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Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer

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08/03/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2013 By generating its own electricity at low cost, BHP Billiton has been able to go ahead with a billion rand project to beneficiate locally mined manganese; Acid mine drainage (AMD) another big issue at the mines. Work has begun on the construction of infrastructure to deal with South Africa’s AMD... 

01/03/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2013 African Rainbow Minerals is impressed with the way that countries like Papua New Guinea and Chile woo foreign investors; Three large South African gold mines are receiving ongoing investments that will set them up for another half-century of high-volume gold mining; and South Africa’s new... 

22/02/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2013 South Africa needs to keep on encouraging large companies like De Beers, which is prepared to invest R20-billion in the country during trying times; The African Union’s ambitious $360-billion cross-border infrastructure plan is lacking project preparation and regional cooperation; and The... 

15/02/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2013 South Africa’s newest gold miner may share profits with employees and bus mineworkers home to allow them to spend more time with their families; A black empowerment company has now received a R17-billion bonanza from South Africa’s rich iron-ore endowment in the Northern Cape; and The world’s... 

08/02/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2013 A Canadian company plans to build a new long-life low-cost platinum mine in Limpopo, where platinum products will be manufactured onsite, workers will receive high pay, the new State mining company will be asked to participate and black empowerment will be the broadest South Africa has ever seen;... 

01/02/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2013 A massive drive is underway to keep enough coal in the country for the benefit of Eskom, which is heading for a worrying coal shortage; RBCT is going to be expanded for the sixth time in order to accommodate the new black junior coal exporters you were talking about; a groundswell of pressure is... 

25/01/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2013 Mineworkers – like sisters in the popular dance song – are ‘doin’ it for themselves’. They are establishing their very own FET college; South African law provides for mining companies to close mines, mothball shafts and generally downsize when times are tough; and Eskom will start building a... 

18/01/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2013 The world is recycling four times more platinum than in the past, which is slashing demand for mined platinum; Anglo American Platinum is putting its head on the block – it is offering to upskill and provide a new non-mining job to each and every mineworker that it retrenches; and A State-backed... 

14/12/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th December 2012 Eskom is looking to secure millions of tons of wood waste to burn with coal in some of its power stations; Eskom is looking to buy more than one billion tons of coal from coal-mining companies that are majority black owned; and South Africa’s first black-owned coal mining company plans to build... 

07/12/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2012 Anglo American is building 23 000 houses for its workers, making sure there is only one person per room in its hostels and opening up a debate with its workers on the migrant labour curse; South Africa moved ahead this week with two big train and port projects that will together cost a whopping... 

30/11/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2012 In sharp contrast to his first term, US President, Barack Obama has come out of his starting blocks fast this time around, with the launch of a new ‘do business in Africa’ campaign; Gold Fields is cutting the deep, dark and dangerous South African mines out of its portfolio in a desperate bid to... 

23/11/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2012 South Africa is being urged to deploy its strong private sector to rid the country of the ‘evil triplets’ of poverty, unemployment and inequality; New investment in South Africa by junior miners is continuing to take place in sharp contrast to the strong capital cutbacks by big mining companies;... 

16/11/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2012 In the wake of the Marikana tragedy, mining companies are being urged to adopt a two-board system of company management; South Africa’s new Chamber of Mines president is confident about finding creative solutions to the current labour unrest, social deficits and dismal productivity; At last the... 

09/11/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2012 Foreign investors in South Africa’s latest batch of renewable energy opportunities have hit the ground running; Strong calls are being made for the crafting of a new social compact for the mining industry to prevent another Marikana; and Impala Platinum is working with the Department of Science... 

02/11/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2012 It’s all systems go for the signing next week of R47-billion worth of South African renewable-energy projects; India is expected to import much more coal and iron-ore from South Africa; Some are predicting that the third industrial revolution is on the way because of the digitisation of... 

26/10/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2012 Every Friday morning, SAfm’s AMLive’s radio anchor Xolani Gwala speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.  Reported here is this Friday’s At the Coalface transcript: Gwala: As state electricity tariffs rise, and we spoke about it this week quite a lot here... 

19/10/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2012 Eskom has drafted an African energy strategy, with the primary focus on opportunities in Southern Africa; Hundreds of minibus taxis are now equipped with LPG kits that cut pollution and lower operating costs; and Small diamond miner Rockwell is thinking out of the box and allowing small-scale... 

12/10/2012 (On-The-Air)  

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2012 As strikes continue to sweep through the country, South Africa’s top labour lawyers are demanding a radical reform of South Africa’s Labour Relations Act; South Africa’s strife-torn platinum sector has come together in a bid to co-craft a new dispensation for itself; and Black-controlled Exxaro... 

05/10/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2012 In the midst of South Africa’s worst labour unrest since the Eighties, Gold Fields has clinched a momentous R173-million deal with NUM that could redefine South African gold mining; A group of South Africans have stumbled on a new technology that can turn the tiniest copper deposit into a... 

