Free-for-all at SABC

Free-for-all at SABC

Key news personnel use their positions to boost private business.

SABC staffers were recently asked to declare their extramural interests – not only to check which employees were doing business with the state broadcaster, but also to ascertain whether any senior journalists had connections to companies that perform public relations services for businesses or government departments.

One veteran SABC staffer told Noseweek that the move was welcomed by “the few” serious journalists who work for the corporation.

Dune deal

Dune deal

Court orders Rhodes tax professor to demolish multi-million rand seaside villa.

In 2004 Noseweek reported that Kenton-on-Sea residents were up in arms about a brash three-storey house that Rhodes Business School taxation studies professor, Matthew Lester, was building on the crest of a sand dune, obscuring the sea views of his long-established neighbours.

The unkindest cut

The unkindest cut

Neurologist Dr Percy Miller recently positioned himself as a hero during a skirmish in the media with Discovery Health, which had refused  to authorise a spine op he had recommended for one of his patients, Beverley Smith.

“Discovery is an awful scheme that manipulates doctors and patients,” Miller told The Star in July. “Anywhere in the world, a patient with this condition would have an operation. Discovery turn down patients when they think they can get away with it… a sort of social discrimination and it’s disgusting.”

Miller told the newspaper his patient’s leg was getting weaker and she could lose the use of it unless she had the necessary surgery.

Discovery capitulated and Miller performed the operation in August, at the Bedford Gardens Life Hospital in Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

Paris is a sweetheart

Paris is a sweetheart

While Swedish electronics giant Ericsson runs for cover, Dlamini pulls the tender strings in Pietermaritzburg.

Why would organised business jump to the defence of a R1.2-billion sweetheart deal brokered with a municipality that didn’t bother to put the contract out to tender? Could it be because the tenderpreneur in question is president of the local chamber of business?

At issue is the roll-out of 119km of fibre-optic cable across Pietermaritzburg, capital of KwaZulu-Natal, to provide sorely needed high-speed internet connectivity for the region.

The grapes of wrath

The grapes of wrath

Farmers clash with would-be developers over bid to change Durbanville zoning.

‘It is in the personal interest of any farm owner within a city to seek rezoning. Farmland can be bought cheaply and sold at a profit, if there is political access to those who can effect such rezoning.” So says a man who’s opposing the creation of yet another gated estate in the Western Cape, in an affidavit filed at the High Court. The line pretty much sums up what the case is all about.

Legal papers were recently served in the case of the Durbanville Community Forum (DCF) and a number of parties including the Western Cape Minister of Environmental Affairs, Anton Bredell, the City of Cape Town, and a certain Boetie Louw. The DCF’s objectives include maintaining the rural and historical character of Durbanville, and the person who has signed the affidavit on its behalf is wine farmer Daniel Desmond St Dare. 

Lambo limbo

Lambo limbo

When, in late August last year, Cape Town building contractor Judd Smith decided to trade in his black 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder for an “approved” 2007 Lamborghini Murciélago priced at R2.5 million, at Imperial Collection in Cape Town, he hadn’t been on to the internet to google “Lamborghini”.

That came later or, rather, too late.

The bright orange vehicle has been described as a “bull-headed super car” and a “pristine example of rolling sex” – pretty-much what Smith felt about the car. His son and girlfriend refused to be seen in it – they found it too flash – but he and his Lambo were happy in one another’s company.

Neighbourhood news

Neighbourhood news

This report comes from UK-based Africa Confidential (www.africa-confidential.com), the authoritative fortnightly bulletin on Africa.

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Free-for-all at SABC

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Key news personnel use their positions to boost private business. SABC staffers were recently asked to declare their extramural interests – not only to check which employees were doing business with the state broadcaster, ...

Dune deal

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Neurologist Dr Percy Miller recently positioned himself as a hero during a skirmish in the media with Discovery Health, which had refused  to authorise a spine op he had recommended for one of ...

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While Swedish electronics giant Ericsson runs for cover, Dlamini pulls the tender strings in Pietermaritzburg. Why would organised business jump to the defence of a R1.2-billion sweetheart deal brokered with a municipality that didn’t bother ...

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Farmers clash with would-be developers over bid to change Durbanville zoning. ‘It is in the personal interest of any farm owner within a city to seek rezoning. Farmland can be bought cheaply and sold at ...

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When, in late August last year, Cape Town building contractor Judd Smith decided to trade in his black 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder for an “approved” 2007 Lamborghini Murciélago priced at R2.5 million, at ...

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