The Stellenbosch Mafia Book

The Stellenbosch Mafia


  • Author : Pieter du Toit
  • Publisher : Jonathan Ball Publishers
  • Release Date : 2019-07-15
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781868429196

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The Stellenbosch Mafia Excerpt :

About 50km outside of Cape Town lies the beautiful town of Stellenbosch, nestled against vineyards and blue mountains that stretch to the sky. Here reside some of South Africa’s wealthiest individuals: all male, all Afrikaans – and all stinking rich. Johann Rupert, Jannie Mouton, Markus Jooste and Christo Weise, to name a few. Julius Malema refers to them scathingly as ‘The Stellenbosch Mafia’, the very worst example of white monopoly capital. But who really are these mega-wealthy individuals, and what influence do they exert not only on Stellenbosch but more broadly on South African society? Author Pieter du Toit begins by exploring the roots of Stellenbosch, one of the wealthiest towns in South Africa and arguably the cradle of Afrikanerdom. This is the birthplace of apartheid leaders, intellectuals, newspaper empires and more. He then closely examines this ‘club’ of billionaires. Who are they and, crucially, how are they connected? What network of boardroom membership, alliances and family connections exist? Who are the ‘old guard’ and who are the ‘inkommers’, and what about the youngsters desperate to make their mark? He looks at the collapse of Steinhoff: what went wrong, and whether there are other companies at risk of a similar fate. He examines the control these men have over cultural life, including pulling the strings in South Africa rugby.

The Stellenbosch Mafia  Inside the Billionaires  Club Book

The Stellenbosch Mafia Inside the Billionaires Club


  • Author : Pieter H. du Toit
  • Publisher : Jonathan Ball Publishers
  • Release Date : 2019-07-30
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 1868429180

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The Stellenbosch Mafia Inside the Billionaires Club Excerpt :

'Comrade president, Stellenbosch is a big problem. We know your proximity to Stellenbosch ... we have not elected Stellenbosch here ... we have not elected the Ruperts here.' - Julius Malema addressing President Cyril Ramaphosa in the National Assembly on 22 May 2019 THE BEAUTIFUL TOWN OF STELLENBOSCH, nestled against vineyards and blue mountains that stretch to the sky, lies a short drive from Cape Town. Here, some of South Africa's richest individuals live: all male, most Afrikaans - and all fabulously wealthy. Julius Malema refers to them scathingly as the 'Stellenbosch Mafia', the very worst example of white monopoly capital. Their critics rail about their influence over the state and the economy. But who are these rich individuals, and what influence do they wield? Journalist Pieter du Toit explores the roots of Stellenbosch, one of the wealthiest towns in South Africa and arguably the cradle of Afrikanerdom. This is the birthplace of apartheid leaders, intellectuals, newspaper empires and more. He also closely examines this 'club' of billionaires. Who are they and, crucially, how are they connected? What network of boardroom membership, alliances and family connections exists? Who are the 'old guard' and who are the 'inkommers'? The Stellenbosch Mafia is the first attempt to not only investigate if this group actually exists, but also to determine whether the town has an excessive influence on South African business and society.

The Stellenbosch Mafia Book

The Stellenbosch Mafia


  • Author : Pieter Du Toit
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021
  • Genre: Political corruption
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 1776191390

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Fortunes Book

Fortunes


  • Author : EBBE. DOMMISSE
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-07
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN 10 : 1776191463

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Fortunes Excerpt :

A comprehensive work based on personal interviews and insider knowledge - bound to become a classic The past three decades have seen a remarkable rise of Afrikaners in business. With Koos Bekker at its helm, media group Naspers began dominating the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and was turned into a global consumer internet group. Johann Rupert strongly extended Richemont's share internationally in the upper-end market of luxury goods, while Christo Wiese and Whitey Basson at Pepkor and Shoprite became Africa's largest clothing and food retailers. Fortunesdescribes how these and other business leaders, such as Jannie Mouton, Michiel le Roux, Douw Steyn, Roelof Botha, Hendrik du Toit and a number of commercial farmers, built their empires. It looks at their life and business philosophies and what makes them such successful entrepreneurs. Recent years have also seen the sensational collapse of Steinhoff International, the furniture retailer led by Markus Jooste that destroyed some of these fortunes. While Jooste is the topic of one of the chapters, another looks at the philanthropic projects most of these tycoons are involved in.

