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Gangster book Discussion
From left: Jacques van Wyk from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Cathy Dlodlo, news editor from OFM; Pieter Roux from the UFS Business School; Alta Vermeulen from the UFS Department of Political Studies and Governance and Pieter-Louis Myburgh, author

A packed Odeion Auditorium at the University of the Free State was welcomed by Professor Helena van Zyl, Head of the UFS Business School. The reason being, a panel discussion with award-winning investigative reporter and author, Pieter-Louis Myburgh, on his much-publicised book Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule's Web of Capture. The programme took the form of a panel discussion. The panellists included Pieter-Louis Myburgh, author; Jacques van Wyk from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); Cathy Dlodlo, news editor from OFM; Alta Vermeulen from the UFS Department of Political Studies and Governance; and Pieter Roux from the UFS Business School.

In his introduction, Myburgh said he was happy that he was able to come to Bloemfontein and have the discussion, since South Africans should cherish freedom of speech and a free press.

The research for the book took 13 months to conclude, and during this time he spent a lot of time in the Free State and Bloemfontein. He mentioned that the book gave him the opportunity to present a condensed account of what he discovered; he could therefore share more, as opposed to just reporting on a story in the newspaper. For him, investigative reporting should always be fact based and open to scrutiny.

Some of the topics raised by the panel was concern about the perception that investigative journalists are focusing more on corruption in the public sector and less on the private sector. This was, however, discarded as a myth, as Myburgh pointed out that he exposed both private and public sector dealings in order to provide the full scope of involved parties.

Focusing on whistle blowers, the panel challenged the verification of whistle-blower information. Myburgh responded that journalists never use only one whistle-blower’s evidence, since that is merely the start of the investigation. Further investigation was necessary, and facts had to be verified. With that said, there is still a lot to be done with regard to the protection of whistle-blowers, he concluded.

The floor was opened to the audience, which provided the opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns about what was mentioned during the panel discussion. The audience eagerly participated in the discussion. In conclusion, Myburgh reiterated that society plays a vital role in keeping those in power to the promises they make.

After the discussion, the audience had the opportunity to have their books signed by the author.

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Inaugural lecture focuses on spinal surgery
2005-07-25

  
 
Prof John Shipley, from the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of the Free State (UFS), will deliver his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 27 July 2005 at 19:00 in the CR Swart Auditorium on campus.  

The topic of the lecture is The intervertebral disc:  Past, present and future. 

Prof Shipley studied medicine at the University of Cape Town.  He specialised in Orthopaedic Surgery at the UFS, qualifying in 1981.  He remained in the Department as a Consultant and was appointed Associate Professor in 1992.  Following a period of private practice in Bloemfontein, he was appointed Head of the Department of Orthopaedics in 2004.

He has specialised in spinal surgery and was chairman of the SA Spine Society in 1993 and 1998.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the SA Orthopaedic Association and the College of Surgeons of SA.  He was the South African ABC Traveling Fellow to North America in 1986 and has been the main author of two international and eight local publications and two textbook chapters.  He has delivered 28 presentations at congresses.

For any enquiries, please contact Ms Joan Nel at (051) 401-9301.

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Issued by:  Lacea Loader
   Media Representative
   Tel:  (051) 401-2584
   Cell:  083 645 2454
   E-mail:  loaderl.stg@mail.uovs.ac.za

25 July 2005
 

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