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Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer

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Shock as chamber stalwart Roger Baxter leaves South Africa for Canada

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2011 Shock waves are reverberating along the corridors of mining power on the news that minerals economics stalwart Roger Baxter has quit his position as South African Chamber of Mines senior executive strategy to join a company within the diversified Rio Tinto group in Canada. The 45-year-old Baxter... 

Chinese take another bite, Mozambique rail options, Sallies may delist by June

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2011 China’s Minmetals Resources has offered to buy Anvil, a new study is examining options to boost Mozambique’s export infrastructure, Sallies’ delisting from the JSE is set to take place before the end of June 2012. 

Roubini on commodity market, Alexkor posts diamonds profit, Brazil’s pig-iron demo plant

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2011 Commodities have been he only game in town in a stronger-for-longer cycle, but world-renowned economist Nouriel Roubini view expressed to a South African audience is that the down-dip risk has still to be priced in, which may present some shocks in the future. 

Zim’s topsy-turvy licence discussion, Rio Tinto Zim diamonds eclipsed, bumper year for mining bosses

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2011 Zimbabwe’s topsy-turvy licence discussion is sowing investor uncertainty; Rio Tinto's Murawa in Zimbabwe is being eclipsed by a new diamond company; and mining boss pay continues to be of the bumper kind this year 

India explores flow-through, July’s mining output down, rewarded for being less SA

By: Martin Creamer     16th September 2011 India’s Ministry of Mines is working on a flow-through share option; mining output in South Africa fell for the third consecutive month in July; ratings agency Moody's has patted Gold Fields on the back for being less South Africa.  

Post-Fukushima, some remain steadfast advocates of nuclear power and uranium mining

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2011 While there has been a loss of confidence in nuclear power and uranium mining in the wake of what happened to the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, some remain steadfast advocates of what they see as an energy source that will continue to play a significant role. While it is true that... 

Will China replicate in Africa Australia-type 2007-2010 resources M&A?

By: Martin Creamer     2nd September 2011 A replication of the Chinese resources acquisitiveness that took place in Australia from 2007 to 2010 will repeat itself in Africa over the next two to three years, says China-focused advisory firm Beijing Axis founder and MD Kobus van der Wath, who has been studying China’s growth for nearly two... 

Modern world wouldn't have smart phones, wind turbines, toothpaste without mined minerals

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2011 Mining and the minerals are integral to modern society and really matter for the growth and development of South Africa. Chamber of Mines of South Africa senior executive Roger Baxter has pointed out in talks to the media, mining and minerals are an essential component for sustainable... 

Sovereign fund and nationalisation, Moatize coal reaches Beira port, gold could hit $2 000/oz this year

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2011 South Africa should look at a sovereign wealth fund to quell nationalisation calls;Brazilian mining major Vale has shipped the first coal from Mozambique; and the gold price could top $2 000/oz by the end of the year, says the exiting Aurizon CEO.  

Chinese buy liquidated Orkney gold mine for R150m, plan R525m capital injection, High Court Aurora enquiry 

By: Martin Creamer     12th August 2011 Chinese company SSC Mandarin of Hong Kong has agreed to buy Pamodzi Gold’s Orkney gold mine out of liquidation for R150-million; the purchase takes place as an in-camera Master of the High Court enquiry is under way into the Pamodzi Gold liquidation. 

Anglo American pipeline at $85bn, Resgen awarded Waterberg coal rights, Barrick spending on big new mines

By: Martin Creamer     5th August 2011 Diversified miner Anglo American has put more projects into its growth pipeline, taking its total value to $85-billion; Resgen says Ledjadja Coal has a 30-year mining right for Boikarabelo mine;and Barrick Gold raises cost estimates for new South American mines under construction. 

Regional coal cooperation needed, sand tunnel for diamond mine, Evander 6 Shaft gold project

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2011 Cooperation among Southern Africa countries needed to unlock the value of the region’s coal resources; Gem Diamonds contracts Redpath South Africa to develop a sand tunnel at Ghaghoo in Botswana; and Taung Gold gets going at its Evander 6 shaft project. 

Discard coal IPP targeted for 2015, carbon tax and competitiveness, BHP sees more shale gas bids

By: Martin Creamer     22nd July 2011 Anglo American could emerge with a discard coal power project in eMalahleni; the Australian carbon tax to hurt all exporters; and BHP Billiton may bid for more shale gas. 

