Valuable friends

Valuable friends

Jozi DA embraces ANC crony with R100m tender.

The City of Johannesburg, led by the DA, has quietly awarded a tender of nearly R100 million  to a company which eight years ago they accused of being part of the ANC’s “crony” capitalist machine of tender rigging, jobs-for-pals, and substantial backhanders. And they don’t want anything said about it.

eValuations Enhanced Property Appraisals has won the right to value nearly 900,000 properties in Johannesburg for the General Valuation Roll 2018 (GV2018). They were awarded the tender through what appears to be a dodgy process pushed through just days before the ANC lost power in the metro.

The bid was then processed and subsequently awarded by the DA-led council.

eValuations only won the contract when the first tender (under Bid A654, in which eValuations was the third-lowest bid, with the worst BBB-EE scorecard) was mysteriously withdrawn and then re-issued and re-advertised as Bid A683. When the bids came in on this round, lo and behold,  eValuations came in as the lowest bid.

King Shaka International

King Shaka International

An airport in search of passengers.

First costed at R3.15 billion, by the time Durban’s King Shaka International Airport was completed in 2010, it had cost anything between R7.6bn and R9bn. This kind of cost overrun is chicken feed when stacked against Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations, but it set in motion a chain of events that helps explain some of the bizarre decisions coming out of Airports Company of SA (ACSA).

King Shaka is one of the nine airports managed by ACSA.

In February, Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters fired half the board of ACSA, ostensibly to strengthen it, but left in place CEO Bongani Maseko who was fingered last year in a forensic report that detailed several instances of procurement irregularities.

This is just one instance of political interference in the running of ACSA. A far graver interference was the decision in 2006 to force ACSA to build the King Shaka International Airport without a feasibility study having been carried out and in defiance of all commercial logic. This decision lumbered ACSA with crippling debt which it has been forced to service ever since. 

No accounting for JCI

No accounting for JCI

JCI: still ducking and dodging. What game are Investec and Allan Gray playing with JCI’s annual accounts – and why?

By means of a strategic plan spearheaded by Investec CEO Stephen Koseff himself, Investec, with the help of fund managers Allan Gray, contrived in August 2005 to wrench control from Brett Kebble of JCI Ltd – the hub of Kebble’s criminal corporate empire.

Not long thereafter, Kebble was shot and killed by hired gunmen who claimed it was an assisted suicide. Some friends mourned his death, many more breathed a sigh of relief, assured that he would never be called to testify in a court of law.

FNB  heists: more questions than answers

FNB heists: more questions than answers

Victims of the recent safety deposit box heists from First National Bank (FNB) branches in Randburg and Parktown remain dissatisfied with the bank’s response – or the absence of a response to their demands for information and proper compensation.

They have sought Noseweek’s support in informing a wider public about their shocking discoveries and their questions that remain unanswered.

•    The victims were only contacted about the robbery three to four days (on 21 December) after the incident on 18 December 2016.

•    Two victims only found out because they attempted to deposit more valuables.

•    Many of the victims had been unaware their boxes were moved from the Fourways branch to the Randburg branch where they were stolen.

Dines Gihwala to pay up big time

Dines Gihwala to pay up big time

Once celebrated, since disgraced. Dear reader, this story begins way back in 1998, but listen patiently and keep in mind: the sting is in the tail. It was in that year that Cape Flats attorney Dine ...

A cut and paste job

A cut and paste job

How Ekurhuleni planning chiefs covered their tracks after permitting illegal school opening. South African Post Office chiefs are incensed following two secret forensic reports which, Noseweek can ...

Physician, heal thyself

Physician, heal thyself

Last month, the president of the Health Professions Council of South Africa, Dr Kgosi Letlape, described medical aid schemes as “a crime against humanity” and suggested they should be abolished as ...

UPDATE: Teflon Two stick it to SARS

UPDATE: Teflon Two stick it to SARS

Durban’s Teflon Two, S’bu and Shauwn Mpisane, who owe the taxman more than R203 million, are once again set to oppose SARS’s attachment of their homes, farms, luxury vehicles, businesses and tru ...

