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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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The season of diamond sales, where gold gets minus value, scouring sea floor for metals

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2007 While the gifting season is on hand, it is appropriate to point out that 85% of diamonds are gifted from man to woman. It is thus romance that keeps the diamond industry in buoyant business, which those watching diamond-miners at work at the base of dusty openpits may be forgiven for sometimes... 

R4bn manganese project, coal-energy aspirant, rising diamond star

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2007 South Africa is to get its first integrated greenfield manganese project since the late seventies. 

Platinum & price threat, uranium production dip, gold project slippage

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2007 Not that long ago, platinum-miners feared a platinum price that soared too high, in case platinum users searched for and found substitutes as a response. 

Metal accounting code, more on Platinum City, new shaft at platinum mine

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2007 Establishing a code of practice for metal accounting in the mining industry is seen to be necessary. Envisaged is the creation of a set of standard generic procedures for obtaining credible figures of metal quantities processed and produced. 

Cutifani on mine safety, deep-level trasparency, Finsch automation elation

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2007 "As CEO, I take full responsibility and accountability for safety management and, together with every employee of the company, we will strengthen our partnerships in creating a new standard upon which we will manage together and for each other. 

Company Announcement: Botswana lifts diamond bar, uranium warning, mining’s poverty alleviation

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2007 Botswana is lifting Africa’s beneficiation bar in significant initiatives aimed at realising what, up to now, has been only a hopeful African dream – cutting, polishing and trading diamonds out of Africa. 

Compliance and growth, Lula on Brazil in Africa, novel mine 'railveyor'

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2007 Sasol's Dr Benny Mokaba celebrates Mining Charter compliance as a simultaneous provider of growth opportunity. 

Sasol Mining compliance, scramble for Africa, new platinum aspirant

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2007 Sasol mining was once considered late with the introduction of black economic empowerment (BEE). But if its latest transaction goes through, it will end up being seven years early. 

DRC’s rich copper grades, South American uranium, stopping mine ghost towns

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2007 Politics and infrastructure permitting, Central Africa is the place that could help to stave off a spike in the copper price, which is foreseen for 2008. While the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia have fewer resources and reserves than Chile or Peru, they have far higher grades and... 

R3,2bn nickel expansion, taking uranium all the way, DRC mining-licence review

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2007 At last, phase two of Nkomati Nickel is going ahead at a cost of R3,2-billion. This phase was mooted several years ago. With the benefit of hindsight, one can now say that it should have gone ahead several years ago, when first proposed by the then Avmin to the then coshareholder, Anglo American.... 

China’s re-entry into Africa, securing power for mines, zeppelin exploration in SA

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2007 The “Chinafication of Africa” is currently the world’s “quietest and most powerful revolution”, says Paladin Resources MD John Borshoff. His view is reported on page 10 of the print edition of Mining Weekly, just after this week’s page 8–9 cover story,... 

SA and carbon capture, inputs and beneficiation, hushed Zim diamond find

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2007 Anglo American plc energy head Roger Wicks suggested to the Pittsburgh Coal Conference in Johannesburg last week that the developed world select a developing country like South Africa as the location of the next carbon-capture and storage demonstration plant. 

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... 

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