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Botswana beats South Africa to the cadastre punch using proudly South African tech
13th August 2021 By: Martin Creamer

It is ironic that Botswana has beaten South Africa to the exploration cadastre punch using proudly South African technology. The technology in question has been received with open arms by the rest... 


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Treasury needs to see how important it is for South Africa to keep mining going
6th August 2021 By: Martin Creamer

National Treasury needs to acknowledge how much more the South African economy could get out of mining if it just did what Canada does to promote exploration. For some reason, the flow-through... 


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Fraction of a per cent of South Africa’s R9-trillion savings needed for win-win exploration
30th July 2021 By: Martin Creamer

The Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services (FAIS) Act has changed the very nature of retail stock broking. Retail stock brokers have given way wealth managers, who make their money from... 


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Unlisted mining companies must at least be made to sign the King Code
23rd July 2021 By: Martin Creamer

There are just far too many unlisted mining companies in South Africa that are extracting what belongs to us all without us being able to see rehabilitation and transfer pricing conformance. There... 


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National Treasury, JSE and DMRE must all lend an ear
16th July 2021 By: Martin Creamer

It’s very hard to get through to National Treasury. Word is that the only group Treasury listens to are the 11 financial institutions that control 90% of South Africa’s savings. It’s also very hard... 


Recovering valuables from dumps  should be prioritised
Recovering valuables from dumps should be prioritised
9th July 2021 By: Martin Creamer

A very quick return is on the way from copper in dumps in the Northern Cape, and $4-billion worth of rare earths is there for the taking in dumps in Phalaborwa. There is gold galore in tailings... 


Intensive energy users had better get a move on to avoid huge carbon tax bills
Intensive energy users had better get a move on to avoid huge carbon tax bills
2nd July 2021 By: Martin Creamer

It was astonishing to hear Harmony Gold express fears of being carbon taxed up to R80-million by 2023 and R250-million by 2030. The owners of deep level mines are going to have to move fast to... 


South Africa must grasp the energy equivalent of the Roaring ‘20s with both hands
South Africa must grasp the energy equivalent of the Roaring ‘20s with both hands
18th June 2021 By: Martin Creamer

When it comes to energy, the world has entered a Roaring Twenties-equivalent with clean, green electricity demanded here, there and everywhere. Sir Mick Davis’ Vision Blue, together with  Canada’s... 


A huge opportunity that we dare not miss out on
A huge opportunity that we dare not miss out on
11th June 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Electricity storage batteries are what the new world will be running on and South Africa must grasp its opportunity to make them locally. A Canadian company mining graphite in Madagascar sees South... 


Northern Cape’s lucrative copper potential must be  given all the assistance it needs
Northern Cape’s lucrative copper potential must be given all the assistance it needs
4th June 2021 By: Martin Creamer

There is money lying around in South Africa because of the mining that has been done in this country over many years. A walk around the rock dumps at Nababeep, for example, has given rise to a... 


Bring in the best to get our exploration going
Bring in the best to get our exploration going
28th May 2021 By: Martin Creamer

There is negligible greenfield exploration taking place in South Africa, a mining country. We know that mining, preceded by exploration, is the world’s greatest economic multiplier. South Africa... 


With mining coming to our economic rescue, it behoves govt to go to mining’s rail rescue
With mining coming to our economic rescue, it behoves govt to go to mining’s rail rescue
21st May 2021 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s mineral endowment is resulting in cash gushing into the Receiver of Revenue’s office and foreign exchange pouring through the border gates. Mining has become our economic saviour in... 


South Africa’s mining upsurge will need skills, let’s be prepared
South Africa’s mining upsurge will need skills, let’s be prepared
14th May 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Mining is reawakening and even countries with an abundance of mining skills are starting to check whether their capacity is going to be adequate. South Africa should do the same. Mining’s future is... 


It makes huge economic sense to encourage mineral exploration
It makes huge economic sense to encourage mineral exploration
7th May 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Mining, preceded by exploration, is the greatest economic multiplier of all business activities, including government expenditure, says Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce... 


Coal contracts with Eskom must be honoured
Coal contracts with Eskom must be honoured
23rd April 2021 By: Martin Creamer

The decision of Eskom to ask Treasury to consider the release of a top coal mining company from its long-term contractual obligations should be opened to full public scrutiny. In this instance,... 


Self-generation limit that’s free of  red tape must be lifted much higher
Self-generation limit that’s free of red tape must be lifted much higher
16th April 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Holding South Africans to a 10 MW self-generation grid-linked electricity threshold of 10 MW is a measure that is holding back the economic future of this country. The limit must be raised to at... 


South Africans must disallow official tardiness that prevents economic progress
9th April 2021 By: Martin Creamer

The South African people must no longer tolerate national slowness that keeps us out of the benefits of global trends. South Africa began in green hydrogen more than a decade ago is now falling... 


