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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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Roll out red carpet to close electricity gap in quickest, cheapest, cleanest way

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2020 Renewable energy can be commissioned quickest and cheapest, but the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy is still refusing to acknowledge this truth – and doesn’t even give it credit for being cleanest. As a servant of the South African people, the department should be forced to roll out... 

Seize the hydrogen opportunity now and benefit the South African people later

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2020 Hydrogen is emerging as an environmentally friendly universal energy carrier that is globally transportable and tradeable. Our sun, wind, land and seawater are at the ready to put us in a good competitive position. During the day, a hydrogen production capacity factor of close to 100% is on offer... 

Use wonderful palladium/rhodium windfall to derisk PGMs’ future

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2020 Palladium and rhodium prices are spiking to pioneering heights, palladium by 1 500%-plus since 2009 and rhodium by 65% in the first three weeks 2020, on top of last year’s 300%. Analysts calculate that there is still more to come from these wonderful platinum group metals (PGMs). Bank of America... 

Climate friendliness is the new lightning rod of investment

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2020 World leading investment manager BlackRock is demanding climate friendliness from all the companies in which it invests. Billionaire pilgrims to Davos wasted no time in spreading environmental, social and governance (ESG) dogma across the Swiss Alps. Even Down Under mining major BHP let it be... 

Let’s go ‘green’ without further delay

By: Martin Creamer     24th January 2020 Morgan Stanley estimates that it will take $50-trillion to stop global warming by 2050, which is a very large sum of money. But going ‘green’ has great potential to boost the economies and people of the world. Sun, wind, water, land and sea can, according to the calculations of the United Nations... 

Curbing carbon emission is a must

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2020 Preventing carbon dioxide (CO2) from entering the atmosphere is necessary. The United Nations (UN) must set a date for this to happen the world over. Countries that refuse to endorse and enforce the UN roadmap must be heavily taxed on their exports and the revenue used curb CO2. Electricity... 

South Africa needs to ensure that it gains more from its mineral endowments

By: Martin Creamer     13th December 2019 South Africa has been blessed with a wonderful manganese endowment, but is not doing as well as it should in using that endowment to best effect for the good off the South African people. The country is putting this national patrimony at risk by not marketing it as imaginatively as it could at a... 

The alertness of mining companies to intensifying climate demands is encouraging

By: Martin Creamer     6th December 2019 One wonders how a large State utility like Eskom has been able to buck the system for so long and turn a blind eye to air-pollution legislation. While the technology is there to minimise emissions, offending organisations see the solutions as unaffordable. 

Govt must allow private sector to revive rail transport, create cheaper power capacity

By: Martin Creamer     29th November 2019 The South African government is duty-bound to do what benefits the South African people. It should not allow selfish vested interest to stand in the way of the common good. 

The private sector’s pursuit of greener, cleaner and cheaper electricity should not be curbed

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2019 Virtually every company one speaks to these days is intent on generating its own renewable energy, but when it comes to execution, they are thwarted by official restriction and red tape. Many mining companies that are exceedingly well placed to generate their own green, clean and cheaper... 

South Africa must give optimal attention to unemployment, inequality, poverty reduction

By: Martin Creamer     15th November 2019 Getting initiatives under way that help job creation, narrow inequality and reduce poverty are all crucial, irrespective of their magnitude or composition. Every bit helps. It was extremely encouraging to see Patrice Motsepe’s Motsepe Foundation and 33 religious and faith-based organisations... 

Huge economic opportunity presented by essential need to mitigate climate change

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2019 How much will it cost to save the planet? An estimate from Morgan Stanley says it will take $50-trillion to stop global warming by 2050, with renewables requiring an investment of $14-trillion to deliver some 80% of global power by 2050, up from 37% today. South Africa needs to look responsibly... 

South Africa must seize climate-positive opportunities across the board to protect exports, lower costs, and grow the economy

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2019 South Africa needs to strengthen its resolve to seize the amazing opportunities presented by  what amounts to “doing the right thing” on the climate-change mitigation front. South Africa is not only well placed to take immediate steps to initiate a meaningful economic decarbonisation programme... 

