South Africa

The South African chapter of Transparency International (TI) has "distanced itself" from the organisation's annual Corruption Perception Index - that this year gave the country 4.8 points, on a scale where ten is the most open and honest.

OSISA is a non-profit foundation established in 1997 by investor and philanthropist George Soros. OSISA oversees US$5 million in grants annually in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. OSISA is to be a leading regional foundation dedicated to the creation of the ideal of an open society. Our programmes broadly focus on Education, Human rights and democracy building as well as Media.

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Burundi President Pierre Buyoya is in South Africa for talks with the mediator of the peace process, Nelson Mandela. Government sources confirmed to IRIN that Buyoya left Burundi on Thursday for talks which would include the transition issue.

Corné van Walbeek, principal investigator of the Economics of Tobacco Control project in South Africa, highlights some of the policy debates concerning tobacco control in South Africa, and indicates their relevance to other developing countries.

A highly confidential and extremely sensitive report that could lead to various senior magistrates soon being arrested for fraud and corruption, has been handed to the national director of public prosecutions, Advocate Bulelani Ngcuka.

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