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Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer

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27/04/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2012 Prehistoric worms found deep in a Free State gold mine may hold the key to South Africa’s acid mine water problem; South Africans have been appointed to advise the government of Cameroon on the development of its mining industry; and the Gautrain Management Agency is studying the economic... 

20/04/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2012 South Africans are spearheading a new mining thrust in bauxite-rich West Africa; Gold is supplying a missing piece in South Africa’s quest to regrow its industrialisation base; and Eskom intends taking the power of the sun to a new level in South Africa’s scorching hot Northern Cape.  

13/04/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2012 Durban’s new ‘dig-out’ port will test Transnet’s new private-sector participation scheme; South Africa’s inadequate commodity railway network is in line for a R100-billion boost; and South Africa is losing engineers to other countries because of the lack of project work in this country. 

06/04/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2012 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation is investing billions of rands in the platinum industry; The Department of Trade and Industry is going all out to boost South Africa’s struggling manufacturing sector. Here is another one, and Indian and South African companies have... 

30/03/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2012 Job-hungry Canada is luring South African investors with billion rand loans and cheap clean electricity, Wits University is responding to South Africa’s technical needs with strong new research thrust, The Brazilian Air Force has signed an aerospace deal with South Africa’s CSIR. 

23/03/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2012 South African banks are being engaged to fund Liberia’s first commercial gold mine; Official bungling is preventing fully trained South African electricians from proving that they are fully qualified; and South Africa and the brand new ice-breaker ship due to arrive here in this country from... 

16/03/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2012 the South African government has been going all out to ensure that platinum company Implats is being fairly treated by the government of Zimbabwe; South Africa wants to take a leaf out of Canada’s book to save its ferrochrome business from collapse; and South Africa’s Sasol is taking steps to... 

09/03/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2012 The world’s first flying car is to go on display in New York next month; South Africa’s once-booming ferrochrome industry, which employs 200 000 people, is suddenly under serious threat from China; and Resource rent. That’s the name of the new tax game confronting South Africa’s mining industry. 

02/03/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2012 Global pressure is being applied on the government to make South African mining revenues fully transparent; A study on the economic viability of exporting manganese through the port of Saldanha Bay has been presented to Transnet; and Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor is adopting... 

24/02/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th February 2012 The government is trying a new way of incentivising South Africa’s struggling junior mining sector; South Africa’s once thriving platinum business is suddenly being badly hit on many fronts; and South Africa has managed to beat off the UK and Australia for the right to host an important technical... 

17/02/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2012 he government’s latest approach to mine safety is evoking a howl of industry protest; South Africa’s AngloGold has given the green light to big new gold projects worth more than R6-billion; and Sasol, which is best known for converting coal into petrol, is now pursuing power from a far different... 

10/02/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2012 Trevor Manuel's planning commissions full weight behind delivering a better South African economy; Transnet getting coal to market from the emerging coalfields in the Waterberg; and Transnet has at last cracked the code for getting coal to market from the emerging coalfields in the Waterberg.  

03/02/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2012 The recovery of millions of ounces of gold from old West Rand mine dumps is poised to get the go-ahead; The government is going all out to halt South Africa’s deindustrialisation and set the country on a new path of reindustrialisation; and all roads will lead to Cape Town next week when people... 

27/01/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2012 South Africa is set to benefit from its strong position in vanadium, which is being developed to store electricity; the US government is now offering South Africa’s free insights into the money-making shale-gas business; and South Africa’s one and only orbiting satellite has been declared dead... 

20/01/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th January 2012 The government is considering the creation of a Special Economic Zone to reap maximum benefit from South Africa’s unique position in platinum; South Africans are eyeing the Republic of Congo as a major iron-ore investment destination; and South Africa is leading the way in the distribution of... 

16/12/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2011 The US retail giant Walmart is storming into South Africa waving a big green wand; South Africa’s Sasol has bought into the new billion-dollar climate-change technology project in Norway; and South Africa has a great opportunity to use platinum, which it has in abundance, to lower its high level... 

09/12/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2011 Anglo American says ‘hundreds of thousands of jobs’ can be created in South Africa from developing fuel cells, Brazil and South Africa are in talks to trade with the rand and the real rather than the dollar and the euro; and the local manufacture of the minibus taxi is back, thanks to a new... 

02/12/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2011 Some very interesting news coming through, good news for some 6 200 iron-ore workers; Canada prepares to take on Botswana in the new fight for world diamond dominance; and COP 17 dominating headlines this week 

25/11/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2011 Hopes of generating massive amounts of clean electricity from Central Africa are being rekindled; South Africans need to recycle more as part of our response to combating climate change; and the Russian company Renova is keen to invest more in South Africa. 

18/11/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2011 The gun that Chile is holding at the head of Anglo American is putting South African investors at risk; The Northern Cape has been chosen as the place to set a new world land speed record; and COP 17 climate conference. 