Steinhoff inside SA s biggest corporate crash Book

Steinhoff inside SA s biggest corporate crash


  • Author : James-Brent Styan
  • Publisher : LAPA Uitgewers
  • Release Date : 2018-07-18
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9780799371673

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Steinhoff inside SA s biggest corporate crash Excerpt :

on 5 december 2017 the steinhoff group was still worth r199 billion. 24 hours later more than r160 billion rand of this fortune was wiped out. the steinhoff empire, that took 20 years to build into an international business giant, had crumbled overnight. markus jooste, steinhoff's flashy ceo, resigned via sms and has since been fleeing an avalanche of scandals and accusations: luxury homes for a blonde mistress, allegations of fraud, racing horses and unparalleled extravagance, a lavish, black jaguar for an old university residence... what exactly happened here? who knew what? what is steinhoff, who is markus jooste and what does it all have to do with the so called stellenbosch mafia? where does business tycoon christo wiese, shoprite and pepkor fit in and where is the pensioners' money?well-known financial writer james-brent styan unpacks these and other questions in this astounding tale of power and greed, of secrets and deceit, and ultimately the biggest financial breakdown in the history of south africa. through interviews with trustworthy sources, revelations from confidential documents and in-depth research about steinhoff's history, styan uncovers what the group doesn't want you to know. follow the money: the story of steinhoff, markus jooste and the stellenbosch boys is a gripping financial thriller that will be told as cautionary tale or salacious scandal in both boardrooms and living rooms for decades to come.

Hitmen for Hire Book

Hitmen for Hire


  • Author : Mark Shaw
  • Publisher : Jonathan Ball Publishers
  • Release Date : 2017-07-10
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 9781868427123

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Hitmen for Hire Excerpt :

Hitmen for Hire takes the reader on a journey like no other, navigating a world of paid hitmen, informers, rogue policemen, criminal taxi bosses, gang leaders, and crooked politicians and businessmen. Criminologist Mark Shaw examines a society in which contract killings have become commonplace, looking at who arranges hits, where to find a hitman, and even what it is like to operate as a hitman – or woman. Since 1994, South Africa has seen a worrying increase in the commercialisation of murder – and has been rocked by several high-profile contract killings. Drawing on his research of over a thousand incidents of hired assassinations, from 2000 to 2016, Shaw reveals how these murders are used to exert a mafia-type control over the country's legal and illegal economic activity. Contracted assassinations, and the organised criminal activity behind them, contain sinister linkages with the upperworld, most visibly in relation to disputes over tenders and access to government resources. State security actors increasingly mediate relations between the under and upper worlds, with serious implications for the long-term success of the post-apartheid democratic project.

A Home on Vorster Street Book

A Home on Vorster Street


  • Author : Razina Theba
  • Publisher : Jonathan Ball Publishers
  • Release Date : 2021-08-12
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781776191215

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A Home on Vorster Street Excerpt :

Who bears witness to our lives? As a young girl, Razina Theba makes her way every day to the tiny family flat on Vorster Street in Fordsburg. It is here, just outside of the Johannesburg city centre, where she grows up, playing in the Yard with countless cousins, learning to enjoy perfect syrupy paan and the best way to brew chai for her bajee. It is also where she observes her family’s harassment by the Security Branch, as well as her parents’ determination to make their business at the Oriental Plaza a success. In A Home on Vorster Street, Razina witnesses the ebb and flow of a tight-knit neighbourhood trying to survive the forces of apartheid and, ultimately, where she learns of the value of family love and the enduring comfort it provides. At times funny and charming and, at others, painful and tender, this dazzling collection of stories is a spirited exploration of a colourful Indian-Muslim family bound by loyalty to their culture, community, religion and each other.

