Tony Blair: BAe's errand boy?

Tony Blair: BAe's errand boy?

The support given by the UK authorities to peddlers of weapons far surpasses the assistance given to any other business, writes George Monbiot. See also The SA connection; Gainful Employment & That Tender Touch in this issue.
Gainful employment

Gainful employment

The appointment of two former public servants to private-sector jobs would be regarded as corrupt in many countries. See also BAe's errand boy; The SA connection and That Tender Touch also in this issue
Something blue at Something Fishy

Something blue at Something Fishy

SAFETY AND SECURITY minister Charles Nqakula recently declared that South Africans are far too tolerant of criminals – and urged all law-abiding citizens to take a stand. So when two such citizens were targeted in a tanzanite scam and the cops said there was nothing they could do, John and Bev decided to take on the crooks themselves.

The drama unfolds over four fast-moving days in August, and begins with a call to Bev’s cellphone as she sits reading in the lounge of her Bryanston home.

When cops shrugged and said there was nothing they could do about a bunch of con artists selling worthless pieces of glass, as tanzanite - for a few hundred thousand bucks apiece - a pair of amateur sleuths arranged their own counter-sting.

Drunk and disorderly

Drunk and disorderly

WHEN JOHANNESBURG ENTREPRENEUR Elsje Groenewald met Advocate Brink Ferreira, then Witwatersrand deputy attorney general, at a cocktail party eight years ago, it was love at first sight. She’d finally found her soulmate, after a nasty divorce, and a father figure for her young son, Reinhardt. Little did she know. Ferreira, Groenewald now alleges, “drinks like a fish and is always drunk”.

Ferreira first assaulted her, she tells noseweek, at Sun City. Invited as a VIP guest to the Miss South Africa pageant she took Ferreira along, but with free liquor abounding, he got drunk and embarrassed her. When she later complained, back in their room, he tried to strangle her.

The unkindest cut

The unkindest cut

A Pretoria woman was left paralysed after her surgeon botched a routine operation
Beware Greeks bearing graft

Beware Greeks bearing graft

SO ANC BIGWIGS have done it again, this time hitting a R40-million-a-year per year Lotto jackpot. Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mphahlwa has announced that Gidani Consortium, whose shareholders include ANC heavyweights, is to take over as the new national lottery operator from April next year. Gidani’s “technical” partner is Intralot, a company owned by Greek tycoon Socrates Kokkalis, 67.

No doubt Gidani Consortium is happy to associate itself with a man who
has donated $5-million to Harvard University, and who is ranked among the world’s top 500 billionaires by Forbes Magazine. But we reckon Kokkalis’ tainted past will be back to haunt Gidani soon enough.

Legal gloves off in gym dispute

Legal gloves off in gym dispute

In August, after months of delay, trial was due to start in fitness trainer Jenny Reichlin’s R1.2m damages claim against Legacy Group’s multi-millionaire head Bart Dorrestein. But deputy judge president of Johannesburg High Court, Phineas Mojapelo (see "Go to cell" below), handed down an unusual order, in fact one that advocates consider unprecedented.

Prophet and loss

Prophet and loss

Unknown to adoring acolytes in Centurion, diamond- dealing Pastor Hennie Hancke (above) is a disgraced insolvent
COVER STORY: SA Rugby shafts Spears

COVER STORY: SA Rugby shafts Spears

Although the people of the Eastern Cape have been running the country for the past 12 years, they're no match for the old guard when it comes to rugby - and hanging on to the ...
 
Tony Blair: BAe's errand boy?

Tony Blair: BAe's errand boy?

The support given by the UK authorities to peddlers of weapons far surpasses the assistance given to any other business, writes George Monbiot. See also The SA connection; Gainful Employment & That Tender Touch in this ...

Gainful employment

Gainful employment

The appointment of two former public servants to private-sector jobs would be regarded as corrupt in many countries. See also BAe's errand boy; The SA connection and That Tender Touch also in this issue ...

Something blue at Something Fishy

Something blue at Something Fishy

SAFETY AND SECURITY minister Charles Nqakula recently declared that South Africans are far too tolerant of criminals – and urged all law-abiding citizens to take a stand. So when two such citizens ...

Drunk and disorderly

Drunk and disorderly

WHEN JOHANNESBURG ENTREPRENEUR Elsje Groenewald met Advocate Brink Ferreira, then Witwatersrand deputy attorney general, at a cocktail party eight years ago, it was love at first sight. She’d finally found her soulmate, ...

The unkindest cut

The unkindest cut

A Pretoria woman was left paralysed after her surgeon botched a routine operation ...

Beware Greeks bearing graft

Beware Greeks bearing graft

SO ANC BIGWIGS have done it again, this time hitting a R40-million-a-year per year Lotto jackpot. Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mphahlwa has announced that Gidani Consortium, whose shareholders include ANC ...

Legal gloves off in gym dispute

Legal gloves off in gym dispute

In August, after months of delay, trial was due to start in fitness trainer Jenny Reichlin’s R1.2m damages claim against Legacy Group’s multi-millionaire head Bart Dorrestein. But deputy judge president of Johannesburg ...

Prophet and loss

Prophet and loss

Unknown to adoring acolytes in Centurion, diamond- dealing Pastor Hennie Hancke (above) is a disgraced insolvent ...