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Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer is Creamer Media Publishing Editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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On-The-Air (15/06/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2018 Mining companies are going all out to combat the deadly scourge of malaria in Africa in compliance with United Nations wishes. South Africa’s meticulous mineral codes are rapidly emerging as global world beaters. De Beers has concluded a R600-million black economic empowerment deal at... 

On-The-Air (08/06/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2018 At long last, South Africa has taken the decision to create a special government fund for junior miners. The government this week legitimised the work of hundreds of illegal zama-zama diamond miners in the diamond city of Kimberley. Strong calls were made at this week’s junior mining indaba for... 

On-The-Air (01/06/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2018 Former Energy Director-General Nelisiwe Magubane this week called for clean coal technology to be introduced to stave off litigation; Vigorous new investment in junior mining is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year and The positive role platinum can play to clean the world’s air... 

On-The-Air (25/05/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2018 128 years of branding came crashing down this week when the name Chamber of Mines was trashed and replaced with Minerals Council South Africa. With all the talk about new emerging farmers coming on to the land in the future, South Africa needs to step up its mining of phosphates. Certification is... 

On-The-Air (18/05/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2018 The lives of hundreds of thousands of people will be impacted negatively if Lonmin Platinum is forced to close; urgent action is needed to save the company. The short spell of mining hope that South Africa experienced earlier this year have been dashed, Shadow Minerals Minister James Lorimer told... 

On-The-Air (11/05/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2018 The big new Indian shareholder in Anglo American is calling on the London-listed company to accentuate its South Africa link. Africa’s most successful gold mining company this week warned that gold mining is running the risk of becoming an irrelevant investment destination. Mapungubwe head Joel... 

On-The-Air (04/05/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2018 Good news is that Indian company Vedanta is considering a R9-billion investment in a zinc refinery in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. Bad news is that gold mining company Pan African is closing an underground mine in Mpumalanga, resulting in the retrenchment of 1 700 workers. The South... 

On-The-Air (27/04/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The imminent opening in Johannesburg of the exciting new Mandela Mining Precinct is a major boost for badly needed research and development. This month’s rapid-fire announcements of the widespread new use of fuel cells globally is great news for South Africa’s struggling platinum mining... 

On-The-Air (20/04/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2018 South Africa is expected to play an important role in a large new multi-billion-rand potash project in the Republic of Congo. Wonderful news for platinum is that mining equipment driven by a fuel cell is scheduled to make a game-changing debut underground next year. Mining giant Glencore has... 

On-The-Air (13/04/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2018 Good news for mining is that the Department of Mineral Resources is working on a long-term Vision 2030 for the mining industry that can do so much for the South African economy going forward. The Canadian company building the brand new platinum mine in Limpopo has appointed former President... 

On-The-Air (06/04/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2018 South Africans will next month begin building a new tin mine in neighbouring Namibia. The sleepy Northern Cape town of Prieska is being revived by major new investment in its expansive but dormant zinc and copper resources. Strong interest is being shown a six-point plan that two independent... 

On-The-Air (23/03/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2018 Anglo American has embarked on a very ambitious job-creation programme. Advisory firm Deloitte this week launched Intelligent Mining to encourage digital transformation in South Africa’s biggest industry; South African business luminary Patrice Motsepe has expressed the firm belief that South... 

On-The-Air (16/03/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 London analysts this week stopped discounting South African share prices thanks to South Africa’s improved political outlook; A mine in the Northern Cape will be the initial beneficiary of yet another Fourth Industrial Revolution partnership clinched this week; and Hydrogen transport was this... 

On-The-Air (09/03/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2018 Black-led mining company Exxaro is negotiating the launch of a Fourth Industrial Revolution technology business with a global know-how partner; Germany's tough court ruling against diesel pollution looks like being a blessing in disguise for South Africa's struggling platinum industry. Palladium... 

On-The-Air (02/03/2018) 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd March 2018 Independent consultants today presented a six-point plan to the government to revive mining exploration, which is at a virtual standstill; Top mining analysts this week called for major structuring change to save South Africa's gold-mining industy; and Northam Platinum has surprised on the upside... 

On-The-Air (23/02/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2018 Sibanye made a vigorous call yesterday for government, labour and business to, once and for all, put a rapid end to the rising number of fatalities in South Africa's mines; South Africa was reaffirmed at the highest levels this week as a reborn investment destination; and Platinum companies are... 

On-The-Air (16/02/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2018 Gold Fields is spending R200-million a year on training at its big mechanised gold mine in Gauteng. Northam yesterday switched on R900-million worth of extra platinum power on in Limpopo. The strong rand is hitting underground gold mining very hard.  

On-The-Air (09/02/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2018 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: China's colossal Clean Air Revolution is poised to give massive support to... 

On-The-Air (02/02/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2018 Tharisa Minerals this week launched a R760-million strategy to boost South African chrome supply; De Beers long wait for diamond exploration licences is over, thanks to the new winds of political change; It's been another record-breaking coal export year for South Africa's Richards Bay Coal... 

