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Sanral gets thumbs up from AG

Oct 03 2012 15:01 Fin24

Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project. Picture: Lucky Nxumalo/City Press

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Cape Town - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has received another unqualified audit report from Auditor-General Terence Nombembe for the financial year ended March 31 2012.

The clean bill of health is Sanral’s ninth consecutive unqualified report and demonstrates commitment by the Sanral management to promote ethical behaviour and strict adherence to International Financial Reporting Standards and the requirements of the Public Finance Management Act of South Africa (PFMA) at the state-owned company.

Sanral CFO Inge Mulder said: “The unqualified report and Sanral’s unblemished financial integrity are a result of principled financial management and budgetary resourcefulness.

"While every accolade raises the bar, we will not rest on our laurels but will always work hard to maintain Sanral’s position as a well managed and accountable company.”

“Sanral’s board and staff recognise that it is vital for the organisation to function as a credible custodian of taxpayers’ money and investor funds.

"Always improving corporate governance and financial efficiency therefore remain key to Sanral’s conduct and day-to-day operations,” said Mulder.

Sanral’s core activities are in the provision of a well-maintained and safely engineered national road network. Mulder recognises that this sector is particularly vulnerable to malpractice, primarily due to the involvement of many role players and the magnitude of funds involved.

"We are acutely aware of our exposure to, and the dangers, of fraudulent and corrupt activities that might affect our business, particularly within the transforming South African economy," she said.

"Our financial control and records are therefore reviewed by internal auditors, independent auditors from time to time, and our financial statements are audited by the auditor general annually."

The auditor-general’s opinion is that all financials were presented fairly.

However, he did emphasise that the toll income from the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) is significant to Sanral's ability to service its current and future obligations. This may cast significant doubt on its ability to fund its obligations, until such time as tolling commences.

The auditor-general indicated that he did not identify any instances of material non-compliance with specific matters in key applicable laws and regulations, and he did not identify any deficiencies in internal control.

The inter-ministerial committee on the GFIP said on Wednesday that the committee would make an announcement on Friday on how the e-tolls would be implemented.

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