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Releasing exploration  companies from onerous  regulatory burdens is positive
Releasing exploration companies from onerous regulatory burdens is positive
12th October 2018 By: Martin Creamer

Mining Charter Three does not tie exploration companies down to the obligations it places on new mining licence applicants. Exploration has not been encumbered with 30% black economic empowerment... 


Proper stimulation of mining can ensure better living standards  for the people of South Africa
Proper stimulation of mining can ensure better living standards for the people of South Africa
5th October 2018 By: Martin Creamer

Johannesburg and Los Angeles have something special in common. They were both catalysed by gold mining. The Witwatersrand gold rush of 1886 led to the establishment of Johannesburg and the... 


Irony of resource-rich Africa remaining poor must be reversed
Irony of resource-rich Africa remaining poor must be reversed
28th September 2018 By: Martin Creamer

There are many world leaders holding thumbs that Africa will move to the next level in the not too distant future. Encouraging African steps just taken include the African Continental Free Trade... 


Investor confidence takes on new hue, South Africa needs to embrace it with vigour
Investor confidence takes on new hue, South Africa needs to embrace it with vigour
21st September 2018 By: Martin Creamer

Investor confidence is no longer a stand-alone in the South African context, where it includes other key confidences. In delivering 51% higher headline earnings of R4 814-million in the 12 months... 


Govt should remove the  carbon tax threat hanging  over the metal smelting sector
Govt should remove the carbon tax threat hanging over the metal smelting sector
14th September 2018 By: Martin Creamer

The renewable energy factor that predominates the latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) provide and excellent reason by the Cabinet should instruct the National Treasury to put a hold on its plan... 


Minister’s big exploration stimulus must also be fully transparent to be credible
Minister’s big exploration stimulus must also be fully transparent to be credible
7th September 2018 By: Martin Creamer

Somehow Cabinet Ministers seem to say more outside the country than in it. Mining Weekly has been striving for effective stimulation of the dormant exploration business for some time, but the... 


Gwede Mantashe tweet is  sentiment boost for problem  ridden South African mining
Gwede Mantashe tweet is sentiment boost for problem ridden South African mining
31st August 2018 By: Martin Creamer

Shakespeare noted that there is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken in the flood, leads to a fortune. Last week’s great tweet by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe urging South... 


South Africa should set out with iron will to achieve benchmarks of world’s top mining jurisdiction
South Africa should set out with iron will to achieve benchmarks of world’s top mining jurisdiction
24th August 2018 By: Martin Creamer

Way before the new millennium, leading South African gold mining companies organising secondary listings on global stock exchanges would say how determined they were to meet the so-called Ontario... 


Department of Mineral Resources entering the fray to stop mining companies from closing mines
Department of Mineral Resources entering the fray to stop mining companies from closing mines
10th August 2018 By: Martin Creamer

The new Department of Minerals Resources (DMR) is showing a strong tendency to resist companies that apply to shut mines or put mine shafts on care and maintenance. The DMR is advocating applying... 


Regulatory hiatus causing even friendly major miners to back off exploration
Regulatory hiatus causing even friendly major miners to back off exploration
3rd August 2018 By: Martin Creamer

Exploration is vital to keep mining going and although Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has expressed concern about many mine shafts being put on care and maintenance, Minerals Council... 


South Africa lacks funding for capital-intensive mining, needs to encourage foreign investment
South Africa lacks funding for capital-intensive mining, needs to encourage foreign investment
27th July 2018 By: Martin Creamer

The South African mining industry is huge and contributes immensely to the balance of payments through exportation, but it could never have got off the ground without foreign investment. Even when... 


South African people can  benefit from innovative approach to junior mining promotion
South African people can benefit from innovative approach to junior mining promotion
20th July 2018 By: Martin Creamer

Junior mining is being considered as a special case by the powers that be, who are advocating an approach of juniors making special representations, which sounds like the authorities have run out... 


Cooperation needed to fill Africa’s trillion-dollar infrastructure gap
Cooperation needed to fill Africa’s trillion-dollar infrastructure gap
13th July 2018 By: Martin Creamer

The Global Infrastructure Hub, a G20 initiative, calculates the infrastructure gap in ten of its ‘Compact with Africa’ countries to be $1-trillion in over the next 22 years, representing a 42%... 


Lesson for South Africa  from Australia’s less  endowed Queensland state
Lesson for South Africa from Australia’s less endowed Queensland state
6th July 2018 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa could do well to follow the path Australia's Queensland state has taken to create mining jobs. 


South Africa’s secretive DMR needs to subject itself to transparency  evaluation, set reform priorities
South Africa’s secretive DMR needs to subject itself to transparency evaluation, set reform priorities
29th June 2018 By: Martin Creamer

The Department of Mineral Resources needs to subject itself to an impartial transparency evaluation to identify its vulnerabilities – and the past period has shown that there are indeed very many –... 


China kindling hope of  accelerated use of platinum  fuel cells to clean world’s air
China kindling hope of accelerated use of platinum fuel cells to clean world’s air
22nd June 2018 By: Martin Creamer

The corridors of mining power are abuzz with reports of quick steps being taken by China to introduce platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells at scale. Heavy fuel cell vehicles are being rapidly... 


