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On-The-Air (06/03/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2015 State rail company Transnet is hitting the high spots with locomotive funding from US and Canada. Limpopo province is the beneficiary of a R9-billion copper expansion. A Johannesburg company is building the entire plant for a new tungsten mine in neighbouring Zimbabwe. 

On-The-Air (27/02/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2015 The Impala Platinum refinery is taking steps to generate its own electricity using platinum fuel cells. The Department of Energy has received a whopping 77 bids from aspirant renewable energy suppliers. An Indian company is gleefully investing R9-billion in valuable zinc assets that... 

On-The-Air (20/02/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2015 A new global study shows that mining operations are powerful engines of growth for host countries. Mining-country governments must budget on commodity prices falling not rising, global investment superstar Jim O’Neill advises. Foreign investment in Africa’s consumer sector is now... 

On-The-Air (13/02/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2015 Economic growth and the electricity crisis received a high profile in the disrupted 2015 State and the Nation address; A tsunami of money is coming Africa’s way, international investors predicted at this week’s packed Mining Indaba; Platinum use is poised to soar as millions of Japanese homes get... 

On-The-Air (06/02/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2015 Job-saving gold-mining talks are paying off as win-win solutions are found for employers and employees. A Ministerial coal task team has been set up in the wake of South Africa losing R23-billion to lower coal prices. The Japanese may have found a way to unlocking South Africa’s dormant Springbok... 

On-The-Air (30/01/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th January 2015 Three of South Africa’s biggest gold mining companies are in job-saving talks with their workers; Consideration is being given to closing parts of Optimum Coal, which has put 1 070 jobs at risk; A global study just released shows that mining boosts the economies of the world’s poorest regions. 

On-The-Air (23/01/2015)

By: Martin Creamer     23rd January 2015 A massive power outage has not stopped Richards Bay Coal Terminal from setting an all-time coal export record for South Africa; High-level ministerial talk of the need for a new South African mining champion has set tongues wagging; A Gauteng gold miner is saving scarce drinking water and making... 

On-The-Air (16/01/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2015 Cash-strapped junior mining companies are going bust – left, right and centre; 130 000 former mineworkers have now come forward to claim unpaid employee benefits; Cashless home loans are now on the way for migrant mineworkers. 

On-The-Air (12/12/2014) 

12th December 2014 Two South Africans are stimulating the big new surge in world ruby, emerald and coloured gemstone sales; South African coal miners are way behind their Australian counterparts on the productivity front; and Over-supply is killing commodity prices and putting mining operations at risk. 

On-The-Air (05/12/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2014 A spotlight is at last being shone on the secret stocks that have been befuddling our platinum price; Gold and platinum mineworker numbers are expected to fall 8% a year in the next two years; and Fears are rising about possible labour unrest in the gold mining industry in 2015. 

On-The-Air (28/11/2014) 

28th November 2014 BEE company takes over crucial aluminium infrastructure on SA’s east coast; Mining company being cut out of BHP on track to be listed next year; A world diamond watchdog has put out a warning of overstated diamond certification. 

On-The-Air (21/11/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st November 2014 It’s all stations go again for Canadian company Ivanhoe’s R17-billion platinum investment in Limpopo; The strife-torn Central African Republic has become Africa’s new “blood diamonds” state; Low commodity prices are causing widespread job uncertainty, even in the world’s strongest mining countries. 

On-The-Air (14/11/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th November 2014 An Indian company is taking the unprecedented step of investing R8-billion in South African zinc mining 

On-The-Air (07/11/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th November 2014 New technology slashed use of electricity at Glencore’s giant chrome beneficiation plant; New technology will next year unlock a ton of gold that cannot be mined conventionally; and New technology is recovering gold from process waste that normally ends up on the trash heap. 

On-The-Air (31/10/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2014 New mechanised mining courses at Wits; Shale gas received major boost gov gave nod for application processing to proceed; coal-gas roadmap is being drawn up to get energy from coal without having to mine it. 

On-The-Air (24/10/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th October 2014 Diamond miner De Beers is putting R30-million a year behind its relentless search for the next big South African diamond mine 

On-The-Air (10/10/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2014 Modernise or bust – that was the blunt message given to the mining industry at this week’s Joburg Indaba 

On-The-Air (03/10/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2014 High South African rail tariffs are threatening to stifle a new R5-billion coal investment in Limpopo province; Broke junior mining companies are tumbling under the force of the huge headwinds confronting them; The Zambian government’s refusal to repay VAT claims back to mining companies is... 

