Mixing with Mandela

IT’S all things Sud Afrikan for The Note this week. Firstly, while we are naturally wary of name-droppers we thought we’d highlight Perth-based Eastland Medical Systems Ltd’s claims to be mixing in the right circles. Not only did Eastland’s management claim to meet Nelson Mandela they reckon they were invited to help celebrate his 90th birthday at his ancestral home on Saturday.Eastwood said chairman, Peter Jooste QC, and directors Douglas Sims and Dermot Patterson, presented the former South African president with one of the first batches of their malaria treatment for children. The Note loves a gimmick and thinks giving the batch a series number of 46664, the same number given to Mr Mandela in his 25 year imprisonment on Robben Island, was a doozey. Success for Africa THE Fremantle Dockers might be struggling in the AFL competition again, but it seems to be having more success as an exporter. The Note has learned the club’s pioneering foray into South Africa has got off to a promising start, both on the field and at a corporate level.The Dockers announced last weekend an extension of the club’s sponsorship agreements with Nkwe Platinum, Peter Landau’s Continental Capital and Air Mauritius. That followed on-field success by the Freo-backed North West Dockers, who beat Western Cape Magpies in the ‘footyWILD Extreme’ grand final earlier this month. That’s what they call AFL in South Africa.The West Coast Eagles also had some good news. The Kwa Zulu Natal Eagles beat the North West Dockers in the grand final of the schools competition.


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