Steinheist Book

Steinheist


  • Author : Rob Rose (Journalist)
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2018-10-31
  • Genre: Business failures
  • Pages : 311
  • ISBN 10 : 062408597X

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Steinheist Excerpt :

"The Steinhoff crash wiped more than R200bn off the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, erased more than half the wealth of tycoon Christo Wiese and knocked the pension funds of millions of ordinary South Africans. When this investors' darling was exposed as a house of cards, tales of fraudulent accounting, a lavish lifestyle involving multimillion-rand racehorses and ructions in the 'Stellenbosch mafia' made headlines around the world. As regulators tally up the cost, Financial Mail editor Rob Rose reveals the real inside story behind Steinhoff. Based on dozens of interviews with key players in South Africa, the UK, Germany and the Netherlands - and documents not yet public - Steinheist reveals: How Bruno Steinhoff formed the company by doing business in the Communist bloc and apartheid South Africa; How the 'Markus myth' started in the dusty streets of Ga-Rankuwa and grew thanks to a 'bit of luck' in a 1998 takeover; How Jooste insiders shifted nasty liabilities off Steinhoff's balance sheet to secretive companies overseas in order to present a false picture of the profits; How Wiese was lucky to lose only R59bn and how Shoprite narrowly escaped getting caught in Steinhoff's web; and What happened behind closed boardroom doors in the frantic week before Jooste resigned"--Back cover.

CHRISTO WIESE Book

CHRISTO WIESE


  • Author : TJ. STRYDOM
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019
  • Genre: Businessmen
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 0624085864

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CHRISTO WIESE Excerpt :

Christo Wiese - once the owner of a diamond mine, a wine farm and the most expensive house in Cape Town. Former chairman of South Africa's largest retailer, director of the Reserve Bank and the richest man in the country. Over the course of 50 years these calculated risks paid off, making him one of the most successful businessmen of his generation - until he encountered the furniture group Steinhoff, and things went awry.

For my Country Book

For my Country


  • Author : Themba Maseko
  • Publisher : Jonathan Ball Publishers
  • Release Date : 2021-05-17
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781776190546

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For my Country Excerpt :

‘When I joined the struggle as a 13-year-old boy in Soweto, I would never have imagined that one day I would blow the whistle on a special kind of corruption that was destroying the party and the values I had been fighting for all my life.’ In 2010, government spokesperson Themba Maseko was called to the Gupta family’s Saxonwold compound and asked by Ajay Gupta to divert the government’s entire advertising budget to the family’s media company. When Maseko refused to do so, he was removed from his position and forced to leave the public service. The life of this once-proud civil servant would never be the same again. Maseko, whose activism was forged in the Soweto uprising of 1976, is a product of the struggle, and has always been unfailingly loyal to the principles of the ANC. In 2016, when the party called on members with evidence of wrongdoing by the Guptas to step forward, Maseko was the only one to do so. For this courageous act of whistleblowing, he was ostracised, slandered and even threatened. As a former senior state official, Maseko also offers a rare insider’s view of the presidencies of Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma and of the inner workings of government. Compelling and revelatory, For My Country shows what it takes to stand up for one’s principles and defy the most powerful man in the country.

The Enforcers Book

The Enforcers


  • Author : Caryn Dolley
  • Publisher : Jonathan Ball Publishers
  • Release Date : 2019-06-28
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9781868429219

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The Enforcers Excerpt :

Here is the Cape Town underworld laid bare, explored through the characters who control the “protection” industry – the bouncers and security at nightclubs and strip clubs. At the centre of this turf war is Nafiz Modack, the latest kingpin to have seized control of the industry, a man often in court on various charges, including extortion. Investigative journalist Caryn Dolley has followed Modack and his predecessors for six years as power has shifted in the nightclub security industry, and she focuses on how closely connected the criminal underworld is with the police services. In this suspenseful page-turner of an investigation, she writes about the overlapping of the state with the underworld, the underworld with the ‘upperworld’, and how the associated violence is not confined to specific areas of Cape Town, but is happening inside hospitals, airports, clubs and restaurants and putting residents at risk. A book that lays bare the myth that violence and gangsterism in Cape Town is confined to the ganglands of the Cape Flats – wherever you find yourself, you’re only a hair’s breadth away from the enforcers.

