Johannesburg – On Monday, the Auditor-General (AG), Tsakani Maluleke addressed auditors and accounting professionals on challenges faced by the South African public sector. The main objective of her address was to provide a platform for accounting and audit professionals to engage on various topics which are impacting the industry.
Talking to the issue during her key note address at the Southern African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) virtual conference themed: “Citizens Come First”, currently underway in Centurion, north of Johannesburg, the AG said that auditors and accountants are on the side of the public.
She said: “We need to monitor public finance in order to ensure that any wasteful expenditure that does not benefit the public is highlighted and I believe we ought to build that data and we need to start by restoring trust in our country. We, therefore, need to act in the public interest and we need not abandon our golden goal of living up to that noble aspiration. We need to live up to the expectation that society has on us.”
Maluleke said that she strongly believes that the auditing and accounting professionals have to be key role players in ensuring the effective and efficient use of public funds. “We need to be central to the journey of building the capability of the state and need to ensure that public institutions systematically build strong systems that consistently build their ability to deliver on their mandate,” she says.
“The world is looking at the auditing and accounting professionals to improve accounting mechanisms in government. In fact, to better enable accountability Auditor General South Africa (AGSA) was granted the highest powers through the amendment of the public audit act in 2019. Many people expect this to translate into stronger accountability for transgressions and misuse of public funds and I think this is a reasonable expectation.
SAIGA Chief Executive Officer, Russel Morena said the task of the speakers and participants during the conference is to contribute to solutions of capacity challenges and efficiencies within the public sector.
“The conference is part of the SAIGA vision 2023 strategy. Part of the focus will be on strengthening capacity building in the public sector. There is also a need to expand the SAIGA footprint in the African continent and globally,” he says.
The event also brings together professionals from outside the auditing and accounting industry. For example, Scholastica Sylvan Kimaryo, a global thought leader in the International Development and Governance, Conscious Leadership & Healthy Lifestyles is one of the key speakers of the conference. The conference, will also feature amongst others the Tax Ombudsman of South Africa, Judge Bernard Ngoepe, Sizwe Nxasana, former CEO of Telkom Group and FirstRand Group – chairman of NSFAS and founder of Sifiso Learning Group and many other dignitaries.
For other prominent speakers to be featured and for more information on the conference, please see link: https://www.saiga.co.za/saiga/conference/