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THE KwaDukuza municipality is riding the crest of the wave after receiving a fourth consecutive clean audit report from Auditor-General Terrence Nombembe.
Municipal spokesperson Sifiso Zulu said the municipality was among the top performers in the country.
"KwaDukuza municipality was counted among the 58 highest performing municipalities in the country and among the four highest performing municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal," Zulu said.
He said the office of the A-G had given KwaDukuza municipality an unqualified audit opinion for the year ended June 30 2009.
"This is the fourth unqualified opinion in the last four consecutive financial years and is one of the reasons behind the municipality being ranked at the top nationally and provincially.
"This is significant as all municipalities in the Republic should receive unqualified audits by 2014 in terms of Operation Clean Audits launched at the local government indaba held in Boksburg in October," Zulu said.
He said some challenges identified by the Office of the Auditor-General included dealing with beach restoration work, which was now almost complete.
"All the beaches are now accessible for visitors to enjoy during this festive season.
"The recent Mr Price PRO Ballito Surfing contest was held without any impediment," said Zulu.
He said as part of ensuring safety, municipal traffic officers graduated last Friday.
"The timing is good to augment the municipality's human resources during the festive season in combating crime and traffic violations," he said.
Zulu also said the municipality had cut down on overtime expenditure from R1million to R550000 a month.
"The municipality now has an asset register that captures all of its infrastructure assets and movable assets.
"This had cost the municipality money as it had to engage consultants but it was a necessary expenditure."