Corrections And Clarifications: 2017
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M&G apologises to Siân Dennis and Litha-Lethu Management Solutions
On June 2 this year, the Mail & Guardian published an article, headlined “Architects take on bully council”, about a series of allegations levelled by a group of architects, known as A4C, against the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (Sacap).
One of the allegations – made in a letter written to Parliament – was that the council’s registrar had appointed a close corporation, Litha-Lethu Management Solutions, to undertake a benchmarking exercise without following proper supply-chain management procedures and that the registrar was friends with the corporation’s member Siân Dennis.
However, the M&G did not seek comment from Dennis or Litha-Lethu Management Solutions on this allegation. On June 9, the M&G ran a full right-of-reply response from Sacap, which asserted that the registrar and Dennis had only became acquainted after the tender was awarded. Dennis has also subsequently responded that their relationship is purely a professional one.
The article also incorrectly referred to a “final report” of the council, which made no mention of the need for salary adjustments. However, the document seen by the M&G was not a final report.
The M&G apologises unreservedly to both Dennis and Litha-Lethu Management Solutions.
M&G apologises to Andre van der Zee and 4AX
On September 29, the Mail & Guardian published an article Gupta firms sail close to the wind which described Andre van der Zee as “the driving force behind 4 Africa Exchange”. That was incorrect and has been amended to reflect that he was involved in, rather than central to, the creation of 4AX.
The Mail & Guardian regrets the error.
Just how involved Van der Zee was remains unclear, however.
In response to the incorrect article, 4AX CEO Fay Mukaddam said Van der Zee “was never the driving force behind 4AX and has no involvement or connection to 4AX after having been removed as a non-executive director of earlier this year as at 1 March 2017.”
Mukaddam could not explain why company records suggest Van der Zee’s resignation as a 4AX director had only been filed nearly five months later. She would not comment on Van der Zee’s claim to have been a 4AX founding director, other than to say this was not the case.
Asked if 4AX had announced Van der Zee’s removal at the time, Mukaddam pointed to an announcement of the appointment of new non-executive directors, an announcement that did not mention Van der Zee.
After the Mail & Guardian pointed out that a 4AX website still listed Van der Zee as a non-executive director, that website was hastily updated. Mukaddam subsequently said that website had never been intended to be public.
Van der Zee again could not be reached for comment. But on Terbium issued a statement saying it had severed all ties with Gupta family vehicle Oakbay, and will otherwise "not be commenting further on this issue unless legally required to do so".