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STIMULATING DEMAND FOR PGMs:

By: Martin Creamer     19th July 2019 If South Africans make use their superior sunlight and their prime wind, they can generate a lot of carbon-free electricity cheaper than Eskom does when it burns coal and pollutes the planet. That, in itself, is wondrous. But there is more. For example, if one puts that clean electricity through... 

STIMULATING DEMAND FOR PGMs:

BLYVOOR GOLD POINTING THE WAY:

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2019 South Africa used be the world’s king of gold, accounting for half of all the gold in the world. Just 20 years ago, it was producing over 1 000 t of gold a year and now it produces about one-tenth of that. How is it that, with South Africa having the second-highest resources after Australia, the... 

BLYVOOR GOLD POINTING THE WAY:

KEEN TO BE GREEN:

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2019 South Africans are holding thumbs that manganese will make its mark as an electric vehicle (EV) metals. The world’s original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are giving it a change to show off its resolve, which has put it in a race against cobalt, nickel and aluminium. They are all keen to be... 

KEEN TO BE GREEN:

BUCKLE UP FOR BUMPY RIDES:

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2019 The fallout from the under-reporting of exhaust emission by Volkswagen has been extremely hard on diesel car sales, which have fallen over a cliff. Regrettably, diesel’s demise became very bad news for platinum but very good news for palladium, which soared in price as the market turned to... 

BUCKLE UP FOR BUMPY RIDES:

FIRST PHASE HAZE:

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2019 The Treasury has been realistic in taking a phased approach to carbon tax, which would have broken the kneecaps of beneficiating smelters had it been let loose in its original form. While some British newspapers are insisting that the words ‘climate change’ must be replaced with ‘climate crisis’... 

FIRST PHASE HAZE:

CHEAPER ELECTRICITY ESSENTIAL FOR COMPETITIVE MINING:

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2019 Mining and electricity are joined at the hip. Regrettably, a public-sector power monopoly has been allowed to drag down a vital private-sector led industry. Now there is an opportunity to shed the monopoly and free up that vital industry to be competitive. With the help of the sun and the wind,... 

CHEAPER ELECTRICITY ESSENTIAL FOR COMPETITIVE MINING:

DEATHS BRING IRON-ORE TO LIFE:

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2019 The grossly negligent management of iron-ore tailings dams in Brazil has caused  the iron-ore price to soar to undeservedly high levels. The focus of the offending Brazilian company on paying higher dividends rather than investing in safe mine waste storage dams is more monstrous than the 232... 

DEATHS BRING IRON-ORE TO LIFE:

ROLL OUT THE SMART TAPE:

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2019 ROLL OUT THE SMART TAPE: Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter has called for mining smart tape to be rolled out rather than more red tape. Citibank estimates South Africa’s metals and minerals in the ground to be worth $2.5-trillion, which puts this country ahead of Russia and... 

ROLL OUT THE SMART TAPE:

SELLING SOUTH AFRICAN MINES:

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2019 Gold-mining company AngloGold Ashanti is embarking on a process of disposing of its last two South African mining assets – Mponeng underground mine and surface operations, which include Mine Waste Solutions. The lion-logoed company employs 6 000 people in South Africa, 5 500 at the assets. Last... 

SELLING SOUTH AFRICAN MINES:

THE CV OF AN EV:

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2019 The electric vehicle (EV) was last month given a real run down by the Ifo Institute for Economic Research, one of Germany’s largest economic think-tanks, which stated that an EV produces more carbon emissions than a diesel car. Sparks flew during a subsequent polarised EV and battery debate, on... 

THE CV OF AN EV:

RENEWABLES TAKING HOLD OF COAL’S CROWN:

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2019 So much of the world’s growth over the past two hundred years has been due to the ever-increasing use of fossil fuels led by coal, notes Alan M Clegg in last week’s opinion paper. But in the same week, commodities analyst BMO Global let it be known that it is modelling a slow decline in coal... 

RENEWABLES TAKING HOLD OF COAL’S CROWN:

MONOPOLISTIC ABUSE:

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2019 State utility Eskom has an unfair monopoly and it is abusing it. The floundering State-owned is not only shrinking the economy by failing to provide energy security, but it is also abusing its monopoly by standing in the way of mining companies wanting to generate and distribute their own... 