Coal inventory studies under way in South Africa, Botswana as part of roadmap initiatives

By: Martin Creamer     15th July 2011 A popular term is coal road mapping. South Africa and Botswana are currently undertaking what they both refer to as coal road maps. A coal inventory study in both countries is timely. South Africa has the Waterberg field coming in and Botswana the Mmamabula field about to emerge. Both the... 

Manganese export channel, uranium market outlook, mine nationalisation view

By: Martin Creamer     8th July 2011 Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) newly reinstated CEO Siyabonga Gama wants manganese exported from Coega; the long-term outlook for uranium is seen as sound; and a political analyst says that South Africa’s centre should begin to assert itself to ensure that the country ceases to be polarised by... 

Tax changes may derail Palabora BEE, acid mine drainage needs more cash, liquidators reopen Pamodzi Gold sale,

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2011 Tax changes may derail Palabora Mining’s black economic-empowerment deal; the R225-million allocated for the acid mine drainage problem is not enough; and liquidators have put Pamodzi Gold back up for sale. 

World Gold Council unveils initiative to combat ‘conflict gold’

By: Martin Creamer     24th June 2011 Hot on the heels of Mining Weekly’s story on the unintended consequences of the US’ Dodd-Frank legislation aimed at combating conflict gold, the World Gold Council has produced a draft framework of standards to combat gold that “enables, fuels or finances armed conflict”. Mining Weekly reported... 

South African political risk a worry – Moody’s, investors increasingly wary – Lonmin chair

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2011 As Moody’s investor service was saying in Johannesburg that the world is putting larger political-risk question marks over South Africa as an investment destination, Lonmin chairperson Roger Phillimore was telling Mining Weekly in Toronto of the “growing sense of concern” among London’s... 

Merafe gives equity raising a miss, keeps Lion Two stake at 20.5%

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2011 The black-owned JSE-listed ferrochrome company Merafe is giving equity raising a wide berth and opting to stick with a 20.5% stake in Xstrata’s Lion Two expansion at this stage, for which it must fork out R1-billion. 

Pamodzi Gold saga points to need for review of South Africa’s liquidation laws

By: Martin Creamer     3rd June 2011 The long-drawn-out Pamodzi Gold liquidation saga has put the spotlight on South Africa’s liquidation laws and highlighted the need for their urgent review. 

Master removes gold liquidators, Exxaro bids for iron-ore asset

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2011 The Master of the High Court of South Africa has removed Pamodzi Gold liquidators Enver Motala and Gavin Gainsford and South African diversified miner Exxaro has announced a A$123-million takeover offer for Australian iron-ore miner Territory Resources.  

AngloGold urges quick silicosis redress, lawyer says less dust will cut incidence, RBC eases $100bn implied-damage sum

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2011 South Africa’s largest gold miner is urging quick action on a compensation structure for silicosis sufferers; a lawyer says that the cutting of dust levels to 0,1mg/mm2 will reduce the rising silicosis problem;and analysts have backtracked on silicosis claims potentially totalling $100-billion. 

Vale, BHP in iron expansion, India SAIL studies Orissa iron, Trans Hex buys diamond mine

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2011 BHP Billiton and Vale, have given the green light to a $3-billion expansion; India’s State-owned Steel Authority of India (SAIL) is preparing a detailed project report for a $404-million iron-ore development; and De Beers is selling Namaqualand mines to Trans Hex.  

Old gold fundamentals are ‘passé’, Gold One bids for Rand Uranium, Sentula-Shanduka coal twinning

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2011 The old gold-price dynamics of “jewellery and Indian wedding seasons” are passé, forget about them, says Barrick founder Peter Munk; Gold One has made a binding $250-million cash offer for Rand Uranium;Cyril Ramaphosa’s Shanduka is buying Shanduka for R2,1-billion; and Rio Tinto has the certainty... 

Gold may soar if US recovery fails, gold accessible from paid-for shafts, DRDGold to sell control of Blyvoor

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2011 The gold price could breach $2 000/oz by 2012/13, if a US economic recovery is not realised, says mining analyst Rene Hochreiter; 50-million ounces of Gold Fields’ South African gold can be accessed from current paid-for infrastructure; and South African gold-miner DRDGold wants to sell control... 

GFMS keeps $1 600/oz gold forecast, Aquarius buys platinum company, Miranda accelerating coal projects

By: Martin Creamer     22nd April 2011 The price of gold is expected to break through $1 600/oz before the end of this year; Platinum miner Aquarius is buying Afarak Platinum for $109,7-million; and 

South African taxman collects R6bn in mining royalties, Russian miner, IDC to set up mining, prospecting fund, proposed Namibian uranium mine has R11bn price tag

By: Martin Creamer     15th April 2011 The South African taxman has collected R6-billion in mining royalties in his first year of collection but is concerned about transfer pricing issues, the Russian Norilsk and South Africa's State-owned Industrial Development Corporation are setting up a mining and, prospecting fund, and the ASX-... 