Gangster State Book

Gangster State


  • Author : Pieter-Louis Myburgh
  • Publisher : Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • Release Date : 2019
  • Genre: Country risk
  • Pages : 331
  • ISBN 10 : 1776093747

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Gangster State Excerpt :

In spite of Cyril Ramaphosa’s ‘new dawn’; there are powerful forces in the ruling party that risk losing everything if corruption and state capture finally do come to an end. At the centre of the old guard’s fightback efforts is Ace Magashule; a man viewed by some as South Africa’s most dangerous politician. In this explosive book; investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh ventures deeper than ever before into Magashule’s murky dealings; from his time as a struggle activist in the 1980s to his powerful rule as premier of the Free State province for nearly a decade; and his rise to one of the ANC’s most influential positions. Sifting through heaps of records; documents and exclusive source interviews; Myburgh explores Magashule’s relationship with the notorious Gupta family and other tender moguls; investigates government projects costing billions that enriched his friends and family but failed the poor; reveals how he was about to be arrested by the Scorpions before their disbandment in the late 2000s; and exposes the methods used to keep him in power in the Free State and to secure him the post of ANC secretary-general. Most tellingly; Myburgh pieces together a pack of leaked emails and documents to reveal shocking new details on a massive Free State government contract and Magashule’s dealings with a businessman who was gunned down in Sandton in 2017. These files seem to lay bare the methods of a man who usually operated without leaving a trace. Gangster State is an unflinching examination of the ANC’s top leadership in the post– Jacob Zuma era; one that should lead readers to a disconcerting conclusion: When it comes to the forces of capture; South Africa is still far from safe.

South Africa Beyond Covid 19 Book

South Africa Beyond Covid 19


  • Author : Pieter du Toit
  • Publisher : Jonathan Ball Publishers
  • Release Date : 2020-05-29
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN 10 : 9781776190928

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South Africa Beyond Covid 19 Excerpt :

In the aftermath of the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, 31 of South Africa’s top analysts, economists, academics and journalists – including Adriaan Basson, Koos Bekker, Pieter du Toit, Adam Habib and Thuli Madonsela – try to chart a way forward, identify our biggest stumbling blocks, and offer solutions for when the virus subsides. When reports emerged from China in December 2019 about a seemingly incurable virus, few South Africans took notice. But less than three months after those reports, in March 2020, South Africa went into a full lockdown. Life as we knew it ground to a halt. Schools were closed, businesses were shuttered, a curfew imposed, freedom of movement curtailed and hospitals prepared for an unprecedented health storm. The spread of Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has forced the world and South Africa to reconsider how society works. Can the economy continue to function as it has for the past century, and how can it be reconfigured to be more inclusive? In a post-state-capture country, what must citizens expect and demand from their government? And how can we bridge societal cleavages – many caused by our unjust past – so that we emerge a stronger nation beyond Covid-19? Contributors: Pieter du Toit, Haroon Bhorat, Servaas van der Berg, Imraan Valodia, Alex van den Heever, Louis Reynolds, Kuku Voyi, James Arens, Ron Derby, Thabi Leoka, Koos Bekker, Ann Bernstein, Dawie Roodt, Norman Mbazima, Isaah Mhlanga, Qaanitah Hunter, Thuli Madonsela, Anthoni van Nieuwkerk, Mcebisi Ndletyana, Nicole Fritz, Mpumelelo Mkhabela, William Gumede, Judith February, Darias Jonker, Theo Venter, Leon Wessels, Elmien du Plessis, Ralph Mathekga, Adriaan Basson, Adam Habib, Wilmot James.

The President s Keepers Book

The President s Keepers


  • Author : Jacques Pauw
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2018-05
  • Genre: Abuse of administrative power
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 0624083039

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The President s Keepers Excerpt :

Investigative journalist Jacques Pauw exposes the darkest secret at the heart of Jacob Zuma's compromised government: a cancerous cabal that eliminates the president's enemies and purges the law-enforcement agencies of good men and women. As Zuma fights for his political life following the 2017 Gupta emails leak, this cabal - the president's keepers - ensures that after years of ruinous rule, he remains in power and out of prison. But is Zuma the puppet master, or their puppet? Journey with Pauw as he explores the shadow mafia state. From KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape to the corridors of power in Pretoria and Johannesburg - and even to clandestine meetings in Russia. It's a trail of lies and spies, cronies, cash and kingmakers as Pauw prises open the web of deceit that surrounds the fourth president of the democratic era. -- from back cover.

The New Apartheid Book

The New Apartheid


  • Author : Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021
  • Genre: Apartheid
  • Pages : 227
  • ISBN 10 : 0624088545

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The New Apartheid Excerpt :

South Africa's story is often presented as a triumph of new over old, but while formal apartheid was abolished decades ago, stark and distressing similarities persist. Dr Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh explores the edifice of systemic racial oppression -- the new apartheid -- that continues to thrive, despite or even because of our democratic system.