The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has urged the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) to be transparent on e-tag sales in light of the impression it is creating that motorists are ‘clamouring’ to be tagged.
OUTA spokesperson, John Clarke, points out that, “SANRAL’s number of 1.2 million e-tags 'taken up' is hogwash.”
In press statement, Clarke argues that, “What does 'taken up' mean? If they are inferring that these are fitted in cars making use of the Gauteng freeways, this is misinformation.”
To read the article titled, “SANRAL’s e-tag claims hogwash: OUTA,” click here.Source:IOL News
The Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) has called for an urgent intervention at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) following a damning report by Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela.
The IPO appeals to all institutions designed to provide oversight - Parliament, the shareholder in the department of communications, and Independent Communications Authority of South Africa - to exercise their mandate and to intervene urgently.
The organisation, which represents the majority of South Africa's working producers, says it is concerned and distressed by the continuing instability at the SABC.
To read the article titled, “Urgent intervention needed at SABC: IPO,” click here.Source:Times Live
The Constitutional Court has been asked to set aside the awarding of a R10 billion social grants tender to Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) and order the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to re-advertise the tender afresh.
In a unanimous judgment in November 2013, the Constitutional Court found the tender awarded to CPS to be invalid, on the grounds that it was procedurally unfair.
The court then asked the parties concerned, including the losing bidder, AllPay Consolidated Investment Holdings (Allpay), to return to court on 11 February 2014 with options for what the appropriate remedy should be.
To read the article titled, “ConCourt asked to 'turn its back' on unlawful grants tender,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, is under pressure from foreign aid donors and is facing a tough re-election battle.
Banda has promised forensic audit of suspected government corruption over the last decade.
She says the audit, which is backed by Britain and the European Union, will help reveal the extent of corruption in the impoverished southern African state.
To read the article titled, “Malawi promises forensic audit as donors freeze funds,” click here.Source:The Citizen
The SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition (SOS) demand answers about the reason behind the resignation of the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) group chief executive officer, Lulama Mokhobo.
The SABC has issued a statement, indicating that the reasons for her departure are ‘personal and confidential’.
SOS coordinator, Sekoetlane Phamodi, states that the broadcaster has been allowed to run in crisis and constant instability for far too long, with a high turnover in executive staff and board members in recent years.
To read the article titled, “SABC in hot water over group CEO's departure,” click here.Source:Times Live
The challenge by former Women for Change executive director, Emily Sikazwe, for the police to investigate leaders of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) accused of abusing donor money deserves serious attention.
Sikazwe made the call when she featured on one of the ZNBC TV interview programme, stating that, “We are cognisant of the fact that the NGOs play an important role in supplementing government efforts in the delivery of services to the people across the country.”
She states that currently, some of the NGOs have refused to register with the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health in accordance with the provisions of the Act.
“It is difficult to understand why the NGOs are not comfortable with the government knowing the sources of their funding.”
To read the article titled, “NGOs should be transparent, accountable,” click here.Source:Daily Mail
A petition has started to impeach President Jacob Zuma over his involvement in the Nkandla scandal.
The petition created by the Committee for the Impeachment of the President was put up on Change.org.
The leaked report on Nkandla, illustrates that the President lied to the Parliament and benefitted from over 200 million rand of the publics money.
To read the article titled, “Petition to impeach Zuma over Nkandla,” click here.Source:News 24
The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) has urged President Jacob Zuma not to sign the Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) into law in its current form.
In a press statement, SANEF states that it is concerned with the “…provisions that allow for broad classification of information, including that which has nothing to do with security of the state,” as well as delegating authority to ambiguous state officials to classify information.
The organisation believes that the Bill criminalises the ownership and dissemination of classified state information, even if such information is in the public interest.
To read the article titled, “SANEF urges Zuma not to sign info bill,” click here.Source:IOL News
The FW De Klerk Foundation is footing the hefty legal bill of senior prosecutor, Glynnis Breytenbach, partly by way of multimillion-rand donations from billionaire businessman, Nathan Kirsh.
The Foundation’s executive director, Dave Steward, admits that Kirsh, “…a major donor, also to our litigation fund, which has paid the legal fees of Glynnis Breytenbach.”
Steward explains that from this donations, the organisation also funds other projects, adding that the main project is Breytenbech’s litigation.
To read article titled, “De Klerk funds Breytenbach,” click here.Source:IOL News
- Global IntegrityPlease note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.Opportunity closing date:Friday, February 8, 2013Opportunity type:Employment
The organisation has won an Ashoka "Changemakers" award and an “Every Human Has Rights” award from The Elders and Internews; its methodology for assessing the existence and effectiveness of anti-corruption mechanisms is described by the World Bank as "best practice."
