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.

Home repossession mess in Gauteng gets its day in court

Lawyers defending clients against the banks say the Gauteng Judge President’s recent directive can be used to freeze home repossessions and evictions.

Three companies slapped with 10% of turnover fines

They did not file annual financial statements and another 20 companies are being investigated.

What’s behind the drop in gold and platinum?

The US dollar and stock prices are surging, prompting a flight from speculative investments.

Fuzzy disclosure by mines obscures the truth about rehabilitation

New research shows inconsistencies in disclosure and unreliability.

Hitching your entrepreneurial aspirations to a star

Franchising makes it easy, but what exactly is in a brand?

SA’s food franchising sector among ‘best in the world’

Quality, branding and franchisee support rivals the best globally, says industry veteran Manny Nichas.

Review: J is for Junk Economics by Michael Hudson

‘The book is a full frontal attack on modern banking, monopoly privilege and the so-called rentier class.’

New technologies come to the rescue of mining

News out of the mining sector has been miserable since the commodity boom blew up eight years ago, but new technologies, some astonishingly futuristic, are coming to the rescue.

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.

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