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Sense of urgency needed to revive South Africa’s mining industry,  condemn evil past in strongest terms
Sense of urgency needed to revive South Africa’s mining industry, condemn evil past in strongest terms
23rd February 2018 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


Golden opportunity,  urgent logistics call,  platinum to the fore
Golden opportunity, urgent logistics call, platinum to the fore
16th February 2018 By: Martin Creamer

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
Energy from old mines, partnering communities, exploration awakening
9th February 2018 By: Martin Creamer

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
Mining’s ‘flight of rebirth’ urgent, promotion of exploration essential
2nd February 2018 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


Uneconomic mining hurts  host countries, wastes national  patrimony, lengthens price gloom
Uneconomic mining hurts host countries, wastes national patrimony, lengthens price gloom
26th January 2018 By: Martin Creamer

Continuing to extract metals and minerals when the prices fetched for them are below break-even is contentious. Mining companies are granted rights by host governments who expect them to use what... 


Good mining policy can bring growth and transformation to a South African economy in need of positive new direction
Good mining policy can bring growth and transformation to a South African economy in need of positive new direction
19th January 2018 By: Martin Creamer

South African mining could experience the same recovery under way in most other mining jurisdictions relatively quickly because its lagging relates overwhelmingly to injurious policy and not to the... 


South Africa must find  ways of resurrecting its  most important industry
South Africa must find ways of resurrecting its most important industry
15th December 2017 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa is obsessed with trying to prolong its old mining assets without setting out determinedly to replace them with new ones. 


Let’s all hold thumbs that the  correct new South African leadership emerges in the weeks ahead
Let’s all hold thumbs that the correct new South African leadership emerges in the weeks ahead
8th December 2017 By: Martin Creamer

I happen to call at the same State-owned building weekly and I became very disturbed at one stage at the state of disrepair of its infrastructure and the complete absence of upkeep. Then, just as I... 


Southern Africa’s citizens must stand up for themselves to make sure that the region does not lose out on the next mining boom
Southern Africa’s citizens must stand up for themselves to make sure that the region does not lose out on the next mining boom
1st December 2017 By: Martin Creamer

The citizens of the Southern African region are at last beginning to stand for themselves. Three decades of bullying is abating in Zimbabwe, resistance is building up against the pathetic... 


Rally behind Ramaphosa’s inspiring ‘New Deal’ speech
Rally behind Ramaphosa’s inspiring ‘New Deal’ speech
24th November 2017 By: Martin Creamer

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa made several crucial points in his highly significant ‘New Deal’ speech in Soweto last week. Delivered only week’s away from the important 54th National Conference... 


Holding thumbs for growth-positive High Court outcomes that will keep credit ratings agencies at bay
Holding thumbs for growth-positive High Court outcomes that will keep credit ratings agencies at bay
17th November 2017 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa is in desperate need of economic growth and the sector that can provide that growth, if unfettered, is mining. Make mining competitive, inclusive and transformative and it will deliver... 


Illegal mining, illegal strikes take massive jobs toll at Cooke gold mine on West Rand
Illegal mining, illegal strikes take massive jobs toll at Cooke gold mine on West Rand
10th November 2017 By: Martin Creamer

The Cooke lesson must be taken to heart and South Africans should stand together to ensure that there is no recurrence of the needless job destruction that has taken place at the West Rand gold... 


South Africans slow off the mark on the exploration front, where outsiders valiantly lead the way
South Africans slow off the mark on the exploration front, where outsiders valiantly lead the way
3rd November 2017 By: Martin Creamer

South Africans have tried to develop a junior mining exploration culture several times over but have not been able to come anywhere close to the aplomb of other mining jurisdictions that have a far... 


Without exploration for new  orebodies, South African mining will end its invaluable contribution to the South African economy
Without exploration for new orebodies, South African mining will end its invaluable contribution to the South African economy
27th October 2017 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa needs to pretend it is starting again at the bottom end of the mineral resources value curve and create a vision for exploration. Without exploration, it is just a matter of time... 


A century and a half later, major mining opportunities continue to beckon
A century and a half later, major mining opportunities continue to beckon
20th October 2017 By: Martin Creamer

With this year marking the 150th anniversary of South Africa’s diamond business, one would imagine that the country has been completely explored and that the country should be looking to an end... 


Groundswell of commitment building up to ensure that mining is allowed  to boost the South African economy
Groundswell of commitment building up to ensure that mining is allowed to boost the South African economy
13th October 2017 By: Martin Creamer

Last week’s Joburg Indaba proved a robust conference. Emanating from it were divergent opinions about the best way to deal with an errant Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) which has caused a... 


Clear up the mine rehab conundrum, allow unused closure funds to roll over, make mine closure certificates worth the paper they’re written on
Clear up the mine rehab conundrum, allow unused closure funds to roll over, make mine closure certificates worth the paper they’re written on
6th October 2017 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa seems hell-bent on reinventing the wheel when it comes to the funding of mine rehabilitation and mine closure. One would swear South Africa is the world’s only mining jurisdiction and... 


Out-on-a-limb Minerals Minister forced to knuckle under on Mining Charter III utterances
Out-on-a-limb Minerals Minister forced to knuckle under on Mining Charter III utterances
22nd September 2017 By: Martin Creamer

Mining Charter Three has probably been more heavily criticised than any piece of mining legislation. Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, who went out on a limb like no other Mineral... 


