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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.

FSB whistleblower’s legal challenge hits the end of the road

ConCourt rules against Rosemary Hunter’s efforts to force an investigation into the deregistration of 4 600 pension funds with billions in unclaimed benefits.

NCR spares no expense trying to fire ‘insubordinate’ employees

Perhaps the dti needs to take a closer look at how taxpayer money earmarked for looking after consumer interests is being spent.

Police investigate Tubular directors for fraud and corruption

The company is accused of unlawfully paying R25 million to the IDC, but as much as R500 million may have been illegally siphoned out of the business.

Banks slapped down over home repossessions in Joburg court case

Primary residences can no longer be sold at auction for a pittance, putting an end to illegal bid-rigging by syndicates.

Impala share price hunts for bottom

Investors not yet convinced that turnaround plan is worth throwing money at.

State capture chickens come home to roost for accountants

The number of accountants under investigation is running at four times that of 2013 levels.

Amplats misses benchmark on sustainability

Fails on promises to deliver housing to workers and undershoots its BEE procurement target.

Judges give banks a grilling over home repo practices

Banks arrive in court without proper paperwork and expect to be given judgments against clients.

The war between environmentalists and coal miners in Mpumalanga

Environmental groups determined to block a coal mining project on protected land have had to step up security for their employees.

Court papers shine light on the health of SA’s residential market

The country has eight million properties worth more than R5 trillion.

Calls for nationalisation of mines as more job losses loom at Impala

Amcu says it’s time to stop exporting jobs abroad, and focus on local beneficiation.

Business rescue practitioners face down 42 court cases from Gupta associates, creditors

Not counting the attempted sabotage of Optimum Coal Mine.

How mechanisation is breathing life into mining

And improving the financial performance of companies like Amplats.

Train derailments cost Kumba R2bn in the first half

Company declares force majeure due to shipment problems outside of its control.

Confessions of a debt counsellor

One client paid back R60 000 on a R4 000 loan.
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