In an incisive and detailed piece of research, African author Khadija Sharife examines an extremely “complex and opaque” web of recent wheeling, dealing, accusation and counter-accusation in South Africa. Anglo American  – among the world’s richest mining companies – has been tussling with ArcelorMittal (the leading global steel producer) for control over a massive South African iron ore deposit. Intimately involved, too have been various BEE (Black Economic “Empowerment”) outfits that are closely associated with the ruling ANC government. ArcelorMittal now seems to have won the battle, but it was far from clean.