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The support of the World Coal Association for a just energy transition to net zero must be applauded
13th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The stand of the World Coal Association and its members on a just energy transition is a display of important pragmatism at this point in the world’s fight against climate change. Chairperson July... 


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The dogged diligence that energy providers are showing deserves backing, not sacking
6th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Energy planning, execution and delivery are long-term pursuits, and those in position now must be given space to finish the job. The current batch of energy executives are having to deal with... 


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German hydrogen lead is a must-follow for South Africa
29th April 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Driving around Germany in a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) presents no problem these days. Hydrogen refuelling pumps are there for even small privately owned fuel cell electric vehicles. From a... 


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Best practice in appointing public-service managers a must
22nd April 2022 By: Martin Creamer

One senses that much more effort is made by South Africa’s soccer teams to appoint their coaches than the government puts in to appoint key directors-general. Former President Kgalema Motlanthe is... 


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Treasury must be instructed to incentivise mining exploration as a matter of urgency
15th April 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel once promised to introduce a flow-through scheme to incentivise minerals exploration but instead gazetted a scheme that finance boutiques seemed to like. Not a... 


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South Africans must be afforded full mining licence transparency
8th April 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Something like 16 to 19 manganese mining operations have been licenced by government over a period of years without a word being mentioned by government and very little coming through from the... 


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South Africa’s ferrochrome smelters going green in an exemplary manner
1st April 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Energy-intensive ferrochrome smelting operations are choosing to go green in an exemplary manner. Firstly, they are making the full use of their obnoxious offgases by converting the carbon dioxide... 


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Well done to private sector for responding so promptly to renewables opportunity
25th March 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The government lifted the limit on the generation of non-government renewables energy and, in no time at all, the private sector delivered plans for a Koeberg-equivalent of mainly clean solar... 


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Mining must be enabled to seize the multiplicity of lucrative opportunities that are staring it in the face
18th March 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Those who have for too long consistently stood in the way of South Africa seizing mining opportunities should be moved out of the way fast. There was a time when a deputy director general revealed... 


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Mining red tape must be cut, exploration must be incentivised
4th March 2022 By: Martin Creamer

During its Covid-worsened economic crisis, South Africa would have had nothing to fall back on without the massive contribution of its far-reaching mining industry. This contribution is massive and... 


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DRDGold setting a good example in developing the informal sector
25th February 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Mining companies listed on local and global bourses are not normally associated with the informal sector, but association is very real in the case DRDGold. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed... 


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Be warned: Carbon recalcitrance will place South Africa on the lowest rung of export hell
18th February 2022 By: Martin Creamer

As the world moves to a cleaner and greener energy future, South Africa needs to integrate its energy, environmental, industrial and fiscal policies in such a way that all are able to pull together... 


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Ubuntu must be uppermost as South Africa embarks on decarbonisation journey
11th February 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Showing humanity towards others in fully fledged Ubuntu style is the African way – and we need to display a lot more of it as we move swiftly with the rest of the world to save our planet from... 


Our solar, wind endowment positions us superbly to go green in everything we do
Our solar, wind endowment positions us superbly to go green in everything we do
4th February 2022 By: Martin Creamer

What some fail acknowledge is that refusing to go green comes with severe penalties. Using carbon-intensive energy to process our ores and metals will meet with stiff carbon border tariffs and... 


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Superpower is within our grasp
28th January 2022 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s unemployment, inequality and poverty could, without doubt, be reduced significantly if our Integrated Resource Plan was refocused exclusively on solar power, wind power and the... 


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South Africans duty-bound to do all they can to go green as fast as possible
21st January 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Climate change is real. It has impact. It causes catastrophe. All human beings living on planet earth are affected and our grandchildren stand to be devastated if we don't change. South Africans... 


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Use renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen, then use hydrogen to replace diesel
10th December 2021 By: Martin Creamer

In the last 100 years, energy consumption by the mining industry has rocketed. To use copper as an example, Anglo American reports that producing a pound of copper today requires 16 times more... 


