Retraction and Apology

Retraction and Apology

The defamation action successfully brought by Leonard Katz against Martin Welz and Chaucer Publications has been settled on the basis that Mr Welz and Chaucer Publications withdraw their appeal, retract the defamatory statements made, apologise unreservedly to Mr Katz and will make a substantial contribution towards Mr Katz’s costs.

Heads or tails? Two sides of the coin

Heads or tails? Two sides of the coin

UPSIDE: Oil find in the fabled Okavango delta Namibia has every right to celebrate. It has never produced a barrel, but now its Kavango Basin test wells have hit hundreds of meters of oil.  And the ...

Julian Assange: Going nowhere slowly

Julian Assange: Going nowhere slowly

Worldwide protests as US Government is allowed to appeal UK court’s ruling refusing his extradition to America

In July, supporters worldwide celebrated Assange’s 50th birthday. Outside his London prison, Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd fame) and a crowd of supporters sang Happy Birthday.

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Facing prison for fighting Chevron

Facing prison for fighting Chevron

Rights attorney Steven Donziger (pictured here) pays price for defending indigenous in Ecuador poisoned by oil by Greg Palast

Look at his face. Emergildo Criollo, Chief of the Cofan people of the Amazon in Ecuador. Determined, dignified, in war paint, bare-chested.

Bribery for Africa: 1

Bribery for Africa: 1

Meet Dan Gertler (who denies all wrongdoing).

Joining the dots: Court records in Geneva, New York and Tel-Aviv reveal the vast sums that international companies were paying politicians in exchange for mining rights – and identify Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler “at the centre of a $360m cash laundry” operated for the purpose.

 

Bribery for Africa: 2

Bribery for Africa: 2

Dan Gertler's dealings with Ivan Glasenberg and Glencore

Born in SA and a Wits  graduate, Ivan Glasenberg has or had citizenship of South Africa and Australia, before acquiring Swiss citizenship in 2011.

He had also once contemplated obtaining Israeli citizenship in order to be able to compete – in speed walking – in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, but it was too late to qualify.

In that year he joined the London-listed multinational commodity trading and mining company Marc Rich & Co. AG. founded by soon to be notorious Swiss billionaire Marc Rich.

Bribery for Africa: 3

Bribery for Africa: 3

Glencore and Gertler in the Paradise Papers
Glencore and Gertler’s dealings in the DRC (here referred to as Congo-Kinshasa) were amongst those exposed in the Paradise Papers, a leaked cache of documents, most of which came from within the Bermuda law firm Appleby, which specialises in offshore tax structures for the global super-wealthy - and has a branch in Mauritius. The papers were published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, The Guardian and more than 90 media partners across the world in November 2017.

 

Bribery for Africa: 4

Bribery for Africa: 4

Wikipedia on Sexwale and Guinea

In June 2012 Business Insider reported that former ANC cabinet minister Tokyo Sexwale was leading a group of South Africans who had devised a plan to take over mineral assets and mining concessions, which the Guinean government planned to renationalize after revoking deals struck by previous governments in power.

Bribery for Africa: 5

Bribery for Africa: 5

he Mail & Guardian takes up the story in 2016:

In New York in September 2016, Och-Ziff Capital Management and an affiliate agreed to pay a fine of $413m [R5.6bn at the time] for contravening US anti-bribery laws and turning a blind eye to years of corruption.

KwaSizabantu:Chapter Two

KwaSizabantu:Chapter Two

Where did the story come from – and where did the money go?

Last year, in a series of reports, podcasts and a dramatized video broadcast online, News24 set out to expose the largest evangelical-fundamentalist Christian mission in KwaZulu-Natal as a cult that ­ [thirty years ago – Ed.] allegedly indulged in or condoned various forms of domestic violence and sexual abuse ranging from rape to virginity tests for children.

At much the same time, celebrity private investigator Mike Bolhuis broadcast on Facebook that he had found evidence that some of the mission leaders were involved in witchcraft, drug dealing, large-scale financial skulduggery, and even murder. But it emerged Bolhuis is a conman.

Canaan Ndlovu

Canaan Ndlovu

Canaan Moggen Ndlovu, alias Moses Ndlela, arrived at KwaSizabantu Mission in 2015. The 35-year old obese man said he wanted to confess his sins and then kill his family and himself. The first person to hear the story of his “horrific past” was co-worker and KSB-trustee, Eunice Ngcamu.

Ngcamu realized that she was unable to handle Ndlela’s shocking confessions and called her co-trustee, Lydia Dube, to assist. After listening to Ndlela’s story Dube took him straight to Erlo Stegen, KwaSizabantu’s elderly leader. Stegen then sent a vehicle to fetch Ndlela’s wife, Nqobile and their children and gave the family accommodation at the KwaSizabantu main campus near Kranskop in KwaZulu-Natal where the family’s presence was treated as sensitive as Ndlela claimed all along that his life was in danger.

