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According to the chief of a provincial health department, they had so much assets that it did no longer "fit" into Excel. The rest, 33 Million Rand (~$4M US, 3M€) has unfortunately been lost.

_Daisy Mafubela (picture), the chief of the health department of the South African province of Limpopo, which has a population of over 5 million people, blames Excel for the loss of the equivalent of $4 million.

A committee has found irregularities in office supplies in the fiscal year 2009-2010. Miss Mafubela justified this by declaring that the department had so much to manage that the result would no longer fit into Microsoft Excel. However, she admitted that their current asset management system was inadequate.

The committee, which reportedly was mostly asleep despite Red Bull consumtion, seemingly found this explanation credible, because the only consequence of the affair are 13 million Rand (~$1M) for a new "asset management system" for the health department.

One committee-member accused Mafubela that this only happened because her department was too lazy to print out the documents - however in what way this would have prevented the Excel problem remains unclear.

Mafubela will probably keep her post.

‘Jammer, bates pas nie op Excel’Marietie Louw-CarstensBeeld02/28/2012(af)
These follow-up articles used this article as a reference:
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