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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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First Word

Private-sector capacity must be brought in to clear excessive govt backlogs

By: Martin Creamer     22nd October 2021 At last count, there was a backlog of more than 5 000 applications for mining, prospecting and exploration licences waiting to be processed. Many months after Parliament revealed that figure, officialdom was questioned on the extent to which the backlog had been reduced but with little success... 

Companies of social, environmental and economic significance must be public

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2021 Listed companies have piles of reporting obligations from every angle – carbon emissions, climate change risk, community support, King governance – and unlisted companies have no public transparency obligations at all. As mining companies extract ore that belongs to you and me, it must be made... 

Govt must put an urgent stop to National Treasury’s big-business bias

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2021 National Treasury gives tax-free benefits to the members of the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) but not to individuals, which is resulting in only big business being supported on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Small companies are unable to attract investment because... 

Small companies must be incentivised to return to South Africa’s stock exchanges

By: Martin Creamer     1st October 2021 South Africa’s financial sector re-regulation has had the impact of empowering the big companies and is limiting entrepreneurship and junior activity on South Africa’s stock markets. Even though this is an unintended consequence of the Jacob Committee Report of many years ago, National Treasury... 

South Africans must reopen high-energy businesses that expensive electricity closed

By: Martin Creamer     24th September 2021 When South Africa’s electricity prices were competitive, a lot of high-energy infrastructure was established. But many furnaces and smelters had to be put on care-and-maintenance after Eskom’s electricity tariffs surged by more than 500% in ten years. Now, clean competitively priced electricity... 

South Africa must go full tilt into its ready-made green hydrogen opportunity

By: Martin Creamer     17th September 2021 Sasol provides South Africa with a ready-made opportunity for green hydrogen generation and we must waste no time going full tilt into it. The Germans may have invented Fischer Tropsch (FT) technology but it is the South Africans who have perfected it. Now is the time to go with the strong global... 

Climate change presenting huge opportunity for SA

By: Martin Creamer     10th September 2021 South Africa is a carbon-intensive economy and stands to face punitive measures if it fails to show genuine decarbonisation intent. Virtually every South African public company that reports these days provides an outline of its journey towards decarbonisation. This is the correct path to take... 

Richards Bay Minerals has done well to open the way for operations to resume

By: Martin Creamer     3rd September 2021 The tragedies surrounding Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) are heart-breaking. Two key employees of the Rio Tinto company have been shot dead and equipment burnt, causing losses of hundreds of millions of dollars. While police are still trying to get to the bottom of the two murders, the leadership at... 

Mining shallow Wits gold has the potential to give the economy a nice fillip

By: Martin Creamer     27th August 2021 The pioneers who mined the Witwatersrand Gold Basin so many years ago were so spoilt for choice that they just chased the obvious rich orebodies, which resulted in the South African economy rocketing and major cities like Johannesburg being developed. It also resulted in very deep mines. But the... 

South Africans must seize the opportunity to go green with great enthusiasm

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2021 Planet earth is being choked by greenhouse gas emissions. As fires rage and floods devastate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued a code red. Investors are urging companies to close their fossil-fuel operations. Simultaneously, they are daring them not sell these offending... 

Botswana beats South Africa to the cadastre punch using proudly South African tech

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2021 It is ironic that Botswana has beaten South Africa to the exploration cadastre punch using proudly South African technology. The technology in question has been received with open arms by the rest of the mining world but sardonically spurned in its country of birth. South Africa chose many years... 

Treasury needs to see how important it is for South Africa to keep mining going

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2021 National Treasury needs to acknowledge how much more the South African economy could get out of mining if it just did what Canada does to promote exploration. For some reason, the flow-through scheme can gain no traction with National Treasury, even though it is a proven method of promoting... 

Fraction of a per cent of South Africa’s R9-trillion savings needed for win-win exploration

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2021 The Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services (FAIS) Act has changed the very nature of retail stock broking. Retail stock brokers have given way wealth managers, who make their money from portfolio management fees, not from stock exchange trading income. Compliance processes now require a... 

Unlisted mining companies must at least be made to sign the King Code

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2021 There are just far too many unlisted mining companies in South Africa that are extracting what belongs to us all without us being able to see rehabilitation and transfer pricing conformance. There are about 400 commercial operating mines in South Africa but only 41 mining companies listed. South... 

National Treasury, JSE and DMRE must all lend an ear

By: Martin Creamer     16th July 2021 It’s very hard to get through to National Treasury. Word is that the only group Treasury listens to are the 11 financial institutions that control 90% of South Africa’s savings. It’s also very hard to get through to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). Word is that the JSE is much keener on... 

Recovering valuables from dumps should be prioritised

By: Martin Creamer     9th July 2021 A very quick return is on the way from copper in dumps in the Northern Cape, and $4-billion worth of rare earths is there for the taking in dumps in Phalaborwa. There is gold galore in tailings dams around Johannesburg, and waste there for the taking linked to every mine that has ever been... 

Intensive energy users had better get a move on to avoid huge carbon tax bills

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2021 It was astonishing to hear Harmony Gold express fears of being carbon taxed up to R80-million by 2023 and R250-million by 2030. The owners of deep level mines are going to have to move fast to produce their own clean power and get rid of diesel underground. The irony is that Harmony has been... 

South Africa must grasp the energy equivalent of the Roaring ‘20s with both hands

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2021 When it comes to energy, the world has entered a Roaring Twenties-equivalent with clean, green electricity demanded here, there and everywhere. Sir Mick Davis’ Vision Blue, together with  Canada’s NextSource, are offering South Africa a local battery materials and local battery manufacture... 

A huge opportunity that we dare not miss out on

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2021 Electricity storage batteries are what the new world will be running on and South Africa must grasp its opportunity to make them locally. A Canadian company mining graphite in Madagascar sees South Africa as the place able to provide what vehicle manufacturers want – the middle-tier value-add... 

