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On-The-Air (16/02/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2018 Gold Fields is spending R200-million a year on training at its big mechanised gold mine in Gauteng. Northam yesterday switched on R900-million worth of extra platinum power on in Limpopo. The strong rand is hitting underground gold mining very hard.  

On-The-Air (09/02/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2018 Every Friday morning, SAfm's AMLive's radio anchor Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.  Reported here is this Friday's At the Coalface transcript: Kamwendo: China's colossal Clean Air Revolution is poised to give massive support to... 

On-The-Air (02/02/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2018 Tharisa Minerals this week launched a R760-million strategy to boost South African chrome supply; De Beers long wait for diamond exploration licences is over, thanks to the new winds of political change; It's been another record-breaking coal export year for South Africa's Richards Bay Coal... 

On-The-Air (26/01/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 A pioneering black industrialist has secured a R50-million non-repayable grant from the government for a nickel plant in North West; The private sector is taking a rare plunge into plant nutrient minerals that could see the creation of a new South African fertiliser champion; Strong calls are... 

On-The-Air (19/01/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2018 Diamond mining in the diamond city of Kimberley has been given a sparkling new lease of life thanks to smart new technology; The Industrial Development Corporation is calling for smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing to pull South Africa ahead; and The Constitutional Court... 

On-The-Air (15/12/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa this week made a strong call on the CR17 website for an end to the deadlock in the South African mining sector; The United Nations was in town this week to plead with South Africa to build resilience into its mining economy; andClever local project companies are... 

On-The-Air (08/12/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2017 South Africa’s foremost mining CEO this week warned of more job carnage unless the country can attract foreign direct investment; and South African mining companies are making sure that the mines they sell go into good hands. 

On-The-Air (01/12/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2017 A top French company flew into South Africa this week to herald a new technology era for mining; Australian mining company South32 will begin spending R4.3-billion this month on a life extension coal project in Mpumalanga; and The Australians this week came up with an earlier-than-expected... 

On-The-Air (24/11/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2017 Turning mine dump sand into gold received a major boost this week when Sibanye and DRDGold joined forces; Sasol this week announced a new growth strategy that shuns its pioneering technologies of turning coal into petrol and gas into diesel; Gold Fields this week became the second mining company... 

On-The-Air (17/11/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2017 Tin mining is back with a bang as two companies rake in money for two new tin-mining projects; Australians have once again caught South Africans napping by initiating a big new mineral exploration programme in the Northern Cape; and The State mining company of the Democratic Republic of Congo is... 

On-The-Air (10/11/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2017 South Africa’s loss of the top global ferrochrome spot to China has been self-inflicted; New funding for the Wits Mining Institute is giving mining a big Fourth Industrial Revolution boost; and Pounding the streets of Perth, Toronto and London is paying off for South Africans in desperate need of... 

On-The-Air (03/11/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2017 One of South Africa’s largest and foremost black-controlled companies is spending R20-billion in Limpopo and Mpumalanga on coal-mining projects; Africa is streaking ahead of South Africa in the race to build the world’s most automated mines; and Unchallenged illegal mining has brought the... 

On-The-Air (27/10/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2017 South Africa’s foremost mining leader – Mxolisi Mgojo – this week called for a collective national vision to re-energise the stagnating South African economy; Big Type II diamonds that have been buried deep in the earth of billions of years are popping up to the surface and fetching as much as... 

On-The-Air (20/10/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th October 2017 Young black diamond cutters and polishers are hitting the high spots with amazing performances; Huge concern is building up over the lack of mineral exploration in South Africa and its threat to the future of the South African mining industry; and South Africa’s only known diamond explorer is... 

On-The-Air (13/10/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2017 Australia is leading the way in agromining – and now South Africa is being prodded to engage in hot pursuit; This week’s general election in Liberia will have a strong bearing on the country getting its first diamond mine; and South Africa’s R20-billion Swaziland rail link is being prepared for... 

On-The-Air (06/10/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2017 The Department of Mineral Resources has dealt the economy a heavy blow by forcing the exploration of diamond giant De Beers to grind to a halt; South Africa’s foremost black miner this week committed the industry to doing all it can to build a better South Africa; and The world’s oldest mine this... 

On-The-Air (29/09/2017) 

By: Yolande Botes     29th September 2017 Mining companies are licking their wounds over being forced to pay twice for mine rehabilitation; With palladium overtaking platinum, the rich north is getting richer and the poor south poorer; and The big South African ferrochrome company, Hernic Ferrochrome, has been placed in business rescue. 

On-The-Air (22/09/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2017 A London-listed company is ploughing billions of rands worth of investment into mining projects in Mpumalanga; Electric buses that have no option but to make use of South Africa’s platinum are the next big thing; and South Africa is still at sixes and sevens as hundreds of thousands of retired... 

On-The-Air (15/09/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2017 An Australian company will list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on Monday to bring South Africa’s dormant copper riches back to life; South Africa is benefiting from the rising global demand for the quality, high-purity metals, as a means of mitigating climate change; andThe Department of... 

