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The passing of the engaged leader of the INTOSAI Capacity Building Committee since 2013, Kimi Makwetu, leaves his organization, the INTOSAI community and the CBC secretariat in shock. He shall be sorely missed. Our thoughts go to Kimi’s family at this difficult time and also to all colleagues at the office of the Auditor-General of South Africa.

Should you wish to pay tribute to Kimi Makwetu and write something in the special remembrance section of the INTOSAI Journal, please do so here:

Please let us share a few inspirational quotes of Kimi Makwetu’s to illustrate his passion for capacity development and his love for the profession.

 “We know the road to building professional capacity is a challenging one, but we know that we are not alone on this journey – we know that we can depend on the advice and support of one another in the spirit of comradery and unity of purpose that is INTOSAI.

(CBC annual meeting, Cape Town, October, 2016)

As institutions passionately committed to a better world, I have no doubt that if we are prepared to adapt, continue to stand together and learn from one another, we have tremendous value to add to Agenda 2030….”

(Meeting of SAI leaders at UN, New York, July 2018)

 “Passion is critical in the roles that we fulfil in government – working with limited budgets, often in difficult circumstances, trying to better the lives of citizens through what we do, is challenging, and only a passion for creating a better future will see us in this ambition.”

(Nanjing Audit University, Nanjing, April 2019)

Even in the midst of a crisis such as COVID-19, transparency and accountability for government spending to the benefit of citizens cannot take a backseat.”

(Johannesburg, Sept 2020 during launch of AGSA’s 1st COVID-19 special report)


Thank you, Kimi. May you rest in peace.