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Saturday, 02 February 2019 07:20

State Capture, Ethical Leadership, Lifestyle Audits and Data Analytics to Feature at Public Sector Forum

Written by 
Dr Claudelle von Eck: CEO IIASA (Institute of Internal Auditors SA)

Johannesburg, 2 February 2019 - The Institute of Internal Auditors SA (IIASA) will host its annual Public Sector Forum at Emperors Palace from 4 to 5 February.

The theme for this year’s event - which will be attended by public sector internal auditors and audit committee members - is “Poised for the Future”.A host of internal audit executives, academics, political analysts, senior civil servants from various government departments as well as executives from state-owned entities such as Telkom feature on the programme.

Several key topics presently enveloping South Africa will be explored with the opening session being hosted by Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State, Professor Jonathan Jansen, whole will talk about leadership and integrity. He will be followed by the Acting Accountant-General, Zanele Mxunyelwa, who will speak about the future of the internal audit profession in times of change.

Other speakers include:* IIASA CEO, Dr. Claudelle von Eck, who will talk on “Building Ethical intelligence and Ethical Courage”;* CEO of Kingdom Investment Holdings, Tau Oliphant, who will speak about “The Auditing Culture and Ethics”: and,* Political analyst, Justice Malala, who will speak about the “Age of Turbulence”.And, as the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture leaves the nation riveted with almost hourly revelations, the topic will also be explored at the forum.

Specifically, the role of internal audit in the myriad revelations will be examined.

In addition, data analytics will also be discussed and, specifically, how it is poised to unlock the full potential of internal audit.

Other topics include innovative leadership within a bureaucracy, auditing culture and ethics, the role of the public sector in growing the economy, a panel discussion on lifestyle audits being a “necessary evil” as well as its “pros and cons”.The CEO of the IIASA, Dr. Claudelle von Eck, said the past two years have been tumultuous both for the country as well as the audit profession.

“We thus have a duty and obligation to all citizens as well as our 8 000-strong members, from both the private and public sectors, to address state capture, unethical leadership, corruption and poor service delivery.”She added: “These all have a severe impact on economic growth and what is needed now is frank discussions on how we turn things around.”

Von Eck said the range of topics and discussions would better inform members as to the very real impact the sector has on curtailing unemployment, improving service delivery, ensuring fiscal discipline as well as promoting ethical leadership and closing the gap between rich and poor.

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About IIA SA The Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa (IIA SA) is part of an international network representing the interests of Internal Auditors worldwide. As a part of this international network, the IIA SA upholds and supports the fundamental tenets of the profession - the Code of Ethics and the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing. The IIA SA supports the profession by providing a wide range of services dedicated to the education and advancement of internal auditors and dynamically promoting and developing the profession in South Africa. The IIA SA’s objectives are to build the profession, its credibility and a thriving business environment in South Africa.  Follow us: www.iiasa.org.za

For further information contact and interview opportunities: Moshe Kola Department Head: Communications and Business Development (IIA SA)Tel: +27 11 450-1040 (ext. 274)Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or Cheryl NaiduPR Liaison (At Vogue Communications)Tel: +27 73 524 6034Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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