UPDATE:Athletics SA's winning woman

UPDATE:Athletics SA's winning woman

Great news: things have worked out wonderfully for one of the women at Athletics SA whose life was turned upside down by the Caster Semenya controversy. No, unfortunately it's not Lara Lane, the ultra-committed sports administrator who suffered "collateral damage". It's a former ASA employee by the name of Humile Bogatsu.

High-flier takes low road

High-flier takes low road

At an annual salary of over R600 000, at least three homes in South Africa and one in France, Allen Michael Jones was definitely doing well as a senior executive of Bond Exchange of South Africa (Besa). His CV reads equally healthily, but fails to mention that he is a sociopath who cannot resist an opportunity to defraud the state – and the poor.

UPDATE: Enver Motala in double trouble

UPDATE: Enver Motala in double trouble

Will the real Enver Motala please stand up. Enver Motala was removed from the roll of liquidators in September, on the basis that he had a criminal record. Few tears were shed but there are now rumours in Joburg's legal fraternity that Motala will use his contacts to persuade the President to pardon him for his criminal convictions thereby enabling him to get back into the very lucrative business of being a crooked liquidator.

UPDATE:Endless summer

UPDATE:Endless summer

Prior to publication of the story "Holidays nobody wants", Noseweek wrote to Travel Quest/Leisure Travel International manager Charmaine Oglesby for comment. Oglesby said...

NOTES: iPadded cell

“Hey, Pick n Pay’s selling iPads,” announced a colleague to the Noseweek newsroom a few days ago.

UPDATE:An inconvenient Toefy

UPDATE:An inconvenient Toefy

The Proposed Lion’s Head  development becomes more intriguing by the day. The Western Cape Department has ruled that the planned eight-tower apartment complex should not be allowed. That's great news, but the decision only relates to one section - Block E - and those opposing this development have long suspected that the developer may plan to sacrifice Block E in order to get the other seven passed. After all that, they say, is why the developer used the wrong map in the first place.

UPDATE: Socialite in three-ring circus

UPDATE: Socialite in three-ring circus

There’s a new twist in the tale of Cape Town socialite Sylvia Ireland, whose former psychiatrist, Dr Ray Berrard, is in the midst of a Health Professions Council disciplinary hearing for having had sex with her while she was his patient. This time it’s her lawyer who is in the dogbox – for behaving “like a pawn-broker” and taking her jewellery – three rings and five bracelets – in lieu of payment.

Don't count on the bank

Don't count on the bank

Banking services have gone hi-tech – and so have the fraudsters. While banks have issued a plethora of warnings about the scam emails that are now synonymous with internet banking fraud, very little has been done to address fraud linked to cellphones. And to top it all arithmentic is not FNB's strong point.

Three uncles in the financial business

Three uncles in the financial business

Our story begins at the Cape Town headquarters of Oasis Asset Management. On 28 February 2008, a young – and brave, it will later transpire – Rizqa Abdullah, a 2007 Financial Information Systems graduate commenced employment at the Cape Town premises.

Some quite prominent people have at one time or another been associated with Oasis, among them Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe, who, controversially, was on their payroll and moonlighting for them in and out of court. The founder-directors of Oasis are the brothers Ebrahim: Shaheen, Adam and Nazeem.These bullying bosses turn out ot be the grim brothers.

Ship shop - Arms Deal boats a bargain sale

Ship shop - Arms Deal boats a bargain sale

Opponents of the Protection of State Information Bill seemed agreed on one thing:  while there is a need for secrecy legislation – state security, defence, and all that – what the government has come up with goes way beyond what's required: it lends itself to abuse, and it will clearly be used to cover up corruption.

For what, in heaven’s name, does a country that’s an intelligence-free zone and a military no-hoper need secrecy legislation?

Cold flash of corporate steel

Cold flash of corporate steel

A commodity trading company recently acquired by JSE-listed shipping giant Grindrod has paid a private detective R5.5 million to “pilot” the criminal prosecution of one of its former executives – hoping to substantiate a R114m insurance claim. It makes for a chilling tale of back-stabbing and intrigue in corporate Joburg.

