Projects pertaining to a range of different ministerial department transgressions and issues which require challenging
OUTA’s Public Governance Portfolio was established to focus on challenging unfair government policy across a range of ministerial departments.
In this portfolio we have undertaken the following projects:
Oversight of Parliament
OUTA reports find that Parliament failed to defend South Africa against state capture and looting. OUTA has submitted information on this to the State Capture Commission and to Parliament, and has published five annual reports on oversight of Parliament. Our latest report was published in September 2023.
Tips For Members of Parliament
OUTA's Oversight Dashboard
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Electoral Reform: from Concourt to Parliament
Getting the right commissioners for the Commission on Gender Equality
During 2022, Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities called for nominations and applications for positions of commissioners on the Commission for Gender Equality. OUTA believes the process was inadequate and did not ensure the best candidates were appointed.
Budget 2020 & Supplementary Budget
Budget 2020 is being rewritten because of economic fallout from Covid-19. OUTA has made submissions to Parliament to support this process.
OUTA has made submissions to Parliament on Budget 2021 and the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement 2021.
The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement 2022 announced the end of the e-tolls scheme, but did not finalise paying off the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project debt. OUTA made a submission on this.
Budget 2023 was loaded with costs from the state capture years: bailouts for Eskom, SAA and the Post Office, but extra money for political parties.
Watching the State of the Nation Addresses (SONAs)
Every year Parliament opens with the President's State of the Nation Address. Every year there are promises, which are often repeated and not kept.
Taxation Submission 2018
The South African tax base is extremely small (estimated at 13% of the overall population) and a situation of over taxation has now been reached. This has the impact of tax flight and a reverse effect in collection rates.