Striking Swede

Striking Swede

Blonde warrior is a people’s hero – but the ANC thinks she is a Third Force.

She’s been accused by ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe of causing “anarchy” in the platinum mines and even of fuelling the Marikana crisis. When President Jacob Zuma blamed “shadowy international elements” stoking opposition to Cosatu and the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) it was she he was having a dig at. Home Affairs has threatened to deport her. National Intelligence has reportedly been examining her immigration status and security agencies have probed her role in the country’s  “destabilisation”. The SABC dropped her from the current affairs programme Interface, three hours before she was due to take part in a discussion on workers’ rights.

But none of this has stopped 32-year-old Swedish-born activist Liv Shange from standing up for workers in South Africa, or distracted her from her determination to help set up a worker-oriented political party.

 

Totalled!

Totalled!

When Lynda Logie pulled into the Bonjour Total Service Station in Knysna on November 1 and asked the pump attendant for R200’s worth of fuel, she assumed that as usual they would be guided by the clear green label on the fuel-tank cap reading “Diesel”. But instead, the attendant pumped in unleaded petrol – with disastrous consequences.

A few kilometres from Bonjour Total, the vehicle seized up. On examining her cash slip, she discovered that her 2007 model Tata TDI car had been fed petrol, not diesel. Logie returned to the Total garage where owner Guy Clift called a local company to siphon off the petrol from her tank.

Total SA Legal responds. Click here to read it.

Bitter Medicine

Bitter Medicine

Abused medical interns desperate for decent employment prescription. By Chris Bateman

The Constitutional Court challenge to the Minister of Health and the Health Professions Council (HPCSA) by a young Community Service (ComServe) doctor-conscript, outraged by his “slave-like” working conditions, including excessive overtime and arbitrary postings, has sparked a storm among doctors.

Miguel Desroches, a Wits-educated and former Tygerberg Hospital medical intern complained to the Constitutional Court about dysfunctional provincial administrations and dismal working conditions – a combination said to contribute to a downward spiral resulting in 70% of new doctors exiting the critically overburdened public sector.

Mercedes plan questioned

Mercedes plan questioned

Wake-up call for dream machine owners as Benz brand motor maintenance plans are challenged in courts.

Everything that goes into a new Mercedes-Benz is uniquely Mercedes-Benz, which is why, when it comes to keeping it one hundred percent that way, only one maintenance plan makes our grade. A maintenance plan that goes the extra mile. Delivering far more than you’d expect.” That’s Mercedes-Benz’s highly trumpeted maintenance warranty scheme, dubbed MobiloDrive.

But certain owners are finding that these standards don’t meet their expectations after they have forked out handsomely for the quality synonymous with the Mercedes-Benz brand.

 

All that glisters...

All that glisters...

Baubles, bangles and bullying is what you'll find when you scratch the million-dollar facade of Sandton’s glittering Cartier boutique. Its senior staff have been picked off one by one over recent years.

Helen Grange reports that all is not well at the ritzy Cartier boutique in Sandton City, South Africa’s only dedicated store for that famous French luxury goods manufacturer.

Since its top salesman, Bora Said Baysungur, was dismissed in July, 2012, there has been a steady release of staff, including its managing director, Emile Human. And Baysungur believes it’s because he exposed some unholy collusion among top staff who, he believes, were covering up malpractices that had become almost routine.

Flamboyant Turkish manager Baysungur claims he was unfairly fired “because I was questioning what was going on”. He maintains he was also victimised because he is gay. “Human said he would never again hire ‘moffies’ as they were too much trouble,” he says.

Faith with profits

Faith with profits

Like a thief in the night he cleverly employed contractors who couldn’t afford legal fights. By Gavin Foster

Celebrity televangelists and faith healers by their own account rely heavily on frequent one-on-one consultations with Jesus Christ. One can but hope the good Lord helps South African Faith Like Potatoes evangelist Angus Buchan educate his right-hand man, Bruce Winship, on the Christian values of honesty, trust and compassion.

