Methodology, Sources and Acknowledgements

We have taken care to collect, capture and cross-reference the information on this website as accurately as possible. It should, however, be recognised that some types of information listed change frequently. It is inevitable that some of the information will be incorrect at source or become outdated after publication. We, therefore, take no responsibility for the accuracy of the information on this website. Where practical we reference and link to the original source reports.

If you notice any errors or omissions, contact us so that we may correct them.

Structure and Organisation of Departments and Entities

The website is organised in a hierarchical manner. Departments and other public (state-owned) entities are listed primarily according to reporting structure.

At the first level, all departments and entities are arranged by government ‘cluster’. In June 2014, the Presidency announced new ministerial clusters, intended to improve coordination within government. The new ministerial clusters contain significant overlap of departments (i.e. many ministers/departments belong to more than one cluster), which does not offer a convenient way of organising the website. Therefore we generally follow the naming and organisation of clusters as contained in the Consolidated Financial Statements — Annual Financial Statements published by the National Treasury each year. The relevant clusters are:

  • Central Government Administration
  • Justice and Protection Services
  • Finance and Administration Services
  • Economic Services and Infrastructure Development
  • Social Services.

Within clusters, departments are organised alphabetically, each followed by any entities reporting to that department (also in alphabetical order).

The website also offers a comprehensive search function allowing you search for any department or entity name, government official or any other text.

Overview and Management Information

Contact details, overviews and particulars of office bearers are updated primarily via an annual survey that we conduct with all departments and public entities. The latest survey took place from April to June 2018 and the information should be considered up to date during this period.

While we go to great effort to gather complete and accurate information, some departments and public entities are more responsive than others. Where possible, we cross-reference against their website and annual reports, as well as news reports and other credible sources.

Public Entities / State-Owned Entities

The list of public entities on the website is not necessarily complete. The 2013 report of the Presidential Review Committee on State-Owned Entities noted that, after a two-year macro-review of all public entities in South Africa, the Committee was unable to produce an exhaustive list of public entities, especially at the provincial and municipal level. We endeavour to include all that are relevant, focusing on those that are clearly operational, with available documentation and audit results.

Audit Outcomes

The information regarding audit outcomes is sourced from theConsolidated general report on national and provincial audit outcomes, PFMA, published annually by the Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA). The full reports are available from AGSA’s offices or at

The terminology used is described by AGSA as follows:

Clean audit outcome: The financial statements are free from material misstatements (in other words, a financially unqualified audit opinion) and there are no material findings on reporting on performance objectives or non-compliance with legislation.
Financially unqualified with findings: The financial statements contain no material misstatements. Unless the Auditor General expresses a clean audit outcome, findings have been raised on either reporting on predetermined objectives or non-compliance with legislation, or both these aspects.
Qualified audit opinion: The financial statements contain material misstatements in specific amounts, or there is insufficient evidence for the Auditor General to conclude that specific amounts included in the financial statements are not materially misstated.
Adverse audit opinion: The financial statements contain material misstatements that are not confined to specific amounts, or the misstatements represent a substantial portion of the financial statements.
Disclaimer of audit opinion: The auditee provided insufficient evidence in the form of documentation on which to base an audit opinion. The lack of sufficient evidence is not confined to specific amounts, or represents a substantial portion of the information contained in the financial statements.

Financial Information

Financial Information is sourced from the annual reports of the departments and entities. Links to the full annual reports are provided. When referencing the financial information:

  • All financial values are indicated in the thousands, indicated by 'R'000'.
  • Zero values are displayed as ’–‘.
  • Values displayed as ’n/a’ indicate the value was not available to us, or is not applicable.

In some instances the annual reports do not match the standardised format we use to display information. In these cases we have either adapted the information to our model or we have left the values as ’n/a’. It is recommended that you refer to the original annual reports where required.

Photographs of Office Bearers

Photographs of office bearers have either been supplied to us by the department or public entity concerned, or sourced from their official websites or annual reports.