The #Takatso Consortium has just become a 51% (controlling) shareholder of South African Airways. The consortium is comprised of Harith General Partners and Global Aviation. Who, you ask?

Well let’s start with Harith. Their Chairman is Phillip Jabulani Moleketi, of the ANC. ImageImage
Their Group Executive Director is Tshepo Mahloele. He too is formerly of the PIC and was allegedly involved in a number of questionable dealings. He’s also an ANC man of course. ImageImageImageImage
What about Global Aviation, the other partner in the consortium?

Well, they’re an “airline” based at OR Tambo International, although you’d be forgiven for not recognizing their livery. They’re mainly involved in wet leasing of aircraft.

Their CEO is Quentin Tomaselli.
Of note is that Tomaselli has no online footprint whatsoever. Even decent quality photographs are hard to find. Remarkable in 2021.

Even more interesting is that Global Aviation is also a partner of new low-cost airline Lift.

So SAA and Mango and Lift. Competition Commission?
Cadre deployment and enrichment isn’t merely reserved for the public sector now that the purse is empty. The next frontier is the private sector whereby every entity becomes fair game for the expansion of patronage networks.

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31 Dec 21
Here’s a thread of cliff notes for the @joerogan podcast with Dr Robert Malone. Would still recommend listening to the full episode but if you don’t have time right now this is how it went down. 🧵
Malone talks about becoming a MD and his early career working at the Salk Institute, specifically on RNA. Mentions his mRNA patents and his evolution from academic medicine into medical product development (clinical trials, drug development).
Over the years he says he’s coordinated trials which have received billions in Government funding. Claims he has worked with and knows many people at the CDC, knew Anthony Fauci well, and has many friends in the US intelligence community. Now “a pariah”.
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31 Dec 21
I almost never get personal on this website so please excuse the self indulgence as I reflect on 2021.
The last year has been difficult and challenging although punctuated by some lifelong achievements. As always I find you learn more from failure than you do from success, which has been no less true for this particular journey around the sun.
For certain individuals disagreeing with me wasn’t enough, as they attempted to prevent me from earning a living as a doctor. I’ve been advised to say no more for now but suffice to say you wouldn’t wish this on your worst enemy. They did.
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Ambitious people are always looking for the next avenue to further themselves. In the case of the wealthy this becomes exponentially harder with increasing success. This is both a function of the rarity of unicorns (think Google, Facebook etc.) & the metrics at that level. 🧵
If you’re worth $10 then making a deal which will increase your wealth to $100k is a massive increase and success, but when you’re worth $100 million or $10 billion it’s not even worth looking at the things which won’t make a percentage change to your net wealth.
Besides for the obvious attraction of power, this is why the wealthy elite are involved in every global issue - there’s money to be made. Take climate change for example. The renewable energy industry is worth $900 billion, but by 2030 it’s estimated to be valued at $2 trillion.
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19 Dec 21
Here is a thread on an advisory issued by the Medical Advisory Committee on COVID-19 (MAC) co-chaired by Professor Koleka Mlisana (NHLS) and Professor Marian Jacobs (UCT). 🧵

For transparency this is the full advisory sent to the Minister of Health on December 16 2021.
Unfortunately there are malicious people who are still trying to destroy my life & career for having opinions on a pandemic. As such a disclaimer that these are my own views as a citizen of a country with free speech rights. This thread is fair comment & not advice in any way.
In my view this is arguably the most significant advisory from the MAC, and as such those with power to influence Government COVID policy, since close to the start of the lockdown in late March 2020. All of us on both sides of the argument have learnt a lot since then.
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This doctor placement issue is a great example of the law of unintended consequences. Several years ago the Department of Health pushed for an increase in the number of graduates from medical schools, in part due to significant public pressure from advocacy groups. 🧵
The advocacy groups don’t generally have a good understanding of the system, and the politicians who control things are more inclined to make decisions which reflect well on them in the short term as opposed to whether these are good ideas in the long term.
As a result all medical schools were instructed to increase their output. Several cited concerns, including a potential drop in training standards given increased demand on the same resources. Government largely dismissed these claims, promising increases in funding.
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It’s said that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it, however there is little evidence that humans as a species are capable of learning from history. Over thousands of years of recorded existence we’ve fallen into the same traps with miserable outcomes.
Each society has ample justifications for its evil at the time of its chosen mass persecution. Inevitably “modern” generations look back on the ignorance of their forebearers with contempt, before repeating those same mistakes with different costumes and implements of torture.
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