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[This Day]The President-General of Association of Market Women and Men in Nigeria and All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu's daughter, Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, at the weekend denied demanding a bribe of N20 million from a set of traders in the state.(Read Full Article)
The South African finance minister has said public sector procurement should support local industry and black economic development in his budget speech. Pravin Gordhan told parliament a database of local products and black-owned businesses was required to enable the government to support them.(Read Full Article)
Progress has been made by the Chief Procurement Office, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday.
President Jacob Zuma has signed a proclamation authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate a multi-million rand tender, which the Department of Communications awarded to Media Corner.
The proclamation authorises the SIU to investigate the validity of the department awarding the tender to Media Corner to render services in respect of a public awareness campaign, relating to the broadcasting digital migration process project.(Read Full Article)
South African companies experience more fraud and bribery than their counterparts elsewhere in the world, a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has found.
They were being hit by a higher incidence in every category of economic crime except intellectual property infringement and mortgage fraud, it said in its Global Economic Crime Survey 2014 released on Tuesday.
Bribery and corruption had been the fastest growing economic crime category in South Africa since 2011.(Read Full Article)
Centralising government's tender system will go a long way in rooting out corruption in the public service, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.
In an interview with the national broadcaster on Sunday, Zuma told SABC the fight against corruption would be better won when there was a central tender board in place to deal with all tenders. It would also make it easy to police corrupt officials.
Zuma was responding to a question regarding his announcement that government had decided to establish a central tender board to adjudicate tenders in all spheres of government.
He made the announcement during ...(Read Full Article)
President Jacob Zuma says to prevent corruption in the supply chain system in government, a central tender board to adjudicate tenders in all spheres of government, was being established.(Read Full Article)
Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA) has launched a new faster weighbridge system that the company believes would ease traffic and save on time for motorists at Mlolongo weighbridge.(Read Full Article)
Trade and Industry Minister, Dr Rob Davies, says the private sector should join government’s move towards buying locally produced goods to stimulate domestic economic growth.
In its newest report, Corruption Watch, a public advocacy NGO, has painted a picture of the endemic corruption in South Africa and it is not a particularly pretty one. Taken together with the most recent Auditor General's annual report, the description of South Africa's moral landscape is troubling.
Corruption should always be a troubling word. It conjures up images of shadowy guys in trench coats meeting in a dark parking garage as one hands the other a brown envelope filled with cash - as ample thanks for a favour already rendered, or, perhaps, in anticipation of one to be ...(Read Full Article)
President Jacob Zuma has signed a proclamation directing the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate allegations of “serious “maladministration by the South African Post Office (SAPO), improper or unlawful conduct by SAPO officials and unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money.(Read Full Article)
Allegations to be investigated by the SIU included irregularities, malpractice or maladministration in the affairs of the SAPO in relation to the management of immovable property, intentional or negligent loss of public money and damage to public property.
Following complaints from its member firms, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has noted “with concern the blatant abuse of Section 32 of the Municipal Finance Management Act” and has called on the Auditor General, National Treasury and the Public Protector to investigate the deviations. According to the organisation, Section 32 dealt with the procurement of goods and services under contracts secured by other organs of State.(Read Full Article)
It has been revealed today that a number of ANC leaders who have made it onto the party's list of candidates to go to Parliament or provincial legislatures are either facing corruption charges or have already been found guilty.
This includes former ANC Chief Whip, Tony Yengeni, who was found guilty for accepting a bribe during the Arms Deal; ANC Northern Cape Chairman, John Block, who has had criminal charges laid against him for fraud and racketeering; former Gauteng MEC, Humphrey Mmemezi, who was fired for misuse of public money and former ANCYL Treasurer, Pule Mabe who faces charges ...(Read Full Article)
Johannesburg - A state-owned pharmaceutical company would be the best way to keep the costs of medication down, the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) said on Monday.
Spokesman Sizwe Pamla said in a statement that privately-owned drug companies were motivated by profit rather than the well-being of those who rely on their medications. “We should also remember that these people make their money from commodifying and prolonging sickness and not from curing it"(Read Full Article)
The Namibian Roads Authority (RA), the parastatal that was embroiled in a dodgy procurement deal last year, is again in the news for awarding a tender to a highest bidder that quoted the institution N$219 million, which is N$22 million more than other bidders.(Read Full Article)
Supply chain management has been in the news lately, and not in a favorable way. Recently, Hitachi Consulting revealed that supply chains are not a major concern for many top executives who responded to its survey, a fact that is jarring to say the least, and hopefully not indicative of management sentiment generally.
Then, there were all the reports of the horrific Bangladesh factory collapse that killed 1,100 garment workers. Those reports included one about a clothing manufacturer who claimed no responsibility for the victims. Yes, the company is part of a consortium funding safety upgrades to Bangladesh factories ...(Read Full Article)
2013 has been an interesting year and I have travelled from one side of the globe to the other talking about procurement fraud-related issues to a range of companies in various sectors. I would like to thank all the people I have met who have been helping CIPS promote the global anti-procurement fraud message. To close out 2013, I have put together a 10-point procurement fraud control plan to help your organisation reduce the risk of procurement fraud. .(Read Full Article)
Last week, Transparency International (TI) released its annual global corruption perception index.
Perceptions do not fall from the sky, they're borne of actual and lived experiences of a society. In the absence of a scientifically superior measure, the perception index constructed by TI is what many rely on for a rough picture of who is most and least corrupt.
In the East African Community, Uganda holds strong, along with Burundi, as the two countries with the most pervasive thieving. Our dear Uganda is not anywhere near the top 100, instead languishing in the 140th position out of a total ...(Read Full Article)
The number of countries deemed to be an “extreme risk” for human rights abuses has increased by 70 per cent since 2008. According to Maplecroft’s Human Rights Risk Atlas, the number of countries in the category has risen from 20 to 34.
Countries that have seen the worst deterioration in their human rights since 2008 include war-torn Syria, which is ranked at number one out of 197 nations, Egypt, Libya, Mali and Guinea-Bissau.
The key emerging economies of Nigeria, India, the Philippines and Indonesia have also dropped into the worst category. MENA and other African countries account for the ...(Read Full Article)
Perceived levels of corruption in South Africa remain high, according to the 2013 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), released on Tuesday. Published by the global organisation Transparency International (TI), it ranks South Africa 72nd out of 177 countries, with a score of 42. The CPI measures perceived levels of public sector corruption, ranking countries on a scale from nought to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. Last year, South Africa scored 43.(Read Full Article)
Corruption and bribery is costing developing countries up to $40 billion (£24.5 billion) each year and is the “thief of economic and social development”.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) believes corruption is the “single greatest obstacle” to development globally and firms must take a “zero tolerance attitude”. UNODC said: “Companies need to take a zero tolerance attitude towards corruption and put policies in place covering issues such as gifts, supply chains and whistleblowers.”
Yury Fedotov, executive director of the UNODC, told a conference of the UN Convention against Corruption in Panama City a “robust and ...(Read Full Article)
Britain has suspended direct aid to Malawi over a multi-million pound corruption scandal which has seen ministers close to President Joyce Banda implicated in fraud and the attempted murder of a whistleblower(Read Full Article)
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has revealed that accountants in sub-Saharan Africa believe bribery and corruption has negative impact on business, especially on the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).(Read Full Article)