The directors are responsible for the preparation, integrity and fair presentation of the financial statements of Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon Limited and its subsidiaries. The financial statements, presented on pages 80 to 135, have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the Companies Act of South Africa, as amended, and include amounts based on judgements and estimates made by management. The directors have also prepared any other information included in the annual report and are responsible for both its accuracy and its consistency with the financial statements.

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 directors to meet these responsibilities, the board sets standards for internal control aimed at reducing the risk of error or loss in a cost-effective manner. These 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 within the group is to identify, assess and monitor all known forms of risk across the group. Whilst 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, based on information and explanations given by management and the internal auditors, that the system of internal control provides reasonable assurance that the financial records may be relied on for the preparation of the financial statements. However, a system of internal control can provide only reasonable, and not absolute, assurance against material misstatement or loss.

The going concern basis has been adopted in preparing the financial statements. The directors have no reason to believe that the company or the group will not be going concerns in the foreseeable future based on forecasts and available cash resources. The viability of the company and the group is supported by the financial statements.

The financial statements have been audited by the independent auditors, BDO South Africa Inc., who were given unrestricted access to all financial records and the related data, including minutes of all meetings of shareholders, the board of directors and committees of the board. The directors believe that all representations made to the independent auditors during their audit were valid and appropriate. BDO South Africa’s unqualified audit report is presented on page 77.

The financial statements were approved by the board of directors on 23 September 2010 and are signed on its behalf.

Mike Wylie Louwtjie Nel
Chairman Chief Executive Officer