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Follow-up to “Just” an epic fail combined with questionable ethics

ELECTRONIC CORRESPONDENCE DATED 18 JANUARY 2013 – JUST PROPERTY GROUP (PROPRIETARY) LIMITED

 

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.

 

We record that our client is a Company duly registered in terms of the South African Companies Act and accordingly capable of instituting/defending legal action in such capacity.

 

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.

 

Sincerely
Nico Humphries (SENT ELECTRONICALLY – CHECKED BY AUTHOR)

BLC LLB Dip IR, Dip LABOUR LAW

ATTORNEY AND CONVEYANCER

MICHALOWSKY, GELDENHUYS & HUMPHRIES

SUITE 1156, 11TH FLOOR

PICBEL BUILDING

58 STRAND STREET

CAPE TOWN

 

TEL 021 418 0542

FAX 021 418 0535

 

…and my reply:

Dear Mr Humphries,

I’m assuming that you meant the matter below… as I’d have to refer to the past mail and correspondence in order to reply to your “statement” and legal jargon regarding allegations that “reflects inaccurate, slanderous and mischievous comments”
I simply pointed out quite bluntly and as any person would do, after receiving spam that I never signed up for from “Just invest”. What I found is listed on public online sites… That’s not defamation… it’s fact… and quite many of them at that… and the reason I chose to mention it is because of the unbelievable consistency that any “just” company had regardless of which field of business it was…
However, if you feel that what was stated as being so to say rude, then why is it that I haven’t received an apology for the spam I was sent in the first place… because in my understanding… getting mail that I have not signed up for would be the same, wouldn’t it?
My actions are my own and I’m tired of dealing with incompetent & unethical businesses who want to hide behind their titles and whatever-else. I can not apologize for what you have had the opportunity to read. All I did was inform your “client” from an individuals perspective on what I found when doing research in my personal capacity after I was sent an email I never signed up for in an attempt to propose business to me, an human being, not a cc pty etc.
So if your client can be nice and stop behaving like a child, that would be appreciated. I will not be taking demands or be summoned to respond, retract or do any such thing for stating what I found online whilst doing a little research to others (public) or experiences of those whom have dealt with any “Just” business or company.
If you feel that what I have said is untrue and that this link is also incorrect… Maybe your “client” needs to speak with all of those people who have complained first… please see http://hellopeter.com/just-letting/compliments-and-complaints
You can demand all you want… I’ll respond when I have a moment and  internet bandwidth to do so and just in case you want to get technical there too, considering that yesterday was Friday… your business day vs mine, I finished work when I sent you that email… banks finish at 3pm, security staff finishes at 7am in the morning and so on… there’s no actual end to a business day.
Since you wanted to use all that bold print too: There’s no such thing as an unconditional apology… I’m not god that can grant unconditional love and therefore can not offer you what you are asking, regardless of how much legal jargon you wish to threaten me with… over an above that, I can not retract/ take back my statement as that in itself was the manner in which I chose to deal with the “just ” thing, there are so many “Just” companies, that me as the general public can’t even figure out who is actually in charge… If there was one email address maybe stating that that is the HQ for the Just group, I would have only sent it there… and said all that I have to them only.

 

No, for me it wasn’t common knowledge… that’s why I sent out the email and even mentioned that I found the links on a global search engine named google… so if you have issues there, maybe you should take it up with them because if my correspondence is inaccurate, slanderous and mischievous… then they would be the first in line… fact, well that you can refer to the url. I found on hellopeter.com in this reply above. Those points/ complaints and compliments are listed by everyone who has had the unfortunate and fortunate dealings with Justletting… So I as the general public would look at it as no only just letting… but the Just Group as there are so many companies sharing this name. I’m not a pty or a cc etc. I’m a individual human being with no interest or affiliation to anyone in any of these fields of work whatsoever…
If it was my intention to embarrass your “client” I think I would have asked a major newspaper to investigate and write an article on the company, however… I didn’t, so relax, and just ask JustInvest to stop sending me stuff/ spam which I didn’t sign up for.
The reason I included all those other emails was because they were listed online and I do not have the time or money to call each one of them to ask why I got the spam letter.
If you wish to speak, you can call me as I’m not constantly online.  My mobile number is listed below. Have a good weekend and hope this clears up things.
Regards,

Wayne Moses

 

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“Just” an epic fail combined with questionable ethics

Recently I received a amazing email newsletter titled “Highest Growth in SA”  from a letting/ investing/ rental group named Just Letting, Just Invest… and god knows what else, they seem to have their fingers in everything… I didn’t bother checking the JSE for the “Just Group SA” in fear of the shock I would end up with by knowing too much because of one “Spam” newsletter email of them telling me how amazing they are.

I’m as cheesed with random spam, I didn’t sign up for as the next person… however I figured I would rather respond to them in a polite manner and brush it aside… here’s the full email below.

