We have audited the group and separate annual financial statements of Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Limited set out here, which comprise the statements of financial position as at 31 March 2016, and the income statements and statements of comprehensive income, statements of changes in equity and statements of cash flows for the year then ended, and the notes, comprising a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.
The company’s directors are responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of these financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and the requirements of the Companies Act of South Africa, and for such internal control as the directors determine is necessary to enable the preparation of consolidated and separate financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing. Those standards require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement.
An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor’s judgement, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the entity’s preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity’s internal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements.
We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion.
In our opinion, the group and separate annual financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the group and separate financial position of Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Limited as at 31 March 2016, and its group and separate financial performance and its group and separate cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and the requirements of the Companies Act of South Africa.
As part of our audit of the financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2016, we have read the directors’ report, the audit committee’s report and the company secretary’s certificate for the purpose of identifying whether there are material inconsistencies between these reports and the audited group and separate annual financial statements. These reports are the responsibility of the respective preparers. Based on reading these reports we have not identified material inconsistencies between these reports and the audited group and separate annual financial statements. However, we have not audited these reports and accordingly do not express an opinion on these reports.
In terms of the IRBA notice published in the Government Gazette Number 39475 dated 4 December 2015, we report that based on available statutory records, PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. have been the auditors of Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Limited for 20 years. No reliable statutory records are available prior to this.
10 June 2016