Welcome to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Annual report and Fraud Awareness Programme Launch.

It gives me great pleasure to address you on this occasion when transparency and accountability are at the top of the agenda in our country.

This is an opportune time to discuss not only the financial and non-financial performance contained in our 2015/16Annual report but also to commemorate the 2016 International Fraud Awareness Week. The International Fraud Awareness Week is commemorated annually, from 13 to 19 November.

In terms of section 65(1)(a) of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and Treasury Regulations 65(2), the Annual report and the Annual Financial Statements must be tabled by the Executive Authority to Parliament by 30 September (that is within one month after the Accounting Officer received the audit report).

The primary purpose of the Annual report is to safeguard transparency and accountability with respect to government budgets and public expenditure. The Annual report also seeks to promote transparency in reporting the public revenue to stakeholders who are mainly the citizens of the Republic of South Africa, who in turn can hold government to account for the use of resources. This can only happen when they are able to access information, which must be made publicly available. Therefore, public participation, especially, public engagement is critical... Read more | Invite