“Hi there,

Thanks for the email… even though I didn’t sign up to be informed of how your group has grown in South Africa. Hope you guys are doing well on that side, I’ve had an opportunity to look at your website and everything you have to offer…

However I’ll unfortunately not be requiring your services as I have discovered the following…
@JustInvest4 on twitter has too many fake followers, please see http://fakers.statuspeople.com for more info, type in your twitter handle… this in itself very poor practice for any business. So I wouldn’t want to know how badly the other  three previous twitter handles were that you guys are now on number 4… or all the other social profiles listed to your group of companies.
…and with at least forty serious complaints from customers who have dealt with the “just group”
Thereafter an additional one hundred and seventy one awful and in many cases bordering on unlawful actions which customers have mentioned and complained about…
…you guys even manage to come under the spot light of Carte Blanche on tv?
…Your facebook page is filled with very bad complaints and no feedback to any of them:
Maybe if things change in future, I just might reconsider contacting your group of companies…. sorry, going with you guys would be a very poor choice, however I do hope 2013 is a good year for you….
Just a quick mention, if I may… These are the first pages I came across when looking for you on google (It could be wrong but I highly doubt that), I’d prefer to avoid any business or personal dealings with this group in any way… However I would like to thank you nonetheless for making me aware of your existence, now may I request that you remove me from any future info you’d wish to send my way.
My apologies if I’ve duplicated any email addresses, your contact list your website is really long and I do not know who’s in charge of this business group
Regards,Wayne

On 17 January 2013 18:29, Just Invest <invest@justinvest.co.za> wrote:

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info@justgroup-africa.co.za,
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accountant@justinvest.co.za,
johan@justinvest.co.za,
headoffice@justpropertygroup.co.za,
customercare@justletting.co.za,
robynhobbs@justletting.co.za,
justin.eastlondon@justetting.co.za,
grahamstown@justcommercial.co.za,
grahamstown@justletting.co.za,
jbay@justletting.co.za,
motherwell@justpropertygroup.co.za,
pe@justcommercial.co.za,
agent1.pe@justletting.co.za,
andrea.pe@justresidential.co.za,
uitenhage@justletting.co.za,
despatch@justresidential.co.za,
bloemfontein@justletting.co.za,
kroonstad@justletting.co.za,
kroonstad@justresidential.co.za,
brigitte.vaal@justletting.co.za,
welkom@justpropertygroup.co.za,
sales.alberton@justletting.co.za,
admin.bedfordview@justletting.co.za,
benoni@justletting.co.za,
boksburg@justletting.co.za,
sunette.brooklyn@justpropertygroup.co.za,
centurioneast@justletting.co.za,
centurioneast@justresidential.co.za,
brian@justpropertygroup.co.za,
centurionsouth@justletting.co.za,
centurionwest@justletting.co.za,
edenvaleagents@justletting.co.za,
faerieglen@justpropertygroup.co.za,
admin@justlettingsa.co.za,
honeydew@justletting.co.za,
accounts.illovo@justletting.co.za,
agents.jhbsouth@justletting.co.za,
killarney@justletting.co.za,
kempton@justcommercial.co.za,
kempton@justletting.co.za,
krugersdorp@justletting.co.za,
gj@dcwr.co.za,
lonehill@justletting.co.za,
agent.melville@justletting.co.za,
andrew.midrand@justpropertygroup.co.za,
midrand@justletting.co.za,
montana@justletting.co.za,
admin.moreletapark@justletting.co.za,
moreletapark@justletting.co.za,
pretoriacentral@justletting.co.za,
admin.pretorianorth@justletting.co.za,
magnus.pretorianorth@justletting.co.za,
agent.randburg@justletting.co.za,
agents.randparkridge@justletting.co.za,
reception@jlrdp.co.za,
neels@jlrdp.co.za,
reception.sandton@justletting.co.za,
silverlakes@justletting.co.za,
admin.silverlakes@justletting.co.za,
pro.moot@justletting.co.za,
toti@justcommercial.co.za,
toti@justletting.co.za,
toti@justresidential.co.za,
ballito@justletting.co.za,
mhall.franchisee@justpropertygroup.co.za,
admin.queensburgh@justletting.co.za,
berea@justletting.co.za,
info.dbnsouth@justpropertygroup.co.za,
sales.queensburgh@justresidential.co.za,
empangeni@justletting.co.za,
admin.hillcrest@justletting.co.za,
claire.margate@justpropertygroup.co.za,
jenny.margate@justpropertygroup.co.za,
newcastle@justletting.co.za,
pietermaritzburg@justletting.co.za,
richardsbay@justresidential.co.za,
richardsbay@justletting.co.za,
umhlanga@justletting.co.za,
lloyd@justletting.co.za,
gertvdheever@justpropertygroup.co.za,
secunda@justcommercial.co.za,
justletting1@telkomsa.net,
middelburg@justpropertygroup.co.za,
nelspruit@justletting.co.za,
secunda@justresidential.co.za,
witbank@justpropertygroup.co.za,
admin.skp@justpropertygroup.com.na,
schantal@justletting.com.na,
kimberley@justcommercial.co.za,
kimberley@justletting.co.za,
antoinette.brits@justpropertygroup.co.za,
klerksdorp@justletting.co.za,
potchefstroom@justresidential.co.za,
potchefstroom@justletting.co.za,
rustenburg@justletting.co.za,
vryburg@justcommercial.co.za,
vryburg@justletting.co.za,
vryburg@justresidential.co.za,
atlantic@justletting.co.za,
atlantic@justresidential.co.za,
agents.tygerberg@justletting.co.za,
bigbay@justletting.co.za,
blouberg@justletting.co.za,
blouberg@justcommercial.co.za,
marietjie.brackenfell@justresidential.co.za,
admin.blouberg@justletting.co.za,
central.capetown@justcommercial.co.za,
citybowl@justletting.co.za,
claremont@justletting.co.za,
constantiaberg@justletting.co.za,
louis@justcommercial.co.za,
hermanus@justletting.co.za,
houtbay@justletting.co.za,
knysna@justletting.co.za,
langebaan@justletting.co.za,
knysna@justresidential.co.za,
hendrik.vdberg@justletting.co.za,
jvdberg@justresidential.co.za,
cobus.mosselbay@justpropertygroup.co.za,
pieter.vdberg@justletting.co.za,
oudtshoorn@justletting.co.za,
paarl@justletting.co.za,
gerrit.paarl@justpropertygroup.co.za,
peter.knysna@justpropertygroup.co.za,
karen.southpeninsula@justletting.co.za,
stellenbosch@justletting.co.za,
camstellenbosch@justletting.co.za”


