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Ciaran Ryan is a Johannesburg-based freelance writer who has a background in finance and mining, having previously headed up a gold mining operation in Ghana. He currently writes for several SA and overseas journals on matters ranging from mining to investment.

170 billion reasons why the state would want to capture the Sarb

The South African Reserve Bank is a treasure house for spendthrift ministers and will likely remain a target.

When Zimbabwe was the freest economy in the world

It was just a few years ago, when the MDC managed the country’s purse strings.

Calls for inquiry into home and car repossession abuses

Parliamentary committee also wants a fund, with contributions from the financial sector, to help customers fight the banks in court.

Sanral throws in towel over e-toll debts older than 3 years

And writes off R3.6 billion in e-toll debt, though will pursue defaulters through the courts.

Sim Tshabalala put to the test over ‘vindictive’ home foreclosure

The Kudoos family paid up their arrears to forestall eviction, so the bank cancelled the loan agreement.

Micro-lender puts the banking world to shame

With a bad debt ratio that is the envy of the industry.

Defamation suits fly over mining controversies

Mark Caruso, the CEO of Australian mining company MRC, has filed defamation suits against activists and lawyers opposed to mining ventures.

How banking has changed since the financial collapse

Capitec is the market disruptor, placing everyone else’s fees under pressure.

Public Investment Corporation – is it really independent?

It owns more than half the bonds of dysfunctional state-owned companies …

The e-tolls mess just got messier

With no legal clarity and claims that more than R1 billion in outstanding e-tolls have ‘prescribed’.

Is this the world’s best trader?

He challenged Gann’s record by turning $50 000 into nearly $500 000 in a week.

Political crisis sparks fresh look abroad

Investment managers say things are bad in SA, but could get worse. Which is why they are taking a fresh look abroad.

JSE directors on a buying spree

Exceeds sellers by a factor of three, suggesting growing confidence in key areas of the market.

Dudu Myeni’s time at SAA may be up

Legal action brought against SAA chairperson to have her declared a delinquent director.

Gordhan’s growth estimates best served with a pinch of salt

In 7 of the last 8 years, Treasury has overestimated growth.
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