South Africa: Flashing Red Lights About Tenders and Governance While Head of the Johannesburg Roads Agency


Things got off to a good start when I joined the Johannesburg Roads Agency to be involved in service delivery at local government level. But then I was confronted by serious governance concerns. Some key lessons can be drawn from my case study - which are relevant irrespective of which party is in power.

I was appointed as Managing Director and Accounting Officer of the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) in May 2016. At the time Johannesburg was under an African National Congress (ANC) administration. I applied for the position because I wanted to be involved in service delivery at local government level.

The JRA is one of approximately 10 municipal entities which were established by the City of Johannesburg around 2000, as part of a process of corporatist restructuring of the city's administration, under the "iGoli 2002" plan. As with the other entities, the JRA is a registered company with the City of Johannesburg as the sole shareholder and a Board of Directors appointed by the city. As Managing Director, I was also a member of the board. As a municipal entity, the JRA is subject to...

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