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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;... 

Second Take: Mining Indaba overview 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th February 2013 Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about the Mining Indaba 2013. 

Second Take: The strategic coal issue 

     1st February 2013 Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu's declaration of coal as a strategic resource. 

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... 

Second Take: Mining rights & cancellations 

     24th January 2013 Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about mining work programmes and the cancellation of mining licences. 

Second Take: Anglo American Platinum's restructuring 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2013 Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about Anglo American Platinum's restructuring and the repurcussions and reactions to the news. 

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... 

Real Economy report – The best of 2012 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th December 2012 Another busy year has come to an end, so Creamer Media’s Real Economy Report reflects on a selection of stories that made news headlines this year:BAE SYSTEMS LAND SYSTEMS SOUTH AFRICA (RER 222) We start our 2012 roundup with local defence company BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa’s... 

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... 

Second Take: Anglo CEO commits to SA mining 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th December 2012 Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about Anglo CEO Cynthia Carroll committing to SA Mining. 

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... 

Second Take: SA mining industry 

     29th November 2012 Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about South Africa's mining industry. 

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;... 

Second Take: Resource development 

     22nd November 2012 Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about African economic advancement through resource development. 

Second Take: Employee codetermination 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th November 2012 Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about the suggestion that South Africa consider adopting the two-tier German board system in the mining industry. 

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... 

Gripes with retailers

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     16th November 2012 When publishing editor Martin Creamer, in a weak moment, gave me the go-ahead to write this column, he said I could write about anything that was not political or smutty. Sooo, here’s 'anything'. In My Fair Lady (the musical), Professor Henry Higgins claims that the only difference between a... 

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... 

Second Take: New social compact for mining industry 

     8th November 2012 Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about a new social compact for the mining industry. 

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... 

Second Take: Indian coal imports from SA 

     1st November 2012 Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about India's increasing coal imports from South Africa. 

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... 

Second Take: Mine labour challenges 

     26th October 2012 Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about the current mine labour challenges plaguing the industry. 

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... 

Second Take: Platinum dispensation bid 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2012 Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about a new platinum dispensation bid for the strife-torn sector. 

05/10/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2012 In the midst of South Africa’s worst labour unrest since the Eighties, Gold Fields has clinched a momentous R173-million deal with NUM that could redefine South African gold mining; A group of South Africans have stumbled on a new technology that can turn the tiniest copper deposit into a... 

Second Take: Gold Fields, NUM agreement 

     4th October 2012 Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about the historic agreement on the implementation of a new operating model at the South Deep gold mine. 

28/09/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2012 The local manufacture of platinum-using fuel cells is now a reality, with the first batch successfully commercialised; A pilot plant for the local beneficiation of titanium is to be built at the CSIR; and ‘Shared value’ is a concept being openly propagated along the corridors of mining power in... 

Second Take: Platinum and titanium beneficiation 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th September 2012 Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about the pilot plants for platinum and titanium beneficiation. 

21/09/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2012 Platinum has the potential to be a key part of tomorrow’s world; the head of SA’s only black-owned platinum company pleads for a collaborative rebuilding of the stricken business; and the Bafokeng community invests R6-billion-plus in platinum dividends in social infrastructure. 

Second Take: Platinum future 

     20th September 2012 Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about platinum as part of the modern world's future. 

14/09/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2012 The Japanese have officially signed off on South Africa becoming Nissan’s bakkie manufacturing hub; The respected McKinsey global consultancy group calculates that Africa has the potential to create 72-m jobs in the next eight years; and SA’s highest-technology company is throwing its full weight... 

Second Take: Marikana accountability 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th September 2012 Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about accountability at Marikana. 

07/09/2012 (On-The-Air) 

     7th September 2012 SA’s once-proud ferrochrome industry is on its knees, struck down by China; Should migrant mine workers be flown home during their off periods; and SA needs more oil-refining capacity, the South African Petroleum Association says 

Second Take: Labour union demands 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2012 Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about unreasonable labour demands in the mining industry. 

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