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Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer

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22nd March 2019 UPPER GROUP GAINS UPPER HAND: Since Volkswagen understated its diesel emission levels, palladium and rhodium prices have been soaring. Accompanying that has been new respect for the upper group two (UG2) reef, which hosts palladium and rhodium in the greatest abundance. ‘Dieselgate’, as the VW... 

Dineo Phaladi

22nd March 2019 This week Mining Weekly features Dineo Phaladi, the mine overseer at the Kolomela iron-ore in the Northern Cape.  


22nd March 2019 This is ArcelorMittal’s opencast iron-ore mine in Kryvyi Rih, in Ukraine, where the company produces concentrate, lump and sinter feed. Mining is core to the growth strategy of ArcelorMittal, which produces steel in South Africa as ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and operates the Thabazimbi... 

Eskom reform urgent to restore ferrochrome potential

22nd March 2019 The demise of State power utility Eskom has caused South Africa to lose its optimal position in the lucrative ferrochrome business. Because of Eskom’s decline, unbeneficiated chrome ore exports from South Africa to China have enabled the Asian giant to ascend up the ferrochrome production ladder. 

Merafe declares record dividend on lower profit, higher output

22nd March 2019 Chrome and ferrochrome company Merafe, which on Monday reported lower profit on higher production, has declared a record dividend that represents a distribution of 51% of headline earnings. The ungeared company had net year-end cash of R281-million and the R200-million unsecured, three-year... 

Minerals Council South Africa should now publish national chrome strategy as platinum strategy follow-on

22nd March 2019 Maximising South Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs) endowment through the development of a national platinum strategy is key and Minerals Council South Africa must take a bow for publishing its 14-page PGMs roadmap. Now it should do the same thing for South Africa’s chrome ore endowment, in... 

Menar’s Canyon offers Eskom cheaper coal on open-book basis

19th March 2019 Coal mining company Canyon Coal, a Menar group company, is prepared to offer coal to State-owned electricity utility Eskom at a cheaper price on an open-book basis from two new projects. The Menar group, which does not supply coal to Eskom at present, employs 3 500 people on a R7-billion asset... 


15th March 2019 A 24.21 ct rough diamond on a scanner at Alrosa’s selling organisation in Russia, where sorting, valuation and sale of Alrosa diamonds is carried out. The United Selling Organisation employs 500 professionals who grade the gemstones, with diamond acceptance tracked on a computer database. Russia... 

Thabile Makgala

15th March 2019 This week Mining Weekly features Thabile Makgala of Impala Platinum, a R26-billion company that mines, refines and markets platinum group metals. 


15th March 2019 For long the media referred to platinum mines but from now on we will be calling them platinum group metals (PGMs) mines in recognition of the gallant manner in which the members of the PGMs family have closed ranks during the recent period of platinum price crisis. The platinum price fell... 

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