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Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer

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On-The-Air (11/12/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2015 Mining is helping to show how rich and poor South African youth can work arm-in-arm as volunteers; Goldman Sachs is proposing a National Service Initiative for 300 000 unemployed youth; Mining giants Anglo American and Glencore have painted two sharply contrasting pictures in this week’s global... 

On-The-Air (04/12/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2015 Huge concern is growing over the delay of the South African government to approve the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Scheme; Acid mine drainage is being seen as a short-term source of water to close the supply gap from 2018; The mining industry has shrunk alarmingly and is now... 

On-The-Air (27/11/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th November 2015 Imported gas is being earmarked to kickstart South Africa’s new gas-to-power electricity vision; Natural gas is to be used as a transport fuel to bus children to school in the Free State; Gold Fields is building a 3D model so that investors can see exactly what’s going on 3 km underground while... 

On-The-Air (20/11/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th November 2015 Gold miners expect the gold price to be lowered still further if the US Fed lifts interest rates next month. This month’s deadly mine dump collapse in Brazil is raising a global storm around the storage of mine waste. The collaborative rebuilding of our troubled mining industry is now... 

On-The-Air (13/11/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th November 2015 The US this week put laws in place to allow its citizens to mine in space. AngloGold is very upbeat about its exciting new mining technology. Gold Fields is inviting tenders for solar power to its South Deep gold mine. 

On-The-Air (06/11/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th November 2015 Desperate to cut debt, mining companies are resorting to a new phenomenon called ‘streaming’. Mining companies in Africa are creating agricultural entrepreneurs around their mines. The Ivory Coast is being hailed as the Africa’s best mining investment destination. 

On-The-Air (30/10/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th October 2015 The concept of cross-border diamond collaboration was put forward at this week’s Diamond Indaba. Drones, artificial intelligence and robots – they’re all part of the ‘mine of the future’ as outlined in the City of Gold this week Mining employees received close to half of the mining... 

On-The-Air (23/10/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd October 2015 Crippling new tax laws have been recommended for South Africa’s already maimed mining industry. Disillusioned investors are demanding radical changes to the way mining CEOs are incentivised. Transnet is setting out to penalise companies that have failed to meet their local-content... 

On-The-Air (16/10/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th October 2015 Business Leadership South Africa this week called for the jailing of pension fund trustees who have failed to pay ex-mineworkers their pensions. Wescoal this week put up its hand up as the flag-bearer of black junior coal mining in South Africa. Sibanye this week put its new... 

On-The-Air (09/10/2015)  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2015 Analysts warned this week that South Africa’s Kumba Iron Ore would be the first big iron-ore miner to crash out of the global iron-ore market. Concern is growing that the low coal price will scuttle the rigid take-or-pay arrangements that Transnet has with coal exporters. The City of... 

On-The-Air (02/10/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2015 The VW emissions scandal is opening the way for fuel cell cars that use our platinum. Top quality South African coal – once the darling of global markets – is now being left for dead as South African coal exportation gets turned on its head. Bad legislation is being blamed for the... 

On-The-Air (25/09/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th September 2015 It’s that time again on a Friday when AMLive presents another Update From The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Heat that’s been going waste for decades is now being turned into valuable electricity at a platinum smelter in Rustenburg. BMW... 

On-The-Air (18/09/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2015 A major skills elevation programme is under way in Ghana to match the leap to modern, mechanised mining in the centuries-old Ashanti goldfields. Sibanye Gold this week took firm steps towards generating its own electricity in its own power stations. Engineers are sounding the alarm... 

On-The-Air (11/09/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th September 2015 The fast-growing mining company Sibanye has informed government that it wants to be the mining champion that the country is searching for. Anglo American Platinum is in talks to sell off more of its platinum assets. The South African Mint is considering the minting and launch of a... 

On-The-Air (04/09/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     4th September 2015 consultancies. The petroleum refining industry this week became the latest sector to warn of survival risk. Gauteng’s gold-from-dumps miners are making heaps of cash on the strong rand gold price. 

On-The-Air (28/08/2015) 

By: Yolande Botes     28th August 2015 Mining sector stress is growing by the week with yet another South African mining company plunging into business rescue this week. The current mining slump is bringing to the fore the indispensible need for mined products in today’s world. A strong redirection of the economy upwards... 

On-The-Air (21/08/2015)

By: Martin Creamer     21st August 2015 South Africans once mighty gold mining companies are preparing for worst-case scenarios. A major effort is being made to get cargo off the roads and back on to rail using a new app. The full weight of legislation is being thrown behind South Africa’s new search for oil and gas. 

On-The-Air (14/08/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th August 2015 Optimum Coal’s plunge into business rescue could result in hundreds of megawatts of power being lost. Eskom has unveiled a new coal-sourcing strategy, which puts an end to the old cost-plus arrangement. The demand for gold is expected to be well up in the next two quarters of this year. 

