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Something simply must be done to make investing in mineral exploration attractive
19th May 2023 By: Martin Creamer

In the past, the private sector owned and controlled South Africa’s mineral endowment and the public sector of the day looked on and collected the taxes. But from 1994, the public sector took over... 


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That blackout feeling
19th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

There is justifiable concern that South Africa’s grid could collapsed this winter given ongoing high breakdowns across the Eskom coal fleet, the absence of one Koeberg unit and a rise in demand in... 


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Well done, South Africa, for collaborating globally on the green technology front
12th May 2023 By: Martin Creamer

When it comes to green energy technology advances, South Africa is showing creditable wisdom. The partnership of our Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) with Johannesburg Stock... 


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Pregnant pause
12th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

It is good news that President Cyril Ramaphosa has finally Gazetted a notice declaring that Section 6 of the National Energy Act, which stipulates that an Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) be crafted in... 


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South Africa must ensure that capital can be raised at small end of the stock exchange
5th May 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The bulk of South Africa’s long-term savings assets, something like 90%, are managed by less than a dozen institutions, which are obliged by the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa... 


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Light from the Tower of Babel
5th May 2023 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s electricity discussion has become far less coherent in recent months, taking on all the characteristics of the Tower of Babel, despite the fact that most of the mixed messages have... 


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We must maintain and expand all-important electricity transmission grid
28th April 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The national electricity transmission grid that has served us well down the years now needs very special attention. Upping our electricity generation game is one thing but failure to match that... 


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Last out?
28th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Swedish Ambassador to South Africa Håkan Juholt made a profound point at a recent workshop hosted to discuss decarbonisation options for South Africa’s steel value chain, which currently employs... 


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South Africa must go full tilt into solar and wind without looking back
21st April 2023 By: Martin Creamer

A country can never have too much electricity. Available energy allows business to expand without fear of being without it. The way ahead for South Africa is to go full tilt into solar and wind... 


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Dimming the light
21st April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

There was so much to be concerned about after the first formal report back by South Africa’s newly appointed Minister of Electricity earlier this month that it is difficult to know where to begin.... 


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South Africa dare not make another mistake with new cadastre system
14th April 2023 By: Martin Creamer

One cadastre mistake resulted in South Africa failing to benefit from two up cycles in mining. A second mistake could be even worse. To avoid a repeat of what happened last time around, full... 


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Bad idea
14th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Given the depth of the electricity crisis and the lack of trust surrounding Eskom and government’s response – a deficit that has arguably been amplified with the declaration of the crisis as a... 


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South Africa needs coal and iron-ore rail lines to become competitive without delay
7th April 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Worsening logistics constraints and rising electricity supply shortages have made South Africa a very difficult place in which to do business. While electricity supply gets the big headlines, the... 


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Walk and chew gum
7th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa may have been making a nuanced point when indicating that his immediate priority was on improving Eskom’s generation performance rather than its... 


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South Africa must open the way for critical minerals exploration
31st March 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The world over, countries are declaring and finding critical minerals needed to transition to green energy. Raw materials used in wind turbines, solar power plants and batteries are being... 


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