Mia Taylor, Facebook troll extraordinaire

Mia Taylor, Facebook troll extraordinaire

The “dark PR” origins of a Facebook troll called “Mia Taylor”

Mia Taylor, no profile, no picture, no friends, appeared on a number of Facebook platforms related to Cape Town’s water crisis at the height of the great drought in 2018. She spoke with the authority of someone with high-level insider knowledge of the City of Cape Town’s water and sanitation department, but was not always truthful.

SANDF 'rotten to the core'

SANDF 'rotten to the core'

“I knew that going back to Defence Intelligence was going to set me on a collision course with those hell bent on embezzling state funds.” – Maj Gen Sandile Sizani, Chief Director Counter Intelligence (ret) SANDF, in his submission to the Zondo Commission.

Goldman Sachs fined $3 billion

Goldman Sachs fined $3 billion

A meaningful punishment for a major financial crime?

In October, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a landmark settlement with banking giant Goldman Sachs over its participation in a bribery scheme that syphoned hundreds of millions from Malaysian public coffers. The bank agreed to pay nearly $3 billion to authorities in multiple countries, and agreed to have its Malaysian subsidiary plead guilty in a Brooklyn (New York) court to conspiring to violate U.S. bribery laws.

Gail Behr: Baroness of the Bo-Kaap

Gail Behr: Baroness of the Bo-Kaap

Dear Reader, meet Baroness Gail Behr, artist, hotelier and creator of Cape Town’s hottest new hotel, Dorp...

"It’s not a hotel, nor a house, nor a pub. It is, instead, a kind of oddballs club.”

Baroness Gail Behr is reading me a poem she wrote recently about the hotel she built from scratch high on the slopes of Signal Hill, above the old Malay Quarter. She intends putting the poem on her website so that guests know what they’re coming to.

“You’ll know if you fit the moment you arrive. And if you don’t, simply reverse down the drive,” she continues with her poem, as a Chopin piano piece plays in the background. We are sitting in the airy plant- and antique-filled parlour of the Dorp hotel. In the background is the splutter of a coffee machine coming from the hotel’s bistro, christened Café Covid by Behr.

UPDATE: Spar CEO's

UPDATE: Spar CEO's "undisclosed secrets"

The saga involving Spar and the Giannacopoulos family continues. The family now plans to seek redress for their grievances through legal action against the Spar board and to declare three of Spar’s executives delinquent directors in terms of the Companies Act.

From another Country: Isabel dos Santos steps down

From another Country: Isabel dos Santos steps down

Billionaire businesswoman Isabel dos Santos has stepped down from the board of Angola’s flagship mobile phone operator Unitel, citing “a climate of permanent conflict” among the company’s directors.

Ronald's Lockdown Diary

Ronald's Lockdown Diary

Laughter and Forgetting

There’s a weird vibe in the air in NYC. Kinda like the pandemic is ‘old news’. A big ‘pandemic, yawn’. Or, ‘oh yeah, the pandemic, is that still happening?’ People are over it. Pandemicked out. And New York is slowly re-awakening too. The florist, the liquor store and the coffee shop across the street have all re-opened. And most restaurants in my hood are all doing take-out and delivery. There are definitely a lot more people on the streets and in the park. And I haven’t heard an ambulance siren in quite some time. Thank God. Only 48 people died in New York in the last 24hrs. And all hospitals are reporting manageable admissions.

Last Round: The magic lamp

Last Round: The magic lamp

Samson used to arrive at my gate after dark, drunk and belligerent. “Veevjaan!” he shouted, “Maak oop!” The bastard, I’d told him a hundred times to go and sleep under the bridge with the other hobos. “Veevjaaan ... Veevjaan!!!!” he bellowed. I unlocked the gate as quickly and quietly as possible. The ordeal was just over quicker that way. “Shut up, Samson, you’ll wake my sister...”

One murder leads to another

One murder leads to another

... and another... and another On the 13th June 2020 Hari Nathvani complained on Facebook about the restrictions of the lockdown in South Africa.  But the writer of the Facebook post could not have been Hari because ...
 
Mia Taylor, Facebook troll extraordinaire

Mia Taylor, Facebook troll extraordinaire

The “dark PR” origins of a Facebook troll called “Mia Taylor” Mia Taylor, no profile, no picture, no friends, appeared on a number of Facebook platforms related to Cape Town’s water crisis at the height ...

SANDF 'rotten to the core'

SANDF 'rotten to the core'

“I knew that going back to Defence Intelligence was going to set me on a collision course with those hell bent on embezzling state funds.” – Maj Gen Sandile Sizani, Chief Director Counter ...

Goldman Sachs fined $3 billion

Goldman Sachs fined $3 billion

A meaningful punishment for a major financial crime? In October, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a landmark settlement with banking giant Goldman Sachs over its participation in a bribery scheme that syphoned hundreds ...

Gail Behr: Baroness of the Bo-Kaap

Gail Behr: Baroness of the Bo-Kaap

Dear Reader, meet Baroness Gail Behr, artist, hotelier and creator of Cape Town’s hottest new hotel, Dorp... "It’s not a hotel, nor a house, nor a pub. It is, instead, a kind of oddballs club.” Baroness Gail ...

UPDATE: Spar CEO's

UPDATE: Spar CEO's "undisclosed secrets"

The saga involving Spar and the Giannacopoulos family continues. The family now plans to seek redress for their grievances through legal action against the Spar board and to declare three of Spar’s executives ...

From another Country: Isabel dos Santos steps down

From another Country: Isabel dos Santos steps down

Billionaire businesswoman Isabel dos Santos has stepped down from the board of Angola’s flagship mobile phone operator Unitel, citing “a climate of permanent conflict” among the company’s directors. ...

Ronald's Lockdown Diary

Ronald's Lockdown Diary

Laughter and Forgetting There’s a weird vibe in the air in NYC. Kinda like the pandemic is ‘old news’. A big ‘pandemic, yawn’. Or, ‘oh yeah, the pandemic, is that still happening?’ People are ...

Last Round: The magic lamp

Last Round: The magic lamp

Samson used to arrive at my gate after dark, drunk and belligerent. “Veevjaan!” he shouted, “Maak oop!” The bastard, I’d told him a hundred times to go and sleep under the bridge with ...