On-The-Air (07/08/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th August 2015 Sibanye Gold is over the moon about a huge new gold project it is planning on the West Rand. The zinc-rich Northern Cape is on the receiving end of a welcome R9-billions worth of investment. Mine design has been given a R50-million boost with the opening of a state-of-the-art centre... 

On-The-Air (31/07/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     31st July 2015 Anglo American Platinum’s R1-billion marketing splurge has sparked an upsurge in platinum jewellery demand in China. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange has launched a world-aligned oil and gas reporting code for new listings. Cuba is reviewing its mining policies to attract foreign... 

On-The-Air (24/07/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th July 2015 The low iron-ore price is killing South African jobs. The world’s biggest platinum miner is taking steps to be 100% mechanised. World-class indigenous glider aircraft are being locally manufactured in unlikely Potchefstroom. 

On-The-Air (17/07/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th July 2015 South Africa’s struggling steel industry is calling for protection, which the government seems ready to provide. South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal is going from strength to strength under the smart leadership of Nosipho Siwiza-Damasana. South Africa’s much-publicised Swazilink... 

On-The-Air (10/07/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th July 2015 The treatment of polluted water from the abandoned Grootvlei gold mine in Springs could provide work for 7 000 people A billion rand is being raised in support of South Africa’s new black-industrialist vision. The Botswana government this week invited tenders for the building of a solar power... 

On-The-Air (03/07/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd July 2015 Strong calls were made at high level this week for government and business to work together to end the current stagnation of the South African economy. South Africans and Americans are working together brilliantly to boost the local content of locomotives. The local content of South... 

On-The-Air (19/06/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th June 2015 Global giant Glencore is putting millions into education in South Africa’s coalfields. Global pressure against the use of fossil fuels could hasten the introduction of clean coal technologies. Jobless mining engineering graduates are pleading for a look in. 

On-The-Air (12/06/2015) 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th June 2015 SA's search for new metals and minerals is “desperately” underfunded, according to Nedbank Capital; Diamond beneficiation in Botswana has hit a very rough patch; Jobless mining engineering graduates are pleading for a look in. 

On-The-Air (05/06/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2015 Strong calls were made this week for South Africa to follow the Canadian and Australian models of encouraging exploration – or run the risk of losing out on exploration investment altogether. 

On-The-Air (29/05/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     29th May 2015 South African platinum power is beginning to spread through the world with 1 000 fuel-cell cars targeted for the UK this year. X-ray technology developed by the South African mining industry has advanced from mines to hospitals and mortuaries. Sugar producer Illovo is at the ready to... 

On-The-Air (22/05/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2015 It’s the end of an era as diamond-giant De Beers prepares to exit diamond-mining in Kimberley, the city where it all began 127 years ago. The Chamber of Mines this week gave a sneak preview of its new plan to put South Africa’s mining industry back on the front foot. The world’s first fly farm is... 

On-The-Air (15/05/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th May 2015 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: South Africa’s famous Cullinan diamond mine is about to receive a massive new... 

On-The-Air (08/05/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th May 2015 The new spinoff from the world’s biggest mining company comes with a 200-job sweetener to the Gold City; The South32 spinoff also opens the way for black business to take over the ownership of major South African aluminium assets; Mali is introducing advanced new mining technology that goes well... 

On-The-Air (01/05/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2015 Global shareholders will decide on Wednesday whether or not to strip out all the South African assets from the world’s biggest mining company. The 300 000-strong Bafokeng community this week dealt a blow to beneficiation by selling out of South Africa’s once-mighty ferrochrome business.... 

On-The-Air (24/04/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th April 2015 South Africa’s troubled State-owned enterprises have been urged to consider a 20% private shareholding to keep them disciplined and transparent. A new dust control system is expected to bring an end to the curse of silicosis, the silent killer of tens of thousands of mineworkers. A... 

On-The-Air (17/05/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2015 The world’s biggest investment bank – Goldman Sachs – this week gave South Africa a firm thumbs up as a favourable investment destination. Mechanised mining has been given the thumbs up by labour unions in South Deep gold agreement. Mining went into orbit this week with the launch of... 

On-The-Air (10/04/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th April 2015 South Africa’s power problems are presenting platinum miners with a huge new growth opportunity 

On-The-Air (27/03/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th March 2015 An exciting new technology uses only a tenth of the electricity to produce platinum; Calls are being renewed for South Africa to adopt the Canadian flow-through tax model; Eskom’s cash flow problem is endangering the renewal of important power purchasing agreements. 

On-The-Air (20/03/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th March 2015 Two Australian companies have come forward to help Eskom meet its primary energy needs 

On-The-Air (13/03/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th March 2015 Plans are afoot to erect monuments to dead mineworkers and produce documentaries on the horrors of mining’s past. Previously exported coal is now being offered to Eskom at attractive prices. Sasol is working with the electricity ‘war room’ on a plan to import gas. 

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