Published 12 November 2019, by Sizwe Dlamini

CAPE TOWN – Sekunjalo Independent Media (SIM) on Tuesday received an application for its liquidation from the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) citing SIM and its executive chairperson Dr Iqbal Survé as respondents.

SIM spokesperson Takudzwa Hove, when reached for comment, pointed out that, among the many errors in the supporting affidavit, the PIC and its advisors cited the incorrect parties to the relevant legal agreements.

“This action is not only incompetent and mala fide but malicious, on the part of the PIC and its advisors.

“SIM is of the firm belief this action is designed as a further attempt to embarrass and undermine the Sekunjalo Group and Dr Survé personally and is aimed at provoking a run on SIM’s major subsidiary, Independent Media, which is fully operational. This is part of a series of co-ordinated attacks on Independent Media, and ultimately, an attack on media freedom,” said Hove.

He said the PIC and its advisors had elected not to disclose in their court papers, SIM’s letter of September 30, addressed to its attorneys by SIM, wherein it is explained that SIM was not indebted to the PIC for any sum.

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Published, 7 November 2019 Business Report

Cape Town – Sekunjalo Investment Holdings (Sekunjalo) has hit back at the search and seizure raid conducted by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) at its offices on 9 October.

The application requests the court to order the FSCA to return its seized documentation, unopened and declare the raid unconstitutional.

Sekunjalo said that in February 2019, Sekunjalo requested the FSCA to investigate share trades in three Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) listed companies within the Sekunjalo Group – AEEI, Premier Fishing & Brands and AYO Technology Solutions Ltd. It requested the FSCA to launch an urgent investigation and in particular, focus its attention on certain trades that had been conducted over the preceding six  months.

Sekunjalo says that it believed the transactions were aimed at lowering the share prices to profit from shorting the shares in AEEI, Premier Fishing s and Brands and AYO.

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Media Release

Dr Iqbal Survé receives International Friendship Award

Cape Town, 30 October 2019 –  Businessman and chairman of Sekunjalo Investment Holdings (The Sekunjalo Group), Dr Iqbal Survé, today received the prestigious International Friendship Award at a ceremony held at the IESE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

The award, presented by Her Majesty, Queen Letizia of Spain, was given in recognition of Dr Surve’s efforts to foster Africa and world relations, focusing on the promotion of entrepreneurship, communications, social commitment and his efforts to end prejudice.

Now in its 3rd year, the International Friendship Award is given to individuals from countries around the world who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of their own country, and the rest of the world.  Previously, the award focused on rewarding individuals who worked to strengthen relations between China and Europe, recognising those who worked towards fostering co-operation, peace and development between east and west.

Please read the full media release here. International Friendship Award