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More than ever before, South Africa needs moral heroes
Thought piece – Dr Paul Vorster Mass lootings, violence, political destabilization, and anarchy. You would be forgiven for believing that this must be some other war-torn country we all read about or see in the news. But you would be mistaken. This is the description of our home, South Africa. Communities are shaken by the […]
Local government: Flawed people or flawed system?
Lead article – Kris Dobie Good ethical leadership in local government is a rarity – and I have a premise about why this is the case. As of recently, this premise is also grounded in research, which should give it some more credence. The Ethics Institute has been doing work in local government since at […]
Applauding whistleblowers isn’t enough
By: Prof Deon Rossouw Whistleblowers played a key role in exposing fraud and corruption in both private and public sector organisations involved in state capture. Without the vital information disclosed by whistleblowers the exposure of the extent of state capture by initially the previous public protector and later by the Zondo and other commissions of […]
Coding entrepreneurs in KiSwahili?
By: Dantia Richards Unlike some fathers teaching their children the names of their preferred rugby team players, the first thing my father taught me at the age of four (1979), were the names of all the then heads of state. I can still remember the faces he pulled to teach me “by association”. Although I […]
Parasites and parastatals
By: Dr Paul Vorster The Zondo Commission, an inquiry into state-capture, has revealed some very unsettling things. Our parastatals or state-owned enterprises are embroiled in so many unethical decisions and actions it staggers the mind. From patronage networks to shell companies, self-enrichment, defrauding the state, conflicts of interest, politicking, nepotism, and good old-fashioned corruption. If […]
Does one swallow make a summer?
By: Liezl Groenewald South Africans have recently again been made aware of the poor treatment whistleblowers receive. In their testimonies at the State Capture Inquiry during March 2021, two specific whistleblowers, a former partner at Bain SA, Athol Williams and former Trillian Management Consulting CEO, Bianca Goodson, brought the plight of whistleblowers to the attention […]
Was I brave and strong and true?
By: Rehilwe Senatla Was I brave, strong and true? I navigated through standards as opposed to grades in my schooling. This is a time when school would begin with prayers at an assembly session every morning. This session in my school would alter between Christian, Islam, Hindu, and Baha’i faiths as the school was all-inclusive […]
Combining ethics and compliance: A systems psychodynamic inquiry into practices and outcomes
By: Prof JJ de Klerk University of Stellenbosch Business School This article is a condensed version of the original scientific article that was published in: Business Ethics, the Environment and Responsibility, and can be obtained at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/beer.12336. This version of the article was rewritten to present a non-academic manuscript that would be easily readable and […]
How we contribute to protect whistleblowers
By: Liezl Groenewald The whistleblowing landscape has changed significantly over the last years. High profile cases have prompted new whistleblower protection regulations and legislation across the globe. But whistleblowing is no longer just a matter of legal interest. It has also become a societal issue. Names such as Edward Snowden, Julien Assange, or Bradley (now […]
Loyalty: A destructive comfort zone
By: Leon van Vuuren Referring to a potential decision on the longevity of the office of the current Public Protector, Ralph Mathekga posed the question as to where the loyalty of the ANC caucus will lie when a decision about this needs to be made in mid-March (News24, 9 March 2021). It turned out that […]
Why say NO!
By: Dantia Richards Many professionals preaching positive psychology, have over the years made saying “no” out as a wanton reaction. “You are not a team player” “You are lazy.” “You don’t want to expand your skill-set.” “You are a goodie-two-shoes.” “You are a spoilsport.” “You are a party pooper.” …and these are some of the […]
Bullying in the workplace: pervasive and damaging
By: Lulama Qabaka When we leave high school many of us all have career paths we would like to follow. For most, the end of matric feels like one is now ready to start that journey. Some are even privileged enough to go to university and upon graduation finally, land a job at a big […]