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On-The-Air (21/07/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2017 World Bank warns of a potential shortage of South African metals that are needed to fight climate change; the small country of Luxembourg has passed a space mining law that allows its citizens to mine metals beyond the earth’s atmosphere; and South African mining investors are pressing ahead with... 

On-The-Air (14/07/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2017 Platinum fuel cell cars are beginning to roll off the Mercedes and Toyota production lines; South African manganese is on the list of hitech metals that could stop world progress if it runs into short supply; The new American owners of South African Breweries are investing R2.8-billion to expand... 

On-The-Air (07/07/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th July 2017 The supply of more water from Lesotho to Gauteng has been given a wonderful thumbs-up; Violent protest brought the coal line to a screeching halt this week, dealing a blow to the economy; and The high winter electricity tariff should be cut so that closed furnaces can reopen and return lost jobs. 

On-The-Air (30/06/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2017 Manganese mining company Ntsimbintle, headed by struggle veteran Saki Macozoma, is having huge success in the Northern Cape; The 100%-black-owned Modi Mining has won a R158-million contract from Australian mining company South32; and Yet another black-controlled mining junior – the Johannesburg... 

On-The-Air (23/06/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2017 Botswana is going all out to attract the global mining investors that South Africa’s controversial new Mining Charter is frightening away; South Africa’s contentious new Mining Charter has opened the way for Brazil to make its debut into platinum mining; and South Africa’s new Mining Charter is... 

On-The-Air (09/06/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2017 Former illegal zama-zamas have been reformed into legal mineworkers at a reopened gold mine; Upcoming Mining Charter will include declaration of strategic minerals with mine-gate pricing; An Italian group has invested R200-million in a railway wheel plant in Germiston. 

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. 

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