The World Bank conducts regular surveys on the ease of doing business in various countries (see http://goo.gl/dctDn). The “ease” relates to the amount of gates that have to be opened before the business is established.,
The latest survey indicates South Africa ranks 39 out of 185 countries. A person starting a business has to move through five gates, and if you want to get a construction permit then there are 13 gates, Each one of these gates has to be opened by a public official – each one provides an opportunity for corruption.
It makes you wonder when there is a move to introduce a Licensing of Business Bill. The Bill, in its current form, provides greater opportunity for corruption (see http://goo.gl/O7RM1).
There is always a dilemma when trying to have a system to monitor licences – do you introduce more controls to ensure compliance and take the risk of increasing corruption?
How do you ensure the gates do not need oiling?