MONOPOLISTIC ABUSE:

JOB DESTRUCTIVE TAX:

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2019 Minerals Council South Africa, which fully embraces the industry’s obligation to lower greenhouse gas emissions, has called on the government to delay the implementation of the new carbon tax. It would like to see a delay of at least five years to allow sufficient time for government to address... 

JOB DESTRUCTIVE TAX:

EARLY SIGNS OF COMEBACK:

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2019 Platinum-backed exchange traded fund (ETF) holdings increased for nine consecutive days earlier this month to reach 2.96-million ounces, the highest level on record. The report by BMO Global Commodities Research also noted that ETF inflows had been strong in the year to date, as investors have... 

EARLY SIGNS OF COMEBACK:

TERRIBLE TARIFFS:

By: Martin Creamer     12th April 2019 The electricity tariff increases approved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa on March 7, have put 90 000 gold and platinum jobs at risk. On April 1, State power utility Eskom was allowed to increase its tariffs by an effective 13.8%. Although the ‘front-loaded’ nature of the tariff... 

TERRIBLE TARIFFS:

PLATINUM'S DAY WILL RETURN:

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2019 While platinum is being taken down a peg or two by the fall in demand for diesel-driven cars, its once poorer cousins have been stealing the limelight and keeping the good name of the platinum group metals (PGMs) family aloft. However, whenever the great ascendancy of palladium is discussed,... 

PLATINUM'S DAY WILL RETURN:

CLIMBING UP THE PERCEPTION LADDER:

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2019 South Africa is slowly climbing back up the Fraser Institute ladder after falling into the nether regions under errant behaviour within the Minerals Ministry. The Fraser Institute, a research body that has been giving South African mining a hiding for years now, is recognising South Africa’s... 

CLIMBING UP THE PERCEPTION LADDER:

UPPER GROUP GAINS UPPER HAND:

By: Martin Creamer     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... 

UPPER GROUP GAINS UPPER HAND:

PGMS TO THE RESCUE:

By: Martin Creamer     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... 

PGMS TO THE RESCUE:

COAL CAP THAT FITS:

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2019 Glencore has put a cap on its coal capacity. The large mining and marketing has given a praiseworthy commitment that it will not lift its capacity beyond 150-million tonnes of coal a year, a figure it is already close to; it has also undertaken not build another new coal mine. It is doing this in... 

COAL CAP THAT FITS:

LOWEST RUNG OF ESG HELL:

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2019 Huge diversified mining company Vale must be put in the lowest rung of environmental, social and governance (ESG) hell for putting far more emphasis on dividend declarations decided behind fancy mahogany-doored boardrooms than on the safety of dicky upstream iron-ore tailings dams. Last month’s... 

LOWEST RUNG OF ESG HELL:

PARALLEL JUDGEMENTS:

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2019 Mining must take place with a strong focus on the interests of those who live in mining areas, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Manthashe, a standpoint that supports the notion that a mining right and a land right can co-exist, without pleasing one party at the expense of the other. But the... 

PARALLEL JUDGEMENTS:

TWO-FACED IRON-ORE MINING:

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2019 TWO-FACED IRON-ORE MINING: Brazilian mining company Vale’s Brumadinho tailings dam collapse killed 150 died and left 182 missing; Vale-BHP’s Samarco dam collapse killed 19. What evokes great sadness is Vale’s payment of no less than seven cash dividends to shareholders between October 2015 and... 

TWO-FACED IRON-ORE MINING:

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2019 Brazilian mining company Vale’s Brumadinho tailings dam collapse killed 150 died and left 182 missing; Vale-BHP’s Samarco dam collapse killed 19. What evokes great sadness is Vale’s payment of no less than seven cash dividends to shareholders between October 2015 and September 2018. Vale... 

TWO-FACED IRON-ORE MINING:

RUSHING IN:

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2019 Zimbabwe President Emerson Mnangagwa’s visit to Russia has reportedly unlocked funds for platinum mining at Darwendale, in Zimbabwe’s Great Dyke, and marked the return to the country of Russia’s state diamond company Alrosa. Bloomberg reports that the Kremlin is “ready to do everything that... 