Winship has been described at various times as a pastor, Buchan’s media spokesman and a key part of the organising team of the Mighty Men Conference. He is also a trustee of Buchan’s Shalom Ministries, but in his other life he’s a very successful businessman who for 22 years has been CEO of a family-owned Durban construction enterprise, Grid Group, which has been responsible for some of KwaZulu-Natal’s most ambitious developments. Apart from his work with Buchan’s ministry, Winship strives to ensure his spot in heaven by helping his wife, Gayle, run her Keep the Dream Foundation that raises funds for school bags and books for orphans and underprivileged children in rural KwaZulu-Natal.

 

Soapy scare

Soapy scare

Toxic wash? After almost 50 years, the truth about antibacterial soap is about to come out.  – By Hilary Venables

Before 1967, the only place you would find triclosan was on the surgical ward of a hospital. Nowdays, it’s even in the urine of 75% of Americans.

It all started with soap. Someone at Colgate Palmolive hit upon the idea of adding this potent toxin to ordinary hand soap, and then scaring the bejesus out of consumers with sensationalist advertising, often featuring nasty, dirty animated creatures meant to represent “household germs”.

UPDATE: Lost in the education maze

UPDATE: Lost in the education maze

In January Noseweek asked the Educor schools subsidiary Intec whether  its Damelin and private matric and National Senior Certificate courses (NSC) are accredited by the relevant authority, Umalusi.

Intec spokesperson Jessie Naidoo gave us a long, obfuscating answer that simply avoided the question.

“With a legacy of 100 years in the educational market, Intec is the first college in South Africa to have 173 programmes accredited with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations and is also accredited with Umalusi (Quality Council for General and Further Education), Accreditation Number FET00037PA.”

She did not specify which of Intec’s courses are accredited by Umalusi, but, since she was replying to our question about matric and NSC courses, the clear implication was that they were included in the many “programmes” for which Intec is accredited.

UPDATE: Noseweek reprimanded, but...

UPDATE: Noseweek reprimanded, but...

The office of the Press Ombudsman has reprimanded Noseweek for failing to  offer well-known motivational speaker and adventurer Sean Wisedale reasonable right of reply prior to the publication of an article headlined “Another top sportsman loses it”.

UPDATE:The heart of the UCTmatter

UPDATE:The heart of the UCTmatter

 

UCT boasts high international ratings, but Noseweek finds that in the 2013 ratings its medical faculty scored a dismal 39% in the two areas that really count: teaching and research.


Patricia Lucas, manager: Media Liaison and Communications at the University of Cape Town has written to Noseweek about the “serious lapse of journalism ethics” in our having failed to approach UCT for comment prior to publication of Professor Mark De Groot’s criticism of the standard of training offered by the university’s department of cardio-vascular surgery (in nose172 ).

 Noseweek then submitted a list of questions to the university related to the matter. Here are ...

UPDATE: Vroom vroom championships

UPDATE: Vroom vroom championships

New vroom vroom championships has been announced. Noseweek’s report on the parlous state of Superbike racing in South Africa (nose172) had hardly hit the streets when Motorsport SA (MSA) bowed to ...

Latest reports from Africa Confidential

Latest reports from Africa Confidential

Short-term focus, long-term fuzzy.

Like the labyrinthine streets of host city Addis Ababa, this year’s summit has tested for both security and financing projects. The Ethiopian government is building a light railway system in the capital and its excavation works are adding to the congestion caused by the AU summit. The AU is trying to build an African Standby Force to give it diplomatic and military authority, and also an independent financial base to deal with crises such as those in Central African Republic, South Sudan and Mali. At the rate of progress, Addis Ababa will get its railway long before the AU gets its army and extra money.

Japanese interest is worrying the China.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state tour to Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique and Ethiopia in early January was only the third official visit by a serving Japanese premier to take in several African countries at once: in 2001, Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori travelled to a number of countries on the continent, as did Junichiro Koizumi in 2006. This time round, in Abidjan, Abe hosted 13 heads of state from the Economic Community of West African States. In August, he was in Djibouti as part of a Middle East tour. Yet both its timing and its intent was most striking about Abe’s January visit to sub-Saharan Africa.

Piece of mind

Piece of mind

Erasing the red rhino. Rubbing conservation up the wrong way.

