Can DBSA help in SA’s infrastructure-led restoration?

The Growth Financial institution of South Africa (DBSA) has revealed its annual report for the 12 months ended March 31, 2020, and obtained a clear audit report from the Auditor-Normal (AG).

The DBSA was established in 1983 to carry out an financial growth perform. The scope was widened in 1997 to “promote, facilitate and by funding to mobilise the socioeconomic growth” in southern Africa. Sadly, by no fault of its personal, funding given to sure state-owned entities (SOEs) has not achieved the meant goal, and billions have been wasted.

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Moody’s credit score opinion at April 2

Moody’s has downgraded DBSA to Ba1, with a detrimental outlook, on the belief of a “excessive chance of help” from the federal government. Moody’s does nevertheless acknowledge the “weakening within the authorities’s capability to increase help within the case of want”.

Elements that might result in a downgrade embody:

  • A weakening of the federal government’s credit score profile, or willingness to help DBSA;
  • A weakening in DBSA’s baseline credit score evaluation; and
  • A rise in leverage by secured borrowings, which would cut back the restoration fee for senior unsecured debt lessons.


The DBSA stands aside from most different SOEs:

  • Bills totalling R47 million have been categorised as irregular, unauthorised, fruitless and wasteful expenditure; nevertheless, this expenditure was primarily attributable to contracts that continued publish expiry date; and
  • There have been no findings of unethical behaviour by any workers member throughout the 12 months.

Auditor-Normal’s report

The AG issued a clear audit report.

Key audit points:

  • Anticipated credit score losses on the event loans: IFRS 9 replaces the ‘incurred loss’ mannequin in IAS 39 with an anticipated credit score loss (ECL) mannequin, which requires a excessive diploma of estimation and administration judgement.
  • Valuation of complicated monetary devices: Important judgement is required in figuring out the suitable valuation methods to use, in addition to the assumptions. The AG discovered administration’s valuation of complicated monetary devices and assumptions to be affordable and constant along with his expectations.
  • Valuation of fairness investments held at honest worth by revenue or loss: The portfolio of fairness investments held doesn’t have an energetic market. This, in my opinion, signifies that there are not any fairness investments in listed corporations. The AG discovered administration’s valuation of fairness investments and assumptions to be affordable and constant along with his expectations.


Adjustments to the board

March 31, 2020 March 31, 2019
Enoch Godongwana (chair) Jabu Moleketi (chair) (1)
Prof M Swilling (deputy chair) Frans Baleni (deputy chair) (1)
Gugu Mtetwa (2)
1. Phrases of workplace expired on December 31, 2018.

2. Resigned August 30, 2019


Key monetary outcomes

As at March 31 2020 2019
R billion R billion
Revenue Zero.504 three.10
Sustainable earnings -Zero.587 2.32
Web curiosity revenue four.42 four.49
Working revenue 5.52 5.64
Money move generated from operations three.61 three.79
Money move generated from growth actions -9.02 1.22
Web growth loans at amortised price (after ECL) 86.24 75.82
Fairness investments + growth bonds + growth loans (after ECL) 93.52




ECL on monetary belongings at amortised price for the 12 months (AFS Word 34) three.63 1.44
Complete provision for ECL on growth loans on the finish of the 12 months (AFS Word 14.9) 10.19 6.20
Debt funding (FVPL) (2) + debt funding (amortised price) 60.55 50.98
Debt-to-equity ratio excluding callable capital (1) 165% 138%
1. Callable capital is authorised shares however not but issued. One would suppose that the shares may solely be issued to the federal government.

2. FVPL – honest worth by revenue or loss

* ECL – anticipated credit score losses

Growth loans – sectoral evaluation

The entities which have obtained growth loans are usually not disclosed. Nonetheless, 80.6% of the event loans are invested in sectors which can be pretty dangerous. The quantity invested in Eskom, which has been severely impacted by state seize and corruption, just isn’t disclosed.

Govt remuneration (R000)
2020 2019
CEO and CFO remuneration 17 330 16 535
Govt members’ remuneration 45 903 39 410
Complete government remuneration 63 233 55 945


Schedule of administrators’ and prescribed officers’ emoluments (R000)

Charges Subsistence & journey Complete 2020 Complete 2019
eight 882 61 eight 943 9 753

With the mounting price of Covid-19, the paralysis of the South African Income Service (Sars), rampant corruption, failing and flailing municipalities, South Africa’s hovering debt-to-GDP fee, cash-eating zombie SOEs, and the unknown amount of presidency ensures issued on an advert hoc foundation to these entities, the DBSA in my opinion is being pushed in direction of the precipice.


Is DBSA able to help in South Africa’s meant infrastructure-led restoration with out taking up extra debt?

With out the DBSA disclosing its investees, we should wait and see.

On this battle to flee the tentacles of state seize and corruption, and the mounting authorities debt, are we, the residents together with taxpayers, not entitled to know the place the DBSA has ‘invested’ its (our) cash?