RUSHING IN:

GOLD'S CONSOLIDATION:

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2019 Gold-mining CEOs have for long enunciated the merits of greater consolidation of the gold-mining industry, which needs to at least replace every ounce of gold that it mines with another ounce of unmined gold. The merging of very large and fairly large companies brings about consolidation far more... 

GOLD'S CONSOLIDATION:

COMMUNITY CLOUT:

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2019 COMMUNITY CLOUT: Recent court judgements have placed occupiers of land in the driving seat of mining decision-making. Dictating the way forward are the Constitutional Court’s overturning of the eviction of 37 members of the Lesetlheng community of the North West province; the Pretoria High... 

COMMUNITY CLOUT:

CHEAPER AND HEALTHIER:

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2019 CHEAPER AND HEALTHIER: South Africa’s endowment of hot sun and top-tier wind makes a compelling case for investment in renewable energy that protects the environment. This clean power combination is compelling, not only because it is healthy but that it has become the lowest cost option. It has... 

CHEAPER AND HEALTHIER:

WILD COAST'S WILD CARD:

By: Martin Creamer     14th December 2018 The mining industry has been dealt a wild card by the  Wild Coast, where the community has said no to the mining of titanium. It is the community of Umgungundlovu, a portion of Xolobeni, and it has been given the right to say no by the High Court of Pretoria. The full consent of informal land... 

WILD COAST'S WILD CARD:

NEW MINERAL MASTERS:

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2018 The Mineral Resources Minister will have to obtain the full and formal consent of the Xolobeni community prior to granting anyone the right to mine titanium at Umgungundlovu on the Wild Coast. South Africa’s Gulliver-size mineral wealth, which provides taxes, royalties, jobs, foreign investment... 

NEW MINERAL MASTERS:

UNCERTAIN CERTAINTY:

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2018 Despite the third iteration of the Mining Charter being gazetted and the starter’s gun fired, discussion still under way between the Mineral Resources Ministry and Minerals Council South Africa has fired enough holes in the cloud that still hovers above new mining investment and greenfield... 

UNCERTAIN CERTAINTY:

NO PANACEA:

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2018 Driving electric cars will not make a dent in global carbon emissions, and may even increase pollution levels, say the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its latest World Energy Outlook. It bases this premise on any reduction in emissions from electric vehicles being offset by the increased use... 

NO PANACEA:

EXPLORATION STILL ON VACATION:

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2018 South Africa’s $2.5-trillion minerals treasure chest will remain locked until enabling government policy unlocks it. Government has awakened to the massive potential of such an unlocking, but needs to clearly annunciate improved minerals policy to arouse the required investor interest. South... 

EXPLORATION STILL ON VACATION:

INVESTMENT PLEDGES:

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2018 INVESTMENT PLEDGES: It was wonderful that many mining-related investments were confirmed at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s investment conference in Johannesburg. The diversified mining company Anglo American pledged R70-billion. Vedanta Zinc International pledged R21.4-billion additional possible... 

INVESTMENT PLEDGES:

CONSTRUCTIVE ENGAGEMENT

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2018 The constructive engagement that is under way to fix the growth-negative aspects of Mining Charter Three is commendable. The wise rapprochement between Minerals Minister Gwede Mantashe and Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter has nullified the destructive non-collaboration that separated these two... 

CONSTRUCTIVE ENGAGEMENT

LET'S PULL OURSELVES UP BY OUR OWN BOOTSTRAPS:

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2018 The current very low contribution of only 4% to gross domestic product (GDP) by the South African mining sector needs to be firmly uplifted for the good of the South African people. Advisory firm Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac rightly describes the 4% contribution as being ridiculously low. Mineral... 

LET'S PULL OURSELVES UP BY OUR OWN BOOTSTRAPS:

END THE EXPLORATION VACATION:

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2018 It is good that government is freeing mineral exploration from the regulatory burdens of the mining industry as a whole, because a massive amount of catch-up has to take place for the country to keep its mining at a critical mass. Against the backdrop of its exceptional mineral endowment, the... 

END THE EXPLORATION VACATION:

RESTORE THE GLEAM:

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2018 Gold mining has lost its investment glitter and needs to, in the words of the Economist magazine of London, restore its gleam. To do this, gold-mining companies Barrick and Randgold Resources want their shareholders to allow them to present an improved investment case as a merged entity. The plan... 

RESTORE THE GLEAM:
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