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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

Clampdown on coal NOx, copper target attainable, platinum realignment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th September 2007 The demand for clean coal is coming thick and fast. Conscious of the polluting effects of emissions, Europe is imposing strict regulations on the use of coal as an energy source. 

Harmony in intensive care, platinum & diesel engines, Zimplats & Zimbabwe

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2007 Harmony gold is going into intensive care as the big guns throw their full weight behind its recovery. In their hands are the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people as well as this country’s reputation as a reliable investment destination. 

Trillion-rand achievement, copper corporate favourite, exploration ship comes in

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2007 Those who witnessed the remarkable morphing of Gencor into Billiton and then BHP Billiton will marvel at this week�s cover story on page 8 of the print edition of Mining Weekly, which highlights the merged entity�s ascendancy to trillion-rand status. Its latest profit is a staggering... 

The Charter and the Code, adding value to uranium, new gold joint venture

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2007 The mining Charter and the Code that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has introduced for empowerment are coexisting at present, but some feel that the two need to be aligned. Others say that, if they had a choice, they would opt for the implementation of the DTI Code rather than the... 

New Harmony leadership, IDC offer to juniors, irony of truck tyre shortage

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2007 “The coming quarter will be better,” says new acting Harmony Gold CEO Graham Briggs in this week’s Mining Weekly cover story, beginning on page 8 of our print edition. He points out that the “terrible” upcoming quarter should be seen as extraordinary, both in respect... 

Anglo’s Carroll gets tough, AngloPlat’s CEO resigns, AngloGold’s CEO retires

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2007 CYNTHIA CARROLL’S TOUGH NEW safety mandate has, in her words, resulted in “30 000 being brought up from underground” for special audited training and she has also equated good safety with good management and good productivity. 

Flow-through shares need, platinum smelting boost, Mozambique gold hope

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2007  

Katanga-DRC new broom, Akanani platinum scale-up, the De Beers philosophy

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2007 New Katanga Governor Moise Katumbi has a burning desire to return Katanga to its former glory. In order to do that, he is of the firm opinion that investors must be given every facilitation in this mining province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

New R2,6bn gold mine, Klerksdorp and uranium, platinum juniors multiply

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2007 The inauguration of the Burnstone gold mine near Balfour, in Mpumalanga, is another example of foreign investors moving in where their domestic counter-parts fear to tread. Toronto- and now also Johannesburg-listed Great Basin Gold (GBG) has already invested R800-million in the Burnstone mine and... 

Wild Coast mineral sands, fluorspar beneficiation, diamond-mine expansion

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2007 The department of minerals and energy will have to exercise the wisdom of Solomon in its handling of the controversial Xolobeni mining-right application, which it has already accepted. 

Uranium doubling needed, Jwaneng underground plan, Mining and The Environment

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2007  

Coal treasure chest, near surface gold prospect, platinum and uranium

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2007 For decades, the Waterberg has been held up as South Africa's coal war chest for future requirements and future generations. But it is now rapidly moving from the realms of 'pure blue sky', or even an insurance policy, into that of real mining.  

More uranium plans, mining investment scrutiny, migration of clinics to face

By: Martin Creamer     22nd June 2007  

Regional South Deep study, new clean-coal varsity chair, fluorspar turnaround bid

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2007 Past legacies have precluded most South African gold orebodies from being mined to full potential, but, perhaps, the country can look forward to something different now that Gold Fields owns so many contiguous West Rand assets. 

Valuable Lesotho diamonds, ferrochrome doubling, 550-km iron-ore pipeline

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2007 The Letseng diamond operation is coming up trumps for the fast-growing Gem Diamonds. In fact, the former Brett Kebble asset is delivering gems that are selling way above the industry average. Not that long ago, this highest diamond mine in the world suffered slurs and suggestions of nefarious... 

Descending below 4 km, ore reserve measurement. offshore exploration snags

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2007  

Twin-track empowerment, new 'bottom-feed' aspirant, getting closer to Spoornet

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2007 The gazetting of the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI's) black economic-empowerment codes appears to make it possible for mining companies to obtain a twin set of empowerment credits for their operations - one set from the Mining Charter for mining aspects and another from the... 

SA coal under spotlight, more Zimbabwe platinum, short base-metals response

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2007 The new european union environmental rules have put South African coal, in particular, under the spotlight. 

Taking another look, heavy-minerals scale-up, big uranium prospect

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2007 In spite of more than a century of exploration, surveying, and mapping, geologists and mining executives alike are becoming more and more convinced that South Africa is far from overexplored. In fact, it is now being argued that there is real scope for further basic geological exploration. 

Manganism health battle, mine’s methane-capture ambition, diamond-law worries

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2007 Manganism, or manganese poisoning, is the topic of our cover story in this week’s edition of Mining Weekly. It is arguably one of the lesser-known certifiable diseases in the mining industry, caused by excessive or prolonged exposure to manganese dust or fumes. Its symptoms strongly... 

Manganism health battle, mine's methane-capture ambition, diamond-law worries

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2007  

Energy coal turnaround, Spoornet-RBCT mismatch, new uranium mine outlook

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2007 The South African Energy Coal operations of diversified global miner BHP Billiton have emerged from the recovery phase and have advanced into continuous-improvement mode, new president and COO of BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa (Becsa) Wayne Isaacs says on page 8 of the print edition of... 

Review of Mining Charter, Malawi uranium nod, mining diseases & litigation

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2007 The department of minerals and energy (dme) has let it be known that there will be a review of the Mining Charter in 2010. Given the generally long gestation period and the potential for chagrin in reviews of this kind, the sooner the debate begins, the better. Certainty is something business... 

Carlin Trend-like gold find, State Diamond Trader, using Bees to lower costs

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2007  

Third uranium renaissance, technology that cuts costs, 120 years of Gold Fields

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2007  

Queensland's clean-coal bid, Katanga's raw export ban, Anglo's big gold share sale

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2007 The flying visit of queensland premier Peter Beattie to South Africa served to emphasise the urgent need for coal to enter the new ‘clean’ era that climate change is demanding. But it needs to do so at low cost, and collective effort could thus assist the low-cost cause. Queensland has ZeroGen... 

Lonmin's amazing vision, Brazil's resources 'jaguar', Eskom's R150bn scale-up

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2007 Lonmin CEO Brad Mills is lifting the sustainability-development bar at a crucial time in the platinum-mining cycle. In taking a 50-year view, he is able to choose a long-term outcome and then scale up to realise his vision. Read on page 8 of this week’s print edition of Mining Weekly of Lonmin’s... 

Government is correct to put a stop to export of unbeneficiated chrome ore

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2007 South Africa hosts most of the world’s known chrome resources and has a tradition of producing ferrochrome in South Africa for export to the world.  

DRC’S new governor of Katanga extends invitation to South African investors

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2007 The Governor-elect of Katanga, Moise Katumbi, has extended an invitation to bona fide resources investors to help him return the once-rich Katanga mining province to its former glory. 

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