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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 (02/06/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2017 The financial woes of diamond mining surfaced again this week when a fourth mine closed its doors; A puzzling decision by new Minerals Minister Mosebenzi Zwane is putting South Africa’s diamond cutting business at risk; and Top South Africans are looking forward to the years when the platinum... 

On-The-Air (26/05/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2017 CoM this week decided finally to shed its abhorrent apartheid past and rebrand itself with a totally new beginning and new name; The media won a victory this week by persuading the DTI to make public the beneficiaries of its incentives programmes and A third South African diamond operation is in... 

On-The-Air (19/05/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2017 Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Mines has fallen in love with South Africa’s new platinum technology, which it is adopting, lock, stock and barrel; The Royal Mint this week announced the production of its first platinum products; and Financial problems have forced a second South African diamond mine to be... 

On-The-Air (12/05/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2017 SA’s biggest gold-mining company is proving that deep can be cheap at its Mponeng mine on the Far West Rand; Palladium is overtaking platinum as the metal of choice to clean the air over the world’s biggest cities; and the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg is being coerced into creating 1 500 additional... 

On-The-Air (05/05/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2017 The plunge of the platinum price to below $900/oz is putting the entire platinum industry at risk; The forecast fall in the iron-ore price to below $50/t will deal a heavy blow to South Africa’s iron-ore miners; and Researchers have come up with a new lightweight material that is ten times... 

On-The-Air (28/04/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2017 South Africa is about to stage a major mining coup with the takeover by Sibanye of America’s biggest Platinum mines; Job Losses and liquidations are also looming at platinum mines here, especially those hit by the low platinum price; and Anglo American this week commiting themselves fully to the... 

On-The-Air (21/04/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st April 2017 A new gold project being fast-tracked following the successful raising of capital in London and Johannesburg; A new aspirant mining champion has stepped up to the plate with a R2.3-billion debut deal and Money is being raised to revive a once thriving copper-mining area in the Northern Cape. 

On-The-Air (07/04/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2017 The first sod will be turned this year on a billion-rand project that has the potential change the face of South Africa’s struggling platinum business; The wanton destruction of valuable cobalt in local platinum processing can now be brought to a speedy end; South Africa’s biggest chain factory... 

On-The-Air (31/03/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2017 Platinum received a massive boost this week when the mayors of the world’s biggest cities launched a huge programme to tackle urban air pollution; Mining doyen Brian Gilbertson this week blamed the collapse of the platinum price on producers; and A black-led minerals company has secured finance... 

On-The-Air (24/03/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th March 2017 With Anglo American now in danger of being canabalised, the South African economy needs a big new corporate champion to step into the breach; From now on, mining’s role as an economic transformation lever must be used to the full and A new online market place has been launched for the buying,... 

On-The-Air (17/03/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2017 Business leader Patrice Motsepe yesterday gave a stern warning to the mining industry to take mining communities extremely seriously; The State-owned IDC is supporting a new low-cost, low-energy technology that could be a massive cost saver for struggling platinum mines; and the Canadians this... 

On-The-Air (10/03/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th March 2017 The strong outlook for South Africa’s ferrochrome industry is a great plus for South Africa in its hour of need; As the rand strengthens, it is becoming increasingly apparent that new, cheaper mining methods are desperately needed to save the industry; and West African mining is setting a good... 

On-The-Air (03/03/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2017 Platinum has been badly hit by anti-diesel sentiment in the wake of the Volkswagen car emission scandal in the United States; South Africa’s Sibanye Gold went on a charm offensive in the United States this week to woo shareholder backing its big American acquisition; and the mining industry’s... 

On-The-Air (24/02/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th February 2017 An investment of billions of rands is on the cards for the deep Mponeng gold mine on the Far West Rand; Discussions are under way between Germany and South Africa for the introduction of fuel cell buses; and A new national rail strategy is being drafted to give direction to the underperforming... 

On-The-Air (17/02/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2017 Billions of rands are being earmarked for a big new coal expansion in Mpumalanga  

On-The-Air (03/02/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2017 A new junior mining fund is opening the way for small mining companies to enter the fray. I am going to sit up straight, because I’m sure many of our listeners also want to know more about this. 

On-The-Air (27/01/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2017 Innovative waste-to-energy plants have been launched by two of South Africa’s biggest cities in as many months; France this week formally declared its intention to respond to Eskom’s nuclear overture of December 20; and South Africa’s first fuel cell plant is to be launched in Cape Town next month. 

On-The-Air (20/01/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th January 2017 Davos this week gave platinum fuel cells a huge boost with the launch of the massive Hydrogen Council; Sibanye’s audacious bid to buy America’s biggest platinum mines is poised to benefit Southern Africa enormously; A second judge has chided the Department of Mineral Resources for ineptitude. 

On-The-Air (16/12/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th December 2016 The world’s biggest fuel-cell power station is about to be built on South Africa’s East Rand. A big new gold-from-dumps project is under construction in Mpumalanga .The R10-billion gold-from-dumps project on the Far West Rand is expected to be launched in the next six months. 