The company is Oreport and in the dock is Rudi Clayton, 52,  father-of-two, sequestrated, on bail of R50 000, and presently chief executive of a stainless steel manufacturer in the Arabian Gulf.

A scaley solution to a slimey problem

A scaley solution to a slimey problem

It’s no secret that South Africa’s fishing industry is in a mess. Some say the trouble started when Valli Moosa left the cabinet in 2004. Why? Because, they say, Moosa was the last minister who was strong enough to stand up to the well-connected predators who see the country’s  marine resources as just another asset to be plundered – one such well-known family name that comes up in this regard rhymes with Hake.

A government agency that depends on the proceeds of crime to stay in business! What next?

Things don't go better with Coke

Things don't go better with Coke

"The Coca-Cola Company  (TCCC) is committed to operate with the highest possible ethical standards both internally and externally with suppliers and partners." That’s an official statement by a spokesman for the mother of all Coca-Cola companies, ...
 
UPDATE:Athletics SA's winning woman

UPDATE:Athletics SA's winning woman

Great news: things have worked out wonderfully for one of the women at Athletics SA whose life was turned upside down by the Caster Semenya controversy. No, unfortunately it's not Lara Lane, the ultra-committed sports ...

High-flier takes low road

High-flier takes low road

At an annual salary of over R600 000, at least three homes in South Africa and one in France, Allen Michael Jones was definitely doing well as a senior executive of Bond Exchange of ...

UPDATE: Enver Motala in double trouble

UPDATE: Enver Motala in double trouble

Will the real Enver Motala please stand up. Enver Motala was removed from the roll of liquidators in September, on the basis that he had a criminal record. Few tears were shed but there are ...

UPDATE:Endless summer

UPDATE:Endless summer

Prior to publication of the story "Holidays nobody wants", Noseweek wrote to Travel Quest/Leisure Travel International manager Charmaine Oglesby for comment. Oglesby said... ...

UPDATE:An inconvenient Toefy

UPDATE:An inconvenient Toefy

The Proposed Lion’s Head  development becomes more intriguing by the day. The Western Cape Department has ruled that the planned eight-tower apartment complex should not be allowed. That's great news, but the decision only relates ...

UPDATE: Socialite in three-ring circus

UPDATE: Socialite in three-ring circus

There’s a new twist in the tale of Cape Town socialite Sylvia Ireland, whose former psychiatrist, Dr Ray Berrard, is in the midst of a Health Professions Council disciplinary hearing for having had ...

Don't count on the bank

Don't count on the bank

Banking services have gone hi-tech – and so have the fraudsters. While banks have issued a plethora of warnings about the scam emails that are now synonymous with internet banking fraud, very little ...

Three uncles in the financial business

Three uncles in the financial business

Our story begins at the Cape Town headquarters of Oasis Asset Management. On 28 February 2008, a young – and brave, it will later transpire – Rizqa Abdullah, a 2007 Financial Information Systems graduate commenced ...

Ship shop - Arms Deal boats a bargain sale

Ship shop - Arms Deal boats a bargain sale

Opponents of the Protection of State Information Bill seemed agreed on one thing:  while there is a need for secrecy legislation – state security, defence, and all that – what the government has come up ...

Cold flash of corporate steel

Cold flash of corporate steel

A commodity trading company recently acquired by JSE-listed shipping giant Grindrod has paid a private detective R5.5 million to “pilot” the criminal prosecution of one of its former executives – hoping to ...

A scaley solution to a slimey problem

A scaley solution to a slimey problem

It’s no secret that South Africa’s fishing industry is in a mess. Some say the trouble started when Valli Moosa left the cabinet in 2004. Why? Because, they say, Moosa was the last ...

Books: Cry me a river

Books: Cry me a river

Len Ashton reviews: Explorers of the Nile by Tim Jeal (Faber and Faber) ...