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New record MVA settlement in Namibia
Members will be interested to note, and no doubt many of them will be more than a bit envious, that a new record payout for a personal injury claim has been set in Namibia.  As may be predicted, it involves a foreigner on holiday.  Kelly Ann Moss, a London financial broker, was paralysed in a car accident in Namibia almost 3 years ago and, given that her claim against the Namibian MVA fund was limited to N$730,000, she then sued the owners of the mountain lodge where she was staying, as well as an employee of the company.  The trial was set down for three to four weeks.  Given her high earnings in London, the loss of earnings were calculated and some 5.83 million pounds -- or the equivalent of N$ 67 million.  Without doing the calculations, that implies pretty much parity between the Namibian dollar and the South African rand.   The claim was settled for a new Namibian record of N$80 million.  Of course, her life was ruined one month after her 40th birthday and no amount of compensation is ever going to change how her life changed after the accident on 12 May 2003.

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Sunday 05-Mar-06   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Stop the Bill handover
The hand over of the Stop the Bill petition was ineteresting - a number of media turned up, as you can see from above, and Marissa du Toit made some comments of note.  She conceded that Bill did not benefit the poor - saying instead that the way in which it benefitted the poor opened the door to fraud and that had to be sadly closed.  What fraud or how, is anyone's guess, but that is what she said.  She also said that coimment will be allowed on the regulations - but unlike a week earlier when she had advised that the regulations would be ready at the end of March, this time she said "in the middle of the year."
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Monday 20-Mar-06   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
12 Apostles
There is a wonderful view where ever I look. Off my balcony it's a mountain and fynbos and from the bar I can gaze out on a beautiful, but ominous looking sea. I was here a year ago - and that tells me how quickly time passes. When you have to give up your time for legal meetings its always best to arrive early - if of course the setting is the Cape. It's the AGM of the LSSA - which is the Law Society of South Africa. I left a rainy Johannesburg behind today and now, in the darkness of my balcony somewhere between Camps Bay and Hout Bay, I am enjoying a warm wind. Its no surprise that so many retiring attorneys look for a home along these shores - the Cape has never been short of beauty. I'll keep my comments focused on that tonight because the profession continues to disappoint. The politics seem to win over what is right quite often - or too often - and that is so terribly sad for our future. I am not one of those who ducks work - as my numerous articles and writings show, but there is only so much you can do when up against those with agendas which have nothing to do with what is in the interest of the profession. Nights like tonight though show, as I know, that there is so much more out there that is more important to me.
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Thursday 23-Mar-06   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments

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