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Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer is Creamer Media Publishing Editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Moratorium infers intention to circumvent agreement – Leon

21st July 2017 The mineral rights moratorium gazette notice of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane infers an intention to circumvent the underlying purpose of the agreement reached with the Chamber of Mines, Herbert Smith Freehills’ Africa partner and co-chair, Peter Leon, said on Friday. In particular,... 

On-The-Air (21/07/2017)

21st July 2017 World Bank warns of a potential shortage of South African metals that are needed to fight climate change; the small country of Luxembourg has passed a space mining law that allows its citizens to mine metals beyond the earth’s atmosphere; and South African mining investors are pressing ahead with... 

Mike Seeger

21st July 2017 This week we feature Mike Seeger, managing director of MX Mining Capital Advisers, a mining investment advisory service that raises capital for mining projects 


21st July 2017 Diamond company De Beers finds some of its most valuable diamonds on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Namibia. It recovers the diamonds by sucking them off the seabed in a vacuuming action that creates angst among some environmental organisations and helicoptering them to shore.... 


21st July 2017 The urgent interdict application brought by the Chamber of Mines to halt the implementation of Mining Charter Three is likely to succeed, says Webber Wentzel partner Rita Spalding. The Mineral Resources Ministry gazetted the controversial new charter on June 15 without the widespread stakeholder... 

Platinum for new fuel cell Mercedes cut to autocat level

21st July 2017 German car manufacturer Daimler has cut the platinum loading of its new fuel cell Mercedes to catalytic converter level. “We reduced the amount of platinum by 90%, which provides a significant cost reduction. Our fuel cell is not much above the platinum loading of a catalytic converter on a... 

Manganese makes list of tech metals heading for short supply

21st July 2017 Nothing can stop the proliferation of iPhones, solar panels and Teslas, except perhaps a shortage of key natural resources, comments the latest Fortune magazine, which puts manganese from South Africa on the list of crucial technology metals needed in the US. Fortune’s world map showing the... 

Work starts on R1.7bn fluorspar mine

21st July 2017 Work has begun on the building of an opencast fluorspar mine and concentrator at Rust de Winter, 80 km northeast of Pretoria, Nokeng Fluorspar Mine announced on Monday. The wholly owned subsidiary of SepFluor said that the R1.7-billion finance for the 21-month project had been raised through a... 

Tharisa delivers another record production quarter

21st July 2017 Platinum group metals (PGM) and chrome producer Tharisa, which has again shown incremental improvements in production volumes and recoveries in the three months to June 30, is continuing to examine ways of further optimising its operations. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Tharisa, headed... 

Minerals Ministry, DMR playing with fire, destroying industry, opening way for rampant illegal mining

21st July 2017 In its current poor state, mining and the companies that depend on it are likely to disappoint the Treasury when it comes to next paying tax. What the Minerals Ministry and its errant Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) have failed to recognise in gazetting Mining Charter Three is that a... 

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