All South Africans need to work together to grow and transform mining
All South Africans need to work together to grow and transform mining
15th September 2017 By: Martin Creamer

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane makes sure he attends foreign mining conferences but fails to engage stakeholders at home on the realities of his Mining Charter Three, which is a great... 


Govt should be called to account for turning blind eye to illegal  infiltration of operating mines
Govt should be called to account for turning blind eye to illegal infiltration of operating mines
8th September 2017 By: Martin Creamer

The private sector has done well to secure legal leverage over the errant Mineral Resources Ministry, which has painted itself into a corner by trying to impose the unworkable Mining Charter Three... 


South Africa Inc has rare  opportunity to seize moment to save battered platinum patrimony
South Africa Inc has rare opportunity to seize moment to save battered platinum patrimony
1st September 2017 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa, through diamond company De Beers, invested heavily in the marketing of diamonds. The slogan ‘A Diamond is Forever’, according to Advertising Age, it is the most recognised slogan of... 


End-to-end modernisation needed to bring mining up to speed
End-to-end modernisation needed to bring mining up to speed
25th August 2017 By: Martin Creamer

Fingers are being crossed that the new Mining Precinct, in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, will safeguard the future of South Africa’s mining industry through developing new people-centred technology... 


Sassy mining companies are seizing the new-technology moment to cut costs
Sassy mining companies are seizing the new-technology moment to cut costs
18th August 2017 By: Martin Creamer

Mining companies have a great opportunity to implement technology that has matured in the hands of other industries. This maturation is now providing mining with a chance to slash costs, which... 


Spare a thought for the people  of South Africa, Mr Minister,  and move aside as fast as you can
Spare a thought for the people of South Africa, Mr Minister, and move aside as fast as you can
11th August 2017 By: Martin Creamer

It was only a matter of time before calls would be made for the sacking of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, who is putting South Africa’s defining industry under more threat by the day.... 


Mining needs to be put back on an even keel  as fast as possible
Mining needs to be put back on an even keel as fast as possible
4th August 2017 By: Martin Creamer

Very telling were the comments of Deputy Minerals Minister Godfrey Oliphant during last week’s radio interview with 702 morning host Xolani Gwala. During the interview, the experienced Deputy... 


Gazette-happy Minerals Minister painting himself into a corner
Gazette-happy Minerals Minister painting himself into a corner
28th July 2017 By: Martin Creamer

One week Minerals Minister Mosebenzi Zwane signs a written undertaking that neither he nor his Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will apply or implement his controversial Mining Charter Three... 


Minerals Ministry, DMR playing  with fire, destroying industry, opening way for rampant illegal mining
Minerals Ministry, DMR playing with fire, destroying industry, opening way for rampant illegal mining
21st July 2017 By: Martin Creamer

In its current poor state, mining and the companies that depend on it are likely to disappoint the Treasury when it comes to next paying tax. What the Minerals Ministry and its errant Department of... 


What the Minerals Ministry should be focusing on to ensure mining’s competitiveness
What the Minerals Ministry should be focusing on to ensure mining’s competitiveness
14th July 2017 By: Martin Creamer

What South Africa’s Mineral Resources Ministry and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has come up with for mining so far is simply unsustainable. It is destructive rather than constructive... 


Minerals Ministry, DMR crushing South Africa’s mining sector,  depriving current citizens, future generations of economic wellbeing
Minerals Ministry, DMR crushing South Africa’s mining sector, depriving current citizens, future generations of economic wellbeing
7th July 2017 By: Martin Creamer

Fourteen years ago, I attended a sod turning ceremony at a manganese project in South Africa’s Northern Cape. The project was made possible by a R1.7-billion investment by foreigners.  


Mining Charter Three will slow South Africa’s economic flywheel devastatingly if it is not trashed
Mining Charter Three will slow South Africa’s economic flywheel devastatingly if it is not trashed
30th June 2017 By: Martin Creamer

Mining provides virtually half of South Africa’s foreign currency from a quarter of its exports. Without these foreign currency earnings, South Africa’s participation in global trade stands to be... 


Botswana diamond industry goes ex-growth, diamond exploration funds not forthcoming, Botswana determined to be investor friendly
Botswana diamond industry goes ex-growth, diamond exploration funds not forthcoming, Botswana determined to be investor friendly
23rd June 2017 By: Martin Creamer

With Botswana's diamond secor going ex-growth, a storng call has been made for the country to consider adopting Canada's flow-through tax incentive as a way of boosting investment in diamond... 


Platinum price determination  mysteries remain as already shrunken supply heads for greater decline
Platinum price determination mysteries remain as already shrunken supply heads for greater decline
16th June 2017 By: Martin Creamer

The vagaries of platinum price determination – particularly in futures markets – remain somewhat mysterious and disappointingly opaque, with a futures market record pointing to negligible near-term... 


Small diamond mines running  into trouble, diamond beneficiation being put at risk, hopes rising for platinum Mandela coin
Small diamond mines running into trouble, diamond beneficiation being put at risk, hopes rising for platinum Mandela coin
9th June 2017 By: Martin Creamer

Four small diamond mines have closed in as many months, Soouth Africa's diamond cuting and polishing industry is being put at risk by a bewildering Ministerial decision and hopes rising for trhe... 


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