Bitter sweet in Kandyland

Bitter sweet in Kandyland

You can’t keep a good skellum down: Kandyland’s Pieter van der Watt is still at it. Jack Lundin tracks down the conman’s latest prey.

The victims are littered across a wide swathe of the country – all promised the earth by Kandyland conman Pieter van der Watt and now seriously out of pocket, every one of them mad as a mongoose and baying for their nest eggs.

Making the difference

Making the difference

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng weighs in on her role as UCT Vice-Chancellor and the challenges faced so far.

Former UCT Vice-Chancellor Max Price – now said to be job-hunting in London – remembered for how he dealt with the turbulent #FeesMustFall years. His successor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, hopes to shape the university “in a completely different way”.

Spooks Galore

Spooks Galore

As top SARS officials face charges, Noseweek takes another look at the secret world of Johann van Loggerenberg and his friends in the media – a world of intrigue and subterfuge that is generally but not always in a good cause.

When Muzi Sikhakhane SC was appointed by acting SARS Commissioner Ivan Pillay to head an external panel to probe allegations of impropriety against its top investigator Johann van Loggerenberg, it didn’t take long for the panellists to realise the extent of their task. In front of him was marshalled a body of veteran spooks, not slow to trot out testimony that was “self-serving, false and irrelevant”.

Durban metro supresses investigation to win court battle

Durban metro supresses investigation to win court battle

eThekwini Metro Council hides a critical report, then shamelassly lies to the Supreme Court of Appeal to escape liability for the court-ordered demolition of an eleven storey Berea development.

ANC spooks in VBS deals: The fallout

ANC spooks in VBS deals: The fallout

Mutual Bank under scrutiny for corruption.

One of the dodgiest deals undertaken by the corrupt VBS Mutual Bank was introduced by an ANC front company keen on taking a finder’s fee plus 10% in shares, in what was meant to be a R250-million deal.

VBS signed up to buy a 26% share in Insure Group Managers (IGM or Insure, for short) in December 2016 for R250m. IGM is an independent financial services company, providing premium handling services including debit-order collections, deposits and premium disbursements on behalf of insurers and brokers.

From another country: Typhoon

From another country: Typhoon

The super typhoon American media did not notice.

When my Dad called, at 4am his time, I knew the storm was bad. He was calling from Saipan, part of the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in the western Pacific. The power had been out for nearly 12 hours, the wind was howling, and he couldn’t sleep. He said it felt like the wind was trying to suck him out of the house.

Please explain, Judge Spilg!

Please explain, Judge Spilg!

Judge claims SARS’s Top Debtors List with his name on it is a forgery – a most unlikely tale, you'll agree, once you consider the facts set out in this Noseweek report. Proceedings in the ...
 
Bitter sweet in Kandyland

Bitter sweet in Kandyland

You can’t keep a good skellum down: Kandyland’s Pieter van der Watt is still at it. Jack Lundin tracks down the conman’s latest prey. The victims are littered across a wide swathe of ...

Making the difference

Making the difference

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng weighs in on her role as UCT Vice-Chancellor and the challenges faced so far. Former UCT Vice-Chancellor Max Price – now said to be job-hunting in London – remembered for how ...

Spooks Galore

Spooks Galore

As top SARS officials face charges, Noseweek takes another look at the secret world of Johann van Loggerenberg and his friends in the media – a world of intrigue and subterfuge that is ...

Durban metro supresses investigation to win court battle

Durban metro supresses investigation to win court battle

eThekwini Metro Council hides a critical report, then shamelassly lies to the Supreme Court of Appeal to escape liability for the court-ordered demolition of an eleven storey Berea development. ...

ANC spooks in VBS deals: The fallout

ANC spooks in VBS deals: The fallout

Mutual Bank under scrutiny for corruption. One of the dodgiest deals undertaken by the corrupt VBS Mutual Bank was introduced by an ANC front company keen on taking a finder’s fee plus 10% ...

From another country: Typhoon

From another country: Typhoon

The super typhoon American media did not notice. When my Dad called, at 4am his time, I knew the storm was bad. He was calling from Saipan, part of the US Commonwealth of the ...

From another country: Textbooks

From another country: Textbooks

Long-suppressed voices in Malaysia finally finding space in the country’s school textbooks. By Skot Thayer Fifteen minutes before the start of the discussion forum titled “Should We Rewrite Our History Textbooks?” at the Chinese Assembly ...