December 12, 2008

Learning from each other: T-SA, monitoring Transparency in Service Delivery in Africa

Filed under: Mwalimu (Vol 1.3/4. - Third & Fourth Quarter 2008) — newritings @ 8:21 pm

Transparency  South Africa Board met on 6 December 2008 and reviewed the programme of action for 2007-8 as a platform for planning for the next few years. For the coming year, the flagship programme will be the TISDA (Transparency International Service Delivery in Africa). The programme will have its own programme manager.

Other key activities and approaches remain focused on building coalitions of integrity as our means of combating corruption in South Africa; The approach of working within the National Anti-Corruption Forum (NACF) was reaffirmed as it allows civil society groups with meager resources to have common platform for action. TSA will aim to work with unions to address matters of corruption and mismanagement.

Work on the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), the African Union, the OECD Convention etc will continue and board member responsible for this is Ayesha Kajee.

The Chairperson of the Board of Directors Dr Danny Titus, has been involved during 2008 in a number of media interviews, attended the Bali conference on UNCAC, presented public lectures on anti-corruption and addressed the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANAC) on the need for investigative journalism on the forthcoming World Cup 2010.

With regards to the World Cup 2010 the chairperson has met with the the Local Organizing Committee of the World Cup 2010 where they expressed their commitment to cooperate with T-SA on a corruption free World Cup. In addition, he met with the Mayor of Cape Town, Ms. Helen Zille on the role of the City of Cape Town in the World Cup. “She also expressed with her local government staff members, their commitment to cooperate with TI-SA on the World Cup 2010” said Titus.

Key priorities for the coming year includes:

National Integrity Study on South Africa- working on implementing its recommendations;

The TISDA programme as reflecting the commitment to developing educational programmes within the broader educational framework;

The continuous updating of the website This will be the responsibility of activists Marius Kotze and Sammy Baka who will work with Content Africa;

We will improve our public profile and develop membership as an urgent priority, said T-SA. For this task board member Joel Lekgodi has been mandated to lead.

We are African:

T-SA has reaffirmed its view that “corruption has to be tackled at all levels simultaneously: we will continue to work with other African chapters to share experiences and programmes”, said Danny Titus, chairperson. To assist us with this we will have a strategic retreat which will be facilitated by Rueben Lifuka from Zambia. Reuben has also recently being elected onto the TI Board, and serves as TI Zambia chairperson.

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