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

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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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Every effort should be made to bring the ongoing dumping of mine tailings to an end
29th September 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The state of the world is such that dumping huge volumes of mine waste on Mother Earth should be a thing of the past. Is there technology available to ensure that mines no longer need to dump... 


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Regulators must investigate accuracy of unsafe mine cable warnings
22nd September 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Concern has again been expressed about incidents. in particularly underground coal mining situations, where trailing cables and couplers are reportedly failing during use. The representatives of... 


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Employment of the best person for the job is absolutely non-negotiable
15th September 2023 By: Martin Creamer

African Rainbow Minerals Dr Patrice Motsepe is correct to demand in the loudest possible voice that South Africans must insist once and for all that the principle of employing the best person for... 


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Massive promotion of green hydrogen as the key climate solution is a must
8th September 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Green hydrogen lends itself to further energy reach than any other green energy source – by a very long shot. Green hydrogen is capable of powering mobility from shipping to heavy haulage,... 


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South Africans are showing commendable resilience in the face of the energy challenge
1st September 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The rate at which South African companies and South African citizens are responding to the energy challenge is reflecting commendable resilience. The fact that every business you speak to these... 


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We must use our geoscience data to create value-adding minerals and energy jobs
25th August 2023 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s minerals energy complex can be turned to very positive account with the correct creation and analysis of enhanced geoscience data. Exploration, mining and renewable energy can go... 


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Even if they have to be imported, municipal managers must be appointed solely on merit
18th August 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Surely government must by now have learnt that South Africans are put at grave risk when municipal managers who do not have the necessary know-how are appointed. Surely by now government must have... 


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Investigation into underground mining cable is urgent to ensure safety
11th August 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Reports being received by the media about the South African National Standards (SANS) mark being printed on a certain type of underground mining cable, even though the cable appears to be... 


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Stop school-going age construction mafia from roaming the streets during school hours
4th August 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Creamer Media’s first-hand experience of the construction mafia pointed to those causing disruption being youngsters of school-going age who are free to roam the streets during school time to... 


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South Africans must work together to keep the markets we have
28th July 2023 By: Martin Creamer

My ears pricked up during last week’s discussion on the hydrogen economy when the event's keynote speaker said South Africa dare not lose the market share that platinum group metals have in the... 


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Joburg’s old gold mine dumps must be mined
21st July 2023 By: Martin Creamer

With the gold price as high as it is, the gold in Johannesburg’s old mine dumps should be recovered and the valuable land beneath those dumps freed up for redevelopment. The know-how of turning... 


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Thumbs up to coal miners who are transitioning to solar and wind power
14th July 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Two of South Africa's largest coal mining companies are showing impressive far-sightedness by taking steps to use renewable sun and wind energy at their coal-mining operations. Major local coal... 


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We Africans must add value to our raw materials whenever it makes business sense to do so
7th July 2023 By: Martin Creamer

In general, Africa has not taken advantage of its abundance of raw materials. When calculations were done in the past, it was often concluded that adding value locally to locally mined minerals was... 


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