Government must join the platinum group metals promotion effort
Government must join the platinum group metals promotion effort
2nd April 2021 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa is blessed with the planet’s largest endowment of platinum group metals (PGMs) but is not doing enough to promote this, at a time when PGM demand faces a potential decade of strength.... 


Mines correct to take tailings management  very seriously
Mines correct to take tailings management very seriously
26th March 2021 By: Martin Creamer

It is a pity that there have to be horrific tragedies before due attention is paid to dangerous practices. For example, Brazil had to be he location of a shocking mine tailings disaster before the... 


An immediate end must be brought to inexplicably slow mineral rights processing
An immediate end must be brought to inexplicably slow mineral rights processing
12th March 2021 By: Martin Creamer

It has been so very disheartening to hear just how slowly the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has been processing applications for mining rights, prospecting rights, mining... 


Test mine to try out  new technologies is  a great idea
Test mine to try out new technologies is a great idea
5th March 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Hats off to the South African mining industry for planning a test mine for Fourth Industrial Revolution technology try-outs. The industry needs to go all out to be globally competitive, having... 


Decarbonising South Africa is a must
Decarbonising South Africa is a must
26th February 2021 By: Martin Creamer

The private sector the world over is responding very well to climate change. This is because is the shareholders of public companies are demanding a switch away from fossil fuel to renewable sun,... 


Multitrillion-rand opportunity staring South Africans in the face. What are we waiting for?
Multitrillion-rand opportunity staring South Africans in the face. What are we waiting for?
19th February 2021 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa is in an amazingly good position to create huge wealth and generate hundreds of thousands of near-term jobs by producing carbon-neutral powerfuels for aviation, and green hydrogen for... 


We’re allowing the benefits of mineral exploration to pass us by
We’re allowing the benefits of mineral exploration to pass us by
5th February 2021 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa is a mining country which was supposed to have a mineral exploration strategy by the end of this month. But, as I write, none has been forthcoming, despite the commitment being made... 


The ‘greenness’ South Africa can help bestow on the world needs hard sell now
The ‘greenness’ South Africa can help bestow on the world needs hard sell now
29th January 2021 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa and the amazing platinum group metals it hosts in such abundance have been cleaning up emissions from vehicle exhaust pipes for decades. Now they are earmarked to do so in elevated... 


Australia’s loss becomes South Africa’s gain
Australia’s loss becomes South Africa’s gain
22nd January 2021 By: Martin Creamer

China’s refusal to buy Australian coal has resulted in the Asian country taking the unprecedented step of turning to South Africa for its supply of combustible black rock – a very welcome fillip in... 


Time to build back better as we fight off Covid
Time to build back better as we fight off Covid
15th January 2021 By: Martin Creamer

A well-known chairperson was once criticised for spending much of his time looking out of the window of the high-rise corporate building that his company occupied. He would do so in deep thought,... 


African Continental Free Trade deal must get rid of those long truck queues at border posts
African Continental Free Trade deal must get rid of those long truck queues at border posts
11th December 2020 By: Martin Creamer

When I passed through a few Southern African border posts last year, I was disappointed to see the long queues of trucks waiting to get through customs. The one of truck driver I spoke to... 


South Africans must  focus unflinchingly  on creating economic growth and jobs
South Africans must focus unflinchingly on creating economic growth and jobs
4th December 2020 By: Martin Creamer

The focus has got to be unflinching. We South Africans must not allow ourselves to be diverted away from creating economic growth and jobs. Heaven knows how huge many of our problems are; some of... 


If Egypt is anything to  go by, South Africa  could see brisk exploration response
If Egypt is anything to go by, South Africa could see brisk exploration response
27th November 2020 By: Martin Creamer

Egypt awarded 82 exploration blocks to 11 companies in an international bid round for mineral exploration that took place briskly, with foreign investors quick to take part. Egypt is targeting... 


South Africans, please seize the green hydrogen opportunity with far greater enthusiasm
South Africans, please seize the green hydrogen opportunity with far greater enthusiasm
20th November 2020 By: Martin Creamer

Green hydrogen is selling itself globally. Climate change mitigation has created the demand. It was good to hear Kumba Iron Ore say that it is investigating the use of green hydrogen for its mining... 


At last, the Witwatersrand Gold Basin is being targeted once more
At last, the Witwatersrand Gold Basin is being targeted once more
13th November 2020 By: Martin Creamer

When it comes to gold, additional exploration in South Africa’s Witwatersrand Gold Basin is not as needed as with other metals and minerals. The Wits Gold Basin has been so thoroughly explored that... 


South Africa must protect its national chrome patrimony by supporting ferrochrome
South Africa must protect its national chrome patrimony by supporting ferrochrome
6th November 2020 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa has more chrome than any other country, which is why it made such sense to add value to it in South Africa and turn chromite into ferrochrome, at many times the price and many times... 


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