Dear Editor

Dissent of Man
The “Letters” section in Noseweek frequently provides an already adequate return on our subscription investment, and Keith Gottschalk’s letter (nose136) was no exception.  Thank you, Mr Gottschalk, for your lucid and thought-provoking reminder that eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.

 Whether it was actually Thomas Jefferson who first said it or not, is hardly relevant; reminders that

"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism” cannot be conveyed too often.

When those who support the government in power resort to branding everyone who disagrees with them with some or other derogatory term,  this alone should cause you to shout “Beware!”

Theo Heffer

Snakes in suits
Your article “Roque Trader” (nose136) accurately reflects my understanding of Des de Beer and his modus operandi. By revealing the close ties between De Beer and Roque Hafner, you have also exposed the essence of De Beer’s character. It is certainly in the interests of the investing public to lay bare his fraudulent activities, but just as important to understand what motivates such misconduct. A recently published book, Snakes in Suits, most aptly describes the psychopath I have come to know over the last 20 years-or-so in business. I look forward to reading more.

Noseweek Reader
By email
See Devious dealings at Resilient in this issue Ed

Eversheds sheds its reputation
The way Eversheds treats their employees (nose136) is shocking. They should know that word travels. Eversheds is not the first firm to have its reputation trashed by unhappy ex-employees.

How much are you paying your PR person? Perhaps you should invest in an internal communications specialist – or bodyguards for your junior staff members instead.

Abigail van Zyl
By email

I loved reading your article on Melissa (nose136) – who would have thought!

Cape Town

Is she a bitch?
Your Melissa piece was great to read; also good that people can see censorship and varnishing in action. Is she a bitch? I feel a boycott coming on...


I had a good chuckle over the article on Melissa. After 30 years of working as a pre-school teacher, here at last is an authentic and honest response about the unacknowledged realities of juggling parenting and work, and the difficult aspects of raising children.

Almost all mothers love their children but few are the model mothers that our current society has dreamed up.

My experience is that emotionally well-balanced children emerge from families where the parents are authentic, like and respect each other, have a focus and passion to their adult life, and are able to set firm but loving boundaries. Funnily enough Melissa and Mark have got a lot right.

Anya Morris
Cape Town

I thoroughly enjoyed your article on Melissa’s edited interview, but maybe for the wrong reasons.
It is refreshing to read an actual interview, prior to the copy editor amending it so it fits more into the socially accepted mould. I loved reading her real, unadulterated answers.

I too have my own business, my own set of 3.5-year- old twins. I too am bored just playing with them and gladly hand that task over to my capable nanny.  Some of us just don’t do small children well – I enjoy mine more and more as they get older.  And like Melissa, friends are sometimes a luxury left by the wayside in the rush to deal with one’s responsibilities.  Sorry to spoil your dig.


The dig was not aimed at her child-minding, but at her doctoring of the interview. Like you,  I much preferred her authentic responses. – Ed.

Unpleasant Discovery
From your excellent reporting on Discovery Health and their policies (nose135) I learned for the first time that “The Scheme’s authorisation is not a guarantee of payment and the final adjudication of a request for funding can only be made upon receipt of the claim.” What help is that?

How can ethical organisations seriously recommend Discovery... or are other medical aids as bad? While I investigate my options, I have asked my financial adviser and Discovery broker to ensure that any discussions about me are recorded.

Fish Hoek

I am presently fighting Discovery about a claim on my dread disease policy. They are wanting to pay me only 25% of the insured amount even though I had a major op and had part of my colon removed.

I caught the cancer in time before it spread to my liver etc. I am now being short-changed by Discovery because I was pro-active in attending to the problem, even though they advocate vitality and wellness and being pro-active. I have had this policy for many years. When I purchased it, I requested cover for cancer, not for percentages of cancer. The policy is costing me near R13,000 per month, including Life and disability. The dread disease value is R2.6 million, but they want to pay R650,000. I have sent everything to the Ombudsman for his opinion. Meanwhile I am thinking of accepting the R650K and using it to fund a smear campaign against Discovery.

Alan Rubin

Our advertising department will be contacting you re proposed smear campaign.Ed

Mind your Vs and Ls
Martin Welz’s article on walking New York in the November issue was oh so enjoyable but I can’t help pointing out, in a pedantic sort of way, that titivating and titillating mean two completely different things.

K S Collett
By email

You might visit sex museums to be titillated – I popped into the New York Museum of Sex only to freshen up my lipstick and eye shadow. – MW

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Submitted by : Hansie Myburgh on 2011-03-02 23:21:29
Dear editor, a good subject to look into is our dearest Discovry Life, that are busy with some very naughty stuff.. One of my clleagues a broker has just been bought by Discovery for a few million rands. Problem is they're not really after her but after her client's... See Discovery, does not have the word "ethics" in their vocabulary, I have seen and heard of many brokers that have been bought by them, helping Discovery to build up a client base by stealing other companies clients. They are offering millions in sign up bonusses, share options etc.. etc. Very attractive, fact is they're really after the clients, what an easier way than buying the broker and incentivising the broker to churn his whole book over to them. Ultimately the one that pay's is the client, in the form of new commissions and fees paid to the broker for bringing him/her over to Discovery, maybe you should look deeper into that. Regards Anonamous


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