The directors are required in terms of the Companies Act of South Africa to maintain adequate accounting records and are responsible for the content and integrity of the consolidated and separate annual financial statements and related financial information included in this report. It is their responsibility to ensure that the consolidated and separate annual financial statements fairly present the state of affairs of the Group and Company as at the end of the financial year and the results of its operations and cash flows for the year then ended, in conformity with International Financial Reporting Standards, the requirements of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), interpretations by the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC), the SAICA Financial Reporting Guides as issued by the Accounting Practices Committee (APC), the Financial Pronouncements as issued by Financial Reporting Standards Council, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Limited Listings Requirements (Listings Requirements) and the requirements of the Companies Act 2008 of South Africa, as amended (Companies Act).
The annual financial statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and are based upon appropriate accounting policies consistently applied and supported by reasonable and prudent judgements and estimates.
The directors acknowledge that they are ultimately responsible for the system of internal financial control established by the Group and place considerable importance on maintaining a strong control environment. To enable the directors to meet these responsibilities, the board of directors (Board) sets standards for internal control aimed at reducing the risk of error or loss in a cost effective manner. The standards include the proper delegation of responsibilities within a clearly defined framework, effective accounting procedures and adequate segregation of duties to ensure an acceptable level of risk. These controls are monitored throughout the Group and all employees are required to maintain the highest ethical standards in ensuring the Group's business is conducted in a manner that in all reasonable circumstances is above reproach. The focus of risk management in the Group is on identifying, assessing, managing and monitoring all known forms of risk across the Group. While operating risk cannot be fully eliminated, the Group endeavours to minimise it by ensuring that appropriate infrastructure, controls, systems and ethical behaviour are applied and managed within predetermined procedures and constraints.
The directors are of the opinion that the system of internal control provides reasonable assurance that the financial records may be relied on for the preparation of the annual financial statements. However, any system of internal financial control can provide only reasonable, and not absolute, assurance against material misstatement or loss.
The directors confirm that the Company is in compliance with the provisions of the Companies Act, No 71 of 2008 (Companies Act), specifically relating to its incorporation and operates in compliance with its memorandum of incorporation.
The directors have reviewed the Company and Group's cash flow forecast for the 12 months from date of issue of the financial statements and, in light of this review, they are satisfied that the Company and Group has or had access to adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future.
The external auditors are responsible for independently auditing and reporting on the Group's consolidated and separate annual financial statements. The annual financial statements have been examined by the Group's external auditors and their report is presented on independent auditor's report.
The annual financial statements set out in directors' responsibilities and approval, which have been prepared on the going concern basis, were approved by the Board on 17 March 2023 and were signed on their behalf by:
Chairperson of the Board
Chief Executive Officer