EFFECTIVE CIVIL ACTION


OUR VISION

A prosperous country, free from the abuse of authority and governed with the efficient use of tax revenue.


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Active projects

We have many active projects which are currently divided into five portfolios.
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SANRAL e-Tolls

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.

SAA Campaign

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 Secrecy

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.

Unbundling Eskom

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.

Eskom Campaign

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 Campaign

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?

Carbon Tax Campaign

We are questioning whether Carbon Tax will achieve the intended purpose of reducing Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by way of taxation (a stick approach) thereby forcing business behavior change. Or is it simply another revenue stream for the government?

OUR MISSION

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

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Tax Policy

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

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Tax Regulation

OUTA believes it is important that when introducing new or managing existing taxes, the regulatory environment is both efficient and is effectively applied. Get more

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Conduct

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

Step 1: Investigate

Step 2: Engage

Step 3: Expose

Step 4: Mobilise

Step 5: Litigate

Knowledge Centre

What does it mean to be a member of OUTA?

As a contributing member of OUTA, your support helps fight corruption, tax abuse and irrational tax policies set out by Government and their State Owned Entities (SOE’s).

By becoming a member or a Donor of OUTA, you become an active citizen, part of the movement that conducts research, investigations, communication and litigation when and where the board believes it is necessary to do so.

We function on an honour-based system whereby financial contributions to the cause are made solely at the discretion of each member and to the value they believe they can afford ie. the donation value is theirs to decide. Each membership is kept confidential.

Members will receive interesting news and articles from the organisation. Members will also be invited to participate in decisions, gazette inputs and other aspects pertinent to being an active citizen.