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Martin Creamer

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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. 

On-The-Air (29/01/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2021 Exciting South African-linked technology is poised to bring green jobs to African mining; Richards Bay Coal Terminal is speeding up its export pace as China starts buying South African coal; and Exploration presents a huge upside for the South African economy is we can find the key to unlock it. 

On-The-Air (22/01/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2021 China’s ban on Australian coal has become South Africa’s gain. We’re now exporting coal to China; Massive demand also building up globally for South Africa’s wonderful platinum group metals. The construction of a major new green-platinum mine has begun in the North West province, which is of... 

On-The-Air (11/12/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2020 A major new platinum mine expansion has been approved along with amazing new processing technology. In a major boost for platinum, China is converting its municipal vehicles to platinum-using fuel cell power. South Africa’s Impala Platinum this week joined an international fund that invests in... 

On-The-Air (04/12/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2020 While Australia’s trade relations with China are under huge strain, South Africa’s relations with the Asian giant are strengthening; and mining companies are going all out to become the darlings of the investor community once again 

On-The-Air (27/11/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th November 2020 Strong steps are being taken by investors to open new precious metals mines and to reopen old ones; An ingenious method of turning dreaded acid mine water into drinking water at no cost has been discovered; and there is an urgent need for South Africans to focus unflinchingly on creating economic... 

On-The-Air (20/11/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th November 2020 Investment in platinum has rocketed, the World Platinum Investment Council reported this week; A South African mining company has overturned a major lawsuit brought against it in the United States; and Anglo American this week increased its investment commitment to South Africa, despite Covid. 

On-The-Air (13/11/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th November 2020 South Africa’s ferrochrome industry is staking steps to generate 750 MW of its own electricity; Southern Africa was this week urged to enter the new trillion-dollar green hydrogen economy with vigour; and Gauteng’s rich South Deep gold mine is entering a new high-technology phase. 

On-The-Air (06/11/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th November 2020 Fund raising is under way for the re-mining of South Africa’s rich Witwatersrand Gold Basin; Northern Cape is on the way back as a copper mining area that will use the hot sun for its electricity; and Mining exploration was declared a priority at this week’s Junior Indaba in Johannesburg. 

On-The-Air (30/10/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th October 2020 South Africa has developed a new platinum processing system that can save a massive amount of scarce electricity. South Africa is on the cusp of finalising a new tax incentive to boost crucial mining exploration. Sumitomo this week invested in an initiative that will drive demand for South... 

On-The-Air (23/10/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd October 2020 South Africa’s biggest mechanised gold mine is expecting to get approval to generate its own electricity before year-end; The decision of the Cabinet to impose a tax on the export of raw chrome will bring essential relief to our important but struggling ferrochrome industry; and there is growing... 

On-The-Air (16/10/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th October 2020 Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande this week launched a promising Platinum Valley Corridor Project; A new fund has been launched to give financial support to small-scale mining development; Huge enthusiasm is building around the boost that green hydrogen generation can give to... 

On-The-Air (09/10/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th October 2020 The government yesterday promised to have its mining exploration strategy ready in the next three months. Sir Mick Davis yesterday called on the shareholders of major mining companies to resist calling for cash dividend pay-outs to allow mines to be sustainable.  

On-The-Air (02/10/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2020 Underground mining without any people and free of all emissions was showcased to the world this week. A new concept flashing across the globe is “circular economy” which means no waste and more jobs. Our Koeberg nuclear station was given a new lease of life this week with the arrival of special... 

On-The-Air (25/09/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th September 2020 Calls were made this week for unused mine land to be made available for agricultural development; Namibia and South Africa are ahead in Southern Africa’s plan to generate green hydrogen for export; and Some gold mining companies are considering locking in the high gold price by selling it forward. 

On-The-Air (18/09/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2020 The mining industry is calling for Joburg’s mine dumps to come down to cut travel time in taxis; A rich old gold mine is being brought back to life in the Evander gold fields of Mpumalanga; and Platinum is fighting its way into battery electric vehicles, from which it has up to now been excluded. 

On-The-Air (11/09/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th September 2020 Minerals Council South Africa is working with the government to treble the size of our platinum industry; Research has now found a new place for platinum in electric vehicles; Royal Bafokeng Platinum this week urged the government to make the hydrogen economy a top priority. 

On-The-Air (28/08/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2020 South Africa has the good fortune of being blessed with what the world is hailing as the ‘rock star’ metals of the moment; Anglo American Platinum has been able to give communities R2-billion thanks to soaring platinum group metal prices; and The earnings from South Africa’s biggest... 

On-The-Air (21/08/2020) 

By: Yolande Botes     21st August 2020 Africa’s most successful gold explorer this week hailed the ANC’s encouragement of exploration in South Africa; Getting the best out of South African mining starts with policy certainty, a top but retiring gold miner said this week; and Africa’s huge Electra Mining Africa show will go digital... 

On-The-Air (14/08/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th August 2020 The high gold price is a help to the struggling South African economy; and a wonderful new proudly South African Covid face mask is attracting world attention. 

On-The-Air (07/08/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th August 2020 South Africa’s roads agency is gearing up to spend R30-billion on road development; Gold and platinum companies are flying sky high with free cash gushing into their coffers; and at half the price of gold, platinum is continuing to attract strong investor interest. 

On-The-Air (31/07/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     31st July 2020 A big new R7-billion iron-ore project in the Northern Cape was given the go-ahead this week; South Africa’s high-quality iron-ore puts it ahead of Australia going forward into the future; and Anglo American is going ahead with a world-first hydrogen fuel cell truck in Limpopo. 

On-The-Air (24/07/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th July 2020 Covid notwithstanding, a brand new R250-million manganese project went ahead in the Northern Cape this week; The ANC is correct to insist that South Africa’s economic recovery includes a green component; and The big Metalloys manganese plant in Meyerton has been shut temporarily by its Australian... 

On-The-Air (17/07/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th July 2020 The ANC’s document calling on South Africa to encourage mining exploration has received positive response. A new Proudly South African technology breakthough gives platinum a firm thumbs up. Yet another mining company has announced the go-ahead for a solar power electricity project. 

On-The-Air (10/07/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th July 2020 The development of a Hydrogen Roadmap for South Africa got under way this week; A new Proudly South African Covid scanner speeds up the Covid screening process remarkably; and The Minerals Council yesterday expressed deep sadness at the loss of 28 mineworkers to Covid. 

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