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On-The-Air (14/09/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2018 South African mining companies are entering an exciting new era of close collaboration with the governments of South Africa and Zimbabwe; Gold mining, which was once the darling of the investor community, are now battling to raise even low levels of capital; and Australia is proving to the world... 

On-The-Air (07/09/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2018 The planned imposition of carbon tax on South Africa’s smelters is going to put thousands of people out of work and lose South Africa billions of rands in lost export revenue. The promising new gold recovery project on the Far West Rand is another example of the private sector working together... 

On-The-Air (31/08/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2018 The new Minerals Council this week promised South Africa 50 000 more mining jobs in exchange for globally competitive mining laws. Mining executives the world over have agreed to attend a demonstration of exciting new South African mining technology. An amazing number of new uses of platinum fuel... 

What’s in the draft IRP? 

30th August 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the contents of the draft Integrated Resources Plan, which was released this week; what comments are likely to be received; and what process will be followed once the public comment period ends. 

On-The-Air (24/08/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2018 The ‘Great Tweet’ of Minerals Minister Gwede Mantashe urging South Africans to celebrate their wonderful treasure chest of mineral wealth has been met with resounding applause. Mining leaders are crushing the curse of mineworkers being forced to encounter deadly danger in South Africa’s deep... 

Transnet results eclipsed by irregular expenditure, qualified audit 

23rd August 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Transnet’s latest financial results, which revealed an increase in its irregular expenditure to more than R8-billion, as well as the serious divisions between the Transnet board and the group's executives. 

On-The-Air (17/08/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2018 Yet another huge mine is in serious financial trouble, which is throwing up the dread of more mass retrenchment. South Africa should adopt the growth model that has proved so resoundingly successful for the economy of Canada. The Constitutional Court should be called upon to lift the veil of... 

On-The-Air (10/08/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2018 The huge global mining company Glencore this week confirmed that it is about to conclude a major oil deal in South Africa. The black-controlled Royal Bafokeng Platinum this week outlined how heavy-handed laws are not needed to transform mining. Government was this week urged to play a positive... 

On-The-Air (03/08/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2018 South Africa needs to make the best of the huge crisis that has broken out in platinum mining, where 13 000 jobs are on the line. Major mining companies are in the process of reversing out of the business of mining coal in South Africa. South Africans have moved at lighting speed to mine tin in... 

IDC results give glimpse of the state of SA’s economy 

2nd August 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about what the Industrial Development Corporation’s (IDC’s) results for the 2018 financial year say about the state of the real economy, how the IDC is responding to its high level of impairments and how the... 

On-The-Air (27/07/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2018 South Africa’s high-quality iron-ore has caught the eye of global steelmakers, who are paying top-dollar to get their hands on it. Platinum has been given a multi-billion-rand boost through a big joint investment by the Public Investment Corporation and Anglo Platinum. New mining technology is... 

Eskom’s financial position 

25th July 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom’s latest financial results, the utility’s need to raise more debt and what can be expected from Eskom in terms of the publication of a new long-term corporate plan. 

Competition Amendment Bill 

18th July 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the changes proposed in the Competition Amendment Bill, which has been tabled before Parliament. 

On-The-Air (13/07/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2018 Platinum jewellery sales are heading for a very good year, the global platinum promoter, Platinum Guild International, reported this week. The World Platinum Investment Corporation this week launched a range of platinum investment products in China to boost South Africa’s struggling platinum... 

On-The-Air (06/07/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2018 Black-controlled mining company Exxaro has hit the high spots with the introduction of South Africa’s first ‘smart’ mine. A strongly black-empowered mining company is taking steps to raise money in London for its modern new phosphates operation in the Western Cape. The Bafokeng community is... 

On-The-Air (29/06/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2018 Good news for the economy is that Swiss-based mining giant Glencore is taking steps to boost its investments in South Africa. An Australian-funded company is moving at break-neck speed to reopen a rich zinc and copper mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. South Africa has supplied all... 

Southern Africa's natural gas potential 

28th June 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the recent meeting between Southern African energy Ministers about Southern Africa's energy potential and how to unlock that potential. 

On-The-Air (22/06/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd June 2018 Coal exporters can look forward to faster turnaround times at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal, following the commissioning of a brand new suite of equipment. South Africa’s secretive Department of Mineral Resources needs to subject itself to independent transparency evaluation and to set reform... 

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... 

Radebe hosts stakeholder forum; Eskom takes Nersa decision to court 

8th June 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest developments on the energy policy front, as well as Eskom’s turnaround. 

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... 

Energy sector to contribute $25bn to SA’s $100bn investment target 

18th May 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s belief that the energy sector can contribute $25-billion of the $100-billion investment target set by President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

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... 

Eskom addressing coal shortages 

10th May 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom’s immediate and longer-term plans for securing sufficient coal for its power stations. 

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... 

Social partners to meet on boosting investment 

25th April 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plans to secure higher levels of investment and the role business and labour are likely to play in the process. 

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... 

Nersa public hearings into Eskom’s RCA applications get under way 

18th April 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the first round of public hearings held by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to determine whether or not to grant Eskom’s applications to recover R66.6-billion in cost and sales variances. 

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... 

SoE governance, operating models under the spotlight 

4th April 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the shift in conversation away from only focusing on governance problems at State-owned enterprises (SoEs) to also include discussions on the operating models of these entities and particularly for Eskom and... 

Trade back on the global, African agenda 

29th March 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Africa’s plans to conclude a continental free trade agreement and South Africa’s discussions with the US regarding steel tariffs. 

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... 

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