TO THE DIRECTORS OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION OF SOUTH AFRICA
We are required to provide limited assurance on the following selected performance information, marked with a ‘LA’ symbol on the relevant pages in the Report and the supplementary online information. The selected performance information described below has been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative Sustainability Reporting (GRI G4) Guidelines supported by IDC’s specific guidelines and IDC’s own internal guidelines (the IDC reporting criteria).
The directors are responsible for the selection, preparation and presentation of the selected performance information in accordance with the IDC reporting criteria. This responsibility includes the identification of stakeholders and stakeholder requirements, material issues, commitments with respect to IDC’s performance and for the design, implementation and maintenance of internal controls relevant to the preparation of the Report and supplementary online information that is free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
OUR INDEPENDENCE AND QUALITY CONTROL
We have complied with the independence and all other ethical requirements of the Code of Professional Conduct for Registered Auditors issued by the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) that is consistent with the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (Parts A and B), which is founded on fundamental principles of integrity, objectivity, professional competence and due care, confidentiality and professional behaviour.
KPMG Services Proprietary Limited and SizweNtsalubaGobodo Incorporated apply the International Standard on Quality Control 1, and accordingly maintain comprehensive systems of quality control including documented policies and procedures regarding compliance with ethical requirements, professional standards and applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
Our responsibility is to express a limited assurance conclusion on the selected performance information based on the procedures we have performed and the evidence we have obtained. We conducted our limited assurance engagement in accordance with the International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000 (revised), Assurance Engagements other than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information, issued by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. That standard requires that we plan and perform our engagement to obtain limited assurance about whether the selected performance information is free from material misstatement.
A limited assurance engagement undertaken in accordance with ISAE 3000 (revised) involves assessing the suitability in the circumstances of IDC’s use of its reporting criteria as the basis of preparation for the selected performance information, assessing the risks of material misstatement of the selected performance information whether due to fraud or error, responding to the assessed risks as necessary in the circumstances, and evaluating the overall presentation of the selected performance information. A limited assurance engagement is substantially less in scope than a reasonable assurance engagement in relation to both risk assessment procedures, including an understanding of internal control, and the procedures performed in response to the assessed risks.
The procedures performed were based on our professional judgement and included inquiries, observation of processes performed, inspection of documents, analytical procedures, evaluating the appropriateness of quantification methods and reporting policies, and agreeing or reconciling with underlying records.
Given the circumstances of the engagement, in performing the procedures listed above we:
- Interviewed management and senior executives to obtain an understanding of the internal control environment, risk assessment process and information systems relevant to the performance reporting process;
- Evaluated internal data management controls based on system walkthroughs;
- Inspected selected internally and externally generated documents and records and comprehensive data analyses.
- Recalculated certain performance information.
- Evaluated whether the selected performance information presented in the Report and supplementary online information is consistent with our overall knowledge and experience of the performance of the IDC.
The procedures performed in a limited assurance engagement vary in nature from, and are less in extent than for, a reasonable assurance engagement. As a result, the level of assurance obtained in a limited assurance engagement is substantially lower than the assurance that would have been obtained had we performed a reasonable assurance engagement. Accordingly, we do not express a reasonable assurance opinion about whether IDC’s selected performance information has been prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with the IDC reporting criteria.
LIMITED ASSURANCE CONCLUSION
Based on the procedures we have performed and the evidence we have obtained, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the selected performance information set out in the subject matter paragraph for the year ended 31 March 2016 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with the IDC reporting criteria.
RESTRICTION OF LIABILITY
Our work has been undertaken to enable us to express limited assurance conclusions on the selected performance information to the directors of IDC in accordance with the terms of our engagement, and for no other purpose. We do not accept or assume liability to any party other than IDC, for our work, for this report, or for the conclusion we have reached.
KPMG Services Proprietary Limited
Per D Manana