On-The-Air (26/01/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 A pioneering black industrialist has secured a R50-million non-repayable grant from the government for a nickel plant in North West; The private sector is taking a rare plunge into plant nutrient minerals that could see the creation of a new South African fertiliser champion; Strong calls are... 

On-The-Air (19/01/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2018 Diamond mining in the diamond city of Kimberley has been given a sparkling new lease of life thanks to smart new technology; The Industrial Development Corporation is calling for smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing to pull South Africa ahead; and The Constitutional Court... 

On-The-Air (15/12/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa this week made a strong call on the CR17 website for an end to the deadlock in the South African mining sector; The United Nations was in town this week to plead with South Africa to build resilience into its mining economy; andClever local project companies are... 

On-The-Air (08/12/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2017 South Africa’s foremost mining CEO this week warned of more job carnage unless the country can attract foreign direct investment; and South African mining companies are making sure that the mines they sell go into good hands. 

On-The-Air (01/12/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2017 A top French company flew into South Africa this week to herald a new technology era for mining; Australian mining company South32 will begin spending R4.3-billion this month on a life extension coal project in Mpumalanga; and The Australians this week came up with an earlier-than-expected... 

On-The-Air (24/11/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2017 Turning mine dump sand into gold received a major boost this week when Sibanye and DRDGold joined forces; Sasol this week announced a new growth strategy that shuns its pioneering technologies of turning coal into petrol and gas into diesel; Gold Fields this week became the second mining company... 

On-The-Air (17/11/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2017 Tin mining is back with a bang as two companies rake in money for two new tin-mining projects; Australians have once again caught South Africans napping by initiating a big new mineral exploration programme in the Northern Cape; and The State mining company of the Democratic Republic of Congo is... 

On-The-Air (10/11/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2017 South Africa’s loss of the top global ferrochrome spot to China has been self-inflicted; New funding for the Wits Mining Institute is giving mining a big Fourth Industrial Revolution boost; and Pounding the streets of Perth, Toronto and London is paying off for South Africans in desperate need of... 

On-The-Air (03/11/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2017 One of South Africa’s largest and foremost black-controlled companies is spending R20-billion in Limpopo and Mpumalanga on coal-mining projects; Africa is streaking ahead of South Africa in the race to build the world’s most automated mines; and Unchallenged illegal mining has brought the... 

On-The-Air (27/10/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2017 South Africa’s foremost mining leader – Mxolisi Mgojo – this week called for a collective national vision to re-energise the stagnating South African economy; Big Type II diamonds that have been buried deep in the earth of billions of years are popping up to the surface and fetching as much as... 

On-The-Air (20/10/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th October 2017 Young black diamond cutters and polishers are hitting the high spots with amazing performances; Huge concern is building up over the lack of mineral exploration in South Africa and its threat to the future of the South African mining industry; and South Africa’s only known diamond explorer is... 

On-The-Air (13/10/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2017 Australia is leading the way in agromining – and now South Africa is being prodded to engage in hot pursuit; This week’s general election in Liberia will have a strong bearing on the country getting its first diamond mine; and South Africa’s R20-billion Swaziland rail link is being prepared for... 

On-The-Air (06/10/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2017 The Department of Mineral Resources has dealt the economy a heavy blow by forcing the exploration of diamond giant De Beers to grind to a halt; South Africa’s foremost black miner this week committed the industry to doing all it can to build a better South Africa; and The world’s oldest mine this... 

On-The-Air (29/09/2017) 

By: Yolande Botes     29th September 2017 Mining companies are licking their wounds over being forced to pay twice for mine rehabilitation; With palladium overtaking platinum, the rich north is getting richer and the poor south poorer; and The big South African ferrochrome company, Hernic Ferrochrome, has been placed in business rescue. 

On-The-Air (22/09/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2017 A London-listed company is ploughing billions of rands worth of investment into mining projects in Mpumalanga; Electric buses that have no option but to make use of South Africa’s platinum are the next big thing; and South Africa is still at sixes and sevens as hundreds of thousands of retired... 

On-The-Air (15/09/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2017 An Australian company will list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on Monday to bring South Africa’s dormant copper riches back to life; South Africa is benefiting from the rising global demand for the quality, high-purity metals, as a means of mitigating climate change; andThe Department of... 

On-The-Air (08/09/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th September 2017 Acid mine water, a horrible legacy of a century of mining, is now being used to recover gold off old mine dumps; Hugely expensive mine dump vegetation is being burnt by vandals, sparking fears to dust storms across the Golden City; Black-controlled Royal Bafokeng Platinum is buying platinum... 

On-The-Air (01/09/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st September 2017 Illegal mining is out of control; More money is being put into marketing to save the struggling platinum- and diamond-mining sectors; and a local mining company that has invested big in America is laughing all the way to the bank. 

On-The-Air (25/08/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2017 South Africa Inc has a rare opportunity to seize the moment and save its battered platinum patrimony; A vibrant future is being planned for the three remaining South African gold mines of AngloGold Ashanti; and An Australian-based firm is showing South Africa how to develop black entrepreneurs in... 

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