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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.

Startling rise in chartered accountancy failure rates

The profession is going all out to clean up its image, but the backlash has begun.

Vantage Goldfields one week away from liquidation

After rescue attempts failed.

Lawyers fight for their lunch in abusive lending case

The banks have come out swinging, defending themselves against accusations of abuse and overcharging.

Cable theft and illegal mining threaten Joburg’s infrastructure

The city came within 30cm of a major disaster as illegal blasting nearly ruptured a fuel pipeline.

Coal is far from dead

The launch of Sibambene Coal as a new player in the sector proves there’s still life in coal.

Investors beware of smooth-talking politicians

While a sound idea, the track record of public-private partnerships in SA is not great.

Huge increase in demand for second passports

Most of them from non-white South Africans looking for a bolt-hole.

Suspended nuclear company execs smell rat over adverse audit

Energy minister Jeff Radebe suspended them in November after an ‘orchestrated crisis’ intended to smear them.

Barrick and Newmont at war over who will be king of the mountain

Barrick, fresh from its merger with Randgold, now has Newmont in its sights

State-owned mining company secures option to acquire Optimum Coal

With a down-payment of R1 billion.

One Gupta company applies for the liquidation of another

Application for the winding up of Oakbay Investments comes from sister company Tegeta Exploration and Resources.

Cable thief gangs haunt mines in Mpumalanga

Explosion at Gloria Coal Mine leaves 22 suspected cable thieves trapped underground.

It’s war over Eskom privatisation plans

The unbundling of Eskom announced by Ramaphosa is a declaration of war for trade unions.

The mine of the future has arrived

With driverless trucks operating 1km underground.

Exploration dies in SA while booming elsewhere in Africa

Why investors are steering clear of exploration in SA.
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