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Deputy Auditor-General calls for stricter controls over the use of consultants in the public sector

PRETORIA – The government needs to immediately implement stricter controls to get the best value for money for services provided by external consultants to the public sector, South Africa’s Deputy Auditor-General, Kimi Makwetu, said today.

Addressing the media at the release of the Auditor-General of South Africa’s (AGSA) performance audit report on the use of consultants at selected national departments, Makwetu said that the partnership between the private and public sectors has become important in driving South Africa towards its development goals; however, the report identifies areas that need to be controlled when engaging in these partnerships to get the best value for money.

What are performance audits?

Performance audits, in essence, seek to determine whether money was well spent by auditees. These are discretionary audits that do not include an audit opinion. Performance audits are not limited to annual information but can cover more than one financial year and concentrate on whether goods and services were acquired economically, applied efficiently and managed effectively towards achieving the desired goals.

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