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Keeping you up-to-date with information from around the country: highlighting news about corruption; drawing attention to statistics and perceptions; and pointing out the activities of our watch-dog bodies.

Public procurement overhaul

Under the guidance of the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, which is part of Treasury, the public procurement system has undergone a review that will be implemented over the next five years. Its aim is to standardise supply chain management across all levels of government and make it harder to exploit the system for personal gain.

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Open tender project under way in Gauteng

A multi-billion-rand tender to provide banking services for the Gauteng provincial government has become the first to be publicly disclosed under the Open Tender project - which aims to bring unprecedented levels of openness and transparency to the murky waters of government tendering.

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Samwu corruption suspect now in custody

The Save Our Samwu campaign is fighting for transparency and clarity in the handling of the union's finances. In April 2014 a majority vote called for the suspension of office bearers and for a forensic audit. In the latest development, a consultant, charged with fraud of R7-million, went on the run but has now been arrested.

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Global corruption snapshots: 05 Feb 2015

Embattled Brazilian oil company Petrobras said on Wednesday the company's chief executive officer and five other top figures stepped down amid a long-running and massive kickback scandal at the firm.

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Still too many barriers to information, says PAIA CSN

The PAIA Civil Society Network has released its annual ‘shadow report' on the state of access to information in South Africa. Its findings show that while patterns of compliance are not as dire as has been the case in recent years, developing a culture of openness and transparency in South Africa still requires significant work.

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Mixed reaction to PAM Act - part two

The newly enacted Public Administration Management Act has been welcomed by many, but not by all. In the view of Corruption Watch, the Act is a positive step forward, but its impact and effectiveness depends largely on how much political and moral will there is to enforce it. Read more in part two of our series.

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Global corruption snapshots: 30 Jan 2015

Tanzania's energy and minerals minister Sospeter Muhongo has resigned amid a graft scandal that has rocked the gas-rich country and led Western donors to delay aid, though he called himself "incorruptible" and denied wrongdoing.

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Another senior SIU official quits

The news that another top Special Investigating Unit official has resigned is cause for concern, says former NPA boss Vusi Pikoli. He adds that the embattled Hawks unit has been crippled and neutralised, and this is the start of the undermining of state institutions that should be operating without fear or favour.

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New law to tighten public administration - part one

Our new three-part series takes a closer look at the Public Administration Management Act. Part one introduces the legislation. In part two, read about reactions to the Act and in part three, we take a closer look at the state’s plans for its proposed integrity unit.

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New forum to advise, protect whistleblowers

The newly launched Anti-Intimidation and Ethical Practices Forum aims to help professionals in the governance, accounting, auditing, business, risk management and related fields, who are being intimidated for exposing corruption in the workplace. The forum will advise them on how to blow the whistle safely, responsibly and effectively.

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