SA companies assessed for anti-corruption, reporting transparency

In a report released today, Transparency in Corporate Reporting: South Africa 2020 (TRAC SA 2020), Corruption Watch and the ODI, an independent London-based global think-tank, in partnership with the National Business Initiative (NBI), examined the corporate governance practices of 100 corporations operating in South Africa. The companies in the report represent all industries and include 61 Read more >

Thinking of blowing the whistle? Read this first

By Kwazi Dlamini British philosopher John Stuart Mill once said, “Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.” In South Africa in the recent past, corruption and dishonest individuals have thrived under the unobservant eye of their peers, while those who are watchful of Read more >

SA police: Neither serving nor protecting GBV victims

By Sabeehah MotalaFirst published on News24 Before Parliament are three very important bills, amending various laws, all in the name of dealing with gender-based violence (GBV). So what are we, as an anti-corruption organisation, doing sticking our nose into GBV matters? Firstly, theoretical background is very important. A feminist conception of corruption leverages on the Read more >

New report on reform strategies in open contracting

The Government Transparency Institute and Transparency International Health Initiative (TIHI) recently published a report focusing on open contracting in low- to middle-income countries (LMIC), with a specific focus on reform strategies for the procurement space. Public contracting is the world’s largest marketplace, with $13-trillion changing hands every year – but opacity and secrecy means that for Read more >

Latest edition of mining risk assessment tool has gender focus

Image: Solomon Star The third edition of Transparency International Australia’s (TI-A) Mining Awards Corruption Risk Assessment (Macra) tool is now live, and released as part of the organisation’s Accountable Mining Programme. Macra helps users to identify and assess the underlying causes of corruption in mining sector awards. These risks create opportunities for corruption and undermine Read more >

How the Fishrot scandal robbed Namibia of millions

Image: WikiLeaks In part one of our Fishrot Files mini-series we read about the experiences of whistle-blower Jóhannes Stefánsson, the former MD of the Namibian branch of Icelandic fishing company Samherji. After Stefánsson’s 2016 departure from the company, he handed over a cache of 30 000 revealing documents to Al Jazeera and WikiLeaks. The latter Read more >

Fishrot whistle-blower did it despite the risks

In 2014 the stench of corruption began to rise from the operations of Icelandic fishing company Samherji in Namibia, and its former MD Jóhannes Stefánsson noticed. Two years later, he left his job to expose an extensive cash-for-quota scandal through a trove of 30 000 documents and e-mail correspondence handed over to WikiLeaks, who made Read more >

Media advisory: launch of Transparency in Corporate Reporting 2020

Members of the media are invited to a webinar launch of the Transparency in Corporate Reporting 2020 report. The event takes place on 2 December, and is hosted by Corruption Watch and the ODI, an independent London-based global think tank, in partnership with the National Business Initiative. The report evaluates the transparency of corporate reporting Read more >

Transparency demanded in mining community commission reports

Photo: James Oatway for the Centre for Environmental Rights By Matshidiso Dibakwane First published in The Star Despite several commissions of inquiry set up both at national and provincial level to investigate and establish lawful traditional leaders in terms of customary law and the Constitution, mining communities in the North West still await justice. Although Read more >