On-The-Air (26/09/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2014 An exciting new technology, which has the potential to boost platinum sky-high, has passed its first tests 

On-The-Air (19/09/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2014 Gold producers are suffering dangerous electricity blackouts in deep power-critical mines.  

On-The-Air (12/09/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2014 Studies are under way for the possible building of big new mechanised platinum mine on the Limpopo/Mpumalanga border 

On-The-Air (05/09/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2014 Australia is beating South Africa hands down in the race for a slice of Africa’s mineral resources 

On-The-Air (29/08/2014) 

29th August 2014 SA stands to lose $1-trillion worth of gold because it has no way of mining it; Recycling of platinum scrap bludgeoning SA’s already strike-ravaged platinum business; Exciting new R9-billion copper investment on the cards in Limpopo province. 

On-The-Air (22/08/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd August 2014 State-owned Transnet and Eskom have come to the party for black-controlled coal miner Exxaro 

On-The-Air (15/08/2014) 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2014 AMCU knocking on recognition door at only major platinum mine to escape the 5-month platinum strike; Labour unions embracing mechanisation at new Styldrift platinum projec; State-led Operation Hurry Up on the way for South Africa’s badly lagging mining industry.  

On-The-Air (08/08/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th August 2014 South Africa stands to benefit richly from the huge technical breakthrough in the strike-hit platinum sector 

On-The-Air (01/08/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2014 The level of productivity in South African coal mines is below that of Australian coal mines 

On-The-Air (25/07/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2014 Iron-ore from Limpopo and the Northern Cape has so far generated a staggering R23.5-billion in dividends for black shareholders; Strike-hit Anglo American Platinum is planning to spend up to R100-million on its mechanised mines, which survived this week’s big sell-off decision; and 60 000... 

On-The-Air (18/07/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2014 A solar-energy first is under way in the Northern Cape thanks to a Norwegian company’s R1-billion investment; Advanced aerospace technology is being used to recover diamonds from an old Northern Cape mine dump. The Northern Cape has been chosen as the place to set a new world land-speed record. 

On-The-Air (11/07/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th July 2014 15 000 diamond mineworkers have been cut into De Beers’ new R2.5-billion black economic empowerment deal; The new Venetia diamond mine in Limpopo will have driverless trucks as part of an automation drive; and Strong calls are being made for the reform of South Africa’s much-criticised migrant... 

On-The-Air (04/07/2014)  

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2014 The Ivory Coast, with its new investor-friendly mining code, is stealing a march on the rest of Africa as an investment destination; The current low gold price is bankrupting South Africa’s once proud gold-mining industry; Energy from coal gas rather than the traditional solid coal is on the way... 

On-The-Air (27/06/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2014 American giant GE plans to recruit 100 engineers and technicians for its new innovation centre in Gauteng. A new bright light is about to be shone in the dark corners of platinum pricing and the gold price fixing. South Africa needs to create a new beginning for its struggling mining... 

On-The-Air (13/06/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2014 A solar energy atlas is being developed to stimulate the use of sun power in sunny South Africa. The bid to break the world land speed record in the Northern Cape is setting up South Africa for extreme-sports tourism. Strike-hit South Africa may lose platinum market share to Zimbabwe, which is... 

On-The-Air (06/06/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2014 A brand new platinum mine that will be highly mechanised and pay high salaries is planned in Limpopo. Royal Bafokeng Platinum is building 3 000 houses for its mineworkers. 25 000 miners have now come forward to claim their share of R5-billion worth of unpaid employee benefits. 

On-The-Air (23/05/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2014 New technology is promising to propel South Africa’s struggling gold mines into an exciting new era; South Africa has failed to make a success of antimony mining and the Australians are now rushing in to take control of our antimony patrimony; and South Africa is squandering its cobalt wealth at... 

On-The-Air (16/05/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2014 The first batch of 4 000 ex-mineworkers have come forward to claim their share of R5-billion worth of unpaid pension and occupational disease benefits. Two of South Africa’s biggest black-controlled mining companies are investing in West African iron-ore opportunities. South Africa’s... 

On-The-Air (25/04/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th April 2014 Search is on for 200 000 ex-mineworkers who are owed 5 Billion Rand in unpaid benefits; Lots of money, lots of people could benefit. Now another issue, South African economy could suffer a massive opportunity loss if the strike-hit Platinum industry is crippled.  

On-The-Air (11/04/2014)  

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2014 A new platinum company is stepping up production to take full advantage of the supply gap left by the 11-week AMCU strike. An Mpumalanga gold-mining company is going on a growth spree after reaching agreement with AMCU. Teba, the organisation set up 100 years ago to recruit huge numbers of... 

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