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OUTA Insights with Rudie Heyneke

Rudie Heyneke discusses the German prosecutor's investigation into T-Systems, one of the biggest beneficiaries of state capture at Eskom and Transnet, Salim Essa role in state capture as well as the significance of the arrests of Brian Molefe and Anoj Singh. And what about Ajay Gupta - will he ever face prosecution?

OUTA INSIGHTS: CEO Catch Up with Wayne Duvenage

Wayne Duvenage argues that we don't have the luxury of waiting 20 months to see if the 2024 elections will positively change SA. But there are lots we can do as individuals to bring about change. And, he says, it's time for big business to start putting more pressure on Government.

OUTA Insights: What needs to happen to end the energy crisis, and how soon?

OUTA's energy project manager Brendan Slade and energy expert Chris Yelland, an OUTA energy consultant, in discussion with Ilse Salzwedel on possible solutions to the energy crisis. How can the hurdles be removed, and why is Eskom 2.0 a non-starter? What about jobs if we adopt new energy sources? And what should we make of the proposed 32% Eskom price hike and the suggested levy for solar panels?

OUTA Insights with journalist Kyle Cowan on the state of Eskom

We're halfway through 2022, and already more than 55 days were affected by some stage of load shedding. Whose fault is it that Eskom can't keep the lights on? Ilse Salzwedel chats to News24 journalist Kyle Cowan, author of a newly published book called SABOTAGE: Eskom under siege.

OUTA files legal challenge against NERSA to set aside three Karpowership licences

OUTA's Brendan Slade and adv. Stefanie Fick explains why OUTA says NERSA failed to act in the interests of South Africa. The power regulator failed to provide adequate reasons and failed to consider that the Karpowership 20-year “emergency” contracts will not resolve loadshedding but will instead tie South Africa into a deal costing an estimated R218 billion over two decades.

Johann van Loggerenberg on SARS, state capture and blowing the whistle

The lives of more than 500 SARS employees and their families were upended when the tax agency was captured. Not only did people lose their jobs and income, but families were ripped apart in what has since been exposed as part of a bigger state capture campaign.
In this conversation, Johann van Loggerenberg speaks frankly about the experiences of whistleblowers. He also discusses how civil society can assist whistleblowers, and what laws need to change and why.

How Cynthia Simpel lost her job for trying to save SAA R256 million.

Former SAA treasurer Cynthia Stimpel tried to stop an unlawful deal worth R265m between SAA and BnP Capital, but neither her superiors at SAA or National Treasury listened to her. Then she came to OUTA and subsequently lost her job. She tells part of her story, and also shares her thoughts on corporate accountability and protecting whistleblowers.

How Bain enabled state capture - whistleblower Athol Williams says why they should be held accountable

Should we only blame crooked politicians and the Zuma government for state capture? What about private companies who also benefitted from – and even enabled – the looting of the fiscus? Athol Williams, a former partner with Bain Capital, a US-based company, blew the whistle on Bain’s involvement in state capture. Here he explains how they went about it, and also why he believes it’s time to increase the pressure on big business for their part in the state of our country.

How Parliament failed South Africa

OUTA produced two documents on how a captured Parliament effectively condoned state capture by failing to address it as it happened. OUTA's Parliamentary Engagement Manager, Matt Johnston, testified about this to the Zondo Commission. He sheds more light on how failed parliamentary oversight assisted in State Capture.

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