The Red Rhino caught my eye. It was big and red and an eraser – and cheap! For only R26 I had myself a giant Endangered Wildlife pencil rubber. I pushed the Red Rhino across the Exclusive Books counter with the dual smugnesses of a book reader and a wildlife conservationist.

“That’s R92…” said the teller, turning the box the right way round, adding it to my books and drumstick pencils. “R92?” I protested. “Jissus, I can buy my own game farm for that price – with rhinos on it!” It was too late. She had already rung it up. The giant eraser became part of my stationery, accompanied by the philosophy: “It’s an eraser. It must erase.”

No Police 'death squad'

No Police 'death squad'

In December 2011 the Sunday Times revealed to the world that it had uncovered evidence of a police “hit squad” operating in KwaZulu-Natal under the command of the province’s Hawks boss, Major ...
 
Striking Swede

Striking Swede

Blonde warrior is a people’s hero – but the ANC thinks she is a Third Force. She’s been accused by ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe of causing “anarchy” in the platinum mines and even of ...

Totalled!

Totalled!

When Lynda Logie pulled into the Bonjour Total Service Station in Knysna on November 1 and asked the pump attendant for R200’s worth of fuel, she assumed that as usual they would be ...

Bitter Medicine

Bitter Medicine

Abused medical interns desperate for decent employment prescription. By Chris Bateman The Constitutional Court challenge to the Minister of Health and the Health Professions Council (HPCSA) by a young Community Service (ComServe) doctor-conscript, outraged ...

Mercedes plan questioned

Mercedes plan questioned

Wake-up call for dream machine owners as Benz brand motor maintenance plans are challenged in courts. Everything that goes into a new Mercedes-Benz is uniquely Mercedes-Benz, which is why, when it comes to keeping it ...

All that glisters...

All that glisters...

Baubles, bangles and bullying is what you'll find when you scratch the million-dollar facade of Sandton’s glittering Cartier boutique. Its senior staff have been picked off one by one over recent years. Helen Grange ...

Faith with profits

Faith with profits

Like a thief in the night he cleverly employed contractors who couldn’t afford legal fights. By Gavin Foster Celebrity televangelists and faith healers by their own account rely heavily on frequent one-on-one consultations with Jesus ...

Soapy scare

Soapy scare

Toxic wash? After almost 50 years, the truth about antibacterial soap is about to come out.  – By Hilary Venables Before 1967, the only place you would find triclosan was on the surgical ward of a ...

UPDATE: Lost in the education maze

UPDATE: Lost in the education maze

In January Noseweek asked the Educor schools subsidiary Intec whether  its Damelin and private matric and National Senior Certificate courses (NSC) are accredited by the relevant authority, Umalusi. Intec spokesperson Jessie Naidoo gave ...

UPDATE: Noseweek reprimanded, but...

UPDATE: Noseweek reprimanded, but...

The office of the Press Ombudsman has reprimanded Noseweek for failing to  offer well-known motivational speaker and adventurer Sean Wisedale reasonable right of reply prior to the publication of an article headlined ...

UPDATE:The heart of the UCTmatter

UPDATE:The heart of the UCTmatter

  UCT boasts high international ratings, but Noseweek finds that in the 2013 ratings its medical faculty scored a dismal 39% in the two areas that really count: teaching and research. Patricia Lucas, manager: Media Liaison and Communications ...

UPDATE: Vroom vroom championships

UPDATE: Vroom vroom championships

New vroom vroom championships has been announced. Noseweek’s report on the parlous state of Superbike racing in South Africa (nose172) had hardly hit the streets when Motorsport SA (MSA) bowed to pressure from its sponsors and ...

Latest reports from Africa Confidential

Latest reports from Africa Confidential

Short-term focus, long-term fuzzy. Like the labyrinthine streets of host city Addis Ababa, this year’s summit has tested for both security and financing projects. The Ethiopian government is building a light railway system ...

Piece of mind

Piece of mind

Erasing the red rhino. Rubbing conservation up the wrong way. The Red Rhino caught my eye. It was big and red and an eraser – and cheap! For only R26 I had myself a giant ...