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Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer

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On-The-Air (04/04/2014) 

4th April 2014 Mothers have no food to put on tables in the platinum belt where the strike enters its 11th week today; With the tin price rocketing, South Africa is shaking the dust off its tin mines that shut up shop a quarter century ago; The London-listed Ironveld has unveiled plans a R10-billion iron plant... 

On-The-Air (28/03/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2014 Richards Bay Coal Terminal is ready to boost the coal export potential of black junior miners; the Department of Energy is set to launch proposals for power supply from independent non-Eskom sources. 

On-The-Air (21/03/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st March 2014 A R3-billion marketing programme is under way to boost the use of South Africa’s strike-hit platinum; A host of new metals are being extracted from South Africa’s Bushveld, which is stamping its authority as the richest piece of mineral real estate on the planet; and A London listed company this... 

On-The-Air (14/03/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2014 A new ‘digital mine’ under construction in Johannesburg aims to take modern satellite communication underground; China is decimating South Africa’s once mighty ferrochrome industry – ironically with South African assistance. 

On-The-Air (07/03/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2014 It is all about coal, everyone wants to know how does coal work, does it need to be wet, does it not need to be wet. What is your take on what’s been happening so far? Transnet is doubling the export potential of the locked-in Waterberg coalfields in Limpopo. 

On-The-Air (28/02/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2014 Every Friday morning, SAfm’s AMLive’s radio anchor Dhashen Moodley speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Reported here is this Friday’s At the Coalface transcript:  

On-The-Air (21/02/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2014 Fifteen Australians have arrived in South Africa to save Gauteng’s biggest gold mine from further financial loss; An urgent call has gone out to the government to use the South African Defence Force to stop illegal miners from wrecking some of South Africa’s richest gold mines. 

On-The-Air (14/02/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2014 ‘Mechanise or die’. That’s the message now being played out loudly and clearly to South Africa’s stricken mining industry' R21-billion is the value of cash being paid to shareholders of South Africa’s richest iron-ore mine; Mining industry agrees to devote 5% of its payroll to the development of... 

On-The-Air (07/02/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2014 The government should boost struggling platinum by outlawing dirty emissions from car exhaust pipes; South African-developed thin-film solar technology is taking the world by storm. 

On-The-Air (31/01/2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2014 South Africa’s coal industry it was once South Africa’s big enterprise, we were making lots of money from this industry, it is platinum and gold now, but we going back to coal; and shale-gas, a controversial one in the Karoo fracking, as people call it. An Australian company is now also in the... 

On-The-Air (24-01-2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th January 2014 New technology available to boost SA’s struggling platinum business; A black-empowered company is incubating new mines in the less attractive but vital side of the business – industrial minerals 

On-The-Air (17-01-2014) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2014 A number of small mining companies are entering 2014 under extreme financial pressure and some may not see out the year; Black mining juniors are eyeing the coal assets of broke foreign-listed entities; and A South African company is studying the feasibility of producing steel in Botswana for... 

On-The-Air (13-12-2013) 

13th December 2013 South Africa is all set to launch its first-ever Coal Futures Market in January, is that right? There’s a whole raft of loss-making mines in South Africa, but the irony here is that, instead of investors being discouraged, private equity investors are seeing an opportunity; Beneficiation has been... 

29/11/2013 (On-The-Air) 

29th November 2013 New American owners are shutting down one of South Africa’s best-established factories because they say it is no longer globally competitive; Brand new safety measures, just introduced on South Africa’s mines, have already created 5 000 new non-mining jobs and built a booming business; and DRC... 

22/11/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2013 Chinese have trained up 1 000 South Africans to run South Africa’s first new cement entrant since 1934; South Africa’s under-performing State Diamond Trader is facing a radical overhaul; and A step change is needed in the safety performance of the South African mining industry. 

15/11/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th November 2013 Huge global demand building up for platinum at a time when SA is unable to grow its supply; Chinese have agreed to invest R600m to bring a liquidated South African gold mine back to life; South Africans have snapped up R3-billion worth of shares in the massive GlencoreXstrata, which listed in... 

08/11/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2013 Darshan Moodley and Martin Creamer discusses the coalface, how the mining sector benefits South Africans, new mining technology and the migrant labour system 

01/11/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2013 Zim popping up as next king of platinum; yet another new mining method being advocated for gold and platinum; and The Department of Energy has approved another 17 new renewable energy projects for South Africa. 

25/10/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th October 2013 Transnet galvanising plans for new export terminal; Global mining bosses and mineworkers locked arms in Limpopo; and The State wants to create a precious metals stock market to boost the local trade of South Africa’s gold, platinum, diamonds and gemstones. 

