Dear Editor

Barry vs Sally

We notify you that it is our present intention to instruct Counsel at the stage of argument [in the divorce action between BE Davison and SD Davison], to ask the Court, in its discretion, to refer the article in nose54 [“When Barry left Sally”] to the attention of the National Prosecuting Authority to investigate possible issues of contempt of court and contravention of the Provisions of the Divorce Act No. 70 of 1979.
Deneys Reitz
[attorneys for Barry Davison],

Benson and NFI

Love the Richard Benson saga, not just because I was there, but because the story needs to be told.
In the interests of accuracy, though, Fred Haslett was not a director of NFI nor was SA Eagle a shareholder in NFI. SA Eagle had a marketing agreement with NFI, which among other things, allowed it to make investments for policyholders in NGF (National Growth Fund) units.
At the time of the NFI listing I was employed by SA Eagle but was – fortunately as things turned out – not important enough in the hierarchy to qualify for a share allocation.
Ben Temkin

Cloak ’n Dagger

The journalists you mention as having punted NFI in the press included Steve Mulholland, then business editor of the Sunday Times. Mulholland almost immediately thereafter resigned from the Sunday Times to take a lucrative job with David Abramson at NFI. As if that were not bad enough, when NFI came unstuck, he was welcomed back at the Sunday Times! I suppose it helped that Henri Kuiper was both chairman of SA Associated Newspapers – owner of the Sunday Times – and on the NFI board, but it remains an unhappy example of the revolving door that many in the press would rather forget.
Benson’s account of how he was questioned by spy boss Hendrik van den Berg is extraordinary for more reasons than those given in your story. Some of your older readers might recall that Abramson and Stuart Pegg, NFI’s two top executives, were subsequently recruited as secret operatives by the Bureau of State Security! They were secretly entrusted with millions of rands in state funds to secure publishing interests in Europe and America as vehicles to promote the apartheid government’s image abroad.
When the Info scandal was exposed, these interests were sold and Abramson and Pegg managed to pocket most of the $5 million profit. At a later stage they were charged with exchange control offences, flew into Johannesburg by arrangement, made a brief court appearance, paid fines and left.
When last heard of, Abramson, who was reputedly also an Israeli agent, was living in genteel retirement in a mansion in Chelsea, London.
Ex Sunday Times reporter


There are plenty of ways that Telkom is ripping us off!
Did you know that if one dials a telephone number and you receive the engaged signal, it is considered a call and you are charged accordingly? If you dial the number a hundred times and it is still engaged, you are charged for 100 calls!
Check your telephone account – you will be astounded at how much you are paying for non-calls.
Anne Robb

Happy endings

Yes, it was good to read a happy ending story ... Sanlam and Leonard Louw’s investment (nose60.)
It was surely ONLY due to the clever work of forensic scientist, Dr David Klatzow, that the outcome was so positive. Well done to him and Mrs Ozrovech at Sanlam! I look forward to hearing the outcome of their investigations into broker, Eugene van Eeden – in noseweek.
Pam Herr
Fish Hoek


As a whistleblower about dire problems in the publicly funded arts sector, I know all about how whistleblowers go through the painful and frustrating saga of years of legal procedures, personal loss, isolation etc. Those who’ve had the whistle blown on them, on the other hand, are left free to use their financial and political power and connections to abuse the Law and the Constitution.
My information has allegedly been under investigation by the Public Protector since 1997 – I kid you not – and there is still no resolution or justice regarding not only material damage/loss/waste, but also ethical issues. Only the proven baddies have been rewarded or favoured. Perhaps we need a civil society movement (“Whistleblowers Outrageous”?) to do to the powers-that-be what Pierre Pienaar does to car dealers.Wanna take the lead Sir?

Bush and oil?

The attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea boils down to a group of individuals plotting to overthrow the regime of a nation state in order to get their hands on oil.
Can someone please explain the difference between the actions of the chaps convicted for this offence and those of President Bush in Iraq?
S P Grindrod
Cape Town

This month's winner of the noseweek limwerick competition is (ta-da!)...

If big shots in Platinum
Have far too much crap in em
Whether its Tom, Dick or Harry
Or even big Barry
Trust noseweek to totally flatten em !

Dave Pretorius
Marina Da Gama

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