Corruption, tenderpreneuring and ethics in the infrastructure engineering sector
Advocate Thuli Madonsela
Public Protector of South Africa
Thulisile Madonsela has developed a reputation for being an adversary for unethical practices at the highest level. She is also a human rights lawyer and an equality expert.
Madonsela is one of the eleven technical experts who helped the Constitutional Assembly draft the final Constitution in 1994 and 1995.
She graduated with a BA Law Degree from the University of Swaziland in 1987 and an LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1990. In 2012 Madonsela received an award for being South Africa’s most influential woman.
Join Thuli Madonsela as she addresses corruption and ethics in infrastructure engineering, in both the private and public sectors, taking into account corruption-related lessons both locally and internationally; and what engineers should be doing differently in order to meet efficient service delivery to our people.
The World Bank reports that construction is a $1.7 trillion industry worldwide, much of which is linked to publicly financed projects. It also cites construction as the most corrupt industry in global surveys.
Fifteen South African construction companies have agreed to pay fines totaling R1.46 billion ($146.7 million) for collusive tendering over contracts such as those to build stadiums for the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa.
Corruption and mismanagement have been repeatedly linked to reduced construction quality, over expenditure, poor service delivery and often, non-delivery.