On-The-Air (02/12/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2016 Patrice Motsepe’s new bank is helping to fund a brand new mine being built in the Western Cape. The platinum price has plunged so low that many platinum mines have fallen into the red; and a top-level discussion on fuel cells to is due to take place at the CSIR next Friday. 

On-The-Air (25/11/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2016 Gold worth hundreds of millions of rands is being recovered on the East Rand from mine throw-aways like woodchips and grease; The once-mighty Anglo American mining company, which is already a shadow of its former self, is intent on becoming even smaller; and Business and labour need to combine to... 

On-The-Air (18/11/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2016 Black-controlled company Thakadu is building a R200-million nickel beneficiation plant as part of its second major initiative in as many months; The Labour Court this week tore a strip off the Department of Mineral Resources for irrationally bringing mines to a wasteful halt. 

On-The-Air (11/11/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2016 Global political uncertainty has resulted in gold investments rocketing 44% in the last three months; The water shortage has prompted the opening of KwaZulu-Natal’s first desalination plant; South Africa will launch its first nanosatellite early next year as part of an international research... 

On-The-Air (04/11/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     4th November 2016 The risk of investing in mining in South Africa has been heightened by allegations made this week in the Public Protector’s report on State Capture; This week’s passing of a new Minerals Bill by Parliament has again failed to de-risk mining investment, as was the case two and a half years ago;... 

On-The-Air (28/10/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2016 The African Mining Network sounded a strong call this week for full openness and accountability in the mineral licencing sector; Diamond giant De Beers is throwing more money behind its relentless search for the next big South African diamond mine; andThe newly proclaimed African Mining Vision is... 

On-The-Air (21/10/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2016 Acid mine water must come to the rescue of Gauteng’s looming water deficit; South Africa’s vast diamond-mine properties are being turned into world-class tourist attractions; and The economy of the Northern Cape is about to be boosted by a big new zinc mine. 

On-The-Air (14/10/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2016 A massive new private-sector investment in electricity generation has been given the green light; Black women-led businesses hit the high spots this week in both ferrochrome and construction; and the Northern Cape has become the planet’s most favoured site for the breaking of world land speed... 

On-The-Air (07/10/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2016 The ANC made a strong call at this week’s Joburg Indaba for the firming up of a 2030 vision for the South African mining industry; Yet another project is on the cards for the recovery of gold from old Golden City mine dumps; and Proudly South African locally designed aircraft will start coming of... 

On-The-Air (30/09/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2016 Top gold miner Dr Mark Bristow is ‘super excited’ about Africa as the ‘next China’; London-listed Pan African Resources is planning to invest hundreds of millions of rands in a new gold project in Mpumalanga and; The first train powered by a platinum fuel cell locomotive has been unveiled in... 

On-The-Air (23/09/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2016 South Africa has plummeted to an abysmally low level in the World Bank’s 160-country cost-of-doing-business rankings. Fundamental calculations of risk are putting South Africa behind countries like the DRC as an investment destination. Developing mine heritage sites has payoff... 

On-The-Air (16/09/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th September 2016 Black-controlled mining company Exxaro this week pleaded for mine land and mine water to be used for community development through agriculture; Anglo American Platinum has taken another firm step towards establishing the fuel cell as a new clean force in transport and electricity generation; The... 

On-The-Air (09/09/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2016 A far-reaching plan is under way to take South Africa’s struggling mining sector into the 21st century; Lingering uncertainty about clean fuels is threatening to wipe out South Africa’s oil refineries; and The outlook for South Africa’s iron-ore and manganese mines remains bleak. 

On-The-Air (02/09/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd September 2016 CEOs warned this week that platinum mining is going to ‘drop off a cliff’ because of huge under investment.The CSIR warned this week that mining needs a major change of mining method to survive. Chrome mining is become strategic for the platinum mining industry. 

On-The-Air (26/08/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2016 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: Gold Mining is not investing in enough in itself to sustain the industry in... 

On-The-Air (19/08/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2016 Illegal occupation of the Obuasi gold mine in Ghana by ‘galamsey’ miners is dealing a devastating blow to South African investors. South African project engineering company DRA is hitting the high spots as a developer of new gold mines in Africa. A revolutionary new gold-mining... 

On-The-Air (12/08/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th August 2016 Plans are under way to recover huge quantities of gold lying on the waste dumps of the Far West Rand; Hard-pressed mining companies are rolling out an array of low-capital, quick-return projects to ensure that they keep growing; and Mining may be on the brink of an exciting new era with the... 

On-The-Air (05/08/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th August 2016 Treated acid mine water was this week relished by analysts and journalists as they drank it down during a visit to a West Rand gold mine; Impressive farming is under way on mine property to ensure that the local economy is not hurt when the mines close 30 years from now; and Zimbabwe has until... 

On-The-Air (29/07/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2016 Reckless oversupply of iron-ore by greedy Australian and Brazilian giants has put 2 400 iron-ore miners out of work in South Africa. The use of platinum fuel cells is gaining momentum globally with thousands of refuelling stations on the drawing boards. The world is heading for a... 

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