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Simply Slim – Taking the piss out of consumers

The interesting tale of the slimming pill that was and isn't and may be…

Thanks to noseweek (www.noseweek.co.za) for permission to reprint this article published in the August 2010 edition.

 IT CERTAINLY GRATES that anyone can make a fortune selling "slimming" tablets to a gullible public. That the fellow can simply replace one scam with another, when things get hot, truly irritates. But that he can openly sell a schedule 5 drug is downright frightening, and a sad indictment of the current state of the regulatory system in South Africa.
Yet there it is: ex-used-car salesman Dirk Uys managed to keep his Simply Slim lark going for some nine months.
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Letters: Simply Slim vs Prof. Roy Jobson

Lance Rothschild, the PR person for Simply Slim, submitted this letter for publication in the Mail&Guardian essentially objecting to Prof. Roy Jobson’s blog, Simply Slim ‘defies’ the MCC, on the Mail & Guardian’s Thought Leader blog. Below Rothschild’s contribution is Prof. Jobson’s rejoinder. The Mail&Guardian have however not published either of the letters in the three weeks since submission, so it is unlikely that they will be published in the M&G. I have taken the liberty of publishing them here, with thanks to Prof Jobson for passing them on to me.

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