WHAT is the difference between a raisin loaf and a raisins loaf? Well, it’s a matter of one dried grape against many of them; a singular-plural issue, and some retailers take this difference seriously.
A customer of a well-known national hyper store in Johannesburg tells of a raisin loaf he bought there that had only one raisin in it. When confronted, the manager, seemingly surprised that the bread buyer was angry, asked the customer if there was in fact a raisin in the loaf. And if so, why was he complaining?
The manager also pointed out that South Africa does not have a law stipulating the number of raisins, or the minimum, a loaf of bread must contain in order to be called a raisin loaf. Many more customers might soon be raisin’ hell about being cheated by this dough.
THE construction industry has been lambasted ever since the Competition Commission started its investigations into the bid-rigging and price-fixing scandal. Last week the South African Local Government Association announced which municipalities had been overcharged for projects. The question now is why the procurement officers did not realise they were paying more than they should have. Surely it was not the first big project in a city like Nelson Mandela Bay or Polokwane or Johannesburg?
It is evident that there are major problems with supply chain management in those municipalities. Yet nobody has heard a word about officers being brought to book.
Frankly, the Insider doubts there even is a book. Or if there is, nobody at the municipalities can read it.
Law’s on Saatchi’s side
REUTERS reports multimillionaire art collector Charles Saatchi said on Sunday he would divorce celebrity cook Nigella Lawson, citing his “disappointment” that she had not defended him after photographs of him grabbing her neck during a row caused a public outcry.
Lawson is hugely popular in English-speaking countries for her TV cooking shows, which she presents in her trademark flirtatious manner, and line of cookbooks.
“I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so,” the 70-year-old former advertising tycoon told The Mail on Sunday newspaper.
“I am disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her in any way.”
His disappointment might not last long. The Insider understands that Saatchi is worth more than £100m, none of which he will have to lose, as he made the money before they were married. However, Nigella might lose half of her £20m fortune because she made most of it when they were married — even though Saatchi didn’t help her cause at all by telling everyone he can’t stand her food!
“THERE is a vast difference between how things seem from the outside and how they feel on the inside.”
Nigella Lawson, celebrity (born 1960)
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