Ethical Citizens' Newsletter
Issue 116 | November/December 2020
Welcome to TEI's newsletter, our monthly communication to Supporters and friends of the institute. Here we share original articles written by our experts, spread the word of upcoming ethics training and events, and publicly acknowledge the latest certified ethics officers.
Festive Season

Season's Greetings

This is the last edition of our newsletter for the year, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your loyal support. We look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a joyful New Year.
Lead Article

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Health and Ethics are priorities for business in 2020

In this month's lead article, Prof Deon Rossouw writes about health and ethics that were found to be the top priorities for Social and Ethics Committees in a recent survey.

Read more about these two aspects to which Social and Ethics Committees devote most time and attention, in this very interesting and informative article.
Click here to read the full article
Social and Ethics Committee Trend Survey of 2020
Survey Report
The full report of the Social and Ethics Committee Trends Survey Report 2020 is now available for download.
The survey, commissioned by the Social and Ethics Committee Forum of the IoDSA, is a joint project of the IoDSA and TEI. The survey is designed to gather information about the nature, effectiveness and impact of Social and Ethics Committees operating in South Africa. This study will serve as a baseline study to analyse trends regarding Social and Ethics Committees over time, and it is our intention for this Survey to be conducted regularly.
Click here to download the report
Local Government Ethical Leadership Initiative

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Launch of the Local Government Ethical Leadership Initiative (LGELI)
The Ethics Institute (TEI) in partnership with the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), and the Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM) is pleased to announce the launch of the Local Government Ethical Leadership Initiative (LGELI).

Its objective is to facilitate a national dialogue on ethical leadership in local government, culminating in the development of a Code for Ethical Governance in South African Local Government by October 2023.
Click here to read the full article
Whistleblowing Masterclass Feedback

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Reporting on Whistleblowing
On 13 November Prof Deon Rossouw and Liezl Groenewald conducted our annual masterclass for Supporters of TEI. This year’s topic - the management of whistleblowing reports - was attended by 110 supporters, an unprecedented number!

Three topics were discussed including the what of whistleblowing, the system of whistleblowing and the culture of whistleblowing. Attendees agreed that having a whistleblowing ecosystem (e.g. a hotline), policies and processes in place, do not guarantee that employees will report misconduct. To report misconduct, stakeholders must trust the system, and such trust can only be created when they know that their reports will be acted on and when they receive feedback on the outcomes of investigations into their reports.  Interestingly, 56% of attendees work for organisations that do not have an integrated whistleblowing data management system. 

Cynthia Stimpel, former Group Treasurer of SAA, and whistleblower who saved SAA R256 million in 2016, provided valuable and insightful information about how the broader organisational culture impacts on whistleblowing and how whistleblowers are treated in their organisations. She also expanded on how organisational cultures can be created where stakeholders feel free and protected to speak up. Hearing from an actual whistleblower definitely contributed to the huge success of this Masterclass.

We look forward to seeing all of you at the 2021 Supporters’ Masterclass!
Code of Ethics Handbook

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Code of Ethics Handbook now in Portuguese

The purpose of the Codes of Ethics Handbook is to provide practical guidance to persons in governance and management positions who have some form of responsibility for developing or implementing codes of ethics.

We trust that the Codes of Ethics Handbook will become a trusted companion not only for those tasked with the process of code development and design, but also for all role-players involved in the implementation of codes of ethics.

The Codes of Ethics Handbook, part of the Ethics Handbook Series, is now available in Portuguese for all of our Portuguese colleagues.   
Click here to download the handbook in Portuguese
Congratulations, new Ethics Officers!

In the past couple of months, the following people successfully fulfilled the requirements of the Ethics Officer Certification Programme and have been certified as ethics officers.
  • EO 1130 - Shadrack Mamafha
  • EO 1131 - Nokuthula Ngubane
  • EO 1132 - Candida Chelengo
  • EO 1133 - Loise Kafita
Click here for the full list of certified Ethics Officers


  • 21 January – 16 February 2021 - Online Ethics Officer Certification Programme (private sector) click here to register
  • 4 February - 2 March 2021 - Online Ethics Officer Certification Programme (public sector) click here to register

  • 16 – 19 March 2021 - Ethics Ambassador Workshop click here to register

To register you can also email
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