UPDATE: EnviroServ owns up (finally)

UPDATE: EnviroServ owns up (finally)

After nearly a year of denying that it was the source of the “toxic” fumes that are making many local residents ill, EnviroServ Waste Management’s hazardous landfill west of Durban has been ordered to suspend “acceptance, treatment and disposal” of waste. The waste destined for the Shongweni site will now be sent to other facilities.

In a letter to clients, EnviroServ said it has “another landfill that we will use in Durban and Holfontein [near Benoni]”.

The suspension is the result of a directive issued on 4 April by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). The decision has been a year coming after Noseweek broke the story exactly 12 months ago (noses199; 200; 203; 204; 205 & 210).

Local residents have complained of suffering nosebleeds, nausea, vomiting, sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma and other health-related conditions, and remain convinced these ailments are caused by the “toxic fumes” from the landfill.

Goodness me. Keep trying.

Goodness me. Keep trying.

In a do-gooder frame of mind, Noseweek’s intrepid correspondent [Please God, not another one! – Ed.] last year ventured out of Sydney’s eastern suburbs to see if she could be of any use at the A ...

Durban's tender Mafia

Durban's tender Mafia

The Durban construction industry is under siege from a shadowy ‘tender mafia’ of armed ‘businessmen’ who invade construction sites, close them down, and demand a ‘ransom’ before work can resume.  The first ...
 
Valuable friends

Valuable friends

Jozi DA embraces ANC crony with R100m tender. The City of Johannesburg, led by the DA, has quietly awarded a tender of nearly R100 million  to a company which eight years ago they accused of ...

King Shaka International

King Shaka International

An airport in search of passengers. First costed at R3.15 billion, by the time Durban’s King Shaka International Airport was completed in 2010, it had cost anything between R7.6bn and R9bn. This kind of ...

No accounting for JCI

No accounting for JCI

JCI: still ducking and dodging. What game are Investec and Allan Gray playing with JCI’s annual accounts – and why? By means of a strategic plan spearheaded by Investec CEO Stephen Koseff himself, Investec, ...

FNB  heists: more questions than answers

FNB heists: more questions than answers

Victims of the recent safety deposit box heists from First National Bank (FNB) branches in Randburg and Parktown remain dissatisfied with the bank’s response – or the absence of a response to their ...

Dines Gihwala to pay up big time

Dines Gihwala to pay up big time

Once celebrated, since disgraced. Dear reader, this story begins way back in 1998, but listen patiently and keep in mind: the sting is in the tail. It was in that year that Cape Flats attorney Dines ...

A cut and paste job

A cut and paste job

How Ekurhuleni planning chiefs covered their tracks after permitting illegal school opening. South African Post Office chiefs are incensed following two secret forensic reports which, Noseweek can reveal, concluded that senior city planning officials in ...

Physician, heal thyself

Physician, heal thyself

Last month, the president of the Health Professions Council of South Africa, Dr Kgosi Letlape, described medical aid schemes as “a crime against humanity” and suggested they should be abolished as they cannot co-exist with ...

UPDATE: Teflon Two stick it to SARS

UPDATE: Teflon Two stick it to SARS

Durban’s Teflon Two, S’bu and Shauwn Mpisane, who owe the taxman more than R203 million, are once again set to oppose SARS’s attachment of their homes, farms, luxury vehicles, businesses and trust fund.  The couple’s ...

UPDATE: EnviroServ owns up (finally)

UPDATE: EnviroServ owns up (finally)

After nearly a year of denying that it was the source of the “toxic” fumes that are making many local residents ill, EnviroServ Waste Management’s hazardous landfill west of Durban has been ordered ...

Goodness me. Keep trying.

Goodness me. Keep trying.

In a do-gooder frame of mind, Noseweek’s intrepid correspondent [Please God, not another one! – Ed.] last year ventured out of Sydney’s eastern suburbs to see if she could be of any use at the ...