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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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Making State enterprises transparent, ‘China Go West’ set to drive demand, market outlook for strategic metals

By: Martin Creamer     1st May 2015 How to make State enterprises more transparent; expectations of a new commodity driver in China; unexciting strategic metals outlook 

Glowing investment endorsement, BEE court referral wins plaudits, acid water commercialisation call

By: Martin Creamer     24th April 2015 Favourable Goldman Sachs endorsement of South Africa, BEE referral to courts praised, commercialisatin solution proposed for acid mine drainage 

Mechanised mining gets union nod, call for older miner retirement age, Glencore shows alacrity Down Under

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2015 Gold Fields blazes a new wage-negotiaion trail; Solidarity wants the retirement age for mineworkers to be increased to 63 and 65; and Glencore's alacrity in offering to relocate its coal trading from Singapore to Australia puts it in a good position with the tax authorities  

Platinum needs marketing boost, Village buy-out given the nod, Master Drilling’s earnings up

By: Martin Creamer     10th April 2015 Chamber of Mines unveils platinum feul cell; Chinese buying Village Main wins approval; Mast4er Drilling does well in troubled times. 

Exciting platinum technology possibility, mining tax needs good Davis outcome, Bakubung platinum project milestone

By: Martin Creamer     3rd April 2015 New Pallinghurst technology poised to advance platinum processing; new calls are being made for South Africa to adopt Canada's flow-through shares scheme; the Bakubung platinum project has intersected more reef.  

Palabora’s R9.3bn Lift II, Bauba’s first chrome blast, junior conference on cards

By: Martin Creamer     27th March 2015 Update on Palabora Copper's R9.3-billion expansion project, Bauba's first chrome blast, junior mining conference in June, Belarus funds Zimbabwe coal mine's new equipment 

CoAL bullish on projects, Northam furnace contract, Palabora vent shafts start

By: Martin Creamer     20th March 2015 CoAL is bullish despite the current low coal prices, Northam has awarded a contract for a furnace and Master Drilling will soon start work on a ventilation shaft at Palabora. 

State enterprises can make or break South Africa’s vital coal mining business

By: Martin Creamer     13th March 2015 Two major State-owned enterprises play such pivotal roles in South Africa’s vital coal-mining business that they have the power to make or break the industry that supplies the fuel to keep the country in the 21st century. The supply of coal to State power utility Eskom determines whether it... 

South Korea could be the model for African countries to ponder

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2015 South Korea could be the model for African countries to ponder, says economics and finance superstar Jim O’Neill, who oversaw the investment of $800-billion as the former Goldman Sachs Asset Management chairperson and who coined the acronym Brics, which is a focus on the economies of Brazil,... 

Mines ponder self-generation as price ‘injury’ adds to power outage ‘insult’

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2015 The question of mining companies generating their own electricity has sprung to the fore on the news that Sibanye Gold plans to do just that. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company last week announced that it planned to build a R3-billion, 150 MW solar power and also undertake an in-depth... 

Govt must assume lower commodity prices; use any price rises as bonus to boost education, health, technology

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2015 The governments of countries blessed with mineral resources should strategise to ensure that mineral endowment is always a blessing and never a curse. The way to do so is to assume that the prices of the metals and minerals that play such an important economic role will be lower than the year... 

Curse turned blessing

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2015 There was a time when Beatrix gold mine’s methane gas was considered a curse. Between 1983 and 2001, it killed 40 employees. Because the killer gas is normally associated with coal mines rather than gold mines, its presence in a hard-rock precious metals environment 40 km south of Welkom had many... 

Tax change in SA unlikely, Zambian tax sting to stay, Zimbabwe spews tax mess

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2015 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is not likely to iincrease mining’s prevailing tax burden; new Zambian President Edgar Lungu keeping country's onerous royalty tax; Zimbabwean government sows fiscal confusion 

Serious thought being given to modernising South Africa’s lagging mining industry

By: Martin Creamer     30th January 2015 Serious thought is being given to the modernisation of the South African mining industry following the plea at the Joburg Indaba by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) independent chairperson and apartheid struggle veteran Mohammed Valli Moosa. It sometimes takes a person with a political bent to... 

Calls intensify for South Africa to restore its iconic mining status

By: Martin Creamer     23rd January 2015 Ministerial talk of restoring the lost iconic status of the South African mining industry has gladdened the London-based Investec Global Research Team. “We’re glad to see growing political pressure in South Africa to restore the premier status of the mining industry,” the analyst team said in a... 

Coal juniors’ woes worsening as giant talks of demand catch-up

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2015 While several coal-mining juniors experience severe funding woes and coal miners across the globe appear to be finding little respite in the current low oil prices, coal giant Glencore envisages that demand will catch up with supply before the end of the year. 

Mining step change needed, factorylike mining advised, mineworker numbers to fall

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2014 The mining business model needs a step-change; mines need to be run like factories; and mineworker numbers are set to fall 8% a year for the next two years 

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, 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. 

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