2005 RESULTS OF SAIGA'S REPORTING AWARDS Results of the Fourth Annual Public Sector Reporting Awards (2004) published September 2005 The National Department of Sport & Recreation is the overall winner of SAIGA's 2004 Reporting Awards (published September 2005) The full list of 2005 winners for the financial year ended 31 March 2004 is: [ 2005 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 pointed to the overall sustained improvement in adherence to reporting standards since the inception of the awards four years ago. This bodes well for increased transparency and public accountability. SAIGA's Executive President also pointed out that departmental reports generally contain more information than the annual financial statements of listed companies. The main reason for this is that in terms of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) performance information is now also provided in public sector reports. 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. The Public Finance Management Act also requires full details to be disclosed (in the annual reports) of all unwanted expenditure (unauthorised, irregular and fruitless and wasteful expenditure). This complete openness and transparency may be embarrassing for government departments, especially as it provides a lot of ammunition for the media. Gloeck points out that the time has come that the private sector companies are placed on an equal footing with regard to the disclosure of this kind of information. Even after the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards and after complying with the Companies Act and the King II Report on Corporate Governance, the information disclosed by private sector companies falls miles short of the information in the annual reports of government departments. Efforts need to be increased to make the general public more aware of the disparity between disclosure requirements in the public and private sectors. This will also put perceptions on public sector fraud, corruption and mismanagement in a better perspective. Whilst private sector annual financial statements are focusing almost exclusively on figures (that are mostly highly technical and difficult to understand), government departments have moved the focus to providing readers of annual financial statements with measurable objectives, outcomes and reasons for non achievement (this is done in easy understandable English) "Communicating meaningful and understandable information is all about being accountable". "And the public sector has provided the private sector with a good example" as Gloeck put it. Gloeck further suggested that all departmental reports should 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. [ 2005 RESULTS ][ TOP 20 LIST ][ MOST CONSISTENT DEPARTMENT ] [ BACK TO THE TOP ] The TOP 20 list Fourth SAIGA Reporting Awards - 2004 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 – the lowest percentage in the Top 20 is above 88% (2002: 83%; 2001: 79%). The Top 20 table shows that some departments recorded admirable improvements, for example: the Department of Economic Development & Tourism (KwaZulu-Natal) moved from 118 to number 10; the Office of the Premier in North West from 61 to 15 and the winner, Sport & Recreation from number 16 to top spot. [ 2005 RESULTS ][ TOP 20 LIST ][ MOST CONSISTENT DEPARTMENT ] [ BACK TO THE TOP ] Most consistent departments Second SAIGA Reporting Awards - 2004 The prestige of achieving the most consistent high performance over the past three years goes to the Department of Trade & Industry (refer to table below). This is the second successive year that the Department of Trade and Industry accomplishes this achievement. Methodology: The positions of the departments on the Top 20 list in the 2004, 2003 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 three years. [ 2005 RESULTS ][ TOP 20 LIST ][ MOST CONSISTENT DEPARTMENT ] [ BACK TO THE TOP ]
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