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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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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. 

07/06/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2013 South Africa has no option but to do more with its metals and minerals than simply ‘dig dirt’, says a top Government strategist; A new approach to the granting of mineral rights is on the cards, to put an end to old mineral discoveries being dressed up as brand new mineral finds; and ine project... 

31/05/2013 (On The Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2013 South African-developed mineral rights technology is taking the mining world by storm; South Africa has been selected as launch pad for a global tech firm’s new surge into the African continent. 

24/05/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2013 New Canadian platinum contenders are showing huge confidence in South Africa’s platinum future, despite the metal’s current problems; Mine union pioneer, Dr James Motlatsi, this week called for radical changes to South Africa’s discredited migrant-labour system; and while Australians are... 

17/05/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2013 Successful new gold mining technology is being tipped as the game changer for the entire South African mining industry and not just gold 

10/05/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2013 South Africa and Botswana are collaborating to boost the export of coal from Southern Africa; South Africa’s new Coal Roadmap process under way places a massive “urgent” sign over securing future coal supplies for Eskom; and The Chamber of Mines this week made an impassioned plea to government to... 

03/05/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2013 Anglo American’s much-publicised private power project has been put on hold; Steps are being taken to entrench Ekurhuleni on the East Rand as the workshop of the African continent; and A new R500-million investment is strengthening the Western Cape as a global call-centre hub. 

19/04/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     19th April 2013 Every Friday morning, SAfm’s AMLive’s radio anchor Xolani Gwala speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. 

12/04/2013 (On-The-Air)  

By: Martin Creamer     12th April 2013 South Africa’s Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is calling on computer giant IBM to build a research laboratory in South Africa; Africa’s iron-ore resources have the potential to be richer than Australia’s renowned Pilbara treasure trove; and a study just published puts to loss to Zambia of... 

05/04/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2013 The US’s new clean-energy centre in Johannesburg is a shot in the arm for renewable energy in Africa; The production lines for South Africa’s joint missile project with Brazil are beginning to take shape; and The confirmation of coking coal at Makhado is another boost for the Limpopo province. 

29/03/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2013 Yet another South African company is using deadly gases to produce electricity at prices well below the Eskom tariff; South Africa’s first fly farm is being developed in Cape Town; and We talk this word beneficiation and it is on the lips of many people in government in South Africa and want to... 

22/03/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd March 2013 South Africa as a whole, collectively needs to deal with the wildcat strikes that are impacting on the country 

15/03/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2013 South Africa’s home-grown company – Sasol – is planning to invest a colossal R190-billion in the US to become the biggest foreign investor in the State of Louisiana; South Africa has taken another step towards the local development of fuel-cell technology, which makes use of platinum mined in... 

08/03/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2013 By generating its own electricity at low cost, BHP Billiton has been able to go ahead with a billion rand project to beneficiate locally mined manganese; Acid mine drainage (AMD) another big issue at the mines. Work has begun on the construction of infrastructure to deal with South Africa’s AMD... 

01/03/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2013 African Rainbow Minerals is impressed with the way that countries like Papua New Guinea and Chile woo foreign investors; Three large South African gold mines are receiving ongoing investments that will set them up for another half-century of high-volume gold mining; and South Africa’s new... 

22/02/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2013 South Africa needs to keep on encouraging large companies like De Beers, which is prepared to invest R20-billion in the country during trying times; The African Union’s ambitious $360-billion cross-border infrastructure plan is lacking project preparation and regional cooperation; and The... 

15/02/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2013 South Africa’s newest gold miner may share profits with employees and bus mineworkers home to allow them to spend more time with their families; A black empowerment company has now received a R17-billion bonanza from South Africa’s rich iron-ore endowment in the Northern Cape; and The world’s... 

08/02/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2013 A Canadian company plans to build a new long-life low-cost platinum mine in Limpopo, where platinum products will be manufactured onsite, workers will receive high pay, the new State mining company will be asked to participate and black empowerment will be the broadest South Africa has ever seen;... 

01/02/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2013 A massive drive is underway to keep enough coal in the country for the benefit of Eskom, which is heading for a worrying coal shortage; RBCT is going to be expanded for the sixth time in order to accommodate the new black junior coal exporters you were talking about; a groundswell of pressure is... 

25/01/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2013 Mineworkers – like sisters in the popular dance song – are ‘doin’ it for themselves’. They are establishing their very own FET college; South African law provides for mining companies to close mines, mothball shafts and generally downsize when times are tough; and Eskom will start building a... 

18/01/2013 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2013 The world is recycling four times more platinum than in the past, which is slashing demand for mined platinum; Anglo American Platinum is putting its head on the block – it is offering to upskill and provide a new non-mining job to each and every mineworker that it retrenches; and A State-backed... 

14/12/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th December 2012 Eskom is looking to secure millions of tons of wood waste to burn with coal in some of its power stations; Eskom is looking to buy more than one billion tons of coal from coal-mining companies that are majority black owned; and South Africa’s first black-owned coal mining company plans to build... 

07/12/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2012 Anglo American is building 23 000 houses for its workers, making sure there is only one person per room in its hostels and opening up a debate with its workers on the migrant labour curse; South Africa moved ahead this week with two big train and port projects that will together cost a whopping... 

30/11/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2012 In sharp contrast to his first term, US President, Barack Obama has come out of his starting blocks fast this time around, with the launch of a new ‘do business in Africa’ campaign; Gold Fields is cutting the deep, dark and dangerous South African mines out of its portfolio in a desperate bid to... 

23/11/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2012 South Africa is being urged to deploy its strong private sector to rid the country of the ‘evil triplets’ of poverty, unemployment and inequality; New investment in South Africa by junior miners is continuing to take place in sharp contrast to the strong capital cutbacks by big mining companies;... 

16/11/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2012 In the wake of the Marikana tragedy, mining companies are being urged to adopt a two-board system of company management; South Africa’s new Chamber of Mines president is confident about finding creative solutions to the current labour unrest, social deficits and dismal productivity; At last the... 

09/11/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2012 Foreign investors in South Africa’s latest batch of renewable energy opportunities have hit the ground running; Strong calls are being made for the crafting of a new social compact for the mining industry to prevent another Marikana; and Impala Platinum is working with the Department of Science... 

02/11/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2012 It’s all systems go for the signing next week of R47-billion worth of South African renewable-energy projects; India is expected to import much more coal and iron-ore from South Africa; Some are predicting that the third industrial revolution is on the way because of the digitisation of... 

26/10/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2012 Every Friday morning, SAfm’s AMLive’s radio anchor Xolani Gwala speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.  Reported here is this Friday’s At the Coalface transcript: Gwala: As state electricity tariffs rise, and we spoke about it this week quite a lot here... 

19/10/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2012 Eskom has drafted an African energy strategy, with the primary focus on opportunities in Southern Africa; Hundreds of minibus taxis are now equipped with LPG kits that cut pollution and lower operating costs; and Small diamond miner Rockwell is thinking out of the box and allowing small-scale... 

12/10/2012 (On-The-Air)  

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2012 As strikes continue to sweep through the country, South Africa’s top labour lawyers are demanding a radical reform of South Africa’s Labour Relations Act; South Africa’s strife-torn platinum sector has come together in a bid to co-craft a new dispensation for itself; and Black-controlled Exxaro... 

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