Inaugural SAICA Public Sector Excellence Awards recognises iSimangaliso

19 May 2017

This past week, iSimangaliso was recognised as one of four KZN-based public sector bodies to have received clean audits over five consecutive years at the inaugural South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Public Sector Excellence Awards held in Durban.

iSimangaliso is in the top 4% in KwaZulu-Natal and the top 5.9% in South Africa of public sector agencies and departments to receive five consecutive clean audits.

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“The awards are SAICA’s way of recognising and celebrating departments and public entities that deliver good audit outcomes as we believe that clean administration is a critical success factor in achieving sustainable service delivery,” says SAICA’s Regional Executive Naeem Asvat CA(SA).

Added to this achievement, the Auditor General of South Africa has given iSimangaliso 14 consecutive unqualified audits – one for every year of operation.

This is a significant achievement in the Park’s remarkable story of people-centred conservation and transformational growth. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority was established in 2000 to manage South Africa’s first World Heritage Site. It has improved the quality of life of the community, and created employment for 8 000 people, at the same time protecting one of the globe’s most precious treasures.

“iSimangaliso has done the Department of Environmental Affairs proud. The award is a testament to what is possible when commitment, diligence, and passion for the work that we do in service of the South African people come together. iSimangaliso stands out not only for its financial excellence but also its significant people and parks and conservation achievements,” said the Minister of Environmental Affairs Dr Edna Molewa.

The award was received by iSimangaliso Business Director Terri Castis, who has led iSimangaliso’s finance team together with CFO Abeeda Kadir. It follows this month’s award to CEO Andrew Zaloumis from the KfW Stiftung Bernhard-Grzimek-Preis for iSimangaliso’s ground-breaking work in people-centred conservation in one of South Africa’s poorest regions. The nomination was made by UNESCO.

For media enquiries and photographs contact Bronwyn Coppola on 083 450 9111 or bronwyn@abetterworld.co.za.