Cape Town Mayor Hill-Lewis Receives Clean Audit Award for 2021-22

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On June 2nd, Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis was honored during a ceremony held in Saldanha for receiving the city’s clean audit award for the 2021-22 financial year from the Auditor General (AG). This award recognizes the city’s unwavering commitment to transparency, integrity, and excellence in governance. It also demonstrates Cape Town’s focus on improving the lives of its citizens by ensuring public funds are used efficiently and effectively.

Clean Audits and Achieving the City’s Objectives

Mayor Hill-Lewis stressed the importance of clean audits in achieving the city’s objectives. He emphasized that mismanagement or corruption in public services often negatively impact the poor. By building strong institutions with good governance, Cape Town can create an environment that promotes the development and expansion of infrastructure and social safety nets.

Focused on Establishing Clean and Transparent Financial Management

Cape Town’s governance is not only focused on infrastructural development and service delivery but also on establishing clean and transparent financial management. With a budget of R70 billion for 2023-24, residents can trust that resources will be allocated towards service delivery, including a record R11 billion infrastructure budget. Furthermore, 74% of this year’s infrastructure budget will directly benefit lower-income households in Cape Town. Mayor Hill-Lewis expressed gratitude to the dedicated officials who work tirelessly to ensure the city operates with integrity and excellence.

Praised for Proactive System of Accountability and Zero-Tolerance Culture

The Auditor General’s consolidated report for 2021-22 praised Cape Town for its proactive system of accountability and zero-tolerance culture towards noncompliance. This recognition further strengthens Cape Town’s reputation as a leader in clean governance and responsible spending.

Ongoing Culture Change Campaign

To maintain this momentum, Mayor Hill-Lewis’ administration is working on an ongoing culture change campaign within the city administration. This campaign focuses on cutting red tape and making Cape Town the easiest place to do business in Africa. The goal is to foster an environment that attracts investment and job creation while promoting greater economic growth and social development.

Proud Moment for Cape Town and Its Citizens

Cape Town’s track record of unqualified audits dates back to 2006, showcasing the city’s longstanding commitment to financial integrity. Additionally, the Consulta Citizen Satisfaction Index has consistently ranked Cape Town as the country’s most trusted metro. This achievement is a collaborative effort, and the award ceremony in Saldanha was attended by various members of Team Cape Town.

The clean audit award for 2021-22 is a proud moment for Cape Town and its citizens. It highlights the city’s dedication to transparent governance, efficient spending, and unwavering commitment to uplifting the lives of its residents. With a forward-thinking and innovative approach, Cape Town is leading the way in creating a more prosperous and inclusive future for all.

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