The TAI South Africa chapter conducted a first pilot assessment in 2001. In 2011, a new coalition was formed and began a second assessment. TAI South Africa partners are active in a wide variety of issues related to promoting environmentally and socially beneficial processes and decisions. In 2014, for example, the Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism, Africa’s first journalistic investigation unit focusing on environmental issues, developed #GreenAlert, an online platform that helps the public in South Africa find out what Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) are happening in their area.
The national lead organization of the TAI South Africa chapter is Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC). ODAC’s mission is to promote open and transparent democracy; foster a culture of corporate and government accountability; and assist people in South Africa to be able to realize their human rights. ODAC seeks to achieve its mission through realizing the right to know so that it makes a material, tangible difference to the lives of the poor, and thereby contributes to social and economic justice.