Columnists

BEE’s festering sore

High levels of debt are killing empowerment, especially in the mining industry, writes Jan de Lange.

Does Anglo need an Xstrata?

The proposed merger of Xstrata with Anglo is based on the premise that in a "merger of equals', it’s possible to derive a better, greater company. But is this true, and what are the hidden motives?

Heed Numsa, Tito

The Reserve Bank chief ignores labour union Numsa's concerns at his peril, says Jan de Lange.

Mining codes may be changed

David McKay looks at changes to the controversial empowerment guidelines in the mining industry and how the liquidation of Pamodzi could have been avoided.

Mining codes may be changed

David McKay looks at changes to the controversial empowerment guidelines in the mining industry and how the liquidation of Pamodzi could have been avoided.

Law and justice

Illegal underground gold mining is rife - but how do the pirates do it, and what is at issue for management, asks David McKay.

Zungu sticks to his knitting

Sandile Zungu, head of Zico, is unlikely now to join the presidency, and may even quit his 26% stake in a Harmony mine, writes David McKay.

Orders of importance

Some commodities are more equal than others, writes Sasha Naryshkine.

Mvela may buy Optimum Coal

Industry sources claim Mvelaphanda Resources is running the rule over the well-run Optimum colliery, says David McKay.

Pedal to the metal

New US requirements for fuel efficiency may boost platinum shares. Sasha Naryshkine has a favourite in the sector.