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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.

Auction for Gupta mining assets hots up

Project Halo is the preferred bidder but two late entrants have thrown their hats in the ring.

Why do we keep on taking advice from the clueless?

‘Neoclassical economists are not up to the task of steering the world economy’ (book review).

Eskom is sinking the economy in the name of greening it, claims forum

Renewable energy is expensive, unnecessary and authorised without proper public participation, says Coal Transporters Forum as it heads to court.

South African men are worse off than women – study

International study overturns a few cherished assumptions about gender.

Fight between energy minister and nuclear company board gets nasty

Axed board members had to raise R1.5m to fund court action for reinstatement.

Optimum Coal workers go unpaid as rescue practitioners race to sell mine

Sale should be wrapped within the next two weeks.

It’s election year, so expect a wild ride

Land expropriation and elections are the wild cards in scenario planning.

Nuclear company denies privatisation claims

Nonsense, says sacked board. Privatisation was and is the plan.

Cape High Court introduces better protections for mortgage customers in distress

Repossessed houses must now be auctioned with a floor price, and sheriffs must personally serve summonses on defaulting customers.

Axed Necsa board blames resistance of ‘privatisation by stealth’ for dismissal

Energy minister replaces entire board in 48 hours while apparently planning to sell the national asset to a US company.

Strikes turn violent

Unions are under pressure to deliver for members in a brutal employment market.

3 court judgments that have changed the face of mining in SA

Local communities find themselves in the driving seat.

How to deal with debt collectors

Don’t talk to them on the phone for a start.

Don’t just plan for retirement, plan for a long life

And let your post-retirement savings get to work for you.

Claims of discrimination against black FNB customers heads to court

More than 4 000 bank customers claim they were charged 30% more than whites on mortgage loans.
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