DOCUMENTATION as promised

DOCUMENTATION as promised

As promised in Pillay's pension caper, here are the supporting documents

Hartebeesthoek hustle

Hartebeesthoek hustle

Over-valued land raises eyebrows over Tshwane’s questionable property purchases.

Tshwane Metro Municipality acquired a piece of bare farmland for R48 million after their internal valuator had already found it was only worth about R10m. This is the fourth such transaction that Noseweek has uncovered. All were bought at hugely inflated prices shortly before the ANC lost the municipality to the DA in 2016.

Our most recent discovery involves  the council’s purchase of the remainder of section 38 and section 124 of the farm Hartebeesthoek 303, located about 25km north of Pretoria city centre. The title deed shows that on 8 October 2015 the two portions, each covering 6.424 hectares and still zoned as agricultural land,were registered in the name of Tshwane Metro. The purchase price: R48m.

Liquidators given the boot after 11 years of 'reckless neglect'

Liquidators given the boot after 11 years of 'reckless neglect'

Once-celebrated Lenasia businesswoman Dolly Naidoo rises from the ashes to face off with lenders, recklessly languid liquidators – and the mighty Asset Forfeiture Unit.

Eleven years after the company that owns the Sheffield Plaza shopping centre in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, was put into liquidation, the liquidators had still not filed a report of their administration with the Master of the High Court. They also failed to file a liquidation and distribution account, which by regulation they should have done within six months of their
appointment.

In all that time the two liquidators of the company, Yamani Properties 1015 (Pty) Ltd, missed numerous deadlines to file the account – and the Master’s office had not inquired as to why, nor reprimanded them for their non-compliance.

The missing lift

The missing lift

No clear skies for Wonderboom Airport as their wheelchair compliancy and mothballed infrastructure lands them in more hot water.

A lift imported from Sweden  and worth almost R5 million, which was supposed to make Tshwane’s Wonderboom National Airport wheelchair compliant has been in storage since 2017 because of supply chain mismanagement. Storage costs alone are now running at R60,000-plus.

In a recent scathing report by the oversight committee for roads and transport in Tshwane Metro, NTV Multi-purpose Contract CC was said to have been paid R3m in advance but never installed the lift. The committee found lapses in governance, supply chain maladministration and irregular expenditure at Wonderboom.

Environmental impact

Environmental impact

Eco-savvy new minister favours nature-based solutions.

Barbara Creecy had been in office as the new Environment minister for just two weeks when she was slapped with a major court action over the government’s appalling progress in cleaning up air pollution in the Mpumalanga Highveld.

Environmental groups Vukani Environmental Justice Movement in Action and groundWork submitted more than 500 pages of court papers demanding that the government clean up the area’s killer air.

Represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights, the groups said the government had violated the constitutional right of the people who live and work in the Highveld Priority Area to a healthy environment, having failed to improve the dangerous air pollution levels – mainly caused by 12 of Eskom’s coal-fired power stations.

You take the high road

You take the high road

You want to initiate a class action suit on behalf of which group?” asked the lawyer. “Motorists,” I replied.

“We are under siege, Sir. These bastards accost us everywhere; on the highway, at the robots – we’re not even safe in the parking lots!”

He nodded and made a note.

BREAKING NEWS: FISHROT STINK WAFTS INTO SOUTH AFRICA

BREAKING NEWS: FISHROT STINK WAFTS INTO SOUTH AFRICA

The so-called Fishrot Files just released by Wikileaks  reveal how Samherji, Iceland's fishing conglomerate, colluded with key players in the Namibian fishing industry to gain preferential access to that country's lucrative fishing grounds and fishing quotas.


 
Pillay's pension caper

Pillay's pension caper

Former SARS deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay’s early retirement on full pension and instant re-employment was arguably not criminal, but it did amount to a devious scamming of state funds  and flouted strict ...
 
DOCUMENTATION as promised

DOCUMENTATION as promised

As promised in Pillay's pension caper, here are the supporting documents ...

Hartebeesthoek hustle

Hartebeesthoek hustle

Over-valued land raises eyebrows over Tshwane’s questionable property purchases. Tshwane Metro Municipality acquired a piece of bare farmland for R48 million after their internal valuator had already found it was only worth about R10m. ...

Liquidators given the boot after 11 years of 'reckless neglect'

Liquidators given the boot after 11 years of 'reckless neglect'

Once-celebrated Lenasia businesswoman Dolly Naidoo rises from the ashes to face off with lenders, recklessly languid liquidators – and the mighty Asset Forfeiture Unit. Eleven years after the company that owns the Sheffield Plaza ...

The missing lift

The missing lift

No clear skies for Wonderboom Airport as their wheelchair compliancy and mothballed infrastructure lands them in more hot water. A lift imported from Sweden  and worth almost R5 million, which was supposed to ...

Environmental impact

Environmental impact

Eco-savvy new minister favours nature-based solutions. Barbara Creecy had been in office as the new Environment minister for just two weeks when she was slapped with a major court action over the government’s ...

You take the high road

You take the high road

You want to initiate a class action suit on behalf of which group?” asked the lawyer. “Motorists,” I replied. “We are under siege, Sir. These bastards accost us everywhere; on the highway, at ...