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In 2012 we embarked on a wide-reaching and on-going campaign exposing the irrationality, inefficiency, and unlawfulness of e-Tolls.
SANRAL road construction costs
A freeway upgrade overpriced by R10bn, justified the decision to introduce e-Tolls and has paved the way for the capture of another State Owned Entity.
Over the past few years, SAA has been plagued by poor leadership and questionable financial management. The continued loss of talent and need for taxpayer-funded bailouts has become an unacceptable burden to society.
SAA Dudu Myeni delinquent director claim
During Ms Myeni’s tenure as Chairperson, SAA has lost an estimated R10.5 billion over a period of 5 years, despite that fact that SAA was profitable between 2010 and 2012.
Eskom has requested an exemption from transparency requirements in the revised Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD)- the process which will set electricity prices from April 2018.
Separation of Eskom’s control on both electricity generation and transmission will break their stranglehold over the grid. This will allow open competition for energy generation at the lowest cost of production, to reach the consumer. In short, this challenge is to reduce the costs of energy to the consumer.
Between 2007 and 2014, Eskom’s revenue increased from R39bn per annum to R137bn. Yet their Electricity supply to the nation remained relatively unchanged. As a result, electricity tariffs have become exorbitant and unacceptable.
The Nuclear Deal
Our investigation into government’s new nuclear build program has revealed this to be economically unaffordable and an unnecessary catastrophe for South Africa. Furthermore, the manner in which government is forcing the program is highly questionable.
Dept. of Water and Sanitation
Poor governance within the Department of Water and Sanitation is a great cause for concern. For some time now, we have been receiving information from whistleblowers on mismanagement and corruption within the water sector.
SABC is plagued by poor leadership and questionable financial management practices. The continued loss of talent and revenue has become an unacceptable burden to society. Recent autocratic leadership-imposed censorship and questionable bias of information have given rise to questions about the role, service and purpose of this SOE. Has our public broadcaster become a state broadcaster?
Ensuring accountability for equitable and efficient tax policy and use of tax revenue, thereby facilitating positive change and advancing the South African Constitution through the building of a vehicle that is adept at:
- Destroying the mechanisms of maladministration and corruption within the structures of authority through a clear process by using all avenues available to hold those responsible to account.
- Challenging taxation and other policies and/or regulatory environments when these are irrational, ineffective or used as instruments for abuse of taxes and/or authority.
We are apolitical and rely on funding from the public, business and other donor institutions, to do our work of investigation, research, communication, empowerment and litigation.
The OUTA methodology
OUTA’s work in the area of tax policy evaluation seeks to ensure that rational and meaningful introduction of taxes takes place and that society does not become overburdened or negatively affected. Get more
Conduct is the most active area of OUTA’s work, being that of addressing the maladministration, waste and corrupt use of state revenues and expenditure through a thorough 5 step process. Get more