CW’s Project Larona aims to strengthen recognition of land rights

Image: Alliance for Rural Democracy Project Larona [laa-ro-nah]Lefatshe la rona – a Setswana phrase meaning “Our Land” The European Union Rallying Efforts to Accelerate Progress project (EU REAP), a multi-jurisdictional initiative, commenced in July 2021. It is led by the Transparency International Secretariat and funded by the European Commission (EuropeAid). EU REAP focuses on directly Read more >

CW submits comments on the Companies Amendment Bill

Much of Corruption Watch’s (CW) work consists of advocating for transparency – in procurement, in leadership appointments, in allocating resources, in matters of governance. Corruption threatens the credibility and effectiveness of these measures and more, and therefore transparency is crucial to curbing, even abolishing the scourge.   Beneficial ownership transparency (BOT) is seen as an increasingly important element of any anti-corruption strategy, as it is fundamental in tackling illicit Read more >

CW report probes solutions for benefits to mining-affected communities

Improving Transparency and Accountability in the Flow of Benefits to Mining Communities, a report released today by Corruption Watch, and an accompanying Legal Review: Distribution of Mining Equity to Community Trust, highlights the persistent challenges regarding the flow of benefits paid to people in mining-affected communities, those most impacted by mining operations.    The report identifies Read more >

SA’s mining licensing regime in need of a major overhaul

By Mashudu Masutha First published on Business Day The extractive sector, if carefully managed, presents enormous opportunities for advancing sustainable development, particularly in low-income countries. However, resource-cursed countries such as SA may have a significantly different view. An extractive sector rooted in accountability and transparency is key to determining a mutually inclusive form of sustainability. Read more >

CW research reveals opacity, regulation breaches on govt tender portals

Corruption Watch, in partnership with Transparency International, is working on a project called Open Contracting for Health (OC4H), which aims to advocate for greater transparency in health procurement processes. The project developed from our engagements with other civil society organisations, when we became aware of a common frustration – efforts to monitor the implementation of Read more >

Now or never: time to create real, lasting procurement reform

1 September 2020 Dear President Ramaphosa and Minister Mboweni, We write to you as civil society organisations deeply concerned at the high levels of corruption being committed through our public procurement system. We call on you to take advantage of the current opportunities and show decisive leadership to steer a collaborative process as the draft Read more >

State capture boosted violence and organised crime

Organised crime flourished under Jacob Zuma’s presidency as South Africa’s criminal justice agencies were manipulated for political and personal gain. This is one of many findings in a joint submission by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and Corruption Watch to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture (Zondo Commission). Interference in Read more >