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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.

Nuclear company burns through six CEOs and two chairmen in seven months

One CEO lasted a day, another a week.

Coal and nuclear back on the energy grid

Gwede Mantashe stamps his mark on the energy portfolio.

How the accountants mangled capitalism

SA is not alone – it’s a global phenomenon.

Nuclear chair resigns as governance crisis boils on

Necsa chairman Rob Adam, who served jail time for anti-apartheid activities in the 1980s, falls on his sword.

New Zim dollar triggers horror memories of hyper-inflation

It comes with a hike in short-term interest rates to 50% to curb inflation of 100%.

Anglo’s seen the future of mining, and it looks a lot like farming

The sector has to clean up its act while still making a profit – and it’s a race the group intends to win.

The cost of SA’s illegal gold trade

More than 34 tonnes smuggled into Dubai in four years.

Gugulethu entrepreneurs claim Nedbank stole their patented card blocking system

With shades of Kenneth Makate’s ‘Please call me’ case against Vodacom.

Sack the Necsa board before it wrecks the company – union

A once model state-owned company is being ruined by design, say union members.

Professionals rate Google and Investec the best employers in SA

While students prefer Sasol, the Reserve Bank and the public sector.

Anglo American through the ages

It launched South Africa’s industrial age to support its mining activities, but since 2012 has halved the number of its assets. Where to now?

Vantage Goldfields and the hazards of business rescue

It’s a been long and litigious road for two companies in rescue, and another volley has just been fired.

Suspension of Tongaat trading a potential crisis for other shares

The damage is likely to spread beyond Tongaat, with investors applying a risk premium to stated figures on other stocks.

Financial emigration is the new way out

The taxman targets foreign earnings in excess of R1m – but at what cost to the country?
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