Wonderboom coup?

Wonderboom coup?

‘We put on record that the current situation is putting the airport, the Tshwane officials, the airport tenants, the aircraft operators and their passengers at huge life-threatening risk.’

With continuous confusion and disputes about who's in charge, mismanagement of Tshwane airport reaches crisis point.

South African Music Rights Oligarchy

South African Music Rights Oligarchy

‘The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.’ – Hunter S Thompson

How come so many great South African musicians have died paupers? There is good reason to believe that the oligarchy of the South African Music Rights Organisation (Samro) might have had more than a little to do with it.

Despite numerous complaints over the years, Samro continues to be accused of a lack of transparency in its financial dealings, and remains subject to little or no oversight.

S A NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA

S A NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Great musicians are waiting in the wings.

Old Mutual's rainmaker quits over lost R1 million bonus

Old Mutual's rainmaker quits over lost R1 million bonus

It’s a tale that Old Mutual would rather you weren’t told right now, while it asserts its claim to probity and good governance by ousting its CEO Peter Moyo over an alleged conflict of interest.

Old Mutual is justifiably proud of its flagship SuperFund retirement umbrella fund, which holds more than R110bn of pension fund assets for a growing number of companies who have joined the trend to outsource the management of their employees’ retirement kitties.

Marcel Golding suffers court humiliation

Marcel Golding suffers court humiliation

Western Cape High Court rules that billionare ex-unionist's bid to summarily evict a worker born on his wine farm was unlawful and for no cause.

In July 2013 billionaire ex-trade unionist Marcel Golding, then still executive chairman of HCI (Hosken Consolidated Investments) bought portions 9 and 11 of the once-famous Cape wine farm Nooitgedacht (“Never imagined”) from fellow multi-millionaire Simon Barlow for R42.5 million.

The seeds of change

The seeds of change

How a Karoo farm crèche set up by three friends burgeoned into a transformative social project, uniting farmers and farm labourers.

Dear Dave, I’m writing from Cape Town – rightly dubbed by Sir Francis Drake “the fairest Cape in all the world.” I’ve just visited perhaps the most remarkable project I’ve ever seen, in the fastness of the Hantam Karoo in the Northern Cape. Thirty kilometres from Colesberg, the nearest town, the Hantam Community Education Trust (HCET) has for the last 25 years been a creative, successful and ever-growing labour of love.

This was the beginning of a letter written by Sir Andrew Pocock, British former diplomat and former High Commissioner to Nigeria – now working as secretary to the philanthropic UK-based Beit Trust which funds educational and other projects in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Pocock wrote the letter to a colleague.

Not Rocket Science

Not Rocket Science

South Africa – a galactic centre of world class astronomy.

One of my favourite movies of all time is the 2014 epic science fiction film Interstellar. In a post-modernist world where I see every piece of media with a cynical eye, the sincerity of that film bowled me over instantly.

Last Round

Last Round

Pub stories: Billy and the Mormons

Billy was at her usual spot at the bar, smoking, drinking and picking at a black scab on her temple. She banged her pewter tankard on the counter twice. It was a sign for Zama to re-frll it with a quart. "How are you feeling today, Billy?" asked Piet Professor. Billy took a long drag on her ciggie: "I have my pack of cigarettes, my beer and my health," answered Billy. "What more is there in life?"

Old Mutual wants Gold fund 'winners' to be selfless losers

Old Mutual wants Gold fund 'winners' to be selfless losers

Shortly before going to press, I received a letter from Neville Stevens-Burt, a Noseweek reader with 50 years’ experience in stockbroking and investment analysis. Headed “Old Mutual Plundering Assets,” it warned that the ...
 
Wonderboom coup?

Wonderboom coup?

‘We put on record that the current situation is putting the airport, the Tshwane officials, the airport tenants, the aircraft operators and their passengers at huge life-threatening risk.’ With continuous confusion and disputes ...

South African Music Rights Oligarchy

South African Music Rights Oligarchy

‘The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.’ – Hunter ...

S A NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA

S A NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Great musicians are waiting in the wings. ...

Old Mutual's rainmaker quits over lost R1 million bonus

Old Mutual's rainmaker quits over lost R1 million bonus

It’s a tale that Old Mutual would rather you weren’t told right now, while it asserts its claim to probity and good governance by ousting its CEO Peter Moyo over an alleged conflict ...

Marcel Golding suffers court humiliation

Marcel Golding suffers court humiliation

Western Cape High Court rules that billionare ex-unionist's bid to summarily evict a worker born on his wine farm was unlawful and for no cause. In July 2013 billionaire ex-trade unionist Marcel Golding, then ...

The seeds of change

The seeds of change

How a Karoo farm crèche set up by three friends burgeoned into a transformative social project, uniting farmers and farm labourers. Dear Dave, I’m writing from Cape Town – rightly dubbed by Sir Francis ...

Not Rocket Science

Not Rocket Science

South Africa – a galactic centre of world class astronomy. One of my favourite movies of all time is the 2014 epic science fiction film Interstellar. In a post-modernist world where I see every piece ...

Last Round

Last Round

Pub stories: Billy and the Mormons Billy was at her usual spot at the bar, smoking, drinking and picking at a black scab on her temple. She banged her pewter tankard on the counter ...