high performance goes to the Department of Trade & Industry as is clear from the next table. Methodology: The positions of the departments on the Top 20 list in the 2001 and 2002 years were added to arrive at a combined score. Where two departments have the same score the position in this year’s Top 20 is deciding. The lower the combined score, the more consistent the department’s performance over the two years. [ 2003 RESULTS ][ TOP 20 LIST ][ MOST CONSISTENT DEPARTMENT ] [ BACK TO THE TOP ]
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