Internal Auditors raise the bar

On 22 February 2016, two of Eden District Municipality’s (Eden DM) officials, Ms Pamela Lufele (Senior Internal Auditor) and Ms Mariska Pieterse (Internal Auditor), successfully completed their final assessments in Internal Auditing Technicians (IAT) in Cape Town.

Two of Eden DM's Internal Auditors who achieved their qualifications in IAT. Left, Ms Pamela Lufele (Senior Internal Auditor) and right, Ms Mariska Pieterse (Internal Auditor)
Two of Eden DM’s Internal Auditors who achieved their qualifications in IAT. Left, Ms Pamela Lufele (Senior Internal Auditor) and right, Ms Mariska Pieterse (Internal Auditor)

The IAT training program lasted 24 months and included 8 modules. It is a generic, but flexible program that caters for sector specific needs. The Department of Higher Education and Training and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), certifies the course at NQF Level 7.

Individuals who had completed IAT designations must demonstrate ongoing professional commitment to the field by satisfying Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

Ms Lufele said that, “I found the contents of the course useful and encouraging, because it highlighted the importance of Internal Auditing and it added valuable skills to my skill set”. Ms Pieterse added that the knowledge she gained through this program, boosted her confidence and has motivated her to continue to sharpen her skills. “Ongoing changes in legislation in local government has an impact on the complexity of the job of an Internal Auditor,” said Ms Pieterse.

Mr Jan-Willem De Jager, Eden DM’s Chief Audit Executive, said that he is proud of his team members and that the great news came just in time for the International Internal Audit Awareness Month of May. “Internal Auditing is an independent, objective, assurance and consulting activity, that adds value to and improves an organisation’s operations;  when it comes to adding value across the board, there’s no better resource to use than an internal auditor,” Mr De Jager elaborated.

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