Google's evil SAcampaign

Google's evil SAcampaign

Local online ad marketing agency Entelligence is to take its battle with international behemoth Google to another level. It has filed an appeal to the Competition Tribunal against last year's Competition Commission ruling which rejected Entelligence's charge that Google is abusing its dominance of the South African market.

The Competition Commission did concede that Google was trying to steal one of Entelligence’s major clients, Yellow Pages, but said this did not amount to anti-competitive behaviour. A curious twist to the tale: Yellow Pages wasn’t interested in doing business directly with Google.

Google was in no mood to listen: later, in a conversation with Entelligence CEO Sean Riley, Masie said: “I do not respect this agreement” and “Google intends servicing this customer directly”.

All Google's revenues go offshore. Which says plenty about their lack of interest in African development.

Net tightens around fraudster lawyer

Net tightens around fraudster lawyer

Is the game up for  Spyridon Akritidis or is this just another wild sleuth chase?

The net is finally tightening around Spyridon “Spyro” Akritidis, will-o’-the-wisp attorney who did a runner from his Sandton law firm over eight years ago after shunting R580m of investors’ money offshore – most of it for himself.

Or is it? Over the years an army of (often-dubious) private investigators has claimed to have tracked the fugitive 40-year-old to various exotic offshore lairs. Small wonder that Stephen Anticevich of Admiral Trust, trustee of Akritidis’ insolvent estate, is wary about the latest claim.

Argy bargy over Cape Vidal wrecks

Argy bargy over Cape Vidal wrecks

Sunken hulks may threaten endangered marine species

The scuttling of two enormous barges in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park has sparked a furious row between the park’s management and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, who are jointly responsible for protecting the sensitive World Heritage Site.

The empty barges – Dar 1 and Dar 2 – washed up on a beach near Cape Vidal last October after parting company with the tug which had been towing them to the Arabian Gulf. When the owners walked away from the problem, the 124m hulks, each weighing 3,300 tons, were left to the iSimangaliso park authority to deal with.

At Sixes and Sevens

At Sixes and Sevens

Why has the resettlement of Cape Town's cause celebre, District Six, proved so intractable for so long?

Ongoing disagreements between the City of Cape Town and two groupings representing former inhabitants of District Six are holding up redevelopment of this internationally symbolic site.

Fourteen years after the process of land restitution began, and five years after Nelson Mandela handed keys to a first group of returning residents, only 25 of around 2800 claimant families have moved back to the District.

While the process was never set to be completed in a hurry, the knots tied by the latest antagonism won’t easily be loosened – the huge open space that’s been fought over for decades may remain vacant on Table Mountain’s lower slopes for some years yet.

Absa's role in car theft racket

Absa's role in car theft racket

Rogue cops and bank staffers suspected of complicity.

Suspicions have been raised that staff of Absa bank are working with rogue cops to export illegally impounded vehicles. The bank and SARS are refusing to explain how two cars seized by police as stolen are now shown on the Department of Transport eNatis database to have left the country.

Rise and fall of MKB

Rise and fall of MKB

Investec reduces ambitious development company to rubble. Last September MKB issued a statement saying it had closed its construction company.

Without warning, Investec - the main funder, pulls the plug and plunges the group’s flagship company, MKB Property Developments, into provisional liquidation with a claim of R97m. It looks like the end of a brave but fatally flawed dream.

 

Pesky blogger shuts his trap

Pesky blogger shuts his trap

Donn Edwards’ sleepless nights are over. In a sealed settlement, Quality Vacation Club has agreed to spare the pesky blogger time in jail – on condition that he keeps his trap shut and his fingers off the keyboard whenever he suffers a desire to moan about the “timeshare bully”. That much we gather from his suddenly blank website and friendly silence.

... but other timeshare victims remain bitterly angry.

Pretoria lawyers fight Nedbank over R26m

On balance it is not clear that Nedbank is entitled to any money at all.

Findlay & Niemeyer is bracing itself for a battle against Nedbank that will mean liquidation if it loses. And a secret forensic report could turn out to be a smoking gun.

Now Nedbank has filed a provisional claim to recover the R26m from the Attorneys’ Fidelity Fund, which exists to protect the public against theft of attorneys’ trust money – but the fund has responded that Nedbank’s claim would be considered only after all legal avenues have been exhausted.

 

Bringing home the poison

Bringing home the poison

Food and deadly substances are often close together in your friendly supermarket - sometimes within reach of toddlers, writes Adam Welz. Tuesday 13 January 2009, just after 10am, in the Pinelands, Cape Town, Pick n Pay. ...
 
Google's evil SAcampaign

Google's evil SAcampaign

Local online ad marketing agency Entelligence is to take its battle with international behemoth Google to another level. It has filed an appeal to the Competition Tribunal against last year's Competition Commission ruling which rejected ...

Net tightens around fraudster lawyer

Net tightens around fraudster lawyer

Is the game up for  Spyridon Akritidis or is this just another wild sleuth chase? The net is finally tightening around Spyridon “Spyro” Akritidis, will-o’-the-wisp attorney who did a runner from his Sandton law firm over ...

Argy bargy over Cape Vidal wrecks

Argy bargy over Cape Vidal wrecks

Sunken hulks may threaten endangered marine species The scuttling of two enormous barges in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park has sparked a furious row between the park’s management and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, who are jointly responsible for ...

At Sixes and Sevens

At Sixes and Sevens

Why has the resettlement of Cape Town's cause celebre, District Six, proved so intractable for so long? Ongoing disagreements between the City of Cape Town and two groupings representing former inhabitants of District Six are holding ...

Absa's role in car theft racket

Absa's role in car theft racket

Rogue cops and bank staffers suspected of complicity. Suspicions have been raised that staff of Absa bank are working with rogue cops to export illegally impounded vehicles. The bank and SARS are refusing to explain how ...

Rise and fall of MKB

Rise and fall of MKB

Investec reduces ambitious development company to rubble. Last September MKB issued a statement saying it had closed its construction company. Without warning, Investec - the main funder, pulls the plug and plunges the group’s flagship company, ...

Pesky blogger shuts his trap

Pesky blogger shuts his trap

Donn Edwards’ sleepless nights are over. In a sealed settlement, Quality Vacation Club has agreed to spare the pesky blogger time in jail – on condition that he keeps his trap shut and his fingers ...