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Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer

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Editorial Insight

Mining setting out to spread its benefits to maximum number of people

By: Martin Creamer     24th February 2017 There are many initiatives on the go at the moment that show the willingness of the mining sector to spread its benefits as far and as wide as possible for the benefit of a maximum number of people – and to hurt as few as possible Many mining visions are being enunciated to goad mining towards... 

New mining method needed, conditions for shared value, deglobalisation fears grow

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2017 Latest estimates indicate that South Africa still has a colossal volume of hundreds of millions of tons of gold in the ground. that. In addition, there are tens of millions of high-grade tonnage locked in underground support pillars, accessible from current infrastructure and amenable to... 

Local fuel cell manufacturing launch good for platinum demand outlook

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2017 The fuel cell plant launched this week has important potential demand implications for South Africa’s platinum-mining industry. With the Department of Trade and Industry, Isondo Precious Metals, headed by CEO Vinay Somera, has invested in a state-of-the-art German manufacturing plant technology... 

Digitisation momentum building up to boost mine productivity

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2017 The word ‘digitisation’ is on the lips of many at conferences and universities these days, with many outlining the notion of the total connectivity bringing significant productivity gains. Step one is said to be vertically integrating the supply chain from the mine stope to the boardroom and step... 

Mining majors use Davos to get their messages across

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2017 Mining companies featured strongly in a multi-page feature in the edition of Time magazine that followed closely on the heels of the influential World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Mining majors like South Africa’s Anglo American, America’s Newmont and Canada’s Goldcorp got their messages... 

Errant DMR doing itself out of a job

By: Martin Creamer     20th January 2017 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is evoking increasing disappointment. Instead of doing South Africa proud, it is destroying this country’s reputation as an investment destination.It appears to have scant insight into the importance of economic growth, the need for foreign direct... 

International mining council correct to step in with new slimes dam measures

By: Martin Creamer     16th December 2016 The Samarco disaster, which last year claimed the lives of 19 people in Brazil, destroyed homes, cut off water supplies and damaged landscapes, is a warning to mining companies that mismanagement of their environmental eyesores is going to be punished like never before, with monumental financial... 

New confidence in thermal coal, zinc, nickel, copper, cobalt as demand lifts

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2016 Mining companies need to be marketing companies as well. A major lesson of the downturn since 2008 is that mining companies need to be right up there with the top trading brains if they are to optimise their businesses and the economies of the countries in which they operate. 

Shared future backed by new social compact is pursuit of business leaders the world over

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2016 Earlier this year, Chamber of Mines of South Africa VP Neal Froneman chose the Joburg Indaba to I appeal to each and every mining industry leader to engage with one another on an equal, open and transparent footing whether they be from business, labour r government. He made this utterance against... 

Discredited DMR turns dictator as it makes ill-considered, unattainable demands on struggling industry

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2016 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has turned into a little dictator that is making ill-considered demands that do not have a snowball’s hope of being met. Instead of following the continent’s African Mining Vision and Zambesi Protocol, the DMR is going to find itself up the creek without... 

Business, labour need to engage on equal, open footing to develop new mining compact

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2016 The point has been made that mining business and mining labour have never been closer than now and that they need to make use of this window opportunity to establish better foundation between themselves that can shame the government into moving mining forward for the benefit of all South... 

Department of Mineral Resources needs to be challenged, regulatory framework must be derisked, governance has to be provided

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2016 Business and labour need to combine to shame the government into introducing good governnance into South Africa's regulatory framework for the minerals industry. 

Samarco, Merriespruit, Aberfan mine disasters need to weigh heavily on mining’s conscience to ensure that there is no recurrence

By: Martin Creamer     4th November 2016 Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the horrendous Samarco mining disaster in Brazil, which resulted in the death of 19 people, the displacement of hundreds and the halting of water supply to 260 000 in what has been condemned as an "environmental catastrophe" 

African Mining Vision, Zambezi Protocol taking centre stage as South African mining companies espouse new insights

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2016 Chamber of Mines of South Africa VP Neal Froneman has raised the Africa Mining Vision, Zambesi Protocol and possible Mining Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a means to ending the mining crisis in South Africa and the continent. 

Engendering trust among mining sector stakeholders essential for economic growth and employment

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2016 Sibanye Gold CEO Neal Froneman delivered a bombshell speech at the Joburg Indaba, which would change the face of economic prospects on the African content with mining as the catalyst 

Gold discovery lagging badly with little hope of catch-up

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2016 Gold is being discovered at a fraction of the rate needed to replenish reserves. 

Fall-of-ground accident study, commodity improvement, local continuous miner debuts

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2016 Risk-based support design methodology is being imparted to rock engineering practitioners in the platinum sector; a better commodity environment is being discerned; and a new local continuous miner for trhe coal industry is being introduced. 

Mine land, water should be used for community development through agriculture

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2016 The calls made for mine land and mine water to be used for community development through agriculture need to be heeded. 

Sparing mine heritage sites has payoff potential for the South African economy

By: Martin Creamer     16th September 2016 Johannesburg should do more to flaunt its gold heritage, which will be good for South AFrica's tourist economy and also boost mining's battered image. 

