Who's screwing who?

Who's screwing who?

While New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was paying an “escort” $4300 in a hotel room in Washington, just down the road George Bush’s new Federal Reserve Board (Reserve Bank) chairman, Ben Bernanke, was secretly handing over $200bn in a tryst with mortgage bank industry speculators.

Both acts were wanton, wicked and lewd. But there’s a big difference: the Governor used his own cheque book; Bernanke was using taxpayers’ money.

The Philip Morris dance

When is a tobacco advert just a 'communication'?

Not only does multi-billion rand Swiss tobacco company Philip Morris dismiss the World Health Organisation’s convention on tobacco control, it also spurns local legislation barring advertising of tobacco products.  

Justice delayed

Justice delayed

"He was my attorney, but I just wasn't too happy about him collecting money from my clients."

Uncertainty surrounds the future of acting judge of the high court, and top Rugby Union disciplinary chief, Nape Dolamo. This follows a Law Society investigation into R100 000 paid into his attorney firm’s trust account.

The 53-year-old attorney is one of the new breed of acting judges brought in as part of the transformation of the judiciary. Previously only senior advocates were allowed to sit on the high court bench.

Microsoft boxes clever

Microsoft boxes clever

It is not unreasonable to expect the world’s biggest producer of computer software to act rationally. After all, computers are logical beasts. But, we have discovered, Microsoft’s environmental policy is so far removed from its environmental practice that one is left wondering which software they use to monitor their own performance. “MicroSox-Smoker” would be our first guess. 

Sailing close to the wind

Sailing close to the wind

A simple guide to snatching your partner's business from under him.

BUSINESS STUDIES 101 – How to create a successful business:

  • Find people who have the South African licence or agency for a successful international brand.
  • Go into business with them and create a new company.
  • Create a fictitious debt in the company’s books – in favour of yourself – and apply to liquidate the company on the basis of this debt.
  • Tell the brand owner that its South African licensee or agent is about to go bust.
  • Suggest to the brand owner that it awards the licence or agency to another South African company – one you happen to own.
  • Enjoy many years of prosperity.
A family and its plastic money are soon parted

A family and its plastic money are soon parted

‘Rovetti & Sons.’ That’s the heart-warming way Flamingo Plastics, a modest little Pty outside Kempton Park on the East Rand, sums itself up on its website – the “dynamic family enterprise of Rovetti & Sons”.

However, the family dynamics in Rovetti & Sons are more volatile than the usual familial ups and downs. Sons Leonard and Richard Rovetti are no longer on speaking terms with their father Elio. In fact the brothers are suing their 62-year-old dad in the high court for R10m!

Moves at the Mansion

Moves at the Mansion

Surprise! The R100m Sandton palace sale may be cancelled.

noseweek has unearthed evidence that could result in the sheriff’s sale of cellphone mogul Miko Rwayitare’s R100m Sandhurst mansion for just R400 000 (nose101) being set aside.

This will come as calamitous news to Greg Pietersen, the Johannesburg architect who acquired the mansion when he picked up the 1000 shares of Propro Investments (Pty) Ltd at the sheriff’s auction last August.

Behind closed doors

Behind closed doors

Life, love and death at the Sandhurst palace

When Miko Rwayitare was around, life in his R100m Sandhurst mansion was lived at full throttle, lubricated by a steady flow of the billionaire’s favourite tipple – Mont Rochelle, an oak-matured chardonnay from his Franschhoek vineyard. Although the vineyard (acquired in 2001 for R17m) also produces a memorable merlot, Miko preferred the white, served ice cold.

Rhythm Methodists

Allegations of sexual misconduct by a lay preacher have sown the seeds of discontent in a Cape Town congregation.

Last year was an annus horribilis at Durbanville Methodist Society. Not only was their youth pastor arrested on charges of sexual assault, but their minister was fired, and a great deal of ill feeling rankled among the brethren.

While some claim that no real damage has been done to the congregation, there is unfinished business to resolve.

Moral fibre

Remember hemp? Dagga's non-narcotic cousin, the wonder plant that was going to alleviate rural poverty, stimulate small enterprises, provide jobs, houses, textiles, paper, food and possibly even save us from global warming and the oil crisis?

Well, that’s what we were told when the government launched the National Hemp Initiative back in 1998.

So where are all the fields of waving weed?

Blame the messenger

Blame the messenger

The University of the Western Cape shows more interest in nailing a whistleblower than in mending its ways.

