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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 (21/01/2022) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st January 2022 We can achieve “superpower” energy status by focusing on our world-beating solar, wind and storage opportunity; Australians are the main investors in projects that are bringing dormant gold and copper assets back to life; and Soweto-born Sam Molefi has clinched promising business for his... 

On-The-Air (14/01/2022) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th January 2022 On Tuesday, South Africa will launch a R75-billion project aimed at combating climate change; Countries that transition to clean energy are more likely to attract foreign direct investment. 

On-The-Air (17/12/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th December 2021 Every Friday, SAfm’s radio anchor Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News & Mining Weekly. Reported here is this Friday’s At the Coalface transcript: Kamwendo: A massive new $4-billion green ammonia/hydrogen export project is planned for Nelson Mandela Bay. 

On-The-Air (10/12/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th December 2021 A UN envoy this week urged South Africa to make use of the funding available for energy transition. Mining companies this week committed themselves to full contract and tax openness to combat corruption. Exploration geologists this week urged South Africa to unlock its amazing jewel box of... 

On-The-Air (03/12/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd December 2021 A blueprint to combat climate change has been proposed by South Africa’s leading mining company; South Deep gold mine is now planning 50 MW of sun energy with an equal volume of wind energy; and Glencore this week promised to institute just transition measures at all the coal mines it closes. 

On-The-Air (26/11/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th November 2021 Namibia’s entry into the export of green hydrogen is expected to create 200 000 jobs; South Africa is currently benefitting from the very strong export of platinum into China; and The 4 000 MW electricity that the mining industry is planning to generate will be a great boost for Eskom. 

On-The-Air (19/11/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th November 2021 Zambia is showing huge enthusiasm to go green and attract investment in its huge copper endowment; Glencore is ‘justly transitioning’ from coal by growing wheat in the coalfields of Mpumalanga; and South Africa is now attracting less than 1% of global investment in exploration. 

On-The-Air (12/11/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th November 2021 The Bafokeng have taken the lead in going green by doing a spectacular deal with Northam Platinum; Green hydrogen presents a huge opportunity for the African continent, says Minister Gwede Mantashe; and Global cooperation is essential in moving the needle against climate change, COP26 has... 

On-The-Air (05/11/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th November 2021 Anglo American is taking steps to generate electricity from water in its underground mines; A mine truck fleet of 400 is to be converted from diesel power to green and clean hydrogen power; The greenest of green new technology platinum plants is under construction in North West province. 

On-The-Air (29/10/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2021 Major global moves to convert to hydrogen energy is a big boost for South Africa’s platinum metals; Far-reaching steps were taken this week to consolidate South Africa’s platinum mines; and disadvantaged First Nation communities in Canada see green hydrogen as a reconciliation opportunity. 

On-The-Air (22/10/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd October 2021 The small end of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange is in danger of collapsing unless something is done to incentivise it; Shareholders unhappy with a director’s pay level this week voted out one of South Africa’s biggest names in international mining; and South Africans need to take drastic and... 

On-The-Air (15/10/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2021 South Africa was this week urged to mine the critical metals and minerals that combat climate change; Steps are being taken to generate clean electricity from South Africa’s many disused mineshafts; and the mining boom is papering over many structural issues that are threatening the industry’s... 

On-The-Air (08/10/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2021 Investment in mineral exploration has sunk to its lowest level since the start of our democracy in 1994; South Africans are being hurt by companies of significance not being open to public scrutiny; and Major mining licence backlogs are delaying job creation. 

On-The-Air (01/10/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st October 2021 The highly successful growth strategy of Northam Platinum has created 8 000 jobs, 2 000 this year; A new way of producing platinum slashes electricity use by a whopping 82%; and Mozambique’s aluminium is outdoing South Africa’s aluminium because it is made with clean electricity. 

On-The-Air (24/09/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th September 2021 Every Friday, SAfm’s radio anchor Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News & Mining Weekly. Reported here is this Friday’s At the Coalface transcript: Sakina Kamwendo: Mining company Exxaro is to provide 93 MW of clean, green electricity for its three coal... 

On-The-Air (17/09/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th September 2021 Harmony has struck gold with a spectacular three-year wage agreement with South African labour unions; An exciting new company is setting out to revive gold mining in South Africa’s historic Wits Basin. 

On-The-Air (10/09/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th September 2021 With the prices of green metals rising, consideration is being given to the reopening of closed mines; energy intensive industries that collapsed under high Eskom electricity tariffs are being re-evaluated; and Sasol is taking strong new strides towards producing the green products that the world... 

On-The-Air (03/09/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd September 2021 Yet another mining company this week announced the paying over of a huge sum of tax to the fiscus; Gold mining company Harmony this week boosted the amount of solar power it is planning to generate; and new gold mining projects worth nearly R8-billion were announced this week. 

On-The-Air (27/08/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th August 2021 IDC is involved in intense discussions aimed at boosting exploration; Richards Bay Minerals will in future be enforcing external independent auditing of all monies going to its host communities; and yet another mining company has come to the rescue of South Africa’s tax intake, this time... 