Modernisation of South Africa’s mines crucial to extending precious metals mining

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2016 That South Africa’s deep precious-metals mining methods have to change is now being spoken from the rooftops. The CSIR’s May Hermanus last week set out a scenario of platinum and gold mining having very short life horizons without the introduction of continuous mining. 

Supply beginning to tighten, safety dominating mining, top Electra Mining forums

By: Martin Creamer     2nd September 2016 Glencore beleive that tightening supply should bode well for commodity prices; safety trumps profits at Sibanye presentation; high-impact forums are on offer at this month's Electra Mining Africa show  

Gold road ahead, ‘capture’ concerns, technology needed

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2016 Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland concerned about decline in exploration spend; application of Section 54 safety notices queried; and the development of new mining equipment progressing.  

Constitutional Court decision placing new spotlight on pending mining legislation

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2016 Fresh emphasisis is being placed on the need for considerably more discussion on pending legal matters crucial to mining. 

Mine community money, chrome price outlook, corporate patriotism

By: Martin Creamer     12th August 2016 Steps must be taken to ensure that mine royalty proceeds are not squandered; the lift in the fortunes of the chrome value chain spell good news for the South African deconomy; and the corporate patriotism being shown by a top gold mining company needs to be emulated 

Important fuel cell data, reckless iron-ore output, Unctad’s false allegations

By: Martin Creamer     5th August 2016 New enlightening information on platinum group metal use in hybrid electric cars; what a mess the giants have made of the iron-ore industry; and Unctad needs to correct its false report on South African underinvoicing. 

AngloGold breaking into profit, Gold Fields moving forward, DRDGold market cap well up

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2016 Gold mining companies that were in the red are moving quickly into the black, with some seeing a deficit of physical gold on the horizon. 

Taxman muddies water on eve of Davis Committee’s expected royalty reform

By: Martin Creamer     22nd July 2016 The new Taxation Laws Amendment Bill contains two surprise amendments that muddy the mineral royalty taxation waters just as clarity was beckoning. 

Gabon’s mining education move, Sibanye supporting education, new mining research thrust

By: Martin Creamer     15th July 2016 Strong support for mining education is under way as mining research and development gain new momentum locally. 

Large diamond goes unsold, mining research on the up, laudable transparency

By: Martin Creamer     8th July 2016 Lucara fails to sell world's second-largest diamond at London auction; new mining institute unveiled; and mining companies embrace oppenness 

Brexit provides ‘staggering’ opportunity for South African gold mines to take full advantage of surging dollar gold price

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2016 Gold has been the immediate beneficiary of the surprising decision of Britain to exit the European Union, with the World Gold Council foreseeing "strong and sustained" inflows into the gold market driven by a "staggering level of protracted uncertainty that investors now face”. 

Botswana’s new coal plans, the return to mining research, breaking hard rock with foam

By: Martin Creamer     24th June 2016 Botswana is planing to export coal-fired power to South Africa; the old Camber of Mines Research Organisation is being reopened as a public private partnership; and foam is the main ingredient of an impressive new rockbreaking technology.  

Crowdfunding piquing curiosity, junior explorers must get going, fuel cell zone being fast-tracked

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2016 Crowdfunding mining is piquing curiosity; a call has been made to stimulate local mineral exploration; and fuel cells keep striding forward  

Hopes up for a return of mining certainty, another step on road to fuel cell roll-out, adding value to African minerals in Africa

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2016 The ANC has raised hopes by reversiign its stance on legal encorcement of the Mining Charter; another step has been taken to drive platinum demand through fuel cell development; and the demand for mineral beneficiation by the African Union needs to be accompanies by the availability of... 

Top brass standing down, profitable AMD removal, tin mine unfolding in DRC

By: Martin Creamer     3rd June 2016 Three CEOs in platinum, coal and diamonds have announced their resignations in quick succession; a profitable solution has been found to the acid mine drainage problem; and the first infrastructure is being built at a proposed new tin mine in central Africa 

It’s time for predictability, consistency, integrity with an end to policy somersaulting

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2016 The South African mining industry is now significantly smaller than in it was in 1994. Mining Ministers have come and gone. As one Minister becomes familiar with the territory, another comes in cold and begins afresh. Each has promised predictability and consistency but none has delivered any. 

Platinum inching towards widespread global use

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2016 Platinum mining companies are right to put much effort into marketing platinum group metals, which have the potential to play far-reaching industrial and investment roles in the modern world. While on the one hand platinum is opening the way for a clean, modern energy future, on the other hand it... 

Brenthurst Foundation signposts a way forward for Africa’s struggling mining sector

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2016 Solving the current crisis in the African mining sector requires moving from the current series of tactical actions to a more cohesive, inclusive and strategic approach. The intent must be to exit the current backward-looking, destructive, downward spiral in which mining is currently locked and... 

New thinking for changing mining sector coming out of opportunity chasing Australia, Canada

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2016 While the South African mining industry is still grappling with the issues of the past, other mining jurisdictions like Australia and Canada are putting strong emphasis on the future. After just coming off one of the largest mining investment periods in its history, Australia is now an economy in... 

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