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CENTRE FOR CORPORATE GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA

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The Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa has identified the need to improve corporate governance standards for State-Owned Companies (SOCs).  Applied research and the application of an SOC Ratings Matrix can help SOC boards to upgrade their performance and to be more effective with government and other shareholders. The Centre can provide high-level specialist knowledge required for each board, as well as for government ministers and heads of departments who are interested in more effective corporate governance.

This project is managed by senior research fellow, Lynn McGregor, who has done in-depth research into corporate governance relationships between government, boards and executives.  For more information, contact lynn.mcgregor@usb.ac.za​.

On 28 November 2012 the Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa (USB) launched its Chairman’s Forum in Johannesburg. The objective of the Forum is to provide a safe environment for information gathering and debate on issues of uncertainty and risk that are of direct concern to chairmen of South African companies. Membership of the Forum is by invitation only and restricted to chairmen of South African companies, including listed, significant private and state-owned companies.

The Forum will convene at least twice per year and all meetings are governed by the Chatham House Rule. The launch of the Forum was made possible through seed funding provided by Vodacom, and is supported by the Corporate Governance section of law firm, DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.

The Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa is proud to have been selected by the University of Stellenbosch as one of the projects that constitute the HOPE Project. The University has decided to align its core activities with selected themes from the international Millennium Development Goals, including the promotion of democracy and human rights.

Under the leadership of Lynn McGregor three colloquia have taken place, kindly hosted by Old Mutual and the Institute of Directors (IoD). Two discussion papers have been prepared, one authored by Lynn McGregor, and the other by Sir Mark Moody-Stuart (edited by Lynn McGregor). Notes have also been compiled by Lynn McGregor on the third colloquium. For more information, contact lynn.mcgregor@usb.ac.za.

SOE Governance Report launched

A new report entitled “Rating Governance in State-Owned Enterprises” was launched by the Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa on 11 October 2012. The research was sponsored by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. Guest speakers at the launch in Cape Town included Ms Lynn McGregor (senior research fellow: Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa) and Ms Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge (former Deputy Minister of Health and Defence).

The Centre was appointed by the South African Public Investment Corporation (PIC) in 2008 to develop a Corporate Governance Rating Matrix to be applied to listed South African corporations. The team that developed the matrix comprised Prof Bob Garratt (chairman of the Centre), Thina Siwendu (senior research fellow of the Centre), Daniel Malan (director of the Centre), Deon Botha (Corporate Governance Specialist at the PIC and senior research fellow of the Centre), as well as external experts that included Prof Philip Sutherland, Tom Wixley and Kwanele Gumbi.

The matrix incorporates existing PIC, South African and international corporate governance standards and best practice. Compliance-related information received from the PIC was balanced with “softer” measures on adherence to the fundamental corporate governance values of transparency, honesty and accountability. The emphasis was on the development of core indicators that focus on material issues and performance, rather than extensive tick-box questions on technical issues.

For more information about the PIC Corporate Governance Rating Matrix, contact deon.botha@usb.ac.za.

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