28/09/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2012 The local manufacture of platinum-using fuel cells is now a reality, with the first batch successfully commercialised; A pilot plant for the local beneficiation of titanium is to be built at the CSIR; and ‘Shared value’ is a concept being openly propagated along the corridors of mining power in... 

21/09/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2012 Platinum has the potential to be a key part of tomorrow’s world; the head of SA’s only black-owned platinum company pleads for a collaborative rebuilding of the stricken business; and the Bafokeng community invests R6-billion-plus in platinum dividends in social infrastructure. 

14/09/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2012 The Japanese have officially signed off on South Africa becoming Nissan’s bakkie manufacturing hub; The respected McKinsey global consultancy group calculates that Africa has the potential to create 72-m jobs in the next eight years; and SA’s highest-technology company is throwing its full weight... 

07/09/2012 (On-The-Air) 

7th September 2012 SA’s once-proud ferrochrome industry is on its knees, struck down by China; Should migrant mine workers be flown home during their off periods; and SA needs more oil-refining capacity, the South African Petroleum Association says 

24/08/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2012 NUM and AMCU leadership have been sitting around the same table ahead of Wednesday’s CCMA verification exercise at Impala Platinum; The Chinese are ripping the heart out of Southern Africa’s aluminium smelting business through cheap over supply; and The black-owned, black-managed and... 

17/08/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2012 SA’s NDP 2030 calls for more natural gas in the energy mix; SA is readying itself to host the ‘world cup’ of geosciences in 2016; and Black-controlled Exxaro will begin exporting iron-ore next year from its new mine in the Republic of Congo. 

10/08/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2012 Five hundred Chinese workers are building South Africa’s newest cement factory in Lichtenburg; Transnet is insisting on a minimum 60% South African content for the 599 new locomotives it has on order; and New technology is seen as absolutely critical for the long-term future of South African gold... 

03/08/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2012 An attempt is to be made to set a new land speed record in South Africa’s dry Northern Cape province; Mining is stimulating visible economic and social development in neighbouring Mozambique; and Projections to 2025 point to cities around the world constructing the equivalent of the entire land... 

27/07/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2012 Struggling platinum companies dive headlong into market development, stripping overheads; SA’s biggest iron-ore miner pays out a whopping R16bn to its BEE partners; and SA embraces new building techniques in a bid to beat the housing backlog.  

20/07/2012 (On-The-Air) 

20th July 2012 An exciting new China/Africa investment fund throws its full weight behind the local beneficiation of South Africa’s metals and minerals; One mining job in South Africa benefits 26 other people, a new 370-page research document – paid for by the Bafokeng community – finds; and New UK research... 

13/07/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2012 A rebirth of gold mining is on the cards thanks to new world-first South African technology; South Africa and Lesotho have signed a new treaty that has far-reaching water and electricity implications; and Tshwane this week became the fifth South Africa city to construct a bus rapid system. 

06/07/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2012 Government, business and organised labour are in broad agreement to grow the South African mining industry by 30%; Anglo American is pledging to help build the platinum equivalent of the US’s famous Silicon Valley in South Africa; and The World Gold Council has been in South Africa to stop... 

29/06/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2012 Exciting new copper and silver discoveries could be bigger than diamonds for neighbouring Botswana; Botswana is gearing up to be an energy corridor for the Southern African region; and Botswana has lowered taxes for miners to lure investors to the country. 

22/06/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd June 2012 Foreign explorers have discovered a nickel deposit in Limpopo province worth more than a billion dollars; a strong call is being made for the creation of a platinum exchange to stabilise platinum mining; and a Southern African master plan just completed requires a massive potential expenditure of... 

15/06/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2012 Billions of rands are expected to be generated from the iron in an old waste dump in Limpopo province; The Defence Force of Finland is buying more armoured cars from South Africa; and Eskom is confident that it will be able to spend at a rate of R65-billion a year for the next six years. 

08/06/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2012 Diamond giant De Beers will decide in two months whether or not to spend R17-billion on expanding its Venetia mine in Limpopo province; a small black-run diamond-cutting operation is proving that local diamond beneficiation is profitable; and a South African biotechnology firm has obtained... 

01/06/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2012 A new fluorspar start-up is the third mining company to nail its beneficiation colours firmly to its business mast; An Australian company is preparing to mine phosphates off Namibia’s ocean floor; and US legislators have visited Sasol’s mines in South Africa to view new life-saving technology for... 

18/05/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2012 The great China-led economic supercycle that has been boosting global economies for a decade appears to be coming to an end; he South African Navy is now allowed to operate in Tanzanian and Mozambican waters to stop piracy. 

11/05/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2012 Yet another black-controlled manganese mine is being built in South Africa’s richly endowed Kalahari Manganese Basin; The first major step has now been taken towards the realisation of an ambitious new South African dream – the local manufacture of fuel cells; and the State is back in steel... 

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