The announcement that Nick Holland is retiring from Gold Fields in 2021 brought back a quick mental flash through his two decades and more at the company, one of which was particularly unsavoury and entailed his salary.

In October 2013, Bernard Swanepoel — who was for a while the arch nemesis of Gold Fields as he headed a cheeky takeover bid for the company during his tenure as CEO of Harmony Gold — set up a new mining conference...

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