2009 RESULTS OF SAIGA'S REPORTING AWARDS Results of the Eighth Annual Public Sector Reporting Awards (financial year ends 2008) published September 2009 The Department of Sport, Arts & Culture in the Free State is the overall winner of SAIGA's 2009 Reporting Awards (published September 2009). Brochure of the 2009 Awards (full colour – 8 pages): SAIGA Annual Public Sector Reporting Awards Brochure – 2009 (pdf) * Don’t have PDF reader ? Click HERE to get your FREE copy. Other salient features: The full list of 2009 winners for the financial year ended 31 March 2008 is: [ 2009 RESULTS ][ TOP 20 LIST ][ MOST CONSISTENT DEPARTMENT ][ BACK TO THE TOP ] Provincial statistics Province with highest average score: The Western Cape province with an average score of 91.97 takes first place amongst provinces. 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 eight years ago. After the 2008 winning department scored another record high of 95.19%, this score was again surpassed in 2009 by the winning department scoring of 95.90%. This constant improvement in the higher 90 percent category bodes well for increased transparency and public accountability and gives an indication that government departments will be able to manage the forthcoming implementation of the new GRAP (Generally Recognised Accounting Practices) statements. SAIGA’s Executive President highlighted the fact that the statutory performance reporting requirements of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and the Treasury Regulations provided the South African public with a wealth of information not only about the financial results of the departments in an understandable format, but also gave a detailed account of the objectives which were set and whether or not these objectives were met. Further information which has to be disclosed includes reasons for non-performance and actions taken to rectify the situation. Regarding the three groups of unwanted expenditure (unauthorised – exceeding the budget; irregular – tender procedures not followed and fruitless & wasteful expenditure – expenditure which could have been prevented, had reasonable care been taken) the full sunshine principles are also applied. Departments have to disclose all such expenditure (regardless of the quantitative size thereof) and also have to indicate the steps taken to recover such amounts, the actual amounts recovered and steps taken to prevent future occurrences of these unwanted expenditures. “If the above disclosure requirements are compared to those of the private sector and especially listed companies which attract investments from the general public, it becomes clear to what extent the private sector accountability arrangements lack behind the public sectors’. Yet the media awards hardly any attention to the achievements in terms of financial reporting in the public sector – a regrettable situation – taking into account the disparities in terms of disclosable items in the public versus the private sector. Whilst the photos of government officials accused or guilty of receiving, for example bribes, have been filling the pages of our financial press, the public still has to view photos of those who pay these bribes – an equally serious offence…” remarks Gloeck. The SAIGA Reporting Awards are now firmly established and have become a highly visible instrument and benchmark to monitor public accountability and transparency in national and provincial departments. [ 2009 RESULTS ][ TOP 20 LIST ][ MOST CONSISTENT DEPARTMENT ][ BACK TO THE TOP ] The TOP 20 List Seventh SAIGA Reporting Awards - 2009 Since the competition in this year’s SAIGA Reporting Awards 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 has crept up to above 92% (92.06) (2008: 91.98%; 2007: 90%; 2006: 90%; 2005: 89%; 2004: 88%; 2003: 83%; 2002: 79%). It now seems that the top departments are consolidating around the 90% plus mark which is a remarkable adherence percentage. [ 2009 RESULTS ][ TOP 20 LIST ][ MOST CONSISTENT DEPARTMENT ][ BACK TO THE TOP ] Most consistent departments SAIGA Reporting Awards - 2009 The prestige of achieving the most consistent high performance over the past three years goes to the Department of Education (refer to table below). Methodology: The positions of the departments on the Top 20 list in the 2009, 2008 and 2007 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. [ 2009 RESULTS ][ TOP 20 LIST ][ MOST CONSISTENT DEPARTMENT ][ BACK TO THE TOP ]
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