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02/11/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer It’s all systems go for the signing next week of R47-billion worth of South African renewable-energy projects; India is expected to import much more coal and iron-ore from South Africa; Some are predicting that the third industrial revolution is on the way because of the digitisation of... 

26/10/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer Every Friday morning, SAfm’s AMLive’s radio anchor Xolani Gwala speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.  Reported here is this Friday’s At the Coalface transcript: Gwala: As state electricity tariffs rise, and we spoke about it this week quite a lot here... 

19/10/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer Eskom has drafted an African energy strategy, with the primary focus on opportunities in Southern Africa; Hundreds of minibus taxis are now equipped with LPG kits that cut pollution and lower operating costs; and Small diamond miner Rockwell is thinking out of the box and allowing small-scale... 

12/10/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer As strikes continue to sweep through the country, South Africa’s top labour lawyers are demanding a radical reform of South Africa’s Labour Relations Act; South Africa’s strife-torn platinum sector has come together in a bid to co-craft a new dispensation for itself; and Black-controlled Exxaro... 

05/10/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer In the midst of South Africa’s worst labour unrest since the Eighties, Gold Fields has clinched a momentous R173-million deal with NUM that could redefine South African gold mining; A group of South Africans have stumbled on a new technology that can turn the tiniest copper deposit into a... 

28/09/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer The local manufacture of platinum-using fuel cells is now a reality, with the first batch successfully commercialised; A pilot plant for the local beneficiation of titanium is to be built at the CSIR; and ‘Shared value’ is a concept being openly propagated along the corridors of mining power in... 

21/09/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer Platinum has the potential to be a key part of tomorrow’s world; the head of SA’s only black-owned platinum company pleads for a collaborative rebuilding of the stricken business; and the Bafokeng community invests R6-billion-plus in platinum dividends in social infrastructure. 

14/09/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer The Japanese have officially signed off on South Africa becoming Nissan’s bakkie manufacturing hub; The respected McKinsey global consultancy group calculates that Africa has the potential to create 72-m jobs in the next eight years; and SA’s highest-technology company is throwing its full weight... 

07/09/2012 (On-The-Air)

SA’s once-proud ferrochrome industry is on its knees, struck down by China; Should migrant mine workers be flown home during their off periods; and SA needs more oil-refining capacity, the South African Petroleum Association says 

24/08/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer NUM and AMCU leadership have been sitting around the same table ahead of Wednesday’s CCMA verification exercise at Impala Platinum; The Chinese are ripping the heart out of Southern Africa’s aluminium smelting business through cheap over supply; and The black-owned, black-managed and... 

17/08/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer SA’s NDP 2030 calls for more natural gas in the energy mix; SA is readying itself to host the ‘world cup’ of geosciences in 2016; and Black-controlled Exxaro will begin exporting iron-ore next year from its new mine in the Republic of Congo. 

10/08/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer Five hundred Chinese workers are building South Africa’s newest cement factory in Lichtenburg; Transnet is insisting on a minimum 60% South African content for the 599 new locomotives it has on order; and New technology is seen as absolutely critical for the long-term future of South African gold... 

03/08/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer An attempt is to be made to set a new land speed record in South Africa’s dry Northern Cape province; Mining is stimulating visible economic and social development in neighbouring Mozambique; and Projections to 2025 point to cities around the world constructing the equivalent of the entire land... 

27/07/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer Struggling platinum companies dive headlong into market development, stripping overheads; SA’s biggest iron-ore miner pays out a whopping R16bn to its BEE partners; and SA embraces new building techniques in a bid to beat the housing backlog.  

20/07/2012 (On-The-Air)

An exciting new China/Africa investment fund throws its full weight behind the local beneficiation of South Africa’s metals and minerals; One mining job in South Africa benefits 26 other people, a new 370-page research document – paid for by the Bafokeng community – finds; and New UK research... 

13/07/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer A rebirth of gold mining is on the cards thanks to new world-first South African technology; South Africa and Lesotho have signed a new treaty that has far-reaching water and electricity implications; and Tshwane this week became the fifth South Africa city to construct a bus rapid system. 

