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.

Despite flat results, Master Drilling is a great SA success story

It has drilling rigs scattered across the globe.

House buyers staying twice as long in their homes

A further sign of tougher financial times.

Financial markets are fuelling dangerous times

The bond bubble is cracking, and societies are breaking apart.

AdvTech shares ride the retail elevator down

Despite its commendable set of interim results.

How Transaction Capital hit the jackpot with minibus taxis

It’s a huge business, and only getting bigger.

Gugulethu entrepreneurs issue new summons against Nedbank

Case relating to ‘stolen’ card blocking system is now being fought in two courts.

Life after Google: Prepare to witness the fall of a titan

Apple, Facebook and Google are dinosaurs in the world of blockchain, says author George Gilder.

Tobacco wars turn deadly

With the attempted assassination of Zimbabwean cigarette baron Simon Rudland in Johannesburg last week.

Court issues damning judgment against Jeff Radebe

Judge overturns his suspension of the previous Nuclear Energy Corporation board.

Long wait to reopen Vantage Goldfields mines nearly over

Removal of legal obstacle opens the way for Real Win Investments to acquire the gold mining group.

The phenomenal growth in private schooling in SA

The best example of which is Curro.

Supporting business growth one non-bank loan at a time

A clutch of tech-savvy lenders is providing innovative financing solutions to a market neglected by the traditional lending sector.

The SA lender you’ve never heard of with almost no bad debt

It lends to the poorest of the poor and has created close to 200 000 jobs. How does it do it?

The slow nationalisation of the Reserve Bank

Vultures are circling the bank. The omens are not good.

You can now insure your equities against management dishonesty

Payouts have been made on nine events in the past year, including those related to MTN, Tongaat and EOH.

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