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Auditor-general Special report on the financial management of governments COVID-19 initiative


Auditor-general (AG), Kimi Makwetu, today reported that the relief package redirected by government as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, “landed in a weak
control environment”.

After the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in South Africa, the government announced a R500 billion package for the health response and the relief of social and economic
distress caused by the drastic measures that had to be taken to contain the spread of the virus. The fiscal relief package is funded by reprioritising the 2020-21 budgets and
securing loans.

On request of the president, Cyril Ramaphosa, Makwetu’s office has undertaken a realtime audit of 16 of the key Covid-19 initiatives introduced by the government and the
management of R147,4 billion of the funds made available for these initiatives.
This report represents the first in a series of reports that will deal with the financial management of the government’s Covid-19 initiatives, covering R68,9 billion (47%) of the
R147,4 billion spending. The audit work per this report is for all expenditure up to and including 31 July 2020.

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