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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 (11/03/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2016 South Africa’s ferrochrome producers have surprised on the upside by lifting ferrochrome exports to a new high in difficult circumstances. Eskom’s latest electricity price increase nullifies all the cost-cutting done last year by one of South Africa’s biggest mining companies. 

On-The-Air (04/03/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2016 South Africa is perfectly positioned to take full advantage of what appears to be a return of better days to the coal market. Northam Platinum is bucking the platinum downturn by going ahead with planning on new growth projects. Sibanye Gold is showing its bone fides by calling... 

On-The-Air (26/02/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2016 The local rollout of platinum fuel cell technology is being fast-tracked with full government backing; AngloGold’s South African mines – once the pride of the pack – have fallen badly behind the company’s mines in the rest of the world; A top South African mining company this week seized the... 

On-The-Air (19/02/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2016 The once mighty Anglo American was this week reduced to a pale shadow of its former self. Kumba Iron Ore is gaining investor attention as Anglo American unbundles it out of its cut portfolio Platinum, diamonds and copper are the only metals to survive the massive Anglo downsizing... 

On-The-Air (12/02/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2016 Africa is entering a phase of becoming a factory to the world, top speakers said at the Mining Indaba; The mining industry’s very stressed state is moving governments and investors much closer together; The South African government this week initiated the fast-tracking for the local development... 

On-The-Air (05/02/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2016 Platinum will be highlighted next week when the government announces support for a new fuel-cell manufacturing initiative. Anglo American Platinum is investing R60-million to lower the cost of using fuel cells. Toyota has released thousands of fuel-cell patents free of charge to speed up the... 

On-The-Air (29/01/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2016 The downsizing of the big Sishen Iron Ore mine in the Northern Cape has put 3 933 jobs at risk. Champions are needed to further the nation-building messages left by research commentator Robbie Robinson who died last week. Against all odds, dogged South Africans have set yet another export record,... 

On-The-Air (22/01/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2016 Richards Bay Coal Terminal has done brilliantly to set a new coal export record in this very tough market environment. Anglo American sold off yet another mine this week as part of its rapid mine-disposal programme At last, a special economic zone is on the way for platinum. 

On-The-Air (15/01/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th January 2016 The combined value Apple, ExxonMobil and Google has been lost by the world’s struggling mining industry, which is at an 11-year low; Yet another diamond mine is closing and mines are coming under the auction hammer around the world; and former President Kgalema Motlanthe is calling for an... 

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 (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... 

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