Everyone's a winner!

Everyone's a winner!

“Congratulations, you’ve won a free holiday – all you have to do to claim your prize is come to our offices on Wednesday at 6pm.”

The timeshare industry makes suckers of the public. Now one company is taking a blogger to court for pointing this out.

Mr Nose: Contemplating the Skietkommando

It’s not every day that noseweek is used as a battering ram by both sides in a fight. But the pesticide wars (noses99,100&109) being fought in the vineyard-enveloped Riebeek Valley have taken just such a turn and noseweek has been accused of bias by several upstanding people in the town; of stirring up a storm in a brandy-glass, of being anti-farming, anti-tourism and anti-dorp.

Did the stars foretell the crunch?

Did the stars foretell the crunch?

At about the same time that Groote Schuur’s world-famous heart transplant unit came unstuck in June last year, another of the country's symbols of optimism and scientific progress, the deep space radio telescope at Hartebeeshoek, also – literally – ground to a halt when the bearing on which the massive dish turnscollapsed.

Spirit of the law - Steyn takes court by farce

Was the flamboyant billionaire's display the raving of a lush, or did he calculatedly render his evidence invalid?

The plump, razzled-looking billionaire arrives at the rundown courthouse in the backstreets of Joburg’s Alexandra in convoy, with no less than eight bodyguards, all black-suited and looking as mean as they can muster.

Lonehill boys take Absa for R1.1bn

Lonehill boys take Absa for R1.1bn

Hard to believe – but early last year ABSA Commercial Property Finance rushed to lend Joburg’s notorious Theodosiou brothers close on R900m, secured by bonds registered on their various illegally-built shopping malls! Absolutely predictably, the bank hasn’t received a bean in interest or monthly repayments since.  By the time you read this it will be R970m.

Slow boat to nowhere

Slow boat to nowhere

R4.1-million-worth of luxury yacht turned out to be an unseaworthy dud. The yacht, declares a marine expert, has “unacceptable boatbuilding flaws that are potentially life-threatening”. Laurence Steytler of Bigfoot Trading Trust spent almost four pages describing the flaws that had rendered the boat inoperable.

Is Groote Schuur's heart about to fail?

Is Groote Schuur's heart about to fail?

With a shocking post-operative survival rate, South Africa's pioneering transplant unit is on the brink of collapse. During the first half of last year two of the three patients given heart transplants died.

The small number of heart transplants being done at Groote Schuur means that not only are students not getting the required learning opportunities, but their teachers are also getting out of practice.

Reinventing intellectual property

Reinventing intellectual property

It won't be easy to claim rights to ancient knowledge of natural medicines like geranium extract. The 'new deal' regarding intellectual property rights is that developing countries may now seek to protect their indigenous knowledge.

For a judge who now specialises in the arcane business of intellectual property, Louis Harms “enjoys” a rather higher profile than he might care for – as he discovered recently on applying for the position of deputy judge president of the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Notes: Out-of-work Essop

Notes: Out-of-work Essop

What's an out-of-work-minister-in-the-presidency to do? Essop Pahad has recently found his way onto the Sahara board – having resigned from his political job in the wake of his boss, Thabo Mbeki, being turfed out of his.

UPDATES:SARSstrippers take on Teazers

Johannesburg newspaper The Star last month reported that various of Lolly Jackson’s Teazers strip joints had been raided and assets removed by revenue inspectors. In response Jackson told the newspaper that SARS must have its figures “screwed up” as he regularly pays taxes.

Notes: Olympic Committee honours 'outstanding contribution'

Notes: Olympic Committee honours 'outstanding contribution'

Are any members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) embarrassed?

In November, astonishingly, they honoured Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko for his “outstanding contribution to the Olympic movement”. Not a month later his KGB thugs were beating up human rights demonstrators in Minsk.