18/10/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2013 After a 13-year search, South Africans have managed to discover important new industrial uses for gold; A new Canadian platinum investor is talking up a ‘Platinum Valley’ for South Africa that mimics America’s famous ‘Silicon Valley’; and Standard Bank is backing another R10-billion worth of... 

11/10/2013 (On-The-Air)  

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2013 The Cabinet this week gave firm approval for the production of shale gas in the Karoo. This week saw another important step towards the production of valuable natural gas off the seabed of Cape Town. A survey is under way to determine the true nature of the skills gaps in the way of South... 

04/10/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2013 A top economist this week pleaded for South Africans save their crumbling gold-mining industry; South Africa is pressing ahead with clean-coal technology despite global headwinds; Two highly successful South Africans are investing heavily in mining at a time when the rest of the world is running... 

27/09/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2013 American locomotives are being made in South Africa for African markets; By declaring 2014 the ‘year of agriculture’, the African Union hopes to spur a green revolution; and Coal miner Sasol Mining is in the process of spending R14-billion in Mpumalanga province. 

20/09/2013 (On-The-Air) 

20th September 2013 Old-style colonial mining is no longer acceptable on the African continent; Yet another call was made this week for mining robots to be used in South Africa’s deep, dark and dangerous mines; and South Africa’s once mighty ferrochrome industry is facing huge difficulties. 

13/09/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2013 Current crisis in mining sector opening up huge new opportunities for black junior miners; IDC allocating nearly R3bn to boost youth entrepreneurship; and America offering Sasol a billion dollars to implement its South African know-how in the US. 

06/09/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th September 2013 Current crisis in SA mining sector presenting an opportunity for major industry sea change; a top SA company is to beneficiate locally mined manganese in Malaysia; and SA platinum company Implats is initiating legal proceedings in the United States to recover hundreds of millions of rands owed to... 

30/08/2013 (On-The-Air) 

30th August 2013 The Americans are funding the Australians to drill for gas in South African waters; Australians are making colossal inroads in Africa and are in most cases outdoing the South Africans; and where South Africans are beating other countries is in the field of mine safety technology. 

23/08/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2013 Let’s first start with loss-making mines. You say that they may be forced to close down? Gold Fields, you say it’s a shadow of its former self here in South Africa, but it’s big in Australia?; and Is that what’s happening with BHP Billiton – a company that’s benefitted quite a bit from being in... 

16/08/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2013 A year to the day after Marikana, the black-owned mining company, Royal Bafokeng Platinum, is proving that mining can prosper in South Africa’s troubled platinum belt; Also on the anniversary of the Marikana tragedy, a union leader is calling for an end to the mine hostel system, which he... 

09/08/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th August 2013 South African-developed robots are at the ready to turn SA’s loss-making gold and platinum mines back into profit; AngloGold Ashanti is implementing its revolutionary new automated mining technology; and A new Bill now before Parliament throws out the old first-come, first-served tradition of... 

02/08/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2013 outh Africa’s top mining lawyer is urging South Africa to sign a respected global mining community pact that will prevent another Marikana; Strong initiatives are under way to stop South Africa losing more than R7-billion worth of water a year; and 400 000 jobs can be created on farmable land in... 

26/07/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Yolande Botes     26th July 2013 Iron-ore business of SA’s Northern Cape has put a colossal R19bn into the hands of its BEE partners; Cash burnt, what it means; and Proven South African technology is on the point of becoming a major ‘game changer’ within the energy framework of the United States of America. 

19/07/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th July 2013 Encouraging news on the electricity front is the offer of two top private sector companies to build a power station – outside of the usual Eskom framework; A major Gauteng steelmaker plans to spend a billion rand to build its own electricity plant, which will make use of the co-generation method... 

12/07/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2013 A new breed of platinum mine developers are moving South Africa towards the potential of mechanised platinum mining; Eskom’s ‘coal cliff’ could deal another blow to South Africa’s already worrying electricity outlook; and After being the world’s biggest gold producer for so long, South Africa has... 

05/07/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2013 Motlanthe showing outstanding leadership in his relentless bid to keep the troubled mining sector from derailing; South African mining industry is steaming ahead with some radical changes to the problematic migrant labour system; and As South Africans were going all out to solve their mining... 

28/06/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2013 SA’s energy is going green with the help of a R10-billion investment by our State-owned IDC; ‘NEETs’ crisis is emerging as SA’s most pressing problem; and Eskom needs a mountain of coal and new junior coal miners are rising to the challenge. 

21/06/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2013 By next Wednesday, government, business and labour must ratify a draft document that ensures sustainable mining in South Africa 

14/06/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2013 South Africa’s exciting new local iron breakthrough is expected to hit the commercial ground running; Mozambique is surprising on the upside with a big new high-value iron aspiration of its own; the Botswana government is pulling out all the stops to attract non-diamond mining investment. 

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