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South Africa must embrace 9 GW of power private sector can offer
27th January 2023 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s private sector has a total pipeline of 9 GW of energy projects in solar, wind, gas and battery storage on offer, Minerals Council South Africa has assured. By expediting those... 


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South Africa must fast-track search for critical minerals
20th January 2023 By: Martin Creamer

With critical minerals essential for the success of global plans to green the planet, South Africa must help itself and the rest of the world by fast-tracking the search for these minerals. Far too... 


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South Africa must seize industrial growth opportunity that climate action brings with it
16th December 2022 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s public sector and private sector are united in highlighting the industrial growth that mitigating climate change brings with it. The green hydrogen summit not only had South Africa’s... 


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South Africa’s badly lagging cities must be incentivised to double down on decarbonisation
9th December 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Only the tiniest fraction of South African real estate is carbon neutral. On the current trajectory, it will take century or more to decarbonise them. It is estimated that 80% of buildings that... 


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Smash crime to smithereens to open way for meaningful economic growth
2nd December 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Economic growth and crime are mutually exclusive and cannot coexist, which is why South Africa Inc must collaboratively and collectively smash crime to smithereens. The exploding rates of murder,... 


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Hats off to Motsepe Foundation for launch of $2m green energy prize
25th November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

There is nothing more suited to our well-endowed African continent than energy that is green and clean. We have superior sun, prime wind and in many places strongly flowing water. Those are the... 


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Way to go is to generate renewables to cut carbon, green hydrogen to cut diesel, petrol
18th November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Specification is now in place for the responsible retirement of stranded high-carbon assets and the winding down of those that will not live out their entire geological life. Available for this... 


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Climate change is undeniably the defining challenge of our time
11th November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

More and more people the world over are declaring unequivocally that climate change is undeniably the defining challenge of our time. What’s more, many companies have made praiseworthy strides... 


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Green electrons, green molecules come with colossal advantage of energy sovereignty
4th November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa is tailor made for the generation of electrons from renewable sun and wind endowments and the linked production of green molecules using renewable solar and wind power. Available to... 


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Africa must look to continent’s great sun to provide energy sovereignty
28th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Saddling the African continent with old fashioned energy is lunacy. Those in Africa wanting to hold on to fossil fuels should not expect the planet-saving world to make exceptions of a continent... 


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Private sector key must be allowed to unlock South Africa’s beckoning opportunities
21st October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The private sector holds the key and the public sector must be enabled to use it – to unlock South Africa’s many economic opportunities and open the way for the fiscus to get quick additional... 


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Development conversation across all ideologies essential
14th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Development is the only conversation that South Africa should be having at the moment, former Anglo America CEO, director and consulting business executive Mark Cutifani said at the Joburg Indaba... 


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Cadastre system essential if exploration opportunity is to de grasped
7th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The key enabler of transparency in applying for prospecting rights and mining rights is a cadastre system. Everyone in the know is insistent that a prospective country like South Africa simply... 


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Replace red tape with red carpet and mines will gleefully provide the electricity we need
30th September 2022 By: Martin Creamer

There is nothing more off-putting than needless red tape and there is nothing more encouraging than a government role out the red carpet to would-be investors. Red tape kills the growth and jobs... 


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Producing green hydrogen at sea should be looked at by South Africa
23rd September 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The aspiration to provide green hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuel energy has extended so far that the first site for an offshore pilot platform to produce green hydrogen at sea was... 


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South Africa must get beyond the green hydrogen start line fast
16th September 2022 By: Martin Creamer

It was good to hear from South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation last week that South Africa’s green hydrogen positioning statement is being drafted for presentation at the upcoming 27th... 


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Welcome new approach to community support by corporates
9th September 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Large companies need to be credited for adopting a positive new approach to communities. Mining companies in particular are collaborating with all stakeholders far more meaningfully. Social and... 


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Well done to Namibia for taking the lead in developing the hydrogen atlas
2nd September 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Southern Africa owes a debt of gratitude to Namibia for taking the lead in the drawing up of the hydrogen atlas for the region. The generosity of the German government to fund the project also... 


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Thungela’s tree planting is setting excellent example for others to follow
26th August 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The positive steps taken by coal mining and marketing company Thungela to plant trees in the coal province of Mpumalanga is exemplary. The company has a stretch target to plant a million trees in... 


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The sun and the wind can provide competitive energy security
19th August 2022 By: Martin Creamer

For South Africans, energy security and energy sovereignty are there for the taking because of its superior sun, prime wind, available land, metal endowment, ready-made experience, skills already... 


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Allowing renewable energy to provide a maintenance opportunity makes so much sense
12th August 2022 By: Martin Creamer

With renewable sun, wind and water energy, power generation capacity can be increased in smaller portions, it can be done by the private sector, it is investable so banks back it, 18 months after... 


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South Africa has the potential to outstrip world in going green
5th August 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The unveiling by President Cyril Ramaphosa of several far-reaching energy interventions has the potential to set the country on a once-in-a-generation economic growth path. South Africa not only... 


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National Planning Commission’s call for 5 000 MW of storage can set up new local industries
29th July 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The call by the National Planning Commission for 5 000 MW of energy storage in South Africa could create new local industries and a wonderful addendum to the just energy transition. Long-duration... 


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It’s good for platinum that hydrogen’s been declared the ‘slam dunk’ of heavy haul
22nd July 2022 By: Martin Creamer

South Africans need to keep an ear out for the letter PEM – proton exchange membrane – when it comes to hydrogen. We want PEM electrolysers and we want PEM fuel cells because PEM technology... 


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One must be excited about green hydrogen as an energy option
15th July 2022 By: Martin Creamer

If one looks at the energy storage options available today, one must be excited about green hydrogen. The storage options are batteries, hydrogen and pumped water storage. As pumping and storing... 


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A big new industrial pillar is there for the taking, provided South Africans respond vigorously
8th July 2022 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa has everything going for it to turn the green electron and green molecule revolution into a major new industrial pillar that effectively creates within itself the just energy... 


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Investment-linked applications should be automatically approved if set deadlines are not met
1st July 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Systems must be put in place to ensure that bureaucracy does not halt much-needed economic investment. One system that could be considered is for, say, exploration and mining licence applications... 


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Southern Africa’s pursuit of green hydrogen is the right thing to do
24th June 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Coega and Prieska, in South Africa, and Lüderitz, in Namibia, are locations were green hydrogen and green ammonia projects are planned in Southern Africa – and correctly so. The region has got what... 


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Exploration should be enthusiastically embraced as a major economic opportunity
17th June 2022 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s long-standing mining history has failed to bring with it the types of minerals exploration cultures that are prevalent in other main mining jurisdictions. The bulk of the exploration... 


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There should be zero tolerance for poor export logistics
10th June 2022 By: Martin Creamer

An export business is as good as its logistics, which is invariably a combination of public and private sector involvement. Government should not tolerate decimation of foreign exchange flow and... 


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Lagging net-zero peers is bad for business
3rd June 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The World Meteorological Organisation shows that planet earth is increasingly likely to experience global warming of 1.5°C within the next five years because of record greenhouse gas levels.... 


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Promising new approach to mining investment by governments and private sector
27th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

It is not just governments that have realised the need for private sector investment in their countries, but it is also an era in which the private sector is adding a far more responsible touch to... 


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Mining Indaba pulling African Presidents closer for benefit of the continent
20th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The Investing in African Mining Indaba has emerged from the pandemic with a new tangible sense of African cohesion. The four presidents of South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and the Democratic... 


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