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Martin Creamer is Creamer Media Publishing Editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Faster economic growth is a must because it serves the interests of everyone
12th July 2024 By: Martin Creamer

It has been estimated that an increase in gross domestic product (GDP) from 1% to 2.5% would create an additional 21-million jobs within a decade and add something like R330-billion a year to the... 


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All South Africans must put shoulder to wheel to create essential economic growth
5th July 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s national debate must be centred mainly on growing our economy as inclusively and as effectively as possible and this must be coupled to patriotic country-wide action at public sector... 


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Improved economy, good job creation, much better service delivery are GNU musts
28th June 2024 By: Martin Creamer

What South Africans must collectively demand from the Government of National Unity (GNU) is commitment to interventions that lift the performance of the South African economy, attract investment,... 


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Democratisation of South Africa’s public market system is a must
21st June 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s democracy is 30 years old but, in that time, its public market system has failed to be democratised. Admittedly, large institutions on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange are investing... 


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South Africans must vociferously demand fruitful public-private economic collaboration
14th June 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The South African people must go all out for force the public and private sectors to collaborate fully in growing our economy. Jobs, jobs and more jobs must be the demand of South Africa’s... 


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Going green presents a huge opportunity and South Africa must seize it
7th June 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Decarbonisation is presenting South Africa with an exceptional opportunity to grow economically while simultaneously doing what is right. Re-industrialisation is beckoning at a level well within... 


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Govt must give policy support to green reindustrialisation across full spectrum
31st May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

In the same way that South Africa’s green electron-providing sun and wind energy required policy certainty to stimulate the quick ramp-up of bankable projects by the private sector, green molecules... 


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Green energy collaboration a must to reindustrialise South Africa
24th May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The industrialisation that South Arica has lost in the last few decades can be more than regained by the country collaborating fully when it comes to green electrons, green molecules and the new... 


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South Africa’s reputation as an investment destination of choice must be regained
17th May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The 136-year-old Johannesburg Stock Exchange, whose roots and history stretch back to the earliest days of the mining boom in South Africa, is in need of smart augmentation and South Africa... 


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South Africa simply must get mineral exploration going again at pace
10th May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s Exploration Plan, released in 2022, set an ambitious target of raising South Africa’s share of global exploration dollars  from below the 1% where it is now to 5% in as many years.... 


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South Africa must encourage budding Northern Cape base metals richness to unfold fully
3rd May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Exploration drilling in South Africa’s Northern Cape is highlighting the richness of dormant base metals precincts there. An intercept reported last week sent the shares of the company involved... 


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Our platinum group metals industry must be backed to the hilt by all South Africans
26th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The potential loss of platinum group metals (PGMs) demand to battery electric vehicles (BEVs) spells dire consequences for the South African mining industry. At risk are income streams to nearly... 


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South Africa must take full advantage of its prematurely halted mining R&D
19th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The disbanded South African mining industry’s research and development (R&D) arm Comro handed South Africa’s State-owned Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) the mining R&D it had... 


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Excellent mining-linked agri opportunity on Far West Rand must now be accelerated
12th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Gauteng’s Far West Rand mining-linked area has always had excellent agricultural potential. In fact, the area had all the makings of a colossal market garden had early mining not dewatered the... 


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Southern Africa working together on green hydrogen front is right way to go
5th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

A dozen scientists from the Southern African Development Community will be travelling to Germany in May to obtain in-depth insight into green hydrogen, the clean fuel that is derived from Southern... 


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Mining potential must be turned into strong mining activity with public-sector help
29th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s minerals energy complex, which was once world renowned, needs to be fixed to ensure that this country does not miss another upward mining cycle. First it was the energy side of the... 


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Those with the experience and track record must be awarded the key public-sector jobs
22nd March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The best way to reduce South Africa’s unemployment, narrow this country’s inequality gap and reduce poverty is for the public service to employ people on merit. That meritocracy is non-negotiable... 


