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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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Mining’s performance must improve for the good of the South African people

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2018 Although the mining production figures for the month of August were regrettably still on a downward trajectory, sentiment in the sector has improved by leaps and bounds since Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe took office. Disaggregation of August’s output data by Investec exposed a... 

Time to enlarge the mining industry for the good of all the people of South Africa

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2018 There are good reasons why the South African mining industry should not be too big, Dutch disease being one of them, but the present size of mining at only 4% to this country’s gross domestic product (GDP) is a lost economic opportunity second to none. Worst of all is that the cause of mining’s... 

Releasing exploration companies from onerous regulatory burdens is positive

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2018 Mining Charter Three does not tie exploration companies down to the obligations it places on new mining licence applicants. Exploration has not been encumbered with 30% black economic empowerment obligations, 5% carried interest for labour, 5% carried interest for communities and the other boxes... 

Proper stimulation of mining can ensure better living standards for the people of South Africa

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2018 Johannesburg and Los Angeles have something special in common. They were both catalysed by gold mining. The Witwatersrand gold rush of 1886 led to the establishment of Johannesburg and the California gold rush of 1848 led to the development of Los Angeles. Both cities are examples of the... 

Irony of resource-rich Africa remaining poor must be reversed

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2018 There are many world leaders holding thumbs that Africa will move to the next level in the not too distant future. Encouraging African steps just taken include the African Continental Free Trade Agreement between 44 African Union member states, with the goal of creating a single market. But even... 

Investor confidence takes on new hue, South Africa needs to embrace it with vigour

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 Investor confidence is no longer a stand-alone in the South African context, where it includes other key confidences. In delivering 51% higher headline earnings of R4 814-million in the 12 months to June 30 accompanied by a hefty R1.7-billion cumulative dividend payout, African Rainbow Minerals... 

Govt should remove the carbon tax threat hanging over the metal smelting sector

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2018 The renewable energy factor that predominates the latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) provide and excellent reason by the Cabinet should instruct the National Treasury to put a hold on its plan to introduce a carbon tax on January 1 next year. Enshrined in the latest IRP is the strongest... 

Minister’s big exploration stimulus must also be fully transparent to be credible

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2018 Somehow Cabinet Ministers seem to say more outside the country than in it. Mining Weekly has been striving for effective stimulation of the dormant exploration business for some time, but the publication had to wait for Minerals Minister Gwede Mantashe to go to last week’s African Down Under... 

Gwede Mantashe tweet is sentiment boost for problem ridden South African mining

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2018 Shakespeare noted that there is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken in the flood, leads to a fortune. Last week’s great tweet by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe urging South Africans to celebrate their wonderful treasure chest of mineral wealth has been taken in the flood and... 

South Africa should set out with iron will to achieve benchmarks of world’s top mining jurisdiction

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2018 Way before the new millennium, leading South African gold mining companies organising secondary listings on global stock exchanges would say how determined they were to meet the so-called Ontario benchmark, a safety level attained by Canadian mining companies that became the Holy Grail for... 

Department of Mineral Resources entering the fray to stop mining companies from closing mines

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2018 The new Department of Minerals Resources (DMR) is showing a strong tendency to resist companies that apply to shut mines or put mine shafts on care and maintenance. The DMR is advocating applying Section 52 of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act ahead of the labour-reducing... 

Regulatory hiatus causing even friendly major miners to back off exploration

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2018 Exploration is vital to keep mining going and although Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has expressed concern about many mine shafts being put on care and maintenance, Minerals Council South Africa is correct to point out that the real setback for the future sustainability of the South... 

South Africa lacks funding for capital-intensive mining, needs to encourage foreign investment

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2018 The South African mining industry is huge and contributes immensely to the balance of payments through exportation, but it could never have got off the ground without foreign investment. Even when South Africa’s savings was considerably bigger than it is now and even before banks stepped back... 

South African people can benefit from innovative approach to junior mining promotion

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2018 Junior mining is being considered as a special case by the powers that be, who are advocating an approach of juniors making special representations, which sounds like the authorities have run out of their own ideas. Certainly, junior mining is not going to get off the ground if it has to bear the... 

Cooperation needed to fill Africa’s trillion-dollar infrastructure gap

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2018 The Global Infrastructure Hub, a G20 initiative, calculates the infrastructure gap in ten of its ‘Compact with Africa’ countries to be $1-trillion in over the next 22 years, representing a 42% investment gap, which the global organisation describes as being one of the world’s largest regional gaps. 

Lesson for South Africa from Australia’s less endowed Queensland state

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2018 South Africa could do well to follow the path Australia's Queensland state has taken to create mining jobs. 

South Africa’s secretive DMR needs to subject itself to transparency evaluation, set reform priorities

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources needs to subject itself to an impartial transparency evaluation to identify its vulnerabilities – and the past period has shown that there are indeed very many – and to set reform priorities. 

China kindling hope of accelerated use of platinum fuel cells to clean world’s air

By: Martin Creamer     22nd June 2018 The corridors of mining power are abuzz with reports of quick steps being taken by China to introduce platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells at scale. Heavy fuel cell vehicles are being rapidly produced and the necessary hydrogen filling-station infrastructure provided, stimulated by 100%... 

Junior miners fund needs to be given momentum that only foreign direct investment can provide

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2018 It is wonderful news that the Department of Mineral Resources is at last acknowledging the important of junior mining promotion by announcing its intention to create a junior miners fund for emerging black startups of greenfield exploration projects. But what has still to be acknowledged is that... 