06/07/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer Government, business and organised labour are in broad agreement to grow the South African mining industry by 30%; Anglo American is pledging to help build the platinum equivalent of the US’s famous Silicon Valley in South Africa; and The World Gold Council has been in South Africa to stop... 

29/06/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer Exciting new copper and silver discoveries could be bigger than diamonds for neighbouring Botswana; Botswana is gearing up to be an energy corridor for the Southern African region; and Botswana has lowered taxes for miners to lure investors to the country. 

22/06/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer Foreign explorers have discovered a nickel deposit in Limpopo province worth more than a billion dollars; a strong call is being made for the creation of a platinum exchange to stabilise platinum mining; and a Southern African master plan just completed requires a massive potential expenditure of... 

15/06/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer Billions of rands are expected to be generated from the iron in an old waste dump in Limpopo province; The Defence Force of Finland is buying more armoured cars from South Africa; and Eskom is confident that it will be able to spend at a rate of R65-billion a year for the next six years. 

08/06/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer Diamond giant De Beers will decide in two months whether or not to spend R17-billion on expanding its Venetia mine in Limpopo province; a small black-run diamond-cutting operation is proving that local diamond beneficiation is profitable; and a South African biotechnology firm has obtained... 

01/06/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer A new fluorspar start-up is the third mining company to nail its beneficiation colours firmly to its business mast; An Australian company is preparing to mine phosphates off Namibia’s ocean floor; and US legislators have visited Sasol’s mines in South Africa to view new life-saving technology for... 

18/05/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer The great China-led economic supercycle that has been boosting global economies for a decade appears to be coming to an end; he South African Navy is now allowed to operate in Tanzanian and Mozambican waters to stop piracy. 

11/05/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer Yet another black-controlled manganese mine is being built in South Africa’s richly endowed Kalahari Manganese Basin; The first major step has now been taken towards the realisation of an ambitious new South African dream – the local manufacture of fuel cells; and the State is back in steel... 

04/05/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer New US company Planetary Resources wants to mine platinum in outer space, and plans an initial space launch in the next 24 months; another African country is auctioning its mining riches rather than giving them away on a first come, first served basis; South African defence products are... 

27/04/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer Prehistoric worms found deep in a Free State gold mine may hold the key to South Africa’s acid mine water problem; South Africans have been appointed to advise the government of Cameroon on the development of its mining industry; and the Gautrain Management Agency is studying the economic... 

20/04/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer South Africans are spearheading a new mining thrust in bauxite-rich West Africa; Gold is supplying a missing piece in South Africa’s quest to regrow its industrialisation base; and Eskom intends taking the power of the sun to a new level in South Africa’s scorching hot Northern Cape.  

13/04/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer Durban’s new ‘dig-out’ port will test Transnet’s new private-sector participation scheme; South Africa’s inadequate commodity railway network is in line for a R100-billion boost; and South Africa is losing engineers to other countries because of the lack of project work in this country. 

06/04/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation is investing billions of rands in the platinum industry; The Department of Trade and Industry is going all out to boost South Africa’s struggling manufacturing sector. Here is another one, and Indian and South African companies have... 

30/03/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer Job-hungry Canada is luring South African investors with billion rand loans and cheap clean electricity, Wits University is responding to South Africa’s technical needs with strong new research thrust, The Brazilian Air Force has signed an aerospace deal with South Africa’s CSIR. 

23/03/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer South African banks are being engaged to fund Liberia’s first commercial gold mine; Official bungling is preventing fully trained South African electricians from proving that they are fully qualified; and South Africa and the brand new ice-breaker ship due to arrive here in this country from... 

16/03/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer the South African government has been going all out to ensure that platinum company Implats is being fairly treated by the government of Zimbabwe; South Africa wants to take a leaf out of Canada’s book to save its ferrochrome business from collapse; and South Africa’s Sasol is taking steps to... 

09/03/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer The world’s first flying car is to go on display in New York next month; South Africa’s once-booming ferrochrome industry, which employs 200 000 people, is suddenly under serious threat from China; and Resource rent. That’s the name of the new tax game confronting South Africa’s mining industry. 

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