Pillage in the fine print

Pillage in the fine print

This story tells you all you need to know about what’s really been going down in major commercial law firms when it comes to their relationship with friends in the (equally greed-driven) liquidation business. It's no surprise when pillage in the fine print allows attorneys like ENS and their liquidator cronies to charge outrageous fees.

Traffic fines deals

Traffic fines deals

New traffic fine collections are suspiciously complicated as some questionable names feature in the new deal.

The Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA), set up to oversee the collection of fines from South Africa’s errant motorists, recently awarded a multi-million-rand contract for the collection of traffic fines to three companies, Matlaweng Magolego Troskie (MMT) Attorneys, New Integrated Credit Solutions (Nics) and a debt- collection company already well-known to Noseweek readers, Munnik Basson Dagama (MBD) Inc. This was done without tenders having been called for. How was this possible?

Judges give lift to press freedom

Judges give lift to press freedom

The government may be determined to muzzle the press, but it’s good to see that our judges are doing everything in their power to protect press freedom – as two recent judgments have shown.

Schoolyard scrap

Schoolyard scrap

How bad must things be in banking when its big guns squabble about the tiniest details in the adverts of their competitors? Is it the Great Recession again? Is it that Capitec is making serious  inroads? Or are banks just bloody childish? Standard Bank and FNB have been engaged in a petulant  dust-up over each other’s advertising. On 23 April the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled on a number of tit-for-tat complaints lodged by FNB and Standard Bank.  The clash ended, but neither emerged a victor.

Tiger Tiger guns blazing

Tiger Tiger guns blazing

All Gold products have been so well marketed by parent company Tiger Brands that they have become a ubiquitous part of our national cuisine and cultural headspace. What more can a brand owner want? But is it OK for God’s followers to trade using another’s well-known brand? “All God – available here in family size,” declares the billboard outside the evangelical Christian Life Church Camps Bay, mimicking one of Tiger Brand’s oldest and best-known brands.

Comfort in the Cold

Comfort in the Cold

The editor wasn’t a happy bunny when a prior engagement forced him to turn down an invitation to check out some luxurious hotels in Europe. But fortunately Hans Muhlberg was able to take up the offer and chill out on the French ski slopes in ultimate luxury.

Elephants in every room

Elephants in every room

After a year of silence, serial fraudster, rogue building contractor and infamous house squatter, St Michael Pierre Kotze, has struck again - this time in Port Elizabeth - where he has resurfaced with a repeat of his elaborate property "buying" scheme, followed by the usual protracted legal battles to get him evicted.

UPDATE: House of cards

UPDATE: House of cards

Rhodes University Business School Professor Matthew Lester has been ordered to demolish his R7-million dune-top mansion in Kenton-on-Sea, or the Ndlambe Municipality will do it for him, the Daily Disp ...

UPDATE: Absa won't laugh it off

UPDATE: Absa won't laugh it off

Absa were not offended by a t-shirt with the words “Papsak:  Getting Drunk Today. Tomorrow. Whenever”, on which the Absa logo had been manipulated to reflect a drunk person grasping for the toilet before hurling. However, they are offended by the trade union Solidarity using the slogan "Today, tomorrow, goodbye."

UPDATE: Old debts, new tricks

UPDATE: Old debts, new tricks

Noseweek has written in great detail about the big debt-collecting firms. VVM, MBD – any old acronym that disguises the fact that these are basically whities operating in a world where you need to be dark if you want to get the work. There's growing unhappiness about how these firms pursue "debts" mercilessly, negligently or even deliberately overlooking the fact that the debt may have prescribed.

UPDATE: Rubbing salt into wounds

UPDATE: Rubbing salt into wounds

Rampant corruption in the Eastern Cape Health Department is not the only problem faced by its much acclaimed head, Dr Siva Pillay. Equally problematic are the politicians who promise voters a utopian health service while simultaneously cutting Pillay’s over-committed budget by 20%.

Jail Break

Jail Break

Lionel Greenberg is the ultimate comeback-man. An angry ex-wife had him arrested (unlawfully) 15 times in seven years – but he’s sued the cops and won fat sums in damages. The war isn’t over yet ...
 
Pillage in the fine print

Pillage in the fine print

This story tells you all you need to know about what’s really been going down in major commercial law firms when it comes to their relationship with friends in the (equally greed-driven) liquidation ...

Traffic fines deals

Traffic fines deals

New traffic fine collections are suspiciously complicated as some questionable names feature in the new deal. The Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA), set up to oversee the collection of fines from South Africa’s errant motorists, ...

Judges give lift to press freedom

Judges give lift to press freedom

The government may be determined to muzzle the press, but it’s good to see that our judges are doing everything in their power to protect press freedom – as two recent judgments have shown. ...

Schoolyard scrap

Schoolyard scrap

How bad must things be in banking when its big guns squabble about the tiniest details in the adverts of their competitors? Is it the Great Recession again? Is it that Capitec is ...

Tiger Tiger guns blazing

Tiger Tiger guns blazing

All Gold products have been so well marketed by parent company Tiger Brands that they have become a ubiquitous part of our national cuisine and cultural headspace. What more can a brand owner want? But ...

Comfort in the Cold

Comfort in the Cold

The editor wasn’t a happy bunny when a prior engagement forced him to turn down an invitation to check out some luxurious hotels in Europe. But fortunately Hans Muhlberg was able to take up the ...

Elephants in every room

Elephants in every room

After a year of silence, serial fraudster, rogue building contractor and infamous house squatter, St Michael Pierre Kotze, has struck again - this time in Port Elizabeth - where he has resurfaced with a repeat ...

UPDATE: House of cards

UPDATE: House of cards

Rhodes University Business School Professor Matthew Lester has been ordered to demolish his R7-million dune-top mansion in Kenton-on-Sea, or the Ndlambe Municipality will do it for him, the Daily Dispatch has reported. ...

UPDATE: Absa won't laugh it off

UPDATE: Absa won't laugh it off

Absa were not offended by a t-shirt with the words “Papsak:  Getting Drunk Today. Tomorrow. Whenever”, on which the Absa logo had been manipulated to reflect a drunk person grasping for the toilet ...

UPDATE: Old debts, new tricks

UPDATE: Old debts, new tricks

Noseweek has written in great detail about the big debt-collecting firms. VVM, MBD – any old acronym that disguises the fact that these are basically whities operating in a world where you need to be ...

UPDATE: Rubbing salt into wounds

UPDATE: Rubbing salt into wounds

Rampant corruption in the Eastern Cape Health Department is not the only problem faced by its much acclaimed head, Dr Siva Pillay. Equally problematic are the politicians who promise voters a utopian ...

Books: Everything's going to be all right

Books: Everything's going to be all right

Len Ashton reviews MEGACHANGE:The World in 2050 (The Economist in association with Profile Books Ltd) Edited by Daniel Franklin with John Andrews ...