Roodt says that our economy is R300bn smaller every year as a result of Eskom


The Springbok flats hold large deposits of coal which are contaminated with uranium. The Japanese claim to have developed a process of successfully removing the uranium from the coal. If this holds true, one could expect large mines to develop in the area. Most of the coalfields are on the Eastern side of Botswana, extending into its centre.

BHAG: this acronym stands for


The Mtubatuba local council has been dissolved owing to its maladministration of the affairs of that town.

Property news worth repeating is thin on the ground: A new take on transfer duty was published this week by Andrew Golding. He says that transfer duty reduces liquidity in the market as purchasers need to find extract cash in addition to the deposit. This depresses prices. He compared our transfer duty rates with that of the British (excluding the Scots) who pay on a sliding scale going from 0 to 2% to 5% and ending at 12% for transactions over


The example, set by our Mother of the Nation, of instituting action after the death of the principal actor is now followed up by the Friends of Selebi grouping who wish to clear the latter worthy's name. This is a remarkable approach,as one wonders what had happened to them in the interim whilst that gentleman was (intended to be)a guest of the State?




A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.
Gian Vincenzo Gravina


I suspect there is more nonsense spouted of late as Parliament is about to open. Collecting nonsense certainly is more fun than gathering (alternative) hard news. One interesting snippet comes from Egypt: One of its courts has sentenced 183 persons to death for the killing of 16 policemen. Attaboy! Selebi would have been proud of that bunch.

Mr Fixit: Ramaphosa is reported to be the leader of the war room in which the Eskom load shedding issues are handled. One hopes that he will take some time off to sort SAL out also?

Take that Padayachee: BMW says that the 2 Series Active Tourer is aimed at customers who like a higher seating position and functionality, and it


"There is no shortage of lawyers in Washington, DC. In fact, there may be more lawyers than people." Sandra Day O'Connor

If a lawyer and a SARS official were both drowning, and you could only save one of them, would you go to lunch or read the paper?

A robber walks into McDonald