Dear Mr. Moses
We refer to the above matter and address this letter at the instance of our client, Just Property Group (Pty) Ltd.
We have in our possession a copy of your aforementioned correspondence.
It is not our client’s intention at present to respond to each and every allegation contained in your correspondence and failure to do so should not be construed as an acceptance thereof and our client reserves all its rights to respond to this at the appropriate time and in the appropriate forum.
The registered name is Just Property Group (Proprietary) Limited.
We further record:
http://hellopeter.com/just-group-africa/compliments-and-complaints – Refers to Just Group Africa.
http://beta.mnet.co.za/carteblanche/Article.aspx?ID=4180 – Just Group Africa
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-Group-Africa/381366425472 – Just Group Africa
It is common knowledge that our client is in no way associated, affiliated or even remotely linked to Just Group Africa to which you referred in the above links.
Your correspondence accordingly reflects inaccurate, slanderous and mischievous comments without bases of fact and proper investigation and clearly has the intent to embarrass our client and amounts to defamation of character.
Our client has numerous Independent Franchisees which we have noted have been included in your correspondence. It was thus clearly your intention to defame and embarrass our client in the eyes of these Franchisees. Such action could have serious financial implications for our client and again we reserve our client’s rights in this regard.
We thus demand that you retract your statement above together with an unequivocal and unconditional apology to be forwarded to every recipient that you previously forwarded the correspondence to as well as to writer.
Should our client not receive such response by close of business today legal steps will follow without further notice.
Nico Humphries (SENT ELECTRONICALLY – CHECKED BY AUTHOR)
BLC LLB Dip IR, Dip LABOUR LAW
ATTORNEY AND CONVEYANCER
MICHALOWSKY, GELDENHUYS & HUMPHRIES
SUITE 1156, 11TH FLOOR
58 STRAND STREET
TEL 021 418 0542
FAX 021 418 0535
…and my reply:
Dear Mr Humphries,
After not writing for many moons… I finally made a decision to touch my keyboard and convert my thoughts into another medium that exists outside my somewhat feeble imagination that has become accustomed to expecting the worst case scenarios, whether they’re real or fictitious and with this I now start my “new year” according to the Gregorian calendar which most of this world follows with military precision… I came to accept that I can no longer choose to, however I will gladly acknowledge everyone who still chooses to do so… because it helps them make sense of it all…. blah blah blah…bleh.
Unfortunately or fortunately this is not the case for me. I have spent a considerable portion of my life somewhat glued to one screen or another without truly questioning the contents authenticity/ validity… instead I willingly followed and agreed with most of what was said, only to realize that nearly none of what I have taken in is of any real consequence…
…for example, yesterday I walked into my local super market, and purchased some sausage, bread & peanut butter. Although the place was packed with people rushing about to weekly or monthly groceries, I wasn’t phased by them at all because I was plugged into a screen even then… the screen being my mobile phone. Using it to calculate prices, listen to music via blue-tooth and replying to friends in the neighborhood and elsewhere in the country. By disconnecting myself from what was actually going on around me, I became aware of something else… Best buys (you know, the cheap stuff thats quick & easy to make, like beef sausage)… not that I’m a health nut or anything… just an average guy on a mission for munchies so, I looked a little closer because something that’s cheap or free usually holds a little catch that can have undesirable consequences… so I decided to take a pic and find out a little more…
Now keep in mind that this is something rather minor… but seriously… how much crap do you want to put into sausage? When only 63% is beef and 28% is water… making up for 91%, which basically means that the remaining 8% is a total load of crap! How is that a best buy? Strangely though… this was the last pack left on the shelf, so with that all these Q’s came rushing into my head… I have added the url links to this post so you can see for yourself where I found my answers… as the truth of it all is way too disturbing to even mention here!
Q 1. Why add cereal to sausage?
Q2. I know salt is a good preservative… but then why add MSG?
Q3. What the hell is HVP?
Q4. What is phosphates & why the heck is in in this sausage?
Q5. Flavorings…huh…so I’m not actually gonna have beef sausage but something that is a synthetic production thereof?
Q6. Wheat gluten…Why would they add that to “normal” beef sausage?
…and a flavor enhancer…seriously WTF man…
Q7. What’s ascorbic acid… and if it’s a preservative then what the heck is the salt for?
Q8. Spice Extracts… what? Wasn’t normal spice good enough?
Q9. Why do I require a scientific degree to know what chemicals they are putting into my food?
A9. Same answer as A8.
Q10. What is the literacy percentage in Cape Town, Woodstock, South Africa & how many people in their haste actually read what ingredients contained in the food they purchase for their growing families?
At least they had the decency to follow required South African legalities in regard to food production while proudly announcing that it’s specially packed for “Shoprite Checkers” one of the largest and most established supermarkets in the country… nice one!
I would place this one on my list of epic fails… and in doing so I vow never to shop there again… because if this is what a supermarket chain deams responsible produce to provide a consumer with… while knowing full and well what these ingredients does to the human body… They choose profit, I choose sustainability…
Maybe this is just a little rant I’m having… but with everything being the way it is in RSA… well the least they could do is feed us, their slaves with proper nutrition instead of crap like this.
All this has done is raise even more questions… and I must admit, it’s like an avalanche of filth.
…then I decided to ask “google” How many consumers in South Africa read the labels on food and this article popped up… and all I can say is WTF!!!
…See you in two weeks time for my next bucket of thoughts & rants 🙂