The President, the Michelin Man, the tycoon and the ex-squeeze

The President, the Michelin Man, the tycoon and the ex-squeeze

Wheels within wheels.

Find out how Jayzee's personal attorney, Michael Hulley, leant on scandal-prone billionaire founder of Auto & General insurance, Douw Steyn, to get him to withdraw extortion charges against leading attorney, Ian Levitt, in a peace deal secretly brokered.

A litany of negligence

The Paarl Print fire investigators are hiding something - or they are incompetent, says expert.

Richard Spoor, the human rights lawyer appointed by the Union to defend the workers' interests has said that the factory was built without plans and that some fire escapes were not functional. 13 people died, around 200 workers were retrenched, yet Paarl Print is still operating and the fire enabled them to buy equipment that is more efficient.

UPDATES: Gunning for The Liquidator

UPDATES: Gunning for The Liquidator

Loathsome liquidator Enver Motala is in the shit again.

It’s also alleged that Motala allowed post liquidation trading to take place – incurring huge losses in the process – but has failed to produce a post-liquidation trading account. And now some of the company’s major creditors have asked the Master to take Motala off the job.

UPDATES: Fine tuning

Law firm Van de Venter Mojapelo Inc (VVM),has yet another line of similar business – sending out traffic fine demands for the JMPD (Joburg’s cops). Once again, it would appear that the demands are not always legitimate, and once again VVM isn’t interested in checking the veracity of their clients’ claims.

Chief operating officer Lior Woznica responded by telling noseweek that VVM is not a dubious organisation, but a professional one.

UPDATES: Court thwarts Mr Arniston's grubby little land grab

It’s a rare privilege to report on a case where the good guys win. So here it is. Robert Haarburger – known as “Mr Arniston” by the residents of that sleepy fishing village – got his grubby hands, by rather dubious means, on some valuable municipal land, but it wasn't meant to be.

NOTES: When Netcare didn't care

NOTES: When Netcare didn't care

As the man lay dying in his wife's arms, the person on the other end of the phone line said: "I hope this isn’t a hoax; I hope you realise that if this isn’t life threatening the medical aid won’t pay. No ambulance will be despatched until this call is over, and please let me have the medical aid number and the ID number of the principal member." 

As time ticked away and no ambulance arrived, she called Netcare several times. Each time, a Netcare operator assured her that help was on the way. Our private health care system has an unsympathetic, mercenary side to it that comes up time and again in noseweek.

The real 2010 World Cup Winners

The real 2010 World Cup Winners

Having shagged his way through the female staff (as did Joao Havelange, his nonogenarian something-of-the-night predecessor), and now abandoned by his Polish girlfriend, Sepp Blatter will be on the make in Joburg, pilled up and looking for do-it-my-way partners, hoping Teazers has reopened under new management, any management, who cares.

I didn't slash his throat, he fell on my bottle

I didn't slash his throat, he fell on my bottle

Former St John’s College pupil Nick Louw is in hot water again in a case that echoes the St John's scandal of years ago.

Hermanus forges ahead

Hermanus forges ahead

With Julius Malema doing “study” trips to Zimbabwe and Venezuela, there’s considerable white angst about land grabs and nationalisation. Many whiteys prefer to forget the fact that the pale ones of this land have a long and inglorious history of grabbing land – and in some more conservative parts this goes on much as it has for centuries.

Enter noseweek's old friend Rabcav - and another smoke and mirrors deal emerges with anyone asking questions being politely shown the finger.

Offshore with sharks

Offshore with sharks

Thinking of opening one of those clever overseas trust thingies that the bank says is so useful? Well, before you do, look at how Nedbank does it - and then think again.

Various companies in the Nedbank group have brazenly conspired to commit fraud in order to secure the liquidation of a client who might otherwise have sued them for several millions of rands. And helping them in their unseemly task was none  other than Mr Leonard Katz, better known as  "Lenny the Liquidator".

How trade cheats have cost SA $25bn

How trade cheats have cost SA $25bn

Banks can't staunch the outflow. Ongoing investigations uncover acts of fraud and corruption, SARS losing tens of millions in undeclared revenues.

Noble Resources SA (Pty) Ltd - based in Stellenbosch - knowingly defrauded SARS by under-invoicing its parent Swiss-based company. This little double-deal shows just how easy it sometimes is to out-manouvre the tax authorites.

Turning toxic debt into gold

Turning toxic debt into gold

WHOOPS!

Why Everyone Owes Everyone And No One Can Pay

by JOHN LANCHESTER

Katkop

Katkop

In making bread, he explained, you have to let it slowly rise twice, and each time knock it down to get out bubbles of a certain noxious gas which otherwise make it all glutinous, but his bakery where Rooi Hel bread was made knocked it down only once to save time and expense, and that’s how if you flung your ration of bread at the wall it would stay there, like Prestik.

Gangster on the wing

Gangster on the wing

To many, Wilf Rosenberg is one of the greatest rugby players of all time. Who would have guessed that the peerless sporting hero was living a hectic criminal double life? The Springbok star of the ...
 
The President, the Michelin Man, the tycoon and the ex-squeeze

The President, the Michelin Man, the tycoon and the ex-squeeze

Wheels within wheels. Find out how Jayzee's personal attorney, Michael Hulley, leant on scandal-prone billionaire founder of Auto & General insurance, Douw Steyn, to get him to withdraw extortion charges against leading attorney, Ian Levitt, in ...

UPDATES: Gunning for The Liquidator

UPDATES: Gunning for The Liquidator

Loathsome liquidator Enver Motala is in the shit again. It’s also alleged that Motala allowed post liquidation trading to take place – incurring huge losses in the process – but has failed to produce a post-liquidation trading account. ...

NOTES: When Netcare didn't care

NOTES: When Netcare didn't care

As the man lay dying in his wife's arms, the person on the other end of the phone line said: "I hope this isn’t a hoax; I hope you realise that if this isn’t life ...

The real 2010 World Cup Winners

The real 2010 World Cup Winners

Having shagged his way through the female staff (as did Joao Havelange, his nonogenarian something-of-the-night predecessor), and now abandoned by his Polish girlfriend, Sepp Blatter will be on the make in Joburg, pilled up and ...

I didn't slash his throat, he fell on my bottle

I didn't slash his throat, he fell on my bottle

Former St John’s College pupil Nick Louw is in hot water again in a case that echoes the St John's scandal of years ago. ...

Hermanus forges ahead

Hermanus forges ahead

With Julius Malema doing “study” trips to Zimbabwe and Venezuela, there’s considerable white angst about land grabs and nationalisation. Many whiteys prefer to forget the fact that the pale ones of this land have a ...

Offshore with sharks

Offshore with sharks

Thinking of opening one of those clever overseas trust thingies that the bank says is so useful? Well, before you do, look at how Nedbank does it - and then think again. Various companies in the ...

How trade cheats have cost SA $25bn

How trade cheats have cost SA $25bn

Banks can't staunch the outflow. Ongoing investigations uncover acts of fraud and corruption, SARS losing tens of millions in undeclared revenues. Noble Resources SA (Pty) Ltd - based in Stellenbosch - knowingly defrauded SARS by under-invoicing its ...

Turning toxic debt into gold

Turning toxic debt into gold

WHOOPS! Why Everyone Owes Everyone And No One Can Pay by JOHN LANCHESTER ...

Katkop

Katkop

In making bread, he explained, you have to let it slowly rise twice, and each time knock it down to get out bubbles of a certain noxious gas which otherwise make it all glutinous, but ...