Randgold Resources weathers Côte d’Ivoire storm, producing to plan despite war

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2011 Quite amazingly, Randgold Resources, the London-listed South Africa-conceived African gold mining company, has been weathering the Côte d'Ivoire storm remarkably well. Randgold CEO Dr Mark Bristow tells Mining Weekly that the company remains on track to produce more than a quarter million gold... 

Investment in mining logistics infrastructure urged, Japan quake crisis may hit Australian iron expansion, Pan African breaks ground at platinum project

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2011 Logistics company is urging the African mining industry to invest in additional logistics capacity or face a severe shortfall in 2016; The Japan earthquake aftermath could slow Australia's iron-ore expansion plans while severe weather hits current operations; gold junior Pan African says its... 

R4bn coking coal mine envisaged in Limpopo, deal hunger evident at Toronto convention, upgrade of South African dump truck range

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2011 Coal of Africa envisages approval for a second coking coal project in Limpopo province; everyone in mining industry was looking for a deal at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention; the uranium discovery of Australian explorer Peninsula Energy in South Africa's Karoo has... 

Sasol parcels R8bn for coal-mine replacement projects, Zimbabwe ferrochrome producer’s $300m aspiration, Minister may include private sector in key person hunt

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2011 Oil-from-coal producer Sasol has set aside R8-billion for its coal-mine replacement programmes; the Zimbabwe Mining & Smelting Company (Zimasco) says the $300-million upgrading of its blast furnaces will start in the second half of this year; and Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu may... 

ConCourt ruling may open disease claims door, South Africa only four points above Zimbabwe, mine liquidation practice needs urgent reform

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2011 A Constitutional Court ruling has opened the door to disease claims claims against the South African mining industry;the latest Fraser Institute survey puts South Africa in one of the world's lowest rungs of investment destination hell; and South Africa’s use-it-or-lose-it principle for mining... 

New R700m Xstrata chrome mine advances, Exxaro still coy on iron-ore project details, Wits Gold wants to bring on shallow gold mine

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2011 Global diversified mining major Xstrata is stamping its authority on the ferrochrome business with progress at the R700-million Magareng chrome mine in Steelpoort, Limpopo; Exxaro will only say that it has advanced its maiden iron-ore project into the prefeasibility study phase, but is still not... 

Anglo American planning $4,8bn S African capex, cash-gushing AngloGold set for new-era liftoff, Gold Fields’ five new concurrent gold projects

By: Martin Creamer     25th February 2011 Mining titan Anglo American plans to invest $4,8-billion in South Africa and will be the first to step up to the plate and help South African power generator Eskom with its coal needs; South African gold major AngloGold Ashanti is set for a vigorous hedge-free liftoff; and Gold Fields is... 

Worthwhile event dedicated to mining investment in Africa

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2011 For 17 years, the Mining Indaba has brought together mining industry stakeholders to discuss investing in Africa. While this year more than 5 700 participants took part in the official proceedings – a record number – so much also takes place on the periphery of the event that than doubling that... 

Chamber slams Eskom’s heavy-handedness, backs Shabangu’s coal-cooperation call

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2011 While the Chamber of Mines of South Africa has slammed State power utility Eskom for seeking the imposition of "heavy-handed" coal-control mechanisms, it has accepted the call for the South African coal-mining industry to work closely with government to ensure that there is adequate domestic... 

$10bn Simandou Africa’s ‘largest integrated project', Petmin enters into Liberia exploration joint venture iron-ore output to increase 50%-plus by 2015 – Vale

By: Martin Creamer     4th February 2011 Rio Tinto’s Simandou iron-ore project under construction in Guinea will be “the largest integrated mine-and-infrastructure project ever developed in Africa”. South Africa-based Petmin has entered into a $2-million agreement with Hummingbird Resources and its wholly owned subsidiary, Iron Bird... 

Petra buying De Beers Finsch diamond mine for R1,4b, TWP sourcing outside of ‘expensive’ South Africa, US Ex-Im Bank urged to end its 'fossil-fuel binge’

By: Martin Creamer     28th January 2011 The London Aim-listed Petra Diamonds is buying yet another De Beers’ diamond mine, this time the automated Finsch. Mining and minerals project house TWP is looking closely at procuring goods and services from countries that “have a more competitive cost base than South Africa”. An environmental... 

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