UPDATES: Inseta: Let's not talk about guilt

UPDATES: Inseta: Let's not talk about guilt

The shit is steadily hitting the fan at Insurance Sector Training Authority (Inseta) – CEO Mike Abel and his sidekick, Shirley Steenekamp, senior manager learnership, have both been suspended (noses108 &110). The Inseta council, however, is claiming that this in “no way implies guilt on [the part of] the suspended parties”.

Notes: Where was the Auditor General when R400m went missing?

Notes: Where was the Auditor General when R400m went missing?

Where on earth were the auditors and accountants? When large sums go missing it’s a question that’s all too often not even asked, never mind answered.

It certainly wasn’t addressed when it was discovered that, for years, the victims of Wall Street trader Bernard Madoff’s R500bn pyramid scheme had been some of the world’s leading financial institutions.

Nedbank's award-winning lawyer

Nedbank's award-winning lawyer

An astonishing 15 employees took bribes and helped defraud the bank and its attorneys out of at least R26.7m. The attorney pleaded guilty to 935 charges of fraud, theft, money laundering and corruption. This is the ...
 
Everyone's a winner!

Everyone's a winner!

“Congratulations, you’ve won a free holiday – all you have to do to claim your prize is come to our offices on Wednesday at 6pm.” The timeshare industry makes suckers of the public. Now one company ...

Did the stars foretell the crunch?

Did the stars foretell the crunch?

At about the same time that Groote Schuur’s world-famous heart transplant unit came unstuck in June last year, another of the country's symbols of optimism and scientific progress, the deep space radio telescope at Hartebeeshoek, ...

Lonehill boys take Absa for R1.1bn

Lonehill boys take Absa for R1.1bn

Hard to believe – but early last year ABSA Commercial Property Finance rushed to lend Joburg’s notorious Theodosiou brothers close on R900m, secured by bonds registered on their various illegally-built shopping malls! Absolutely predictably, the ...

Slow boat to nowhere

Slow boat to nowhere

R4.1-million-worth of luxury yacht turned out to be an unseaworthy dud. The yacht, declares a marine expert, has “unacceptable boatbuilding flaws that are potentially life-threatening”. Laurence Steytler of Bigfoot Trading Trust spent almost four pages ...

Is Groote Schuur's heart about to fail?

Is Groote Schuur's heart about to fail?

With a shocking post-operative survival rate, South Africa's pioneering transplant unit is on the brink of collapse. During the first half of last year two of the three patients given heart transplants died. The small number ...

Reinventing intellectual property

Reinventing intellectual property

It won't be easy to claim rights to ancient knowledge of natural medicines like geranium extract. The 'new deal' regarding intellectual property rights is that developing countries may now seek to protect their indigenous knowledge. For ...

Notes: Out-of-work Essop

Notes: Out-of-work Essop

What's an out-of-work-minister-in-the-presidency to do? Essop Pahad has recently found his way onto the Sahara board – having resigned from his political job in the wake of his boss, Thabo Mbeki, being turfed out of ...

Notes: Olympic Committee honours 'outstanding contribution'

Notes: Olympic Committee honours 'outstanding contribution'

Are any members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) embarrassed? In November, astonishingly, they honoured Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko for his “outstanding contribution to the Olympic movement”. Not a month later his KGB thugs were beating ...

UPDATES: Inseta: Let's not talk about guilt

UPDATES: Inseta: Let's not talk about guilt

The shit is steadily hitting the fan at Insurance Sector Training Authority (Inseta) – CEO Mike Abel and his sidekick, Shirley Steenekamp, senior manager learnership, have both been suspended (noses108 &110). The Inseta council, however, is ...

Notes: Where was the Auditor General when R400m went missing?

Notes: Where was the Auditor General when R400m went missing?

Where on earth were the auditors and accountants? When large sums go missing it’s a question that’s all too often not even asked, never mind answered. It certainly wasn’t addressed when it was discovered that, for ...

Books: Of Southern Africa, its characters and their tales

Books: Of Southern Africa, its characters and their tales

“Share the magic of our region.” These were the words Max du Preez scribbled for me when autographing his Of Warriors, lovers and prophets, his first book of “old tales”. ...