Junior miners fund needs to be  given momentum that only foreign direct investment can provide
Junior miners fund needs to be given momentum that only foreign direct investment can provide
15th June 2018 By: Martin Creamer

It is wonderful news that the Department of Mineral Resources is at last acknowledging the important of junior mining promotion by announcing its intention to create a junior miners fund for... 


Global view of clean air as a human right highlighting need for clean coal, emissions-destroying platinum
Global view of clean air as a human right highlighting need for clean coal, emissions-destroying platinum
8th June 2018 By: Martin Creamer

Globally, clean air is being seen as a human right, even in dictatorial parts of the world, which has seen vigorous public protest against air pollution that damages health. People of the world are... 


Chamber rebrand as Minerals Council South Africa establishes valuable  ‘reboot’ opportunity for South  Africa’s most important industry
Chamber rebrand as Minerals Council South Africa establishes valuable ‘reboot’ opportunity for South Africa’s most important industry
1st June 2018 By: Martin Creamer

The introduction of the Minerals Council South Africa provides the struggling South African mining industry with a chance to establish an important new beginning. Proper leadership has the... 


Decline in skills essential for  deep underground safety requiring  intense management vigilance
Decline in skills essential for deep underground safety requiring intense management vigilance
25th May 2018 By: Martin Creamer

Mining executives with decades of experience are finding that certification qualifying individuals for management positions in deep underground mines do not necessarily have know-how that ensures... 


South African mining is obliged to negotiate the many turning points and deciding moments confronting it with courage and care
South African mining is obliged to negotiate the many turning points and deciding moments confronting it with courage and care
18th May 2018 By: Martin Creamer

Major turning points and crucial deciding moments continue to confront the South African mining industry, which can no longer flinch from negotiate them with fortitude and fairness. The industry... 


Too little mining sunrise  in sight as chug-along  approach predominates
Too little mining sunrise in sight as chug-along approach predominates
11th May 2018 By: Martin Creamer

The State of the Nation address referred to the sunrise potential of South Africa’s mining industry, but one still cannot see the required beams of light penetrating the darkness. A somnambulant,... 


Prospects of quick mining  fix fade as court case  mindset refuses to go away
Prospects of quick mining fix fade as court case mindset refuses to go away
4th May 2018 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa is committed to turning its mining industry into a ‘sunrise’ industry, but regrettably dark shadows keep eclipsing the brighter light from blazing through. One imagined that the court... 


Inspiring new Mandela Mining Precinct bringing everyone to the table to focus on the crisis facing South African mining
Inspiring new Mandela Mining Precinct bringing everyone to the table to focus on the crisis facing South African mining
27th April 2018 By: Martin Creamer

In this the centenary year of the birth of the great Nelson Mandela, ‘minds for mines’ are being put to work at the inspiring new Mandela Mining Precinct in Carlow Road, Johannesburg, which is... 


Promise of Vision 2030 for mining new breath of fresh air
Promise of Vision 2030 for mining new breath of fresh air
20th April 2018 By: Martin Creamer

The announcement by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) that it is engaged in the development of a Vision 2030 for mining is a positive step in the right direction after years of short-term... 


Ultra-intensive investigation needed to expose intentions of brutal Modikwa killers
Ultra-intensive investigation needed to expose intentions of brutal Modikwa killers
13th April 2018 By: Martin Creamer

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has correctly called on police to pull out all the stops in their investigation of the horrific killing of six mineworkers and the injuring of 44 others on... 


Still no word from Mantashe on vital  exploration promotion
Still no word from Mantashe on vital exploration promotion
6th April 2018 By: Martin Creamer

There is still no word from new Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on the promotion of a vital, but still a totally missing element of South Africa’s mining future – exploration. The... 


Bewilderment as retention of some Mining Charter III tenets surprises on the downside
Bewilderment as retention of some Mining Charter III tenets surprises on the downside
30th March 2018 By: Martin Creamer

Confidence that a competitive new Mining Charter will replace the unworkable Mining Charter III is still present in some of the highest echelons of the corporate mining world, despite new Minerals... 


Mining companies stepping firmly into the new world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
23rd March 2018 By: Martin Creamer

Mining companies are taking technology advances seriously. Two have stepped firmly into the world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and another two have set targets and made proposals that... 


The auto world needs to  acknowledge that platinum  is the ideal metal to exorcise the demons out of diesel
The auto world needs to acknowledge that platinum is the ideal metal to exorcise the demons out of diesel
16th March 2018 By: Martin Creamer

Platinum and diesel engines have been joined at the hip, which has created wonderful demand for the locally mined product over decades - and then all hell broke loose when the Volkswagen emission... 


Intense effort needed to foster junior culture that revives  and transforms mining
Intense effort needed to foster junior culture that revives and transforms mining
9th March 2018 By: Martin Creamer

Government should heed the six-point plan to revive and transform mining; government and labour should see to the structural change that is needed to keep labour-intensive mining on the go; and the... 


Revival hopes are rising as ‘green  shoots’ appear, ‘send me’ pleas sound and ‘I want to lend a hand’ sentiment spreads
Revival hopes are rising as ‘green shoots’ appear, ‘send me’ pleas sound and ‘I want to lend a hand’ sentiment spreads
2nd March 2018 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa is quickly becoming reborn as an investment destination. Spirits are high, revival hopes are rising, green shoots are appearing and people are asking what they can do to help. The late... 


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... 


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