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 on: Today at 07:31:02 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by Mefiante
Nice one! Reminds me now of the bloke I had a long online debate with, who asserted that Jupiter's moons cannot be seen from earth with a small telescope. Nothing could convince him. This photo wouldn't either, Io's shadow or not. :-)
Ah yes, that was Kobus de Kwyningsfaktor with his merry mishmash of postmodern just-so physics.

'Luthon64

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 on: Yesterday at 11:17:02 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by brianvds
Nice one! Reminds me now of the bloke I had a long online debate with, who asserted that Jupiter's moons cannot be seen from earth with a small telescope. Nothing could convince him. This photo wouldn't either, Io's shadow or not. :-)

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 on: Yesterday at 10:40:34 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by Tweefo
Jupiter last night with the moon Io's shadow on the planet. The Big Red Spot can just be made out top left. This is about the best of the lot. Still have to learn a lot about processing but it is getting better.  

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 on: March 20, 2017, 13:08:12 PM 
Started by Tweefo - Last post by Mefiante
And thus are Nobel laureates in literature made.

'Luthon64

 5 
 on: March 20, 2017, 13:04:47 PM 
Started by GCG - Last post by brianvds

 6 
 on: March 20, 2017, 10:41:47 AM 
Started by Tweefo - Last post by BoogieMonster
Seems legit.


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 on: March 18, 2017, 07:23:06 AM 
Started by Tweefo - Last post by brianvds
I suspect that ultimately, it will not matter what the court decides. We are not going to pay. Finish en klaar.

 8 
 on: March 17, 2017, 19:34:14 PM 
Started by Tweefo - Last post by Mefiante
The most important aspect of this case is that it is a default judgement.  That is, the judgement was made in favour of SANRAL in the absence of the respondent or any other opposing representations.  All SANRAL had to do to be awarded a default judgement was to demonstrate to the Court that it had a legitimate claim against the respondent.  To achieve this, SANRAL had to meet three criteria:  (1) that it had legal standing to bring the case; (2) that its claim was lawful; and (3) that it could factually substantiate its claim.

SANRAL is the agency mandated by the Minister of Transport and the State to collect e-Tolls, so SANRAL’s legal standing is not in question.  Since its claim was not in contravention of any legislation or common law principles and was in respect of an unpaid service charge (as SANRAL has previously asserted of e-Tolls), the claim is also clearly a lawful one.  Photos taken at various gantries and times, as well as copies of the invoices sent to the respondent, are sufficient to substantiate the factuality of SANRAL’s claim, and thus the required standards were met, ensuring judgement in SANRAL’s favour.

And because the application was heard unopposed, the Court had no reason to probe other germane questions such as the lawfulness of e-Tolls, SANRAL’s prior conduct in attempting to coerce public compliance, or the certification of the e-Toll equipment.

The judgement sets a precedent in that a Court found in SANRAL’s favour against an e-Tolls delinquent.  The judgement may well be overturned on appeal for any of several possible reasons.  But this is actually moot.  The test case between SANRAL and OUTA where the merits of the whole e-Toll ball of wax will be dissected will not be significantly affected by this ruling because its basis is very different.

The bottom line is that this judgement doesn’t really change anything, except for those who don’t bother to oppose any e-Toll case SANRAL may bring against them.  The reader can check the OUTA website for more detail.

'Luthon64

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 on: March 17, 2017, 16:21:09 PM 
Started by Tweefo - Last post by Tweefo
https://www.moneyweb.co.za/news/south-africa/first-high-court-judgement-for-non-payment-of-e-tolls/

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 on: March 16, 2017, 11:01:56 AM 
Started by GCG - Last post by brianvds
I don't always pimp my own cartoons, but when I do, I do so on SA Skeptics...


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