Bloomberg obit to late SABMiller CEO Mackay

Graham Mackay, 64, who took SABMiller from a geographically-bound, sprawling industrial conglomerate into the world’s second biggest brewer passed away surrounded by his family.  Mackay, an engineer, joined SA Breweries in 1978 , became MD nineteen years later and CEO in 1999. He was appointed non-executive chairman earlier this year. Read Bloomberg’s excellent obituary here.

Bogus sign interpreter into mental asylum

The bogus sign language interpreter at former president Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on December 10 has been admitted to Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital, The Star reported on Thursday. According to the report, Thamsanqa Jantjie’s wife Siziwe took her husband to the hospital in Krugersdorp for a check-up on Tuesday, where it was suggested he be admitted … Read more

Alec Hogg

Adcock Ingram vote going down to the wire; The ten most popular reads of the past week

Hi there, Just after Biznews.com launched, mining entrepreneur Bernard Swanepoel wrote us a piece lamenting how hostile takeovers are so difficult under South African law. Swanepoel, of course, spoke from experience. He was Harmony’s CEO when it launched that hostile bid for Goldfields Limited – but failed because of a system that allowed Goldfields to drag things … Read more

3616 is the magic number for freelance hacks

This is just a quick post to warn all you freelance journalists to check your IRP5s very carefully. Don’t trust the companies you get them from to get all the details correct! A few years ago I happened to notice that a website for which I wrote a weekly column had my name correct on … Read more