Space cowboy admits Human Life might cease

Space cowboy admits Human Life might cease

Wait till you hear the Bezos plan to save humanity

According to The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has come down from space and reported that his flight emphasizes his ultimate goal: space exploration to move heavy industry to space and keep the Earth for residents and “light industry”.

A street by any other name would be sweeter

A street by any other name would be sweeter

There have been controversies about current renaming of towns and roads – but quite forgotten are the controversies about how they originally acquired their old names. This article briefly looks at how three road names were imposed upon City of Cape Town.

The restaurant of rational choices

The restaurant of rational choices

You are occupying a hospital bed when others should be using it. You cannot argue that it is ‘my body, my risk’: your choice affects my health insurance premiums. It affects ICU beds that others could have taken. Nurses and doctors have to work overtime because of you.

Poisoned

Poisoned

Patient given ‘rat poison’ in Netcare hospital dies. Hospital denies liability. Eighty-three-year-old Bernard Katz who died at the Netcare Rosebank hospital in Johannesburg on 5 May was not buried within 24 hours in compliance ...
 
Retraction and Apology

Retraction and Apology

The defamation action successfully brought by Leonard Katz against Martin Welz and Chaucer Publications has been settled on the basis that Mr Welz and Chaucer Publications withdraw their appeal, retract the defamatory ...

Heads or tails? Two sides of the coin

Heads or tails? Two sides of the coin

UPSIDE: Oil find in the fabled Okavango delta Namibia has every right to celebrate. It has never produced a barrel, but now its Kavango Basin test wells have hit hundreds of meters of oil.  And the ...

Julian Assange: Going nowhere slowly

Julian Assange: Going nowhere slowly

Worldwide protests as US Government is allowed to appeal UK court’s ruling refusing his extradition to America In July, supporters worldwide celebrated Assange’s 50th birthday. Outside his London prison, Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd fame) ...

Facing prison for fighting Chevron

Facing prison for fighting Chevron

Rights attorney Steven Donziger (pictured here) pays price for defending indigenous in Ecuador poisoned by oil by Greg Palast Look at his face. Emergildo Criollo, Chief of the Cofan people of the Amazon in Ecuador. ...

Bribery for Africa: 1

Bribery for Africa: 1

Meet Dan Gertler (who denies all wrongdoing). Joining the dots: Court records in Geneva, New York and Tel-Aviv reveal the vast sums that international companies were paying politicians in exchange for mining rights ...

Bribery for Africa: 2

Bribery for Africa: 2

Dan Gertler's dealings with Ivan Glasenberg and Glencore Born in SA and a Wits  graduate, Ivan Glasenberg has or had citizenship of South Africa and Australia, before acquiring Swiss citizenship in 2011. He had also once ...

Bribery for Africa: 3

Bribery for Africa: 3

Glencore and Gertler in the Paradise Papers Glencore and Gertler’s dealings in the DRC (here referred to as Congo-Kinshasa) were amongst those exposed in the Paradise Papers, a leaked cache of documents, most ...

Bribery for Africa: 4

Bribery for Africa: 4

Wikipedia on Sexwale and Guinea In June 2012 Business Insider reported that former ANC cabinet minister Tokyo Sexwale was leading a group of South Africans who had devised a plan to take over mineral ...

Bribery for Africa: 5

Bribery for Africa: 5

he Mail & Guardian takes up the story in 2016: In New York in September 2016, Och-Ziff Capital Management and an affiliate agreed to pay a fine of $413m [R5.6bn at the time] for contravening US ...

KwaSizabantu:Chapter Two

KwaSizabantu:Chapter Two

Where did the story come from – and where did the money go? Last year, in a series of reports, podcasts and a dramatized video broadcast online, News24 set out to expose the largest evangelical-fundamentalist Christian ...

Canaan Ndlovu

Canaan Ndlovu

Canaan Moggen Ndlovu, alias Moses Ndlela, arrived at KwaSizabantu Mission in 2015. The 35-year old obese man said he wanted to confess his sins and then kill his family and himself. The first ...

Space cowboy admits Human Life might cease

Space cowboy admits Human Life might cease

Wait till you hear the Bezos plan to save humanity According to The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has come down from space and reported that his flight emphasizes his ultimate goal: space exploration to ...

A street by any other name would be sweeter

A street by any other name would be sweeter

There have been controversies about current renaming of towns and roads – but quite forgotten are the controversies about how they originally acquired their old names. This article briefly looks at how ...

The restaurant of rational choices

The restaurant of rational choices

You are occupying a hospital bed when others should be using it. You cannot argue that it is ‘my body, my risk’: your choice affects my health insurance premiums. It affects ICU beds ...

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