An inconvenient tribe

An inconvenient tribe

The amaMpondo fight the good fight against would-be exploiters of their green and pleasant, writes John GI Clarke.

When President Jacob Zuma accepted the determination of the Commission for Traditional Leadership in July 2010 – that the King of amaMpondo, Mpondombini Justice Sigcau, was not the rightful heir, it seemed to eliminate a troublesome obstacle to the government’s ambitions to award Wild Coast titanium mining rights to an Australian company and their BEE partner, Xolco.

Kebble's bid to nobble Noseweek

Kebble's bid to nobble Noseweek

After seven long years, investigative journalist Barry Sergeant recently scrambled out of the baroque tangle that murdered fraudster Brett Kebble bequeathed SA. The result, The  Kebble Collusion (Jacana), is a labour of love and hate. A guilty silence reigns over the  tale. There has been a giant cover-up of a R26-billion fraud. Vital questions remain unanswered.

High roller's spree ends with planeload of debt

High roller's spree ends with planeload of debt

French financial whizz kid Jerome Kerveil joined Société Générale in 2000, straight out of university, and worked at the bank’s Paris headquarters where he excelled. In 2005 he was promoted to junior trader.  Everything he touched turned to gold. Eight years later it was discovered that he was trading recklessly and in 2010 he went on trial.

Thermopower's toxic waste exudes political stench

Thermopower's toxic waste exudes political stench

The Zuma Precedent lets Thermopower off the hook, writes Bobby Peek.

“This case goes to the heart of the greed, neglect and the failure of accountability that is sparking uprisings across the country” – (Mail & Guardian Leader, “Choked up”, 24 July 2009).

A poor community's environment is abused by a corporation with connections.

Are we bovvered?

Are we bovvered?

Noseweek's detractors give vent.

As editor of this publication, I regard it my duty to take note of criticism, whether kindly intended or malicious; directed at us or our stories. In the past month, Noseweek has been on the receiving end of some pretty rough, bare-knuckle stuff: the written equivalent of the muscle men slugging it out on WWE.

Here are some of the big hitters. Where I could not resist commenting, I have done so in square brackets. Grab a beer and a seat on the sofa:

Louis Group stays mum over offshore collapse

Louis Group stays mum over offshore collapse

The Louis Group, a family company, is licensed by the South African Financial Services Board, but there has been no complaint from there, so maybe investors should all just relax and get a good night’s rest.

However, ironically – and known only to a select few – it is there that the storm clouds have been brewing since May, and where lightning finally struck last month, casting a flash of light on some strange and troubling goings-on in the group.

UPDATE: Spot the difference

UPDATE: Spot the difference

Cheap Chinese knock-offs of local manufacturer, Big Blue's clothing designs threaten the company with closure and rob the tax man.

UPDATE: When the pressure's on SA can do it!

UPDATE: When the pressure's on SA can do it!

In August Noseweek revealed that tests commissioned by the National Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) had indicated that most South African-manufactured and several imported sunscreen product ...

Joburg dumps on Bruma neighbours

Joburg dumps on Bruma neighbours

Officials pass the buck endlessly as developers ignore the law, writes Helen Grange ...
 
An inconvenient tribe

An inconvenient tribe

The amaMpondo fight the good fight against would-be exploiters of their green and pleasant, writes John GI Clarke. When President Jacob Zuma accepted the determination of the Commission for Traditional Leadership in July 2010 – that ...

Kebble's bid to nobble Noseweek

Kebble's bid to nobble Noseweek

After seven long years, investigative journalist Barry Sergeant recently scrambled out of the baroque tangle that murdered fraudster Brett Kebble bequeathed SA. The result, The  Kebble Collusion (Jacana), is a labour of love and hate. ...

High roller's spree ends with planeload of debt

High roller's spree ends with planeload of debt

French financial whizz kid Jerome Kerveil joined Société Générale in 2000, straight out of university, and worked at the bank’s Paris headquarters where he excelled. In 2005 he was promoted to junior ...

Thermopower's toxic waste exudes political stench

Thermopower's toxic waste exudes political stench

The Zuma Precedent lets Thermopower off the hook, writes Bobby Peek. “This case goes to the heart of the greed, neglect and the failure of accountability that is sparking uprisings across the country” – (Mail ...

Are we bovvered?

Are we bovvered?

Noseweek's detractors give vent. As editor of this publication, I regard it my duty to take note of criticism, whether kindly intended or malicious; directed at us or our stories. In the past month, ...

Louis Group stays mum over offshore collapse

Louis Group stays mum over offshore collapse

The Louis Group, a family company, is licensed by the South African Financial Services Board, but there has been no complaint from there, so maybe investors should all just relax and get a ...

UPDATE: Spot the difference

UPDATE: Spot the difference

Cheap Chinese knock-offs of local manufacturer, Big Blue's clothing designs threaten the company with closure and rob the tax man. ...

UPDATE: When the pressure's on SA can do it!

UPDATE: When the pressure's on SA can do it!

In August Noseweek revealed that tests commissioned by the National Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) had indicated that most South African-manufactured and several imported sunscreen products were “not optimal” in providing protection from the ...

Books: A crime too large to comprehend

Books: A crime too large to comprehend

Len Ashton reviews THE KEBBLE COLLUSION (Jacana) by Barry Sergeant ...