The South African Companies Act requires directors to ensure that the company maintains adequate accounting records and to be responsible for the content and integrity of the group and company annual financial statements of Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Limited and related financial information included in this report. It is their responsibility to ensure that the financial statements, for each financial year, fairly present the state of affairs of the group and company at the end of the financial year and the results of their operations and cash flows in conformity with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
The accounting policies, supported by judgements, estimates and assumptions which comply with IFRS, have been applied on a consistent and going concern basis.
It is the responsibility of the independent auditors to report on the fair presentation of the financial statements. Their unmodified audit report appears here.
The directors are ultimately responsible for the internal controls of the group. To enable the directors to meet these responsibilities, management designs and implements standards and systems of internal control to provide reasonable, but not absolute, assurance as to the integrity and reliability of the financial statements in accordance with IFRS and to adequately safeguard, verify and maintain accountability for group assets. Systems and controls include the proper delegation of responsibilities within a clearly defined framework, effective accounting procedures and adequate segregation of duties.
Based on the information and explanations given by management and the internal and external auditors, the directors are of the opinion that the system of internal controls provides reasonable assurance that the financial records may be relied on for the preparation of the group and company annual financial statements in accordance with IFRS. Nothing has come to the attention of the directors to indicate that any breakdown in the functioning of the internal controls, resulting in a material loss to the group, has occurred during the year and up to the date of this report.
The directors have a reasonable expectation that the group and company have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. For this reason, the directors continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the group and company annual financial statements.
The group and company financial statements, prepared in accordance with IFRS, were approved by the board of directors on 10 June 2016 and are signed on their behalf by:
Group chief executive (interim)