Global view of clean air as a human right highlighting need for clean coal, emissions-destroying platinum

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2018 Globally, clean air is being seen as a human right, even in dictatorial parts of the world, which has seen vigorous public protest against air pollution that damages health. People of the world are demanding that air ceases to contain particles that penetrate their lungs and causes illness, with... 

Chamber rebrand as Minerals Council South Africa establishes valuable ‘reboot’ opportunity for South Africa’s most important industry

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2018 The introduction of the Minerals Council South Africa provides the struggling South African mining industry with a chance to establish an important new beginning. Proper leadership has the potential to set South Africa on an upward course under the growing realisation that if the country... 

Decline in skills essential for deep underground safety requiring intense management vigilance

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2018 Mining executives with decades of experience are finding that certification qualifying individuals for management positions in deep underground mines do not necessarily have know-how that ensures underground safety. Top mining executives Mining Weekly has communicated with of late are putting new... 

South African mining is obliged to negotiate the many turning points and deciding moments confronting it with courage and care

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2018 Major turning points and crucial deciding moments continue to confront the South African mining industry, which can no longer flinch from negotiate them with fortitude and fairness. The industry has reached a point of being obliged to look long and to act strong when it comes to doing what is... 

Too little mining sunrise in sight as chug-along approach predominates

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2018 The State of the Nation address referred to the sunrise potential of South Africa’s mining industry, but one still cannot see the required beams of light penetrating the darkness. A somnambulant, chug-along approach is predominating, despite the widespread acknowledgement that mining can drive... 

Prospects of quick mining fix fade as court case mindset refuses to go away

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2018 South Africa is committed to turning its mining industry into a ‘sunrise’ industry, but regrettably dark shadows keep eclipsing the brighter light from blazing through. One imagined that the court case era passed when the Chamber of Mines won its case against mining companies having to provide... 

Inspiring new Mandela Mining Precinct bringing everyone to the table to focus on the crisis facing South African mining

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 In this the centenary year of the birth of the great Nelson Mandela, ‘minds for mines’ are being put to work at the inspiring new Mandela Mining Precinct in Carlow Road, Johannesburg, which is going all out to revitalise and modernise South Africa’s high-potential but struggling mining industry.... 

Promise of Vision 2030 for mining new breath of fresh air

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2018 The announcement by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) that it is engaged in the development of a Vision 2030 for mining is a positive step in the right direction after years of short-term pussyfooting by a department that had fallen behind those of competitive mining jurisdictions in... 

Ultra-intensive investigation needed to expose intentions of brutal Modikwa killers

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has correctly called on police to pull out all the stops in their investigation of the horrific killing of six mineworkers and the injuring of 44 others on April 2, when the bus in which 50 Modikwa Platinum Mine employees were travelling was brutally... 

Still no word from Mantashe on vital exploration promotion

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2018 There is still no word from new Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on the promotion of a vital, but still a totally missing element of South Africa’s mining future – exploration. The minerals sector can be restructured but only sustainably if exploration is included, a point which has been... 

Bewilderment as retention of some Mining Charter III tenets surprises on the downside

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2018 Confidence that a competitive new Mining Charter will replace the unworkable Mining Charter III is still present in some of the highest echelons of the corporate mining world, despite new Minerals Minister Gwede Mantashe saying that not all of the charter’s generally errant and unworkable third... 

Mining companies stepping firmly into the new world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2018 Mining companies are taking technology advances seriously. Two have stepped firmly into the world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and another two have set targets and made proposals that reflect to the credit of the industry.  

The auto world needs to acknowledge that platinum is the ideal metal to exorcise the demons out of diesel

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 Platinum and diesel engines have been joined at the hip, which has created wonderful demand for the locally mined product over decades - and then all hell broke loose when the Volkswagen emission scandal broke in 2015. Since then, diesel has been progressively demonised, to the point of a German... 

Intense effort needed to foster junior culture that revives and transforms mining

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2018 Government should heed the six-point plan to revive and transform mining; government and labour should see to the structural change that is needed to keep labour-intensive mining on the go; and the 'harvesting ' of mine shafts shows how difficult it is to mine profitably in deep underground... 

Revival hopes are rising as ‘green shoots’ appear, ‘send me’ pleas sound and ‘I want to lend a hand’ sentiment spreads

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2018 South Africa is quickly becoming reborn as an investment destination. Spirits are high, revival hopes are rising, green shoots are appearing and people are asking what they can do to help. The late Hugh Masekela’s ‘Send Me’ melody with which President Cyril Ramaphosa signed off his stunning State... 

Sense of urgency needed to revive South Africa’s mining industry, condemn evil past in strongest terms

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2018 A sense of urgency is needed to pull South Africa's mining industry back from the brink, set it on a course to success and for the industry to be scathing about condemning its evil past in the strongest of terms. The country has fallen badly behind other mining jurisdictions and the strong... 

Golden opportunity, urgent logistics call, platinum to the fore

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2018 South Africa has an opportnity in gold, investment to revitalise rail and port infrastructure is seen as urgent, there is a strong prediction that the fuel cell will outdo electric vehicles 

Energy from old mines, partnering communities, exploration awakening

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2018 Abandoned mines sites can be used as pumped-storage powr schemes; a partnership approach can improve vital relations between mines and communities; and te exploration awakening is pleasing. 

Mining’s ‘flight of rebirth’ urgent, promotion of exploration essential

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2018 South African mining industry is in urgent need of a ‘flight of rebirth’. It is buckled and bent and made up of weakened growth prospects, with none of the cut and thrust of rival mining jurisdictions like Australia and Canada. 

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