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November 22nd, 2016 by


According to Auditor General South Africa (AGSA), Mpumalanga, North West, and the Free State are the worst performing provinces in South Africa.

AGSA confirmed that all three provinces have failed to improve their audit outcomes in the past three years.

Auditor general (AG), Kimi Makwetu, shared the past year’s audit results at a press briefing held at Parliament on Wednesday last week.

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Who Are The ‘Cleanest’ Provinces In SA?

The three provinces with the biggest improvements were the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal, and Gauteng.

The Western Cape held the top position with the cleanest audit opinions (79%), followed by Gauteng (60%), and Kwazulu-Natal (33%).

Who Are The Worst-Performing Provinces In SA?

Of the worst-performing provinces, Makwetu says it is clear the resolutions that leadership had committed to in the Free State (11%) and Mpumalanga (29%) had not been implemented quick enough and had, in fact, regressed.

Limpopo received a 0% clean audit opinion (but 66% unqualified with findings), whilst North West received a mere 9%. Others included Free State (11%) and Eastern Cape (32%).

Makwetu said the North West’s audit results, over the past three years, were “erratic”. This is because improvements in one year were set off by regressions in the following year.

The Irregular Expenditure For Each Province From Worst To Best

9) Gauteng – R6.5bn

8) Mpumalanga – R4bn

7) Kwazulu-Natal – R3.5bn

6) North West – R2.9bn

5) Free State – R1.9bn

4) Limpopo – R1bn

3) Eastern Cape – R1.24bn

2) Limpopo – R1bn

1) Western Cape – R28m.

The 3 Worst-Performing Province’s Spending History

The below is taken from the report by AGSA and illustrates how the Free State, Mpumalanga, and North West leaderships have spent total provincial budget. Click here to see the full report.

Free State Spending History

Limpopo spending, provinces

Mpumalanga Spending History

Mpumalanga spending, provinces

North-West Spending History

North West Spending, provinces

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