transparency

Activist Tackles Abusive Shell Companies

Charmian Gooch, a co-founder of Global Witness, a group that advocates for financial transparency, is rewriting rules from Washington to Brussels - and changing the way companies do business.

On 31 October 2013, United Kingdom Prime Minister, David Cameron, took the stage at the Open Government Partnership conference in London and announced a that he was going to introduce legislation requiring all companies based in Britain to disclose who their ultimate owners are in a publicly accessible registry.

R2K Files Urgent Application Over Tolls

The Right2Know (R2K) says it has filed an urgent application to open up the court record on tolling in the Western Cape which South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) wants kept closed.

R2K spokesperson, Alison Tilley, told the Cape Town Press Club that the organisation wants to make documents public that had been filed from the moment the city of Cape Town took SANRAL to court over the N1/N2 Winelands Toll Highway Project.

IEC Admits Mistakes During Elections

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has acknowledged mistakes during this year’s elections, but says like any other organisation in the world, the electoral body was not perfect.
 
IEC deputy chairperson, Terry Tselane, points out that, “These elections were not perfect. No election is. In the next coming weeks we will be reflecting and looking at what went wrong.” 
 

Weaker APRM Bad for Governance

The African Peer Review Mechanism (ARPM) - set up by former President Thabo Mbeki to tackle the continent's problems - is a shambles.

According to a report by former mechanism chairman Akere Muna, the institution lacks backing by African leaders and is being ‘driven into the ground’ by its chief executive officer and its secretariat that can barely function.

The mechanism has in the past served as a reliable indicator of emerging troubles on the continent.

Call for Transparency Over Party Funding

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says that a toxic blend of secret money and political influence is creating a ceremonial undermining of South Africa’s democracy.

ISS senior researcher, Judith February, argues that there is no way of know when the corporate and private world are investing in political parties for favours because the country does not regulate private funding of political parties. 

SACC Calls for Resignations Over Nkandla

The South African Council of Churches (SACC) has responded to the Public Protector's report by saying those implicated should consider stepping down.

In a press statement, the SACC points out that, "For the future of the nation and the sustainability of our fledgling democracy, we urge those implicated in the report to consider stepping down."
 
The organisation also says that the report on Nkandla "should be interrogated, not on the timing of its release, but the merits of the contents therein and the implications for the country."

NGO Urges Mozambique to Probe Blackouts

A Mozambican anti-corruption NGO, the Centre for Public Integrity (CIP), has called on the country’s attorney-general to order a forensic audit into the publicly owned electricity company, EDM.

The organisation wants the attorney-general to establish who or what was responsible for the prolonged power cuts that hit the central provinces of Manica and Sofala between 29 January and 10 February 2014.

SANRAL’s e-Tags Claims Hogwash - NGO

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.”

IPO Calls for Intervention at SABC

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.
 

Court Asked to Nullify SASSA Tender

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.

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