South Africa must get going to get growing; the country should seize the hydrogen opportunity immediately

By: Martin Creamer     25th October 2019 When Mining Weekly called at the Council for Scientific Research (CSIR) workshops nearly 40 years ago, white-coated technologists were enthusiastically talking about nuclear fusion as being the answer. But fusion turned into confusion and the technology never saw the light of day. Critics still... 

Climate-positive action triggers economic growth, failure to seize it will be a gross dereliction of duty

By: Martin Creamer     22nd October 2019 South Africa needs economic growth. In the short term, there is no doubt that tourism promotion has the best potential and the sooner South Africa introduces electronic visas and rolls out the red carpet for tourists the better. But there are also other growth opportunities that are crying out... 

Climate-positive action triggers economic growth, failure to seize it will be a gross dereliction of duty

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2019 South Africa needs economic growth. In the short term, there is no doubt that tourism promotion has the best potential and the sooner South Africa introduces electronic visas and rolls out the red carpet for tourists the better. But there are also other growth opportunities that are crying out... 

Carbon tax uncertainty plus regulatory obstacles in the way of green energy patently unfair

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2019 “If you emit carbon, you’re taxed; if you try to be carbon-free, you’re prevented by the regulators,” an observer lamented the other day. Carbon tax uncertainty is halting meaningful investment and renewables red tape disallows companies from taking refuge in solar and wind power investment. The... 

Buses are appropriate points of entry for platinum-enabled hydrogen economy

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2019 Buses run by the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA), by the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system and by virtually all the other metropolitan areas should switch to locally produced green hydrogen fuel to establish points of entry into the new decarbonised world and to save South Africa a fortune in... 

Minerals Council deserves a pat on the back for its strong hydrogen economy support

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2019 Take a bow, Minerals Council South Africa. Your strong support for the development of a platinum-fuelled hydrogen economy has had to be sensitively balanced with your need to provide continued support to your coal-mining members. But this did not stop the council from being unequivocal in its... 

World’s colossal climate change crisis demands far greater universal response

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2019 The world needs to be far more defined in phasing out the high-carbon environment that is endangering the future of the planet. It needs to stride towards environmental correctness, which includes becoming considerably more low-carbon in the medium term and no-carbon in the longer term. 

Way open for South Africa to seize huge hydrogen opportunity and boost PGMs mining at the same time

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2019 The big thermal coal companies have announced their exit from coal, the big banks have announced their exit from coal funding and some insurance companies are calling on coal-mining companies to pay higher insurance premiums at insurance renewal time. Moreover, some governments have reduced state... 

Forethought needed to ensure that transition to low-carbon economy is just, orderly and economy enhancing

By: Martin Creamer     6th September 2019 Societal demands for a decarbonised world are being aired with increasing regularity. They are being directed rather robustly at the world of fossil fuels, which is discovering that there is no way out but to respond to the need to transition and to do so in a just, orderly and economy sustaining... 

Platinum must lead the charge towards clean, emission-free era – and score at the same time

By: Martin Creamer     30th August 2019 Particularly platinum mines need to clean up their mining act if they are to uphold their credibility as the miners of products that keep the world’s air clean. Keeping the air of major global cities clean but dirtying the air of local communities is just not on. 

US’s gold revival is showing up Witwatersrand as an opportunity public, private and labour interests failed to grasp

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2019 The latest Barrick Gold Corporation results presentation was stunning in from a US gold revival aspect. The results highlighted the strong revival of Nevada as a mature gold area that has been injected with new life through the 

Upped project tempo is encouraging, but much more investment needed to move the dial

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2019 There is a better project mood about. It was good to see the board of the Johannesburg-listed Tharisa Mining approve  R780-million to increase chrome recovery and add 400 000 t/y of chrome to the company’s production from its chrome and platinum group metals mine near Brits.   It was also good to... 

Let’s seize the moment and turn our platinum endowment to maximum account with huge job creation

By: Martin Creamer     9th August 2019 In December 16, 2011, Mining Weekly’s cover picture was of South Africa’s former President Kgalema Motlanthe next to an Anglo American fuel cell generator, which was being shown off at the United Nations climate change convention’s seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) in Durban.... 

