Steinhoff’s former CEO, Markus Jooste, is partly blamed for the corporate scandal that threatens to collapse the company. Financial Mail/Jeremy Glyn

Did Steinhoff’s board structure contribute to the scandal?

Gaps in the two tier board structure which is favoured in Europe may be partly responsible for the Steinhoff corporate scandal.
This year the Chinese Communist Party will tackle some of it’s biggest economic hurdles. AAP

What we can expect from China’s economy in 2018

The Chinese government will use its consolidated power to try to reign in some of the biggest problems facing its economy in 2018.
Give a man the means to borrow, so the argument goes, and he can work himself out of poverty. But do microfinances’ claims stand up? wk1003mike/Shutterstock

Does microfinance really alleviate poverty? The 34-billion-dollar question

Small loans from governments and philanthropists are often held up as a route out of poverty. But proper research into whether they work is thin on the ground.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi recently sold for US$450 million. AAP

The economics of ridiculously expensive art

Research shows paintings aren't always good investments. Sky-high prices paid for high-end art are likely due to other factors.
Guyana, a former British colony on the north shore of South America, may soon supplant Trinidad and Tobago as the Caribbean region’s biggest oil producer. Reuters/Andrea De Silva

Guyana, one of South America’s poorest countries, struck oil. Will it go boom or bust?

Guyana is on the verge of an oil bonanza that could bring in US$1 million a day. But if it's not careful, this poor nation – population 750,000 – could fall prey to the dreaded 'resource curse.'

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