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Govt must remove red tape to speed up mining’s free energy offer
3rd December 2021 By: Martin Creamer

The mining industry is once again coming to South Africa’s economic rescue. Earlier this year, it surprised on the upside by giving the fiscus mountain-high taxes at the height of the Covid crisis,... 


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Namibia, Zambia showing South Africa up on the green energy front
26th November 2021 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s southern African neighbours are showing us up in the green energy front – as well as in the field of mineral exploration. The ink was hardly dry on Namibia’s laudatory plan to... 


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Wide-awake Bafokeng community leading the way to going green
19th November 2021 By: Martin Creamer

The Bafokeng community proved to be wide awake when they made sure they got official title to their land a couple of centuries back. This resulted in the community hitting the platinum group metals... 


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South Africa’s climate finance proposal deserves massive applause
12th November 2021 By: Martin Creamer

The climate finance that South Africa is seeking to fund our move away from coal-based electricity to sun and wind energy – while also elevating 120 000 power station and mineworkers into the new... 


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Treasury’s tax-free incentive to the big but not the small creating investment snarl-ups
5th November 2021 By: Martin Creamer

The decision of National Treasury to give tax-free incentives to those who invest with a dozen big finance concerns, but not afford the same tax-free incentives in special investments to... 


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Green hydrogen and South Africa make a perfect couple
29th October 2021 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa is going to COP26 in Glasgow with high hopes of being recognised as a country that can play its part in the global fight against climate change. What is ironic is that South Africa not... 


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Private-sector capacity must be brought in to clear excessive govt backlogs
22nd October 2021 By: Martin Creamer

At last count, there was a backlog of more than 5 000 applications for mining, prospecting and exploration licences waiting to be processed. Many months after Parliament revealed that figure,... 


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Companies of social, environmental and economic significance must be public
15th October 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Listed companies have piles of reporting obligations from every angle – carbon emissions, climate change risk, community support, King governance – and unlisted companies have no public... 


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Govt must put an urgent stop to National Treasury’s big-business bias
8th October 2021 By: Martin Creamer

National Treasury gives tax-free benefits to the members of the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) but not to individuals, which is resulting in only big business being... 


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Small companies must be incentivised to return to South Africa’s stock exchanges
1st October 2021 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s financial sector re-regulation has had the impact of empowering the big companies and is limiting entrepreneurship and junior activity on South Africa’s stock markets. Even though... 


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South Africans must reopen high-energy businesses that expensive electricity closed
24th September 2021 By: Martin Creamer

When South Africa’s electricity prices were competitive, a lot of high-energy infrastructure was established. But many furnaces and smelters had to be put on care-and-maintenance after Eskom’s... 


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South Africa must go full tilt into its ready-made green hydrogen opportunity
17th September 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Sasol provides South Africa with a ready-made opportunity for green hydrogen generation and we must waste no time going full tilt into it. The Germans may have invented Fischer Tropsch (FT)... 


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Climate change presenting huge opportunity for SA
10th September 2021 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa is a carbon-intensive economy and stands to face punitive measures if it fails to show genuine decarbonisation intent. Virtually every South African public company that reports these... 


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Richards Bay Minerals has done well to open the way for operations to resume
3rd September 2021 By: Martin Creamer

The tragedies surrounding Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) are heart-breaking. Two key employees of the Rio Tinto company have been shot dead and equipment burnt, causing losses of hundreds of millions... 


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Mining shallow Wits gold has the potential to give the economy a nice fillip
27th August 2021 By: Martin Creamer

The pioneers who mined the Witwatersrand Gold Basin so many years ago were so spoilt for choice that they just chased the obvious rich orebodies, which resulted in the South African economy... 


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South Africans must seize the opportunity to go green with great enthusiasm
20th August 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Planet earth is being choked by greenhouse gas emissions. As fires rage and floods devastate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued a code red. Investors are urging companies to... 


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