Global Integrity is known in particular for its expertise in developing quantitative indicators to assess the existence, effectiveness, and citizen access to accountability mechanisms at the national, sub-national, and sector levels. Across all of its fieldwork at the national, sub-national, and sector levels in more than 100 countries, the organisation has designed, fielded, and published more than 80 000 quantitative indicators of accountability, transparency, and anti-corruption mechanisms.
Global Integrity is in the midst of a five-year collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to generate original data on a range of governance issues across all 54 African countries; that data feeds into future iterations of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which helps to shape the debate on the continent around governance reform priorities. To support that fieldwork, Global Integrity seeks to appoint an experienced French speaking Project Manager who’s already based in Cape Town to help recruit, coordinate, and manage a team of researchers across the continent.
The project manager will work alongside a colleague in our Cape Town office and report to Global Integrity’s Washington, DC office.
- Recruiting and managing virtual field teams of researchers in 54 African countries;
- Capacity building and training activities with the research teams;
- Performing detailed, intensive quality control over the resultant data points (in the thousands);
- Providing detailed feedback to researchers and guiding them to improve their research product with actionable advice and specific guidance;
- Designing and leading outreach and dissemination activities, including public workshops;
- Representing the organisation at conferences and events as necessary.
Ideal Skill Set
Global Integrity attracts employees from the most distinctive professional and academic backgrounds. There is no cookie cutter ideal candidate for any position at Global Integrity. We are instead more interested in an individual’s drive, professionalism, and entrepreneurial energy. For this particular position, the following factors will strengthen an applicant’s candidacy:
- Three to ten years of relevant project management experience in journalism, in-depth editing, international affairs, and/or international politics. Ability to discuss issues of governance and/or anti-corruption is a strong asset though not required, depending on the candidate’s experience and particular set of skills;
- 100% bilingual French-English (French native speaker preferred);
- Attention to detail, ability to perform on tight deadlines, and proven ability to communicate clear and concise feedback to researchers are a must;
- Experience working and communicating with virtual teams is strongly preferred, particularly in an editing capacity;
- Professionals that can leverage their own networks of African professionals towards this job’s recruiting requirements will be strongly considered;
- Graduate degree in a relevant area of study, including, but not limited to, journalism, public policy, international relations, comparative politics, or development studies;
- Comfort in a perpetual start-up environment requiring extensive “self-starter” and “problem-solver” skills with minimal bureaucratic safety nets or backstopping;
- Strong writing and verbal communication skills: this means the ability to write a press release, policy summary, or op-ed with minimal guidance and the ability to speak comfortably to an expert audience or on camera. Experience with news reporting or blogging (on any topic) is strongly preferred.
Our office environment (now spread between Washington, New York, and Cape Town) requires openness, collaboration and flexibility. Our staff has an uncommon diversity of responsibilities: from high-level strategy to online messaging to logistics issues (we book our own travel and fix our own computers), everyone contributes. You will develop new skills in this job; expect to learn and adapt constantly. We are very much a learning organisation.
We have a “no jerks” policy; you will be supported by results-oriented yet frequently cheerful coworkers whose primary mode of social engagement is based on trust and respect.
International literacy and cross-cultural sensitivity are considered core competencies.
Compensation: For these positions, Global Integrity will provide a total cost to company package (no fringe benefits). The salary will be dependent on a candidate’s experience and demonstrated skills, and we anticipate a final compensation package ranging between R250 000 - R350 000 depending on the candidate.
Apply online, refer to http://www.tfaforms.com/270922.
Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
After reviewing submitted applications, we anticipate calling back a small number of potential candidates for individual interviews via phone or in-person (if possible). A final shortlist of candidates will ideally be interviewed in person in Cape Town in early-February. We are happy to answer additional questions directly (see Contact Information below), but all interested applicants must use the online form to apply for the position.
# Frequently asked questions
Q: I am not a South African citizen but I’m interested in applying for this position. Will you sponsor a work visa for me?
A: We are looking for candidates who have the ability to begin working immediately in South Africa without the need for additional work permits.
Q: I’ve read about the Indaba platform you use; it sounds exciting, but do I need to be a techie?
A: No; in fact, we’re building Indaba so that we can eliminate the need for dedicated programming and database management skills on staff. If you can use a mouse on a computer, you can use Indaba.
Q: You use the word “data” often in describing your work. Do I need to have statistical and/or econometric skills to apply for this position?
A: No, though familiarity with and/or command of basic statistical and econometric skills is welcomed. We tend to view the data we generate as an entry point to what are often highly political, qualitative discussions and policy choices around governance reform. We have less faith in the ability of multivariate regressions or factor analyses to shed meaningful light on those discussions in practice.
Q: Do I need to be an anti-corruption “specialist” to apply for this position?
A: No, though familiarity with issues of governance, transparency, and corruption are preferred.
Enquiries: Managing Director, Hazel Feigenblatt, e-mail: hazel.feigenblatt AT globalintegrity.org, Ph. 1 202 449 5160.
For more about Global Integrity, refer to www.globalintegrity.org.
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