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Martin Creamer

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Mozambique regulations, rare ruby auction, Mining Weekly boost

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2014 New Mozambique mineral regulations before year-end; high praise for Gemfields rare ruby; Mining Weekly given distribution boost.  

Iron-ore to slide till end 2015, junior consolidation urged, Eskom coal gas date ‘slips’

By: Martin Creamer     28th November 2014 Iron-ore on a downward slide till the end of 2015, junior miners advised to consolidate, State power utility Eskom falls behind on underground coal gasification. 

Juniors beating delisting bogey, technology boosts visualisation, MiningWeekly.com website lift

By: Martin Creamer     21st November 2014 Canadian junior delistings not as high as predicted; new technology improves orebody insight; and Creamer Media's new-look mining website is gaining traction. 

New tech gold ton targeted, India’s manganese crunch, platinum powers platinum

By: Martin Creamer     14th November 2014 AngloGold Ashanti is planning to produced a ton of gold using its new technology; India is taking steps to avoid a shortage of manganese; Anglo American Platinum is using platinum to mine platinum. 

Mining to be ‘very different’, diamond dealers using Web, gearing for Africa expansion

By: Martin Creamer     7th November 2014 South African mining to be very different in 20 years; diamond pricing starting to liven up; African consulting firm leveraging its technical know-how in Africa 

Mining needs new ways, mine productivity down, illegal mining concern

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2014 South African mining needs to forge a strong new direction; mine productivity needs to be lifted up from its bootstraps; and illegal coal mining is undermining a KwaZulu-Natal school. 

New diamond mines, diamonds selling well, De Beers’ wage deal

By: Martin Creamer     24th October 2014 Diamond output from Canada is poised to rise sginificantly; Rockwell diamonds sees itself as being well placed for third-quarter improvement; diamond company De Beers secures its first three-year wage deal in South Africa. 

Billions for mining towns, mine signs biodiversity deal, mine produces entrepreneur

By: Martin Creamer     17th October 2014 Billions of rands for mining towns, environmental accord reached at colliery, mine underpins funding of successful entrepreneur and technology provider sharpens up on cyanide recovery. 

Certainty essential for investment, one mining enviro law on way, move to stamp out illegal mining

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2014 Regulatory certainty and competitiveness are essential for mining investment; one environmental system for mining on the way; new move to root out illegal mining; and a large scale carbon and capture storage system has been commissioned in Canada.  

Minister on decoupling oil, gas law, State diamond miner must find cash, more automated systems foreseen

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2014 Minister talks of decoupling oil and gas legislation; Public Enterprises Minister goads State diamond miner Alexkor; and consultancy foresees demand growth for automation and control systems in hydrocarbons sector. 

Japan helping to reduce deep mine risk, mining must innovate to stay relevant, virtual reality used to make mines safer

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2014 Japan and South Africa are working together to mitigate seismic risk; innovative strategy needed for mining;  

Nkwe’s mechanised project, Tawana’s iron-ore pilot plant, mining unemployment in Oz

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2014 Platinum company sets out mechanised plan on eastern limb; Tawan plans iron-ore pilot plant in West Africa; and the Australian Institute for Mining and Metallurgy reports on the Australian mining sector's unemployment dilemma. 

Energy threat to ferrochrome, Africa mining optimisation, new Zambia copper mine plan

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2014 Ferrochrome under 'debeneficiation' threat; a formula to improve Africa's mineral resources indusry; merged company plans to advance Zambian copper project.  

Bank’s R854m aluminium fraud exposure, considerations for shale gas exploration, copper awaits R9.3bn shareholder nod

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2014 Standard Bank's aluminium fraud exposure and loss on related disposal; considerations when exporing for shale gas; and R9.3-billion decision pending on copper expansion 

Harmony Gold pilots bioenergy crops, Glencore mine stores wind energy, remote mines turning to renewables

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2014 Harmony Gold pilots bioenergy; Glencore's Raglan installs wind energy storage; and solar and hydro also playing role in Africa 

Coal mining in Mozambique, reaching mining’s potential, top-quality digital publication

By: Martin Creamer     22nd August 2014 Brazilian mining major Vale rises to Mozambique mining and logistical challenges; the first of a four-part series on reaching full mining portential; Creamer Media launches in new quality e-magazine format 

Indians to up Mozambique coal output, new software enhances blast success, Mintek to host analytical symposium

By: Martin Creamer     15th August 2014 Intensidfied coal mining in Mozambique; new blast software, analytical symposium at Mintek 

Poor coal productivity tackled, Vale’s Africa production rises, Botswana coal, power project

By: Martin Creamer     8th August 2014 Angl American is pulling out all the stops to improve the productivity of its South African coal assets; Vale is doing well in Mozambique as Rio Tinto pulls out; a junior is raisng money to mine coal and produce power fro export from Botswana. 

Cutifani backs Cyril’s strike ballot, gold refinery gets financial help, Amplats backs mechanised mines

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2014 The enforcement of strike ballots is on the cards; gold mining companies have come the financial aid of the Rand Refinery; and Anglo American Platinum is entering a mechanised era. 

Boardroom bargaining tops rest, platinum sales ‘normal’ in strike, 60 000 ex-miners claim R5bn

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2014 The National Union of Mineworkers and JSE-listed Royal Bafokeng Platinum have struck top wage and housing deal; platinum sales continued “at normal levels” during the five-month strike; and 60 000 former mineworkers have now come forward to claim R5-billion in unpaid benefits. 

