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More transparency in tenders for Gauteng

The Gauteng departments of roads and transport, and finance, are piloting a revised tender process which is expected to bring unprecedented levels of openness and transparency to the murky waters of government tendering, and restore public confidence.

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Gauteng declares war on corruption

The Gauteng Anti-Corruption Summit 2014 took place last week under the theme "Strengthening good governance and enhancing integrity in Gauteng". Attendees agreed, among others, that ethical leadership in the public and private sectors is one of the key elements of a culture of ethics and values in society as a whole.

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Chippy Shaik to testify at Seriti Commission

Chippy Shaik will testify at the Arms Procurement Commission today, becoming the first person “directly implicated” in the corruption and subversion of the deal to testify.

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CW joins global anti-corruption call to G20

Several prominent South Africans are among the 24 distinguished signatories of an open letter addressed to G20 leaders as they prepare for the Brisbane summit. The letter calls for the world’s biggest economies to take concrete action to combat corruption by making the global financial system more transparent.

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Irregular govt spending has more than doubled

At the end of October auditor-general Kimi Makwetu presented Parliament with the news that irregular state spending had jumped from R27.4-billion in the 2012/2013 financial year, to an inexcusable R62.7-billion for 2013/2014. The departments of education, health and public works were the main culprits, he said.

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Former Wits dean probed for fraudulent deals

A joint investigation, conducted by Corruption Watch and Health-e News into alleged irregular procurement at the NHLS, has resulted in a referral of the case to the Hawks, who now have the laboratory service’s former head - who is also a former Wits dean - in their sights and have opened a forensic investigation.

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Seriti Commission given five more months

Judge Willie Seriti has been given another five months in which to finish investigating bribery, corruption and other acts of impropriety which are alleged to have tainted the arms deal of 1999. This is the third extension granted to the Arms Procurement Commission.

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Human Settlements moves RDP housing goalposts

Our reporter John Twala, whom Corruption Watch has been helping with the process of deregistering his name from the housing database so that he can apply anew, might still struggle to get a roof over his head, now that the Department of Human Settlements has changed the rules.

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Community buy-in is key to successful SGB elections

Competent school governing bodies are an important component of effectively-run schools. SGB elections take place in March 2015, and communities must come out in force to participate, to ensure that they have the people they want looking after their children's interests.

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South Africa's new struggle - Makgoba

Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba delivered the Beyers Naude Memorial Lecture last night in Port Elizabeth. "Corruption contaminates, pollutes and degrades our Constitution," he said, among other stinging remarks - read what he had to say.

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