11/11/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2011 Botswana, the world’s biggest diamond source, is expected to seize the opportunity to snap up a quarter of the world’s biggest diamond company; Warnings are being sounded that the planned introduction of carbon tax will throttle South African government’s beneficiation ambitions and One of South... 

04/11/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     4th November 2011 We see that researchers are developing robots to improve safety in South Africa’s dangerous underground mines; De Beers is going all out to create thousands of non-mining jobs as it pulls out of diamond mining on South Africa’s West Coast; and South Africa’s carbon capture and storage centre is... 

28/10/2011 (On-the-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2011 Chile is taking steps to nationalise half of Anglo American’s Chilean assets; Construction is expected to begin next year on a new R12-billion rail line through neighbouring Swaziland; and A staggering R90-billion of foreign capital is being invested Mozambique mining projects. 

21/10/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2011 Zambia's coloured gemstones have returned to world markets in a blaze of lucrative African glory; Tin is a new money-spinner in Rwanda, and a South African is leading Rwanda’s latest tin-mining boom; and South Africa has run into yet another serious shortage of bitumen, which could lose the... 

14/10/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2011 South Africa has R18-trillion worth of metals and minerals with which to rebuild its economy over the next 100 years; Bad news for South Africa is that the country’s one and only zinc refinery is destined for job-destroying closure; and Aerotropolis – that is the label the Ekurhuleni municipality... 

07/10/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2011 Lack of rail capacity is causing a new black-owned mining start-up to lose out on R140-million a year; On to the automotive industry now where apparently South Africa is in growing danger of losing its valuable automotive industry to lower-cost countries; and Saldanha is on the way to being... 

30/09/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2011 A former Class of 76 Soweto rioter is building a large new mine in the Northern Cape; A retiring Wits professor warns that South Africa’s mining research capacity has been decimated, and Southern Africa’s latent treasure chest of valuable coking coal has the potential to rival Australia’s rich... 

23/09/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2011 Botswana, after 120-years, De Beers is apparently moving its diamond sorting from London, the Germans have put a feather in South Africa’s cap saying that it has become a centre of excellence for manufacturing submarine periscopes and on AMLive we spoke about the failure of South Africa’s... 

16/09/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th September 2011 An interesting trip to the Kalahari with Saki Macozoma, and increasing the capacity of South Africa’s manganese rail line to Coega is being seen as a matter of national urgency. 

09/09/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2011 Alaskans are mounting a massive campaign to stop South Africa’s Anglo American from building a mine in their country; South Africa has lost its African space satellite lead to Nigeria and Mining giant Rio Tinto is opting for still another disinvestment from South Africa. 

02/09/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2011 Power-intensive companies in South Africa are beginning to openly express concern about the current tariff trajectory, which they claim could undermine existing investments and forestall yet others; Power prices aside, there have been some developments on the beneficiation policy front this week;... 

26/08/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Terence Creamer     26th August 2011 Potential renewable energy developers are currently sifting though bidding documentation released by the Department of Energy earlier this month; Billions at stake as a High Court judge applies his mind to the complex Sishen iron-ore rights matter and Umgeni Water has started to consider... 

19/08/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2011 We see India’s hunger for South African coal growing somewhat; greener building techniques and we look at the issue of gold and a US presidential decision taken by America many years ago, we see that there is still some kind of impact and I find it quite interesting the story involving Nixon.  

12/08/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th August 2011 South Africa’s biggest gold miner is keen to take a journey to the centre of the earth to liberate 100-million ounces of deep gold; government is going all out to give new impetus to its R860-billion public investment programme and we look at South Africa in terms of aeronautical research. 

05/08/2011 (On-The-Air) 

5th August 2011 Foreign investors are putting pressure on mining giant Anglo American to reduce its South African exposure; Chinese investors are snapping up more South African mining assets and The IDC has allocated R22-billion for ‘green economy’ projects. 

29/07/2011 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2011 South Africa is preparing to launch its own unmanned air vehicle (UAV) early next year; South Africa’s biggest iron-ore miner is expects to spend up to R30-billion on its biggest expansion ever; and Surging gold is side-lining platinum and may hit an all-time record of $1 800/oz by Christmas. 

22/07/2011 (On-The-Air)  

22nd July 2011 A waste dump in Limpopo that is being turned into a perspective treasure trove; Brazil and South Africa teaming up to develop a surface-to-air missile and Rockwell Diamonds is going all out to boost its South African ownership. 

15/07/2011 (On-The-Air) 

15th July 2011 A stunning new South African vision statement can be expected on the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011 – at 11 o’ clock; South African steel is being used in the UK’s tallest sculpture to mark next year’s London Olympics and Southern Africa must stop ‘squandering’ its coal and begin... 

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