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Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer

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On-The-Air (28/10/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2016 The African Mining Network sounded a strong call this week for full openness and accountability in the mineral licencing sector; Diamond giant De Beers is throwing more money behind its relentless search for the next big South African diamond mine; andThe newly proclaimed African Mining Vision is... 

On-The-Air (21/10/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2016 Acid mine water must come to the rescue of Gauteng’s looming water deficit; South Africa’s vast diamond-mine properties are being turned into world-class tourist attractions; and The economy of the Northern Cape is about to be boosted by a big new zinc mine. 

On-The-Air (14/10/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2016 A massive new private-sector investment in electricity generation has been given the green light; Black women-led businesses hit the high spots this week in both ferrochrome and construction; and the Northern Cape has become the planet’s most favoured site for the breaking of world land speed... 

On-The-Air (07/10/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2016 The ANC made a strong call at this week’s Joburg Indaba for the firming up of a 2030 vision for the South African mining industry; Yet another project is on the cards for the recovery of gold from old Golden City mine dumps; and Proudly South African locally designed aircraft will start coming of... 

On-The-Air (30/09/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2016 Top gold miner Dr Mark Bristow is ‘super excited’ about Africa as the ‘next China’; London-listed Pan African Resources is planning to invest hundreds of millions of rands in a new gold project in Mpumalanga and; The first train powered by a platinum fuel cell locomotive has been unveiled in... 

On-The-Air (23/09/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2016 South Africa has plummeted to an abysmally low level in the World Bank’s 160-country cost-of-doing-business rankings. Fundamental calculations of risk are putting South Africa behind countries like the DRC as an investment destination. Developing mine heritage sites has payoff... 

On-The-Air (16/09/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th September 2016 Black-controlled mining company Exxaro this week pleaded for mine land and mine water to be used for community development through agriculture; Anglo American Platinum has taken another firm step towards establishing the fuel cell as a new clean force in transport and electricity generation; The... 

On-The-Air (09/09/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2016 A far-reaching plan is under way to take South Africa’s struggling mining sector into the 21st century; Lingering uncertainty about clean fuels is threatening to wipe out South Africa’s oil refineries; and The outlook for South Africa’s iron-ore and manganese mines remains bleak. 

On-The-Air (02/09/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd September 2016 CEOs warned this week that platinum mining is going to ‘drop off a cliff’ because of huge under investment.The CSIR warned this week that mining needs a major change of mining method to survive. Chrome mining is become strategic for the platinum mining industry. 

On-The-Air (26/08/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2016 Every Friday morning, SAfm’s AMLive’s radio anchor Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.  Reported here is this Friday’s At the Coalface transcript: Kamwendo: Gold Mining is not investing in enough in itself to sustain the industry in... 

On-The-Air (19/08/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2016 Illegal occupation of the Obuasi gold mine in Ghana by ‘galamsey’ miners is dealing a devastating blow to South African investors. South African project engineering company DRA is hitting the high spots as a developer of new gold mines in Africa. A revolutionary new gold-mining... 

On-The-Air (12/08/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th August 2016 Plans are under way to recover huge quantities of gold lying on the waste dumps of the Far West Rand; Hard-pressed mining companies are rolling out an array of low-capital, quick-return projects to ensure that they keep growing; and Mining may be on the brink of an exciting new era with the... 

On-The-Air (05/08/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th August 2016 Treated acid mine water was this week relished by analysts and journalists as they drank it down during a visit to a West Rand gold mine; Impressive farming is under way on mine property to ensure that the local economy is not hurt when the mines close 30 years from now; and Zimbabwe has until... 

On-The-Air (29/07/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2016 Reckless oversupply of iron-ore by greedy Australian and Brazilian giants has put 2 400 iron-ore miners out of work in South Africa. The use of platinum fuel cells is gaining momentum globally with thousands of refuelling stations on the drawing boards. The world is heading for a... 

On-The-Air (22/07/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd July 2016 Turning Joburg’s mine dump sand into gold is adding R14-billion to the South African economy a year; The new Taxation Laws Amendment Bill has muddied the waters just as hopes of tax reform were beginning to rise; and A new ruling shows that the courts won’t easily endorse the new Mining Charter’s... 

On-The-Air (08/07/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th July 2016 South Africa has hit the global high spots with the opening of the world’s most modern coal lab in KwaZulu-Natal. Wits University this week undertook to take South African mining to the peak of high technology with the unveiling of the new Wits Mining Institute. Brexit is providing a... 

On-The-Air (17/06/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2016 Botswana taking steps to export electricity to South Africa; There is a new way of mining and this has the potential to make mining saver and more productive; Mining has been given a boost with the reopening of Joburgs once world renowned Research Organisation. 

On-The-Air (10/06/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2016 New joint action is underway to arrest the devastating decline of the South African mining industry; Great news for platinum is that fuel cell development is bursting out all over the country; and Petrochemicals giant Sasol is investing R20-billion in neighbouring Mozambique to find more natural... 

On-The-Air (03/06/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd June 2016 Wonderful news is that the acid mine water curse can now be turned into Garden of Eden profit; Deputy Minerals Minister Godfrey Oliphant this week called for a massive turnaround of South Africa’s dying mining industry.  