Gold fix transparency demanded, automation in diamond mine, shift to more advanced blasting

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2014 The gold fix in London is expected to become more transparent; automation is being introduced at the Venetia diamond mine; and the mining industry is migrating to more advanced blasting techniques. 

New Minerals Minister reaffirms mining’s crucial economic importance, urges accelerated effort to meet NDP requirement

By: Martin Creamer     11th July 2014 New Minerals Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi used the eightieth anniversary celebration of Mintek to reaffirm mining’s centrality as a driver of crucial economic growth and to emphasise that it is a requirement of the National Development Plan to accelerate efforts to ensure that mining can continue... 

Projected population supports mining, new diamond mine under construction, reports of platinum mines auction plan

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2014 The projected growth of the population of the world favours mining deeloment; funding obtained for new diamond mine; London says Anglo American has appointed a bank to auction its stressed platinum assets. 

Let’s have access to the full platinum pricing story

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2014 Futures markets play a significant role in platinum pricing, but calls are being made for price determination to be done in a far more transparent manner. Private fund manager and equity trader Dr Fraser Lee Murrell of Melbourne, Australia, has questioned the fairness of futures markets against... 

Saddling the mining industry with more pathfinder work

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2014 There are many who want South Africa's mining industry to do much more in the years ahead. 

Costs overtaking prices threatening mining jobs, communities, governments

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2014 Tough industry conditions over the past year have driven the profits of the top 40 global mining companies to their lowest level in ten years. Miners are being forced to realign with harsh reality, professional services firm PwC says. Yet demands on those meagre profits are unrelenting. The fact... 

Full transparency needed in gold, platinum price determinations in wake of UK manipulation disclosure

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2014 Full transparency is needed in the determination of the gold price and platinum price following the worrying manipulation finding of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the case of gold. To restore credibility, a bright searchlight needs to be kept on both pricing systems, which impact... 

Chamber condemns platinum murders, mining urged to mimic oil, gas methods, Botswana ropes in Dutch for gas plan

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2014 Chamber condemns brutal platinum murders, mining sector urged to mimic oil and gas geological modelling, and Botswana retains Netherlands consulting firm to develop coal gas roadmap.  

More manganese to China, stable law regime essential, zealous compliance pays off

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2014 First Kalagadi sinter for China; stable mining-law regime wanted; black economic-empowerment compliance paying off for Harmony Gold. 

Glencore dubbed ‘mining model’, private DRC infrastructure push, South Africa base for Africa thrust

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2014 GlencoreXstrata seen by minign veteran Peter Munk as current global mining model; mine-boosting infrastructure projects on the way in DRC; Jindel takes next step in Africa; Exxaro takes steps to improve quality of education. 

Opencast colliery rehab in a jiff, ‘exceptional’ Limpopo pig iron, emissions mission’s carrot not stick

By: Martin Creamer     2nd May 2014 A new technology speeds up the rehabilitation of old collieries; exceptional iron quality is emerging at a Limpopo project site; and reward not punishment is the Australian government's new approach to greenhouse emission reduction. 

Underground coal gasification boost, diesel mechanisation and health, simulation upping safety, productivity

By: Martin Creamer     25th April 2014 Underground coal gasification given a regulatory boost; the move to mining mechanisation is raising the issue of potential diesel-linked health risk; simulation technology is helping to prepare trainee operators for the real thing. 

Zimbabwe to settle gold debts, Malawi shows off its minerals, permanent mining show opens

By: Martin Creamer     18th April 2014 Zimbabwe moves to pay what it owes to gold miners; Malawi want sto attract mining through State exploration; and a permanent mining show opens in Joburg. 

Mozambique coal train attack, R200m Evander gold project, dump retreat, closure vision

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2014 Concern over Vale Mozambique coal train attack; R200-million project to recover gold from dumps; vision for profitable rehab of dumps for postmining economy. 

Does South Africa have too little influence on the platinum price as near monopoly supplier?

By: Martin Creamer     4th April 2014 South Africa appears to be exerting far too little influence on the price of platinum, despite having the lion’s share of world platinum resources and production. A close watcher of the system, who has once again been in email contact with Mining Weekly Online, believes South Africa is now... 

Iron project in northern Bushveld, platinum mine builder cuts risk, diamond mine coming on stream

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2014 Ironveld to produce pilor-plant pig iron on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex from mid-2014; Wesizwe Platinum cutting coat according to cloth; and Gem Diamonds gearing for commercial production from Ghaghoo in Botswana in the second half of this year. 

Concerted effort needed to turn Congo-Cameroon-Gabon iron-ore belt into African Pilbara

By: Martin Creamer     21st March 2014 A concerted effort is needed to turn the Congo-Cameroon-Gabon region, often likened to Australia’s iron-ore-rich Pilbara, to positive account. 

Implats embarks on mechanisation strategy, Transnet boosts Exxaro’s coal railing, automation of low-seam mining under way

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2014 Platinum mining company Implats has embarked on a strategy to mechanise; State rail enterprise Transnet is helping JSE-listed Exxaro to double its coal exports; a new system to automate low-seam coal-mining is on offer. 

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