The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) is a proudly South African non-profit Civil Action Organisation, comprising of and supported by people who are passionate about improving the prosperity of our nation.
OUTA’s e-Toll Campaign
OUTA’s first campaign was the Gauteng e-Toll saga.
In 2012 OUTA embarked on a wide reaching campaign to expose the irrationality, inefficiency and unlawfulness of the e-Toll scheme. We did this through a concerted campaign of litigation and empowering the public with facts and knowledge of this unjust scheme. It has been a long journey but the public are winning and the scheme is virtually defunct.
OUTA believes that a separation of control over the two arms of electricity generation and transmission will break Eskom’s stranglehold over the grid (transmission), thereby ensuring that open competition for energy generation at the lowest cost of production will reach the consumer, assuming political meddling is minimized which in itself may be a separate challenge. In short, this challenge is to reduce the costs of energy to the consumer.
OUTA’s Eskom Campaign
Challenging Eskom to become an efficient organisation.
Between 2007 and 2014, Eskom’s revenue increased from R39bn per annum to R137bn. Yet their Electricity supply to the nation remained relatively unchanged at 218 GigaWatt Hours (GwH) per annum, over the same period. There are far too many unanswered questions surrounding the performance, efficiency, supplier contracts and other matters relating to this SOE. As a result, the costs to society have become exorbitant and unacceptable. OUTA’s quest is to seek transparency and accountability on all matters pertinent to Eskom, which is a public right. Accordingly, we will challenge the escalating costs and performance, to ensure improved long term service provision to the people of South Africa. We trust that Eskom’s Board and Management agree with us in this regard and will cooperate, engage and participate with us on this journey.
OUTA’s SAA Campaign
To ensure that SAA is a professionally managed and profitable airline, which has no reliance on taxpayer bail-outs.
Over the past few years, SAA has been plagued with poor leadership and questionable financial management practices. The continued loss of talent and need for taxpayer funded bail-outs has become untennable and an unacceptable burden to society. OUTA’s focus on the SAA debacle is to seek total transparency and accountability of the airline’ s board and leadership.
OUTA’s SABC Campaign
To ensure that SABC is a professionally managed and profitable public broadcaster, and fulfills a mandate of unbiased, free and fair journalism, news and information.
Over the past few years, SABC has been plagued with poor leadership and questionable financial management practices. The continued loss of talent and revenue has become untennable and an unacceptable burden to society. In addition, recent autocratic leadership-imposed censorship and questionable bias of information has given rise to many questions about the role, service and purpose of this SOE. Has our public broadcaster become a state broadcaster?
OUTA’s role is to question and challenge the leadership and governance structures at the SABC, ensuring transparency and accountability to the public.
OUTA’s Carbon Tax Campaign
Will Treasury’s Carbon Tax be effective in it’s intended purpose or is this just another revenue stream for government?
OUTA is questioning whether the Carbon Tax will achieve its intent and purpose of reducing Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by way of taxation (a stick approach) thereby forcing business behavior change. It is OUTA’s opinion that this tax is nothing more than an additional revenue stream for Treasury which is complicated, costly and inefficient. It will not necessarily have the desired impact of reducing GHG emissions as intended. OUTA urges all big business and their respective industries to assess the impact of the Carbon Tax, as we believe it will be yet another regressive tax on society.
The Nuclear Deal
Government’s irrational New Nuclear Build plan will be an economic catastrophe
OUTA’s investigations into government’s new nuclear build program, has revealed that not only will this plan be an unaffordable economic catastrophe for South Africa, but the planned 9,6GW from nuclear is not necessary. Furthermore, the manner in which government is forcing this decision upon its citizens is extremely dubious and raises questions around government’s logic and reasoning.
Over time, the South African Government has introduced a number of taxes, levies and fees, which have fallen short of their intended purpose, be it due to: poor policy, ineffective regulatory environment, or unacceptable conduct (maladministration or corruption).
Our work therefore revolves around:
- Questioning and challenging taxation policy and / or the regulatory environment, when these are deemed irrational, unfit or ineffective for their intended purpose.
- Questioning, challenging and attacking the squandering, maladministration and corrupt use of taxes, through a clear and effective methodology, and to hold those responsible to account.
OUR MISSION (How we do this):
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, using all avenues available and through a clear process, to hold those responsible to account.
- Challenging taxation and other policy and / or regulatory environment 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