Anglo going completely solar in South America sets excellent example for mining sector to follow

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2019 The decision of Anglo American to revert to renewable sources of energy only at its copper mines in Chile is a significant one. Many mining companies that have taken steps to use sun and wind energy have continued to source the bulk of their electricity from carbon-emitting national grids, but... 

South Africa needs to opt for fuel cells to power buildings, electrify rural areas, energise telecoms towers, mobilise vehicles

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2019 Nedbank CIB Market Research did well this week to bring the world to Cape Town for a conference on fuel cells. Fuel cell technology and its link to South Africa’s platinum industry should be in the sights of local industry, commerce, banking and government, as should the globally emerging... 

West Rand police did well to lift lid off illegal mining ‘workshops’, now Barberton violence perpetrators must be exposed

By: Martin Creamer     19th July 2019 What looked like normal informal residences turned out to be furtively disguised ‘workshops’ and gold ore storage areas for illegal miners on the West Rand Discovery of this only took place after the South African Police Service on the West Rand, the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department,... 

Policing of illegal mining in need of clearly enunciated law enforcement strategy

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2019 It has always been understood that police are there to uphold the law of the land, but when it comes to illegal mining, the law of the land seems to be in limbo. Ten years ago, Mining Weekly has headlines about the London- and Johannesburg-listed gold junior Pan African Resources appealing to the... 

It’s encouraging that new metals and mining projects are emerging from their starting blocks and old mines are being brought back to life

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2019 South Africa heard a lot about dreaming during the State of the Nation Address (SoNA)when President Cyril Ramaphosa referred to dreams towards the end of his far-reaching address. Mining Weekly believes it there is merit in creating space for South Africans to dream more, but like TE Lawrence in... 

Bringing in early value rather than fighting for coal’s survival is the appropriate strategy for coal miners

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2019 Climate change considerations are not something that coal-mining companies can take lightly. Climate change mitigation simply has to be taken seriously and coal-mining companies need to be strategic in their approach to future energy supply. Emphasis on extracting early value from coal is the... 

Environmental protection no longer optional for mining companies wanting to attract investment

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2019 Without a doubt, mining investors and the fund-providing institutions that they represent, are applying more environmental, social and governance (ESG) pressure on today’s mining CEOs. Long-serving CEOs, who never heard ESG issues being raised at investor meetings in the past, are now finding... 

Coal caps, carbon curbs, fossil fuel funding limits are correct moves in a world beset by growing climate risk

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2019 Earlier this year, Glencore became the first coal-supplying company to cap its coal production. It did so following engagement with the investor signatories of the Climate Action 100+ initiative. As the largest supplier of seaborne coal, it undertook not to produce more than 150-million tonnes of... 

Mantashe must place cheaper, job-rich renewable energy high on list in additional Energy Minister role

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2019 Mines and energy are joined at the hip, which means the appointment of a Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy makes sense. But, then again, mines and the environment, water, trains, roads and ports are also very much in the mix. Does that mean South Africa needs a single ministry of mines,... 

Research, development and innovation activists at the Mandela Mining Precinct deserve strong support

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2019 After mining research in South Africa disintegrated markedly, there is now a positive new thrust emerging from the research, development and innovation (RDI) units at the Mandela Mining Precinct in Carlow Road, Johannesburg. These RDI teams are making use of the wonderful new technologies that... 

Energy Minister has done well to open the way for South Africans to generate their own electricity

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2019 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe deserves a pat on the back for opening the way for businesses to generate its own electricity. Just about every mining company that one speaks to these days tells you that generating renewable energy for its operations will take it down the cost curve and give it... 

South Africans must urgently unite behind the goal of building an inclusive economy

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2019 South Africans should waste no time in uniting behind the goal of building the economy inclusively and creating as many jobs as possible. As pointed out by President Cyril Ramaphosa ahead of the election, for the first time in more than a decade, South Africa is in a position to grow the economy... 

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