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US elections
I follow the US elections very closely.  Of course the world’s “greatest democracy” already gave us the Supreme Court stopping vote counting when the Bush lead was dwindling and Gore looked set to win 4 years ago.  Now, we have Barack Obama, clearly one of the most gifted politicians ever who is only 7 points ahead on most polls than McCain who brings with him Sarah Palin, a lady with foreign experience, she alleges because Alaska is close to Russia and who spends S20 000 a month on hair stylists – and another S12 000 on make up specialists and seems very popular with the Nascar and gun brigade.  Heaven help us if these two make the White House.   Their only idea seems to be to try and pull Obama down or attack his ideas – an approach not unique to South Africa.  Polls and bookies say they won’t – and I certainly hope they are right because Obama clearly has youth, ideas and integrity on his side and I am hoping he and the Democrats land a resounding win.

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Tuesday 04-Nov-08   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Update on the contribution that was not made
Those of you who have been following the story of the contribution that the Gauteng Law Council advised in the President’s report for the Law Society of the Northern Provinces for 2008, that it had made to the Road Accident Fund campaign, after it budgeted substantial funds for same some 3 years ago, will be happy to hear the latest news.  Various councillors, including the Treasurer of the Gauteng Law Council have advised me that my belief that the Gauteng Law Council has not made a contribution is in fact correct, and no contribution has been made, despite the allegation contained in the annual report. 

They have all promised to look into this and hopefully they will use some of the considerable funds that the Gauteng Law Council, which has no full-time staff, towards this campaign.  

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Friday 14-Nov-08   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Pretoria High Court news
Many of you will receive the circular indicating that the Pretoria High Court would be moving matters, already allocated to a certain period in 2010, forward to as early as April 2009.  Unfortunately, in Johannesburg, one is currently looking at dates in September 2010, and the backlog appears to grow there more and more.  There will no doubt now be a flood of High Court summonses being issued out of the Pretoria High Court, which after all has jurisdiction in all matters, based on the principal place of business being within Pretoria.  The Pretoria Magistrate’s Court has however implemented procedures that actually make it much slower to get a trial date there. 

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Friday 14-Nov-08   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments

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