Lesson for one and all
Your profile of GG Alcock, “The white Zulu…” [nose200] is an absolute eye-opener for anyone in the marketing industry but more importantly, a lesson for everyone that we are clueless about our society. Most inspiring.
Jansen’s imperfect opinion
I was appalled by your radio advert crediting Jonathan Jansen’s racist and deliberately provocative opinion on the future of SA’s universities as your selling point. Is this the kind of drivel you like to pass on to your readers?
I have been a great fan of Jansen but no man is perfect. When imperfect people air opinions at odds with their general contribution, it may well be discreet and politically savvy to disregard that comment, especially when he is under considerable personal stress.
Your paper Noseweek plays a valuable role in drawing attention to contentious issues, but this salacious advertising shows a lack of judgement. Please recall the ad immediately to avoid building a racially polarised society in a politically tense time. I have submitted a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority and the Broadcasting Complaints Commission.
Professor Jansen hardly deserves to be patronised. If anyone has the moral authority to express the views quoted in our ad, it is he. He saw fit to express them from a public platform to a large audience at the Franschhoek Literary Festival. That is news.
I, too, feel discomforted by what he had to say; most sensible, right-thinking people will be; all the more reason to take note. By all means, have a different view of the developments on our campuses over the past six months. But when you condemn Jansen’s seriously held views as “drivel”, “gossip”, “unethical”, “salacious”, “racist” and “deliberately provocative”, it is your lack of judgement that must be called into question. Our advert fairly advertised an important feature of that issue’s contents. – Ed.
• Professor Jonathan Jansen is an extraordinarily open-minded man of courage and insight. He has been intuitively in-touch with the reality of South Africa’s education woes and expressed his views without fear or favour.
His departure is a great loss to our academia, but I cannot blame him for leaving. The students of today need to better identify their targets, and vent their anger in a way that respects the institutions and those within them that have given them an enviable international reputation.
Knott-Craig’s odious stance
Thank you for the informative article on Alan Knott-Craig and his despicable behaviour towards Kenneth Makate (nose200). It is hard to believe someone of Knott-Craig’s reputation and vast wealth, would be prepared to stoop so low, and try to screw someone out of his just rewards. His reputation is gone forever – the Constitutional Court made sure of that. He will now be remembered for the man he really is.
• Another great and incisive article from Barry Sergeant, undoubtedly one of SA’s best investigative journalists.
• Vodacom is notoriously arrogant when dealing with claims and dismisses them usually with no response. So it was especially pleasing to see this particular Goliath slain by a very worthy David in “Please call me, maybe” [nose200].
Incorrect assumptions as facts
In “The contested midas touch” [nose200] you have portrayed me as a villain. You have driven Barry Sneech’s version hard and completely downplayed, inter alia, that I have been to arbitration and successfully defeated Sneech before some of the greatest legal minds in South Africa today. These outcomes were not some random errors of judgment by Kuper SC and every legal mind after him, as you seem to suggest. High court actions for review failed, and Sneech hasn’t paid my costs, yet he persists with litigation in the hope of deferring payment.
You have populated your entire piece with blatantly incorrect assumptions made to read as facts. For example, I don’t own Tarrystone [Earl Spencer’s former home in Constantia]. You should be ashamed of yourselves for dragging your publication and your own journalistic integrity down to this level.
On closer inspection it emerges you indeed do not own Tarrystone, the Constantia home that formerly belonged to Charles Spencer. You do, however, own the property across the road that, as it happens, also previously belonged to The Eighth Earl Spencer Family Trust. (We note it’s up for sale at R36m.)
Does that make for a different reading of our story? In nose200 we duly noted the eminence of the various lawyers you refer to and their rulings, but then took our own view of the story. You have taken a view of us. It’s a free country. – Ed.
The real f******* crisis
A note to Bheki regarding his column “Letter from Umjindi” [nose200], if you have issues with the Barberton (state) Hospital, then voice these at your beloved ANC, whose greatness you have espoused in recent posts. Vote for them – as you say you must – then see if they listen to the electorate about the condition of state hospitals everywhere.
Also, [re your headline: “F*** crisis. TAC tactics urgent”] there is no F*** crisis; correctly it should be a F***ing crisis!
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