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Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer is Creamer Media Publishing Editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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On-The-Air (22/10/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd October 2021 The small end of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange is in danger of collapsing unless something is done to incentivise it; Shareholders unhappy with a director’s pay level this week voted out one of South Africa’s biggest names in international mining; and South Africans need to take drastic and... 

On-The-Air (15/10/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2021 South Africa was this week urged to mine the critical metals and minerals that combat climate change; Steps are being taken to generate clean electricity from South Africa’s many disused mineshafts; and the mining boom is papering over many structural issues that are threatening the industry’s... 

On-The-Air (08/10/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2021 Investment in mineral exploration has sunk to its lowest level since the start of our democracy in 1994; South Africans are being hurt by companies of significance not being open to public scrutiny; and Major mining licence backlogs are delaying job creation. 

On-The-Air (01/10/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st October 2021 The highly successful growth strategy of Northam Platinum has created 8 000 jobs, 2 000 this year; A new way of producing platinum slashes electricity use by a whopping 82%; and Mozambique’s aluminium is outdoing South Africa’s aluminium because it is made with clean electricity. 

On-The-Air (24/09/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th September 2021 Every Friday, SAfm’s radio anchor Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News & Mining Weekly. Reported here is this Friday’s At the Coalface transcript: Sakina Kamwendo: Mining company Exxaro is to provide 93 MW of clean, green electricity for its three coal... 

On-The-Air (17/09/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th September 2021 Harmony has struck gold with a spectacular three-year wage agreement with South African labour unions; An exciting new company is setting out to revive gold mining in South Africa’s historic Wits Basin. 

On-The-Air (10/09/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th September 2021 With the prices of green metals rising, consideration is being given to the reopening of closed mines; energy intensive industries that collapsed under high Eskom electricity tariffs are being re-evaluated; and Sasol is taking strong new strides towards producing the green products that the world... 

On-The-Air (03/09/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd September 2021 Yet another mining company this week announced the paying over of a huge sum of tax to the fiscus; Gold mining company Harmony this week boosted the amount of solar power it is planning to generate; and new gold mining projects worth nearly R8-billion were announced this week. 

On-The-Air (27/08/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th August 2021 IDC is involved in intense discussions aimed at boosting exploration; Richards Bay Minerals will in future be enforcing external independent auditing of all monies going to its host communities; and yet another mining company has come to the rescue of South Africa’s tax intake, this time... 

On-The-Air (20/08/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2021 At last, a new mining company is reviving gold mining in South Africa’s rich Witwatersrand Gold Basin. South Africa’s on the verge of a nice hydrogen breakthrough, says the new president of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. The massive South Deep gold mine in Gauteng is at... 

On-The-Air (13/08/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2021 A friendly South African disposition would quickly attract exploration investment, the CEO of one of the world’s top mining companies said this week; Wind energy generation is already increasing the revenue of a top South African coal-mining company; and a ferrochrome joint venture intends going... 

On-The-Air (06/08/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2021 An atlas of Southern Africa’s renewable energy hot spots will be available by the end of this year; Botswana this week showed that it is far ahead of South Africa on the exploration front; and South Africa’s mining upturn, which is providing a strong economic underpin, is expected to endure. 

On-The-Air (30/07/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2021 Mining is making record profits and paying massive taxes just when South Africa desperately needs it; Transnet is working with business to ensure that more iron-ore is exported at a time of high demand; and the clever marketing of South Africa’s platinum group metals is paying off handsomely. 

On-The-Air (23/07/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2021 Helping the planet to fight climate change is now reflected in the product line up of Anglo American; South Africa’s top mining think tank this week called on the industry to stop the killing of valuable jobs; and Small investors are being blocked from allowing vital exploration to get off the... 

On-The-Air (16/07/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th July 2021 The hydrogen economy will generate 30-million new jobs, a Japanese professor told South Africa this week; Tin is in huge new demand globally because of the role it plays in the world of electronics; and life in mining-dependent countries has improved significantly, a new global study has shown. 

On-The-Air (09/07/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th July 2021 A Botswana-listed exploration company has made an important diamond discovery in Limpopo; Yamkela Makupula has clinched a sparkling alluvial diamond deal in the Northern Cape; and Gold was this week highlighted as a refuge of choice by the new incoming CEO of AngloGold Ashanti. 

On-The-Air (02/07/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2021 Waste cooking oil has been successfully used to power a cargo ship from Singapore to South Africa; Rare earths worth close to R70-billion have been found in an old discarded mine dump in Limpopo; and a company run by black women is building 15 new hydrogen projects around the country. 

On-The-Air (25/06/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th June 2021 South Africa’s deep-level mines that don’t switch to renewable energy are facing huge carbon tax bills; South Africa’s scientists are being funded by Europe to help make hydrogen cheaper and easier to produce; and fifteen green hydrogen projects are being carried out by a black-women-owned company. 