On-The-Air (08/09/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th September 2017 Acid mine water, a horrible legacy of a century of mining, is now being used to recover gold off old mine dumps; Hugely expensive mine dump vegetation is being burnt by vandals, sparking fears to dust storms across the Golden City; Black-controlled Royal Bafokeng Platinum is buying platinum... 

On-The-Air (01/09/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st September 2017 Illegal mining is out of control; More money is being put into marketing to save the struggling platinum- and diamond-mining sectors; and a local mining company that has invested big in America is laughing all the way to the bank. 

On-The-Air (25/08/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2017 South Africa Inc has a rare opportunity to seize the moment and save its battered platinum patrimony; A vibrant future is being planned for the three remaining South African gold mines of AngloGold Ashanti; and An Australian-based firm is showing South Africa how to develop black entrepreneurs in... 

On-The-Air (18/08/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th August 2017 Anglo American is going all out to unleash end-to-end innovation length and breadth of global mining; Harmony Gold has taken a decision to plough billions of rands in two of its Free State gold mines; and New technology could inject new life into South Africa’s rich gold basin. 

On-The-Air (11/08/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2017 Technology has been configured that will unleash another mining boom when implemented by the struggling mining industry; A massive 40% of the gold ore in South Africa’s rich gold basin is wastefully left behind because of outdated mining methods; and If platinum ore could be pre-sorted using... 

On-The-Air (04/08/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     4th August 2017 Royal Bafokeng Platinum this week urged the government to impose stricter air pollution control; The names of all IDC clients, including politically exposed people, are now being made public; and Botswana is taking steps to build its own Sasol. 

On-The-Air (28/07/2017) 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2017 A 200% increase in fuel cell vehicle sales is boosting the demand outlook for platinum; A groundswell of opposition is building up against the controversial Mining Charter and the freeze on mining deals; Mining companies are preparing to pay out billions of rands to mineworkers who contracted... 

On-The-Air (21/07/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     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... 

On-The-Air (14/07/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2017 Platinum fuel cell cars are beginning to roll off the Mercedes and Toyota production lines; South African manganese is on the list of hitech metals that could stop world progress if it runs into short supply; The new American owners of South African Breweries are investing R2.8-billion to expand... 

On-The-Air (07/07/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th July 2017 The supply of more water from Lesotho to Gauteng has been given a wonderful thumbs-up; Violent protest brought the coal line to a screeching halt this week, dealing a blow to the economy; and The high winter electricity tariff should be cut so that closed furnaces can reopen and return lost jobs. 

On-The-Air (30/06/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2017 Manganese mining company Ntsimbintle, headed by struggle veteran Saki Macozoma, is having huge success in the Northern Cape; The 100%-black-owned Modi Mining has won a R158-million contract from Australian mining company South32; and Yet another black-controlled mining junior – the Johannesburg... 

On-The-Air (23/06/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2017 Botswana is going all out to attract the global mining investors that South Africa’s controversial new Mining Charter is frightening away; South Africa’s contentious new Mining Charter has opened the way for Brazil to make its debut into platinum mining; and South Africa’s new Mining Charter is... 

On-The-Air (09/06/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2017 Former illegal zama-zamas have been reformed into legal mineworkers at a reopened gold mine; Upcoming Mining Charter will include declaration of strategic minerals with mine-gate pricing; An Italian group has invested R200-million in a railway wheel plant in Germiston. 

On-The-Air (02/06/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2017 The financial woes of diamond mining surfaced again this week when a fourth mine closed its doors; A puzzling decision by new Minerals Minister Mosebenzi Zwane is putting South Africa’s diamond cutting business at risk; and Top South Africans are looking forward to the years when the platinum... 

On-The-Air (26/05/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2017 CoM this week decided finally to shed its abhorrent apartheid past and rebrand itself with a totally new beginning and new name; The media won a victory this week by persuading the DTI to make public the beneficiaries of its incentives programmes and A third South African diamond operation is in... 

On-The-Air (19/05/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2017 Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Mines has fallen in love with South Africa’s new platinum technology, which it is adopting, lock, stock and barrel; The Royal Mint this week announced the production of its first platinum products; and Financial problems have forced a second South African diamond mine to be... 

On-The-Air (12/05/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2017 SA’s biggest gold-mining company is proving that deep can be cheap at its Mponeng mine on the Far West Rand; Palladium is overtaking platinum as the metal of choice to clean the air over the world’s biggest cities; and the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg is being coerced into creating 1 500 additional... 

On-The-Air (05/05/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2017 The plunge of the platinum price to below $900/oz is putting the entire platinum industry at risk; The forecast fall in the iron-ore price to below $50/t will deal a heavy blow to South Africa’s iron-ore miners; and Researchers have come up with a new lightweight material that is ten times... 

On-The-Air (28/04/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2017 South Africa is about to stage a major mining coup with the takeover by Sibanye of America’s biggest Platinum mines; Job Losses and liquidations are also looming at platinum mines here, especially those hit by the low platinum price; and Anglo American this week commiting themselves fully to the... 

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