Statement from Kevin Chaplin on the closure of the office and proposed audit of Amy Foundation
I read with great interest that the Department of Social Development is looking into the temporary closure of the head office of the Amy Foundation. It is a Board and management decision to close the office which we are authorised to do.
I am surprised that the MEC for Social Development, Albert Fritz wants to conduct a forensic audit into the Foundation. The department conducted an audit between 11th and 13th June 2018. While we welcome another audit, I don’t believe it is the most prudent use of public funds to conduct two audits in five months.
I strongly refute any implication that there is maladministration or a misappropriation of public funds. The audit will prove this.
The Foundation does not infringe any contract with the Department as there is no current contract in place. The last contract ended in March this year.
I am very happy to show the Department that the reason for non-compliance was a direct result of outsourcing the compliance to NGOs who do not have the necessary bureaucratic competence to conduct the requirements timely and efficiently.
I am taken aback by Mr Fritz’s change of sentiment toward the Amy Foundation. He visited the Foundation in May and was very impressed with our work. His department, in partnership with Impumelelo, awarded the Foundation the Ministerial Youth Excellence Award in 2016 and we were the runner up in 2017.