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Martin Creamer

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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. 

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 

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