Empty tender defaulters register is a systemic failure in accountability

By Kirsten Pearson In a nation gripped by the effects of corruption on service delivery and human rights realisation, one would expect all available accountability mechanisms to be used to stem maladministration. Yet, despite the South African public bearing witness to years of revelations of grand corruption via the state capture commission, a critical tool Read more >

Treasury releases Q2 report on local govt revenue and expenditure

Source: South African government National Treasury (NT) has released the local government revenue and expenditure report for the second quarter of the 2023/24 financial year. The report, which applies to the second quarter of the municipal financial year ending on 31 December 2023, covers the performance against the adopted budgets of local government and includes Read more >

FATF issues update on SA’s grey list progress

In its latest update on South Africa’s progress in addressing shortcomings in its anti-money laundering/counter financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regime, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) noted that the country had taken steps to correct the deficiencies, though the work is not yet complete. The organisation published the update on 23 February 2024, after the Read more >

Special Tribunal sets aside another dodgy Covid PPE tender

It may have happened nearly four years ago, but South Africans have not forgotten the mad rush to exploit the relaxed emergency procurement regulations that were put in place when Covid-19 hit the country. Corruption flourished as civil servants and private companies alike fell over themselves to grab a slice of the pie. Overnight, companies Read more >

SA makes progress in strengthening AML/CFT measures

A November 2023 progress report on South Africa’s work towards addressing technical compliance deficiencies identified by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in the country’s anti-money laundering framework, reveals that there is forward momentum. South Africa has been a FATF member since 2003 and like all members, is therefore required to undergo mutual evaluations on Read more >

The three revolutions of public procurement in Africa

By Edwin MuhumuzaFirst published on Open Contracting Partnership Public procurement is like the heartbeat of public spending in most of Africa – by some estimates, it accounts for 17% of the GDP of African countries.  There is growing recognition that the public procurement system can be a strong force for policy implementation, helping to tackle Read more >

CW report further underscores need for public procurement reform

Image by Freepik Corruption Watch’s recent Procurement Risk Trends 2023 report records the alarming rate at which state organs use the practice of deviations and contract expansions in public procurement, and not always for good purposes. While it clarifies that there may be perfectly valid reasons for deviating from a prescribed procurement procedure or for Read more >

Latest CW report tracks procurement risk trends

Corruption Watch (CW), working with procurement law expert Professor Geo Quinot of Stellenbosch University, released Procurement Risk Trends 2023, the third such report, following the first two that were published in 2021 and 2022, respectively. These reports, which cover the period between 2016 and 2023, specifically focus on trends in public procurement deviations and contract expansions. Read more >