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South Africa’s key export markets need to be watched with ceaseless vigilance
15th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Platinum group metal basket prices are dangerously down in part because of eyes being taken off changed situations in key markets. For instance, the rhodium price has suffered badly because the... 


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South Africa’s mining industry must be given a new ticket to ride
8th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The decline of South Africa’s mining industry must be vigorously arrested by giving the flagging sector a new ticket to ride. Bureaucratic hoops must be reduced to a minimum and critical minerals... 


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Junior mining fund is a start, but should not be seen as the end game
23rd February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The Junior Mining Exploration Fund just launched by the Industrial Development Corporation and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) is a start but must not end up as the finish.... 


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Let’s all do our bit to put South Africa back on an upward economic trajectory
16th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

As the Investing in African Mining Indaba event highlighted in Cape Town last week, our continent hosts, in considerable volume, very many of the minerals needed for the just energy transition and... 


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It’s critical that we get into critical minerals
9th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

By entering the critical minerals sector holistically and achieving a net-zero future at home, South Africans can meet the objectives of creating employment, reducing inequality and lessening... 


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More openness around bewildering IDC manganese decision would be most welcome
2nd February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The decision of South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to financially back a Canada-owned Botswana-based battery manganese facility rather than a highly accomplished... 


Govt and business must work together to revive South African mining
Govt and business must work together to revive South African mining
26th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The mining industry’s contribution to the South African economy has declined mainly through poor government administration. The private and public sectors have worked together very constructively... 


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Public and private sectors must work together to grow the economy
19th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The only way to grow the South African economy is for the public and private sectors to work hand-in-glove. A public-private partnership approach to energy and transport constraints will open the... 


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Why is foreign beneficiation being funded ahead of local beneficiation?
15th December 2023 By: Martin Creamer

A question mark hangs over the decision of the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation to fund the beneficiation of manganese ore in neighbouring Botswana ahead of taking a funding decision... 


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South Africans have collective duty to unshrink mining
8th December 2023 By: Martin Creamer

When South Africa's mining industry performs well, South Africans benefit holistically. But mining, by its very nature, has a finite horizon, which is why everything that is taken out of the ground... 


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Hats off to Utshalo for going all out to reawaken South Africa’s public markets
1st December 2023 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa has a pressing need to reawaken its public markets and Utshalo must be complimented for setting out to do just that.  The brainchild of Ince and Paul Miller is providing a platform to... 


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South Africans are correct to call repeatedly for harsher cable-theft punishment
17th November 2023 By: Martin Creamer

South Africans are correct to repeat their calls to Parliament over and over, week after week, for much harsher action against cable theft. As you have noticed from this column, I am doing the... 


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Penalising cable theft more meaningfully is the correct call
10th November 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Electricity cable theft has repercussions that go well beyond the punishment that the law metes out to those found guilty of pulling cable out of the ground and selling it as copper scrap. Cable... 


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Well done to GIZ for highlighting community development within green hydrogen space
3rd November 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Up to now, the green hydrogen space has been heavily concentrated at the big end of things. But that could now change because of the availability of a special toolkit aimed at making green hydrogen... 


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South Africans must work flat out to finalise green hydrogen commercialisation strategy
27th October 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Green hydrogen has holistic use and long-term storage benefits in a world needing zero emission. It can clean up industry, shipping, manufacturing, road transport and probably air transport as... 


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We need to find out all we can about our country’s underground water resources
20th October 2023 By: Martin Creamer

With surface water availability potentially becoming a climate-change victim in the years ahead, South Africa should map its groundwater availability to ensure its best use in times of crisis. It... 


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The green mobility within South Africa’s grasp must be vigorously advanced
13th October 2023 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa showed important leadership last week by putting a platinum-based hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle through its paces just north of Johannesburg. Well done to Toyota, Sasol, Air... 


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South Africa must give hero status to global-leading beneficiation green businesses
6th October 2023 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa needs to rally behind its local value-adding mineral beneficiation businesses that are taking the country into the new green era. One of those gems, Manganese Metal Company, is already... 


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