On-The-Air (18/06/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2021 Sasol’s revelation at this week’s ‘SA Tomorrow’ conference has boosted the outlook for hydrogen; South Africa’s manganese was this week given huge recognition by the US; and 300-plus mines have been assessed in a sweeping move to save lives and protect the environment. 

On-The-Air (11/06/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2021 South Africa should allow the African continent’s highly skilled geologists to help us to explore. There is a big opportunity to create new jobs by mining our coal reserves in a new environmentally correct manner. Mining companies doing the best for the environment and the people are... 

On-The-Air (04/06/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2021 South Africa is under consideration for the local manufacture of new high-demand battery materials; Tenders are due to be invited next week for a modern new system to boost South African mining exploration; and South Africa’s Council for Geoscience this week went live with new data to attract... 

On-The-Air (28/05/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th May 2021 It’s that time again on a Friday when Update At Noon presents another Update From The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News & Mining Weekly. Sakina Kamwendo: South Africa’s Northern Cape is becoming our country’s next big mining frontier. 

On-The-Air (21/05/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2021 A new manganese mine was opened in the Northern Cape this week as demand for the metal hots up; A call has been made for jobless geologist graduates to be hired to capture much-needed exploration data; and yet another coal mining company intends entering the business of renewable sun and wind... 

On-The-Air (14/05/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2021 The fact that New York City is to use platinum to help it decarbonise its buildings is great news; the iron-ore price is soaring to unprecedented heights and South Africa stands to benefit; and gold mining companies are going all out to be greener and cleaner. 

On-The-Air (07/05/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2021 Gold Fields is spending R660-million on solar power at the big South Deep gold mine in Gauteng; Strict new global rules now apply to mine dumps in a bid to ensure that they don’t kill any more people; and South African and Ghanaian business locked armed this week in a welcome automotive deal. 

On-The-Air (30/04/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th April 2021 South Africa’s platinum group metals are being used in an ever increasing number of applications; The multiplier magic of exploration and mining can bring the biggest number of jobs to South Africa; and The eThekwini municipality is embarking on a new journey of developing the hydrogen economy. 

On-The-Air (23/04/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2021 South Africa must use the upcoming COP26 to promote platinum’s role in fighting climate change; Clearing South Africa’s massive exploration backlog will be a huge boost for the economy; and in generating 750 MW of power, the ferrochrome industry will help to solve our energy crisis. 

On-The-Air (16/04/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2021 It’s that time again on a Friday when Update At Noon presents another Update From The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Sakina Kamwendo: Barberton, according to explorers, still has so much gold that it can put South Africa back on the gold map. 

On-The-Air (09/04/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2021 South Africa’s biggest mining company this week got rid of its coal assets; South Africans, once champions of underground mining, are being outstripped by the Canadians; and South Africa needs to cut the red tape to allow for much more solar and wind power. 

On-The-Air (02/04/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd April 2021 Africa’s top geologists this week outlined how South Africa can make a fortune from exploration; Work began this week on the establishment of South Africa’s own Hydrogen Valley; and The PIC this week put its full weight behind the rapid development of hydrogen technology in South Africa for South... 

On-The-Air (26/03/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2021 The global role that platinum can play in the fight against climate change was highlighted this week; Minister Gwede Mantashe this week praised the South African mining companies that have announced major new capital projects; and Major new opportunities are emerging in South Africa to boost... 

On-The-Air (19/03/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2021 Yet another South African mine is planning to generate its own electricity, this time a high 84 MW; South African miners are gearing up to win back the high level of the world vanadium market that we once held; and South Africans have won a piece of the battery materials action in a very... 

On-The-Air (12/03/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2021 The black-owned mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum is studying the feasibility of generating its own green electricity; China became South Africa’s largest coal export market in the month of February; and Mines anywhere and everywhere can go green and decarbonisation is shaping the future of... 

On-The-Air (05/03/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th March 2021 Dr Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Minerals is going ahead with an exciting new R5.7-billion platinum mining project. Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore is going ahead with an innovative new R3.6-billion iron-ore project in the Northern Cape. Our mining industry is so desperate for mineral... 

On-The-Air (26/02/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2021 Great news is that the South African mining industry is planning a test mine to put new Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies through their paces; Billions of rands are being invested in new mining projects to keep up with the emerging commodity super cycle; Mining companies are making major... 

On-The-Air (19/02/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2021 The world’s biggest coal trader announced this week that it will be depleting and closing its South African coal mines over the next decade. Yet another South African mining company is planning to use hydrogen to power mine fleets. A Johannesburg company is building equipment to generate hydrogen... 

On-The-Air (12/02/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2021 Opportunities to boost our exports were outlined by a Europe-South Africa partnership this week; Alluvial diamond miners this week came up with a far-reaching plan to revive their shrinking industry; and A former Eskom executive this week launched a new company to help make the world a greener... 

On-The-Air (05/02/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2021 South Africa’s mining industry is at the ready to make big investments into electricity generation. The Northern Cape this week received another boost with the announcement of a new mining development. This week’s Mining Indaba saw Botswana going all out to attract new investment in exploration. 

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