It emerges that the university's recruitment process is not quite halaal.

In nose96 we took a look at how Patricia Gorvalla and Prof Brian O’Connell influenced the appointment of Manie Regal as director of finance at the University of Western Cape. Bad habits seem to die hard; noseweek can reveal that, when it comes to staff recruitment at this university, who you know outweighs your qualifications – or lack of them.

But let’s first revisit the vexed issue of the transport tendering process. Soon after our nose93 report UWC vice chancellor Prof Brian O’Connell wrote to noseweek claiming that the whole matter had in fact been handled transparently – but went on to say he had commissioned Deloitte & Touche to undertake a forensic audit of the process.

 

Updates: Checkers checked in Hermanus

IT’S OFFICIAL: PEOPLE MOVE TO HERMANUS for its natural beauty, not for intellectual stimulation. Final confirmation came during the recent controversy (noses97&98) concerning the building of a new Shoprite Checkers, when a bright spark offered the insight (in the local rag) that the objectors are all English, whereas Afrikaners want a Checkers. This was after the same Hermanus Times had given residents the opportunity to peddle a story that if the Checkers deal fell through the ANC would force the council to build “homes for blacks” on the proposed site.

This was after the same Hermanus Times had given residents the opportunity to peddle a story that if the Checkers deal fell through the ANC would force the council to build “homes for blacks” on the proposed site.

Updates: Inquest backlog mounts

Updates: Inquest backlog mounts

In nose91, we noted that the entirely avoidable death of 33-year-old Thembela Matiwane during a Caesarean operation should have drawn fire down on the Mowbray Maternity Hospital; almost a year later it still hasn’t.

This should come as no surprise to the hundreds, if not thousands, of people across the country who have lost loved ones, in unexplained circumstances, within the walls of medical institutions. They know something of the real difficulties involved in exposing the wrongdoings of medical professionals, who seem to be exempt from public scrutiny.

Investec's multi-billion rand pension rip-off

Investec's multi-billion rand pension rip-off

Directors 'assumed' thousands of elderly were dead - so they could grab their cash. The banking group is confident it will succeed in making the pensions fund case go away by throwing enough lawyers at the ...
 
Who's screwing who?

Who's screwing who?

While New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was paying an “escort” $4300 in a hotel room in Washington, just down the road George Bush’s new Federal Reserve Board (Reserve Bank) chairman, Ben Bernanke, was secretly handing ...

Justice delayed

Justice delayed

"He was my attorney, but I just wasn't too happy about him collecting money from my clients." Uncertainty surrounds the future of acting judge of the high court, and top Rugby Union disciplinary chief, Nape Dolamo. ...

Microsoft boxes clever

Microsoft boxes clever

It is not unreasonable to expect the world’s biggest producer of computer software to act rationally. After all, computers are logical beasts. But, we have discovered, Microsoft’s environmental policy is so far removed from its ...

Sailing close to the wind

Sailing close to the wind

A simple guide to snatching your partner's business from under him. BUSINESS STUDIES 101 – How to create a successful business: Find people who have the South African licence or agency for a successful international ...

A family and its plastic money are soon parted

A family and its plastic money are soon parted

‘Rovetti & Sons.’ That’s the heart-warming way Flamingo Plastics, a modest little Pty outside Kempton Park on the East Rand, sums itself up on its website – the “dynamic family enterprise of Rovetti & Sons”. However, ...

Moves at the Mansion

Moves at the Mansion

Surprise! The R100m Sandton palace sale may be cancelled. noseweek has unearthed evidence that could result in the sheriff’s sale of cellphone mogul Miko Rwayitare’s R100m Sandhurst mansion for just R400 000 (nose101) being set aside. This will ...

Behind closed doors

Behind closed doors

Life, love and death at the Sandhurst palace When Miko Rwayitare was around, life in his R100m Sandhurst mansion was lived at full throttle, lubricated by a steady flow of the billionaire’s favourite tipple – Mont ...

Blame the messenger

Blame the messenger

The University of the Western Cape shows more interest in nailing a whistleblower than in mending its ways. It emerges that the university's recruitment process is not quite halaal. In nose96 we took a look ...

Updates: Inquest backlog mounts

Updates: Inquest backlog mounts

In nose91, we noted that the entirely avoidable death of 33-year-old Thembela Matiwane during a Caesarean operation should have drawn fire down on the Mowbray Maternity Hospital; almost a year later it still hasn’t. This should come as no surprise to ...