In South Africa, state-owned power utility Eskom has been awarded the Golden Key award for being the “Most responsive Public Body” by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe commented: “Eskom has previously won Golden Key awards in 2008, 2009 and 2013. Winning it again this year is a clear demonstration that the company has not wavered from its commitment to transparency, openness and responsiveness.”
Eskom adheres to standards
The power utility has been grappling to meet the country’s increasing energy demand in the past few months due to unplanned maintenance as well as a lack of financial and fuel resources. Through its continued efforts it has kept scheduled load shedding at bay for the interim.
Molefe stated: “[…] Eskom is fully behind the spirit and letter of the [South African] Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA). Our policy is, as a minimum, to comply with all legislation and we thus ensure that legislative requirements are incorporated into Eskom policies, procedures and standards at all times.”
This award follows the appointment of Molefe as Eskom’s CEO, which was announced by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown last week.
Golden Key awards
The SAHRC annual Golden Key awards, are designed to acknowledge and commend government owned entities, deputy information officers and private institutions for best practice in increasing openness and responsiveness to situations, which require adaption in order to promote compliance with the provisions of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) 2 of 2000.
The power utility said in a statement that the PAIA is a component of anti-corruption legislation, and facilitates a platform for individuals and communities to request information from all public bodies and private institutions.
“It is especially important in the area of service delivery and the enforcement of socio-economic rights,” the utility said.
The awardee was selected by media, political parties and Chapter 9 institutions, such as the Public Protector and SAHRC.