On-The-Air (20/05/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2016 The Water Research Commission this week warned that South Africa may be heading for a massive water deficit. The new president of Tanzania has been quick to fill investors with a new confidence. Next month will see the switch-on of South Africa’s big new telescope array in the... 

On-The-Air (13/06/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2016 A row is brewing over of water meant for Gauteng being extracted from the Sterkfontein dam and not replaced as promised. A brace of marketing thrusts has seen platinum break out of its low-price straightjacket. Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Minerals this week commissioned a major... 

On-The-Air (06/05/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2016 Great new strides were taken this week to put platinum fuel cells on the global map. The discovery of helium gas in the Free State has opened the way for major new investment. South Africa’s stressed iron-ore mines will benefit from this week’s Australian commitment to take its foot... 

On-The-Air (29/04/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2016 South Africa’s oldest cement company is looking to Africa to double in size every ten years. A black-led mining junior has stepped up to the plate to buy Highveld Steel’s vanadium assets. The export of vehicles from South Africa have become a crucial contributor to this country’s... 

On-The-Air (22/04/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd April 2016 The province of KwaZulu-Natal is the lucky recipient of a hat-trick of multi-billion-rand investments. South Africa’s Sibanye Gold has board approval to spend nearly R4-billion on its booming gold mines. A promising new African auto association has been formed to spread manufacturing... 

On-The-Air (15/04/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th April 2016 South Africa needs to change the structure of wealth and opportunity for millions upon millions of its citizens. The modernisation of South Africa’s mines is at the heart of a new State-backed mining equipment body. Lesotho aims to become a major diamond producer over the next few years. 

On-The-Air (08/04/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2016 Japan and South Africa are working on a solar plant that will produce hydrogen in this country for fuel cells. Government is intent on creating incentives for mines to benefit from investment in fuel cells. South Africa this week again demonstrated its capacity to build railway... 

On-The-Air (01/04/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2016 Platinum fuel cells hit a new high yesterday with a sensational launch in Ekurhuleni. Ghana led the way this week by boosting investor confidence in the West African country. Experts believe it will take another two years for the stuttering diamond industry to get back into sync 

On-The-Air (25/03/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2016 The major steps that South Africa is taking to boost its rail engineering capacity could win us billions of rands worth of export business in Africa. Australians are continuing to beat South Africans in the pursuit of new metals and minerals on our very own continent. Platinum miners... 

On-The-Air (18/03/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2016 African Rainbow Minerals head Patrice Motsepe this week urged South Africans to come together to boost this country’s struggling economy. Coal head David Brown called for a debate in South Africa around the need for government and business to work collaboratively. The share values of... 

On-The-Air (11/03/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2016 South Africa’s ferrochrome producers have surprised on the upside by lifting ferrochrome exports to a new high in difficult circumstances. Eskom’s latest electricity price increase nullifies all the cost-cutting done last year by one of South Africa’s biggest mining companies. 

On-The-Air (04/03/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2016 South Africa is perfectly positioned to take full advantage of what appears to be a return of better days to the coal market. Northam Platinum is bucking the platinum downturn by going ahead with planning on new growth projects. Sibanye Gold is showing its bone fides by calling... 

On-The-Air (26/02/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2016 The local rollout of platinum fuel cell technology is being fast-tracked with full government backing; AngloGold’s South African mines – once the pride of the pack – have fallen badly behind the company’s mines in the rest of the world; A top South African mining company this week seized the... 

On-The-Air (19/02/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2016 The once mighty Anglo American was this week reduced to a pale shadow of its former self. Kumba Iron Ore is gaining investor attention as Anglo American unbundles it out of its cut portfolio Platinum, diamonds and copper are the only metals to survive the massive Anglo downsizing... 

On-The-Air (12/02/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2016 Africa is entering a phase of becoming a factory to the world, top speakers said at the Mining Indaba; The mining industry’s very stressed state is moving governments and investors much closer together; The South African government this week initiated the fast-tracking for the local development... 

On-The-Air (05/02/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2016 Platinum will be highlighted next week when the government announces support for a new fuel-cell manufacturing initiative. Anglo American Platinum is investing R60-million to lower the cost of using fuel cells. Toyota has released thousands of fuel-cell patents free of charge to speed up the... 

On-The-Air (29/01/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2016 The downsizing of the big Sishen Iron Ore mine in the Northern Cape has put 3 933 jobs at risk. Champions are needed to further the nation-building messages left by research commentator Robbie Robinson who died last week. Against all odds, dogged South Africans have set yet another export record,... 

On-The-Air (22/01/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2016 Richards Bay Coal Terminal has done brilliantly to set a new coal export record in this very tough market environment. Anglo American sold off yet another mine this week as part of its rapid mine-disposal programme At last, a special economic zone is on the way for platinum. 

On-The-Air (15/01/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th January 2016 The combined value Apple, ExxonMobil and Google has been lost by the world’s struggling mining industry, which is at an 11-year low; Yet another diamond mine is closing and mines are coming under the auction hammer around the world; and former President Kgalema Motlanthe is calling for an... 

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