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

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On-The-Air (03/07/2015)

3rd July 2015 Strong calls were made at high level this week for government and business to work together to end the current stagnation of the South African economy. South Africans and Americans are working together brilliantly to boost the local content of locomotives. The local content of South... 


3rd July 2015 A worker stacks bricks at a quarry in the desert of Minya governorate in Egypt. In the limestone quarries of Minya province south of Cairo, labourers in sandals and makeshift masks use unsheathed rotor blades to gouge the white, fossil-rich rock into house bricks. The workers in the snow-white... 

Robinson Ramaite

3rd July 2015 This week Mining Weekly features Robinson Ramaite, chairperson of the JSE-listed coal mining and marketing company Wescoal, which is committed to being majority black owned at the holding company level by December 2016. 


3rd July 2015 Several mining companies running into negative margins have already reported their positions to the South African government in compliance with Section 52 of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act, which deems mining companies to have entered dangerous territory when margins fall... 

Keaton lays criminal charge over massive coal theft, R56m impaired

3rd July 2015 Coal mining company Keaton Energy, which described as “disastrous” its performance in the three months to March 31, confirmed on Wednesday that one criminal charge had already been laid and several others were pending over the alleged theft of R24.7-million worth of coal from its troubled... 

Wescoal commits to black holding company control to qualify for Eskom business

3rd July 2015 Coal mining and trading company Wescoal, which suffered lower profitability in the three months to March 31 on the drying up of long-term Eskom contracts, has committed to being more than 50% owned by black shareholders before December 2016 to qualify for long-term coal business from the State... 

Sustainability key as gold talks with a difference kick off

3rd July 2015 The sustainability of South Africa’s hard-pressed gold-mining industry is expected to be at the heart of the industry’s crucial set of wage talks that began in Boksburg on Monday. The five gold-mining companies concerned are expected to ask their 120 000 employees to accept inflation-related... 

Farlam finds against Lonmin, accusations against Ramaphosa, Ministers groundless

3rd July 2015 The Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana massacre has found against platinum-mining company Lonmin on five counts and has urged the Department of Mineral Resources to compel the London-listed company to provide housing for mineworkers in what arguably ranks as the inquiry's most... 

Farlam wants workers housed, Mining Charter goes to court, coal firms transform for Eskom

3rd July 2015 The Farlam inqiry into the Marikana massacre is firm on Lonmin meeting its employee housing obligations; the Chamber of Mines of South Africa is not not giving up on court battle to clear up the issue of once empowered, always empowered; and Wescoal and Keaton are becoming black controlled. 

Rejected mine water plan deprived 7 000 of jobs – Robinson

2nd July 2015 The rejection of a still-workable mine water and slimes dam plan at the stricken Grootvlei gold mine on Gauteng’s East Rand deprived 7 000 squatter camp dwellers of employment and set the mine on its downward trajectory, which has arguably ended up as the harshest aspect of the Aurora liquidation... 

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