Northern Cape’s lucrative copper potential must be given all the assistance it needs

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2021 There is money lying around in South Africa because of the mining that has been done in this country over many years. A walk around the rock dumps at Nababeep, for example, has given rise to a copper venture that will be cash positive from its second month of operation. News coming out regularly... 

Bring in the best to get our exploration going

By: Martin Creamer     28th May 2021 There is negligible greenfield exploration taking place in South Africa, a mining country. We know that mining, preceded by exploration, is the world’s greatest economic multiplier. South Africa Inc, thus, really needs to get our exploration going. Every geologist will tell you that South Africa... 

With mining coming to our economic rescue, it behoves govt to go to mining’s rail rescue

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2021 South Africa’s mineral endowment is resulting in cash gushing into the Receiver of Revenue’s office and foreign exchange pouring through the border gates. Mining has become our economic saviour in an otherwise slumped economy. But reciprocity is needed. For instance, our iron-ore is special. It... 

South Africa’s mining upsurge will need skills, let’s be prepared

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2021 Mining is reawakening and even countries with an abundance of mining skills are starting to check whether their capacity is going to be adequate. South Africa should do the same. Mining’s future is beginning to look up but there’s nothing like insufficient capacity to make it all fall down. We... 

It makes huge economic sense to encourage mineral exploration

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2021 Mining, preceded by exploration, is the greatest economic multiplier of all business activities, including government expenditure, says Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce Williamson. It therefore makes huge sense for government to enact attractive, investment-friendly... 

Coal contracts with Eskom must be honoured

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2021 The decision of Eskom to ask Treasury to consider the release of a top coal mining company from its long-term contractual obligations should be opened to full public scrutiny. In this instance, Treasury is considering releasing a public company from a 14-year obligation. Should the company be... 

Self-generation limit that’s free of red tape must be lifted much higher

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2021 Holding South Africans to a 10 MW self-generation grid-linked electricity threshold of 10 MW is a measure that is holding back the economic future of this country. The limit must be raised to at least 50 MW without delay. The regulations for the 10 MW threshold are not yet out so all the drafters... 

South Africans must disallow official tardiness that prevents economic progress

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2021 The South African people must no longer tolerate national slowness that keeps us out of the benefits of global trends. South Africa began in green hydrogen more than a decade ago is now falling behind the rest of the world. The country is very well placed with superior sun, prime wind, the... 

Government must join the platinum group metals promotion effort

By: Martin Creamer     2nd April 2021 South Africa is blessed with the planet’s largest endowment of platinum group metals (PGMs) but is not doing enough to promote this, at a time when PGM demand faces a potential decade of strength. PGMs must be more strongly promoted by South Africa Incorporated. The government in general and the... 

Mines correct to take tailings management very seriously

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2021 It is a pity that there have to be horrific tragedies before due attention is paid to dangerous practices. For example, Brazil had to be he location of a shocking mine tailings disaster before the mining industry went out of its way to enforce proper mine tailings principles. When the tailings... 

An immediate end must be brought to inexplicably slow mineral rights processing

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2021 It has been so very disheartening to hear just how slowly the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has been processing applications for mining rights, prospecting rights, mining permits, renewals and cessions. The Mineral Resources & Energy Parliamentary Portfolio Committee was right... 

Test mine to try out new technologies is a great idea

By: Martin Creamer     5th March 2021 Hats off to the South African mining industry for planning a test mine for Fourth Industrial Revolution technology try-outs. The industry needs to go all out to be globally competitive, having slipped back on productivity and production. The faster the Minerals Council South Africa team completes... 

Decarbonising South Africa is a must

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2021 The private sector the world over is responding very well to climate change. This is because is the shareholders of public companies are demanding a switch away from fossil fuel to renewable sun, wind and water energy. It is a must for South Africa to decarbonise. Firstly, it is right to make the... 

Multitrillion-rand opportunity staring South Africans in the face. What are we waiting for?

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2021 South Africa is in an amazingly good position to create huge wealth and generate hundreds of thousands of near-term jobs by producing carbon-neutral powerfuels for aviation, and green hydrogen for the production for green steel. The starting point is to use our superior sunlight, prime wind,... 

We’re allowing the benefits of mineral exploration to pass us by

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2021 South Africa is a mining country which was supposed to have a mineral exploration strategy by the end of this month. But, as I write, none has been forthcoming, despite the commitment being made publicly, for all to hear, at a mining event last year. The losers are the South African people... 

The ‘greenness’ South Africa can help bestow on the world needs hard sell now

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2021 South Africa and the amazing platinum group metals it hosts in such abundance have been cleaning up emissions from vehicle exhaust pipes for decades. Now they are earmarked to do so in elevated zero-emission fashion in fuel cells and in green hydrogen generation. A leading mining executive I... 

Australia’s loss becomes South Africa’s gain

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2021 China’s refusal to buy Australian coal has resulted in the Asian country taking the unprecedented step of turning to South Africa for its supply of combustible black rock – a very welcome fillip in our hour of need. Coupled to ongoing traditional demand for South African coal from the likes of... 

Time to build back better as we fight off Covid

By: Martin Creamer     15th January 2021 A well-known chairperson was once criticised for spending much of his time looking out of the window of the high-rise corporate building that his company occupied. He would do so in deep thought, with his hands behind his back. This intense contemplation turned out to be of great benefit to the... 

African Continental Free Trade deal must get rid of those long truck queues at border posts

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2020 When I passed through a few Southern African border posts last year, I was disappointed to see the long queues of trucks waiting to get through customs. The one of truck driver I spoke to complained that the hold ups invariably take days. I thought to myself that it would be advantageous to... 

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