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Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer

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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. 

On-The-Air (03/07/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd July 2020 The Covid death toll among mineworkers this week rose to 12 – and there are still no foreign mineworkers back at work. Mining companies this week funded and opened their own 200-bed Covid field hospital and their own a R10-million Covid laboratory to speed up testing. South Africa’s platinum... 

On-The-Air (26/06/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2020 South Africa needs to get going fast on building the 88 infrastructure projects chosen this week by the Presidency. Lesotho has opened more border posts to speed up the return of foreign mineworkers. Six mineworkers working on South African mines have now died from the coronavirus. 

On-The-Air (19/06/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th June 2020 South Africa’s development finance system is facing a major strategic challenge and could cave-in if it is not improved. A panel of experts is needed to oversee the future of the struggling government-owned diamond mining company Alexkor. More border openings are needed to allow foreign... 

On-The-Air (12/06/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2020 South African platinum has helped South Korean car maker Hyundai to launch the world’s cleanest car. More than 240 000 South African mineworkers are now back at work and punching above their weight. Harmony Gold will be raising R3-billion on the stock exchange to take over the world’s deepest mine. 

On-The-Air (05/06/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2020 Small diamond miners have formed an organisation to boost jobs in South Africa’s top diamond fields; South Africans are going all out to save a struggling black-women-owned manganese mine in the Northern Cape; South Africa is lagging other African countries in the awarding of mining rights and... 

On-The-Air (29/05/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     29th May 2020 The big conversation has begun on how to get the economy back on track post Covid-19; A strong call went out this week for South Africa to appoint an independent minerals industry regulator; and Pressure is mounting on South Africa’s biggest air polluters to curb their emissions. 

On-The-Air (22/05/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2020 South Africa’s first-ever platinum coins – the Elephant bullion coins – have sold like hot cakes around the world; Twenty mineworkers who tested Covid positive this week have been prevented from going underground; and Strict Covid guidelines for South Africa’s mines have been reinforced in a... 

On-The-Air (15/05/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th May 2020 Power stations the world over are switching from coal to hydrogen to combat climate change; Twenty seven of the world’s top mining companies have signed a pledge to combat climate change; and The 100-year-old Anglo American is moving out of its historic corporate office in downturn Johannesburg... 

On-The-Air (08/05/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th May 2020 Mining companies are establishing Covid-19 laboratories on their mine sites to speed up testing; Two mineworkers at two different mines this week tested positive for the coronavirus; and Amplats’ exploded smelter complex has been brought back to life ahead of time, despite Covid-19. 

On-The-Air (01/05/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st May 2020 One set of Covid-19 regulations for mining has already proved to be 100% wrong. Mining companies are continuing to dole out tens of millions of rands to communities in response to Covid-19. One South African mining company is taking a giant leap into the world of automated underground mining. 

On-The-Air (24/04/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th April 2020 South Africa, under the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa, is resolving to forge a new post-virus economy; Eskom is now sitting on so much coal that it ordering coal mining companies to hold off on coal deliveries; and South Africa’s mines are all ramping up to 50% of production capacity... 

On-The-Air (17/04/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2020 All the executives of South Africa’s biggest platinum mining company are contributing a third of their pay to the fight against Covid-19; The Minerals Council has given full support the government’s latest Covid-19 regulations for mines; and Mining company Glencore is helping Eskom to supply... 

On-The-Air (10-04-2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th April 2020 Mining companies are going to great lengths to fund human welfare in response to the Covid-19 crisis; Government is allowing a few mining companies to continue operating under strict hygiene conditions; and Gold is continuing to play its centuries-old role of being a safe haven in times of trouble. 

On-The-Air (03/04/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd April 2020 AngloGold has handed over two of its mine hospitals to the government for use by Covid-19 patients; Post Covid-19, the mining industry is offering to play a major role to re-stabilise the South African economy; and World health needs to heal itself after this health crisis in the same way as... 

On-The-Air (27-03-2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th March 2020 At last, the world’s mining giants are shining a bright new spotlight on green hydrogen; Eskom must sign energy contracts that ensure a smart transition from coal to renewables; and God help us if we don’t take climate change very seriously. That’s the warning from Minerals Council South Africa... 

On-The-Air (20/03/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th March 2020 Mining companies the world over are taking firm steps to cut their greenhouse gas emissions; South African executives across the board are proclaiming that going green and protecting the environment makes money for shareholders; and South Africa’s petroleum and automotive industries have fallen... 

On-The-Air (13/03/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th March 2020 South Africa’s leading coal mining company yesterday confirmed its strong entry into the renewable energy business. Coronavirus. Royal Bafokeng Platinum has a policy of giving all its employees the opportunity to fund their own dignified homes. South Africa is hopelessly short of mechanised... 

On-The-Air (06/03/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2020 South Africa’s biggest black-managed and black-controlled platinum mining company is taking steps to generate its own renewable electricity. Royal Bafokeng Platinum has a policy of giving all its employees the opportunity to fund their own dignified homes. South Africa is hopelessly short of... 

On-The-Air (28/02/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2020 South Africa’s black-controlled Impala Platinum is evaluating the building of a 200 MW solar power plant in Zimbabwe; The jointly black-white owned company Assmang is studying solar power possibilities for its mines in the hot Northern Cape; Sasol has asked the government for permission to... 

On-The-Air (21/02/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2020 The implementation of new technology is earning a fortune for the South African mining companies that are brave enough to implement it; The JSE this week praised South Africa’s mining companies to the rooftops for their outstanding performance in 2019; and SA’s clean energy ducks are all in a row... 

On-The-Air (14/02/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2020 At last, sunny South Africa will be permitted to generate as much electricity from the sun as South Africa needs. The Australian government is giving cash grants worth millions of dollars to mines prepared to generate their own electricity from the sun and the wind. By this time next year,... 

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