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Month: July 2016

Q&A with Heinrich Böhmke

Heinrich Böhmke is a Durban consultant and corruption buster who spends much of his time investigating and prosecuting errant civil servants. Böhmke grew up in the platteland and went to Wits University. He has a history in academia and organizing trade unions, though he has worked in a law firm, for a publishing company and also trains investigative reporters. His works allows him to tap into a rich vein for his writing and provided him with the material for his debut novel, Sarie. Sarie is an engrossing story, forthrightly told and well worth reading. Böhmke has produced an ensemble...

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Green fields into property gold

  Durbanites know Sibaya as a kitsch casino en route to King Shaka International Airport. Well, that’s all going to change. Actually, without being too dramatic, Sibaya is going to redefine the face of eThekwini as the city’s next property mega project. And we’re not talking about the casino here, but the huge swathes of sugar cane land around it, owned b Tongaat Hulett Developments (THD). THD is the successful subsidiary of the sugar and agri-processing company that is part of the DNA of KwaZulu-Natal. It announced last week it was starting phase one of a 15-20 year project....

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Chris Despy is grizzled sailor with a white goatee and gold-rimmed glasses perched upon a thoughtful brow. A Socratic sort, in another life he would have been a philosopher, but in this one he’s a Mr Fixit of epic proportions. It has allowed Despy to pay the bills and live a full life. He’s owned Barnacle Bill for a decade, a shop for yachtsmen and other interesting people. It could be called The Old Curiosity Shop and is tucked away in an yellow building on the Victoria Embankment. It’s on the ground floor in what is now called Margaret...

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An open letter to Durban’s mayoral wannabe Zandile Gumede

Dear Zandile I know we haven’t met, but I thought I’d pen you a little note to wish you all the best for the local government elections. Not that you need it, mind you. Barring a major upset, your bottom will soon grace the big leather chair in the mayoral chambers, once occupied by my old pal, Obed Mlaba. If you don’t know me, please let me introduce myself: I’m a two-bit hack smacking away at a typewriter in a grubby office in Springfield Park. For years I penned my missives to your predecessor’s predecessor (Obed) from a grimy...

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Dr. Sibongiseni Dhlomo, KZN MEC for Health, Dr. Bridgette Gasa, Chairperson Dube TradePort, Mr. Sibusiso Lushaba, Director of HBM-SA Health Protection, Mr Sihle Zikalala,KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Inkosi Phathisizwe Chiliza, Chairperson Provincial House of Traditional Leaders, Mr. Hamish Erskine, Acting CEO, Dube TradePort Construction of condom manufacturing facility in Dube TradePort Construction of condom manufacturing facility in Dube TradePort Rendering of HBM-SA Health condom manufacturing facility in Dube TradePort All images to be credited to Dube TradePort Corporation KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Sihle Zikalala, said that the new...

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