Nature strikes back at Monsanto

Nature strikes back at Monsanto

Nature strikes back – with megaweeds and superbugs!

Suddenly stories about the declining effectiveness of GMO-seed giant Monsanto’s flagship products, engineered to resist insects and withstand herbicides (weed killers), are hitting the mainstream press in America.

Yes, we con!

Yes, we con!

Shyster squatter Kotze breaks cover after a year of lying low. Legendary conman-cum-squatter, St Michael Pierre Kotze, has emerged, legal guns blazing, in the High Court, Port Elizabeth. He is suing two Nelson Mandela Bay residents whose homes he “bought” without any money, then cheekily claimed he’d been conned out of hundreds of thousands of rand.

Further adventures of wheeler dealer

Further adventures of wheeler dealer

While maverick millionaire Peter Ronald flits between his Franschhoek wine estate, London Embankment flat and Cape Town Atlantic Seaboard property in Fresnaye, the UK investors who’ve lost millions that he advised them to invest in the Sphere Global Properties Management Fund are  determined to salvage the millions they lost.

Ronald still ducks and dives phone calls and emails, and the water he swims in is as murky as ever. While his business card claimed him to be a director of Sphere at the time he signed up most of his investors in 2007 and 2008, he maintains that he is now simply an agent for the company, which is registered in the Marshall Islands. That means its directors can remain hidden and no physical offices, auditors or financial statements are considered legally necessary.

Top Scientist attacks Wonder Woman

Top Scientist attacks Wonder Woman

In April Noseweek reported on the mad scramble to save Johannesburg and its neighbours from the acidic radioactive liquid lurking in abandoned mine shafts that criss-cross the region. With each rainy season the levels rise inexorably and by October the acid mine drainage (AMD) is expected to break surface in the Eastern Basin, near Boksburg.

There was no immediate reaction to the Noseweek story… until, a month later, respected water researcher Dr Anthony Turton put an agitated, profoundly insulting post on Facebook.

Catch me if you can

Catch me if you can

‘Catch me if you can!’ – Yes, we can!

Liquidators confess they made another tiny mistake.

A year ago, we reported how Cape Town liquidator Chris van Zyl and his fellow liquidators of Asch Professional Services, Natasha Sansom and Rene-Lynne Barry-Kleynhans misappropriated R2,038,326.77 from the company’s bank account.

Asch had been put into liquidation, not for reasons of insolvency but because some of the directors no longer got on with one another. On the day that Asch was put into liquidation, it had millions of rands in the bank. Undoubtedly this is what prompted Van Zyl to rub his hands with glee, saying to Asch director Gavin Cooper, “I love money. I luuurve money. I looooove money.”

Law dithers while kids suffer

Law dithers while kids suffer

Judge who challenged authority dangles in suspension while abused victims suffer court delays.

Arrogance or stupidity – just what is it that causes the state to act in the way it does? Take the ongoing saga of suspended Regional Court Magistrate, Phumele Hole suspended on full pay pending a disciplinary enquiry for insubordination – a decision subsequently ratified by Parliament – no thought is apparently given to what will happen to all the cases he is dealing with. This worries Childline Northern Cape, because at the time of the suspension Hole has 23 part-heard sexual assault criminal cases, 13 of which involve complainants who are minors, some as young as seven.

A most devious man

A most devious man

Gavin Foster reports on a most devious man. While serial criminal Dries Marais serves time for fraud, a Port Elizabeth property company has been struggling for years to regain ownership of a farm the convict and his family stole years ago.

Serial fraudster, conman, and thief Andries “Oom Dries” Marais must have realised the jig was up in June 2011. That was when  Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court magistrate Amrith Chabilall sentenced Marais’s son, Reginald Tobias and daughter, Karin Joubert to three months’ imprisonment each for contempt of court (suspended for five years).

Cops rush in where M'luds refuse to tread

Cops rush in where M'luds refuse to tread

Estelle Ellis reports how Cape Town spice king turns on the heat after three courts find that his claims are overcooked.

Three high court judges  in three different judgments have rejected claims that a Cape Town spice seller was defrauded by a bogus German company, dismissing the claims as unsubstantiated allegation.

When the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, Judge Craig Howie, refused a petition for leave to appeal the judgments, on the basis that the appellant had no prospect of success, you would have thought that settled the matter. Not so. Police still insist the alleged fraud warrants “urgent investigation”. The SAPS is even contemplating calling on Interpol to assist, and sending a task team to Europe to find the spices.

This might sound like the start to a long, bad joke, but the drama can be found, well documented in South Africa’s law reports.

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Nature strikes back at Monsanto

Nature strikes back at Monsanto

Nature strikes back – with megaweeds and superbugs! Suddenly stories about the declining effectiveness of GMO-seed giant Monsanto’s flagship products, engineered to resist insects and withstand herbicides (weed killers), are hitting the mainstream press ...

Yes, we con!

Yes, we con!

Shyster squatter Kotze breaks cover after a year of lying low. Legendary conman-cum-squatter, St Michael Pierre Kotze, has emerged, legal guns blazing, in the High Court, Port Elizabeth. He is suing two Nelson Mandela Bay ...

Further adventures of wheeler dealer

Further adventures of wheeler dealer

While maverick millionaire Peter Ronald flits between his Franschhoek wine estate, London Embankment flat and Cape Town Atlantic Seaboard property in Fresnaye, the UK investors who’ve lost millions that he advised them ...

Top Scientist attacks Wonder Woman

Top Scientist attacks Wonder Woman

In April Noseweek reported on the mad scramble to save Johannesburg and its neighbours from the acidic radioactive liquid lurking in abandoned mine shafts that criss-cross the region. With each rainy season ...

Catch me if you can

Catch me if you can

‘Catch me if you can!’ – Yes, we can! Liquidators confess they made another tiny mistake. A year ago, we reported how Cape Town liquidator Chris van Zyl and his fellow liquidators of Asch Professional ...

Law dithers while kids suffer

Law dithers while kids suffer

Judge who challenged authority dangles in suspension while abused victims suffer court delays. Arrogance or stupidity – just what is it that causes the state to act in the way it does? Take the ongoing ...

A most devious man

A most devious man

Gavin Foster reports on a most devious man. While serial criminal Dries Marais serves time for fraud, a Port Elizabeth property company has been struggling for years to regain ownership of a farm ...

Cops rush in where M'luds refuse to tread

Cops rush in where M'luds refuse to tread

Estelle Ellis reports how Cape Town spice king turns on the heat after three courts find that his claims are overcooked. Three high court judges  in three different judgments have rejected claims that a ...

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