On-The-Air (20/08/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2021 At last, a new mining company is reviving gold mining in South Africa’s rich Witwatersrand Gold Basin. South Africa’s on the verge of a nice hydrogen breakthrough, says the new president of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. The massive South Deep gold mine in Gauteng is at... 

On-The-Air (13/08/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2021 A friendly South African disposition would quickly attract exploration investment, the CEO of one of the world’s top mining companies said this week; Wind energy generation is already increasing the revenue of a top South African coal-mining company; and a ferrochrome joint venture intends going... 

On-The-Air (06/08/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2021 An atlas of Southern Africa’s renewable energy hot spots will be available by the end of this year; Botswana this week showed that it is far ahead of South Africa on the exploration front; and South Africa’s mining upturn, which is providing a strong economic underpin, is expected to endure. 

On-The-Air (30/07/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2021 Mining is making record profits and paying massive taxes just when South Africa desperately needs it; Transnet is working with business to ensure that more iron-ore is exported at a time of high demand; and the clever marketing of South Africa’s platinum group metals is paying off handsomely. 

On-The-Air (23/07/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2021 Helping the planet to fight climate change is now reflected in the product line up of Anglo American; South Africa’s top mining think tank this week called on the industry to stop the killing of valuable jobs; and Small investors are being blocked from allowing vital exploration to get off the... 

On-The-Air (16/07/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th July 2021 The hydrogen economy will generate 30-million new jobs, a Japanese professor told South Africa this week; Tin is in huge new demand globally because of the role it plays in the world of electronics; and life in mining-dependent countries has improved significantly, a new global study has shown. 

On-The-Air (09/07/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th July 2021 A Botswana-listed exploration company has made an important diamond discovery in Limpopo; Yamkela Makupula has clinched a sparkling alluvial diamond deal in the Northern Cape; and Gold was this week highlighted as a refuge of choice by the new incoming CEO of AngloGold Ashanti. 

On-The-Air (02/07/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2021 Waste cooking oil has been successfully used to power a cargo ship from Singapore to South Africa; Rare earths worth close to R70-billion have been found in an old discarded mine dump in Limpopo; and a company run by black women is building 15 new hydrogen projects around the country. 

On-The-Air (25/06/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th June 2021 South Africa’s deep-level mines that don’t switch to renewable energy are facing huge carbon tax bills; South Africa’s scientists are being funded by Europe to help make hydrogen cheaper and easier to produce; and fifteen green hydrogen projects are being carried out by a black-women-owned company. 

On-The-Air (18/06/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2021 Sasol’s revelation at this week’s ‘SA Tomorrow’ conference has boosted the outlook for hydrogen; South Africa’s manganese was this week given huge recognition by the US; and 300-plus mines have been assessed in a sweeping move to save lives and protect the environment. 

On-The-Air (11/06/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2021 South Africa should allow the African continent’s highly skilled geologists to help us to explore. There is a big opportunity to create new jobs by mining our coal reserves in a new environmentally correct manner. Mining companies doing the best for the environment and the people are... 

On-The-Air (04/06/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2021 South Africa is under consideration for the local manufacture of new high-demand battery materials; Tenders are due to be invited next week for a modern new system to boost South African mining exploration; and South Africa’s Council for Geoscience this week went live with new data to attract... 

On-The-Air (28/05/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th May 2021 It’s that time again on a Friday when Update At Noon presents another Update From The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News & Mining Weekly. Sakina Kamwendo: South Africa’s Northern Cape is becoming our country’s next big mining frontier. 

On-The-Air (21/05/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2021 A new manganese mine was opened in the Northern Cape this week as demand for the metal hots up; A call has been made for jobless geologist graduates to be hired to capture much-needed exploration data; and yet another coal mining company intends entering the business of renewable sun and wind... 

On-The-Air (14/05/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2021 The fact that New York City is to use platinum to help it decarbonise its buildings is great news; the iron-ore price is soaring to unprecedented heights and South Africa stands to benefit; and gold mining companies are going all out to be greener and cleaner. 

On-The-Air (07/05/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2021 Gold Fields is spending R660-million on solar power at the big South Deep gold mine in Gauteng; Strict new global rules now apply to mine dumps in a bid to ensure that they don’t kill any more people; and South African and Ghanaian business locked armed this week in a welcome automotive deal. 

On-The-Air (30/04/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th April 2021 South Africa’s platinum group metals are being used in an ever increasing number of applications; The multiplier magic of exploration and mining can bring the biggest number of jobs to South Africa; and The eThekwini municipality is embarking on a new journey of developing the hydrogen economy. 

On-The-Air (23/04/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2021 South Africa must use the upcoming COP26 to promote platinum’s role in fighting climate change; Clearing South Africa’s massive exploration backlog will be a huge boost for the economy; and in generating 750 MW of power, the ferrochrome industry will help to solve our energy crisis. 

On-The-Air (16/04/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2021 It’s that time again on a Friday when Update At Noon presents another Update From The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Sakina Kamwendo: Barberton, according to explorers, still has so much gold that it can put South Africa back on the gold map. 

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