WEEKEND AT WHISKEY CREEK Anglo American's platinum king Barry Davison oversaw a deal in which Amplats parted with mining rights worth close on R900m - for just R24m. The beneficiaries of this little windfall were the shareholders of a Canadian company with three South African directors. Who were those shareholders? We don't know. But we do know that one of the directors – the company president – happens to be the friend, mentor and former attorney partner of Barry's new bokkie Amanda Scheepers. And that the deal went down at a time when the future of the rand - and the country as a whole - looked a lot less rosy than they do today.

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