Thoughts & Rants with a few disturbing questions…

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…

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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?

A1. http://www.fao.org/docrep/003/x6556e/X6556E02.htm

Q2. I know salt is a good preservative… but then why add MSG?

A2. http://www.msgtruth.org/avoid.htm

Q3. What the hell is HVP?

A3. http://www.naturalnews.com/028323_Hydrolyzed_Vegetable_Protein_HVP.html

Q4. What is phosphates & why the heck is in in this sausage?

A4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phosphate

Q5. Flavorings…huh…so I’m not actually gonna have beef sausage but something that is a synthetic production thereof?

A5. http://www.wisegeek.com/how-are-sausages-made.htm

Q6. Wheat gluten…Why would they add that to “normal” beef sausage?

A6.1 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/07/23/why-is-wheat-gluten-disorder-on-the-rise.aspx

A6.2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheat_gluten_(food)

…and a flavor enhancer…seriously WTF man…

http://www.mbm.net.au/health/620-640.htm

Q7. What’s ascorbic acid… and if it’s a preservative then what the heck is the salt for?

A7. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascorbic_acid

Q8. Spice Extracts… what? Wasn’t normal spice good enough?

A8. http://healthybliss.net/the-truth-in-food-labeling-food-additives-to-avoid-hidden-sources-of-msg/

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?

A10.1 https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sf.html

A10.2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_literacy_rate

A10.3 http://www.indexmundi.com/facts/south-africa/literacy-rate

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 Checkersone 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!!!

http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2012/10/15/new-food-labelling-law-will-deprive-consumers

http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2012/10/15/many-food-companies-still-serving-up-lies

http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/genetically-modified-food-labelling-poses-many-questions-2012-07-06

…See you in two weeks time for my next bucket of thoughts & rants 🙂


Are my thoughts relevant…

I think it’s a pretty decent question… especially when considering how many of me there are!

Welcome to my blog…

If you reading this, well not only have you found me but also the inner thoughts which pick at my soul… I’d like to consider myself as a child amongst the people I surround myself with.

My name’s Wayne a relatively random, slightly quirky… guy from Cape Town.

Would like to know a little more on me, then you welcome to check the links here…

wayne_ct  

…less about me and a little more about the topic! It’s a question most of us have asked, yet few of us are willing to acknowledge whether our thoughts are actually relevant. We are so busy on social networks and talking about everything other than ourselves and what’s really happening in our lives, surrounding ourselves with all this fluff in hope that it would cushion the inevitable blow that life is about to deal us…

But if that’s true… then so is what they’ve said all along. “ignorance is bliss”

Either way you look at it, I guess our thoughts are… even if doesn’t feel like it. Marketing companies, governments and many other figures, mostly unseen to the general public set up all this just so they could listen in on our thoughts.

So now that they listening… What are we all saying? Re-blogged articles, pics and quotes and sharing pics of kittens instead of addressing real issues we are faced with on a daily basis! I think we need to be more original and honest… because in the end, the truth always comes out…

I’ll leave you with that thought and write a little more when I feel a bit more honest 🙂

WM…

Here’s my favourite pic of the day:

“You turned the whole world
into a sanctuary where
You are the
Only ONE.”
~Rumi