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Accident stats

Some more stats about driving - over the Easter weekend 276 people died on South African roads, 20 died on Australian roads.

Only 2,5% of all registered vehicles in the world are found on the African continent - but it has 10% of all accident fatalities in the world.  It is estimated that accidents cost us 2,5% of our GDP each year.

Faced with this, instead of tackling the problem, the Government decides to cut compensation to those affected.  Pity the media can't pick up on the story in this way!

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Tuesday 01-May-07   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Trump sues over new book
The court cases of the rich and famous – I see Donald Trump is suing author Timothy O’Brien for alleging in a new book that Trump is worth less than $250 million.  Trump alleges he is actually worth $6 billion.  Financial magazine Forbes puts its guess at $2,9 billion.  A court case of course is potentially risky for Trump with the discovery process in the US.

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Wednesday 02-May-07   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
LSSA press release on Zimbabwe
LAW SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA CALLS ON ZIMBABWEAN AUTHORITIES
TO CEASE HARASSMENT AND INTIMIDATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERS

 

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) expresses its grave concern at the ongoing harassment of human rights lawyers in Zimbabwe by the Zimbabwean authorities. The LSSA urges the Zimbabwean authorities to safeguard the right of legal practitioners to practise freely without fear of intimidation, arrest or assault.

‘Lawyers must be able to attend court and to consult freely with their clients to provide effective representation and to protect their clients’ rights and freedoms. Lawyers must have proper and unfettered access to the courts and to their clients, and the lawyer-client relationship must be protected,’ says LSSA Chief Executive Officer, Raj Daya.

Mr Daya urged the Zimbabwean authorities at all times to respect the rule of law, carry out the orders of the courts and uphold the independence of the judiciary and of legal practitioners.

‘The LSSA also expresses its support to the Law Society of Zimbabwe, its President Beatrice Mtetwa, and its members, and for the work being done by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR). The LSSA joins these legal organisations in strongly condemning the recent arrest and detention of human rights lawyers Alec Muchadehama and Andrew Makoni. ‘Although the two lawyers have been released, we agree with the ZLHR that the actions of the Zimbabwean authorities cannot be tolerated or condoned in a democratic society,’ says Mr Daya.

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Wednesday 09-May-07   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Silence the media
The ENatis debacle is a worrying precedent to any Road Accident Fund regulations implementation.  They are after all projects of the same department and word is the regulations are being rushed when the RAF is not ready to handle a new system.  Are we heading for an E-Natis type disaster with crowds gathering outside buildings?  One newspaper's attempts to publish news on this is now being blocked in Court.  Read the article here
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Thursday 31-May-07   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments

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