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Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer

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On-The-Air (19/02/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2021 The world’s biggest coal trader announced this week that it will be depleting and closing its South African coal mines over the next decade. Yet another South African mining company is planning to use hydrogen to power mine fleets. A Johannesburg company is building equipment to generate hydrogen... 

On-The-Air (12/02/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2021 Opportunities to boost our exports were outlined by a Europe-South Africa partnership this week; Alluvial diamond miners this week came up with a far-reaching plan to revive their shrinking industry; and A former Eskom executive this week launched a new company to help make the world a greener... 

On-The-Air (05/02/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2021 South Africa’s mining industry is at the ready to make big investments into electricity generation. The Northern Cape this week received another boost with the announcement of a new mining development. This week’s Mining Indaba saw Botswana going all out to attract new investment in exploration. 

On-The-Air (29/01/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2021 Exciting South African-linked technology is poised to bring green jobs to African mining; Richards Bay Coal Terminal is speeding up its export pace as China starts buying South African coal; and Exploration presents a huge upside for the South African economy is we can find the key to unlock it. 

On-The-Air (22/01/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2021 China’s ban on Australian coal has become South Africa’s gain. We’re now exporting coal to China; Massive demand also building up globally for South Africa’s wonderful platinum group metals. The construction of a major new green-platinum mine has begun in the North West province, which is of... 

On-The-Air (11/12/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2020 A major new platinum mine expansion has been approved along with amazing new processing technology. In a major boost for platinum, China is converting its municipal vehicles to platinum-using fuel cell power. South Africa’s Impala Platinum this week joined an international fund that invests in... 

On-The-Air (04/12/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2020 While Australia’s trade relations with China are under huge strain, South Africa’s relations with the Asian giant are strengthening; and mining companies are going all out to become the darlings of the investor community once again 

On-The-Air (27/11/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th November 2020 Strong steps are being taken by investors to open new precious metals mines and to reopen old ones; An ingenious method of turning dreaded acid mine water into drinking water at no cost has been discovered; and there is an urgent need for South Africans to focus unflinchingly on creating economic... 

On-The-Air (20/11/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th November 2020 Investment in platinum has rocketed, the World Platinum Investment Council reported this week; A South African mining company has overturned a major lawsuit brought against it in the United States; and Anglo American this week increased its investment commitment to South Africa, despite Covid. 

On-The-Air (13/11/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th November 2020 South Africa’s ferrochrome industry is staking steps to generate 750 MW of its own electricity; Southern Africa was this week urged to enter the new trillion-dollar green hydrogen economy with vigour; and Gauteng’s rich South Deep gold mine is entering a new high-technology phase. 

On-The-Air (06/11/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th November 2020 Fund raising is under way for the re-mining of South Africa’s rich Witwatersrand Gold Basin; Northern Cape is on the way back as a copper mining area that will use the hot sun for its electricity; and Mining exploration was declared a priority at this week’s Junior Indaba in Johannesburg. 

On-The-Air (30/10/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th October 2020 South Africa has developed a new platinum processing system that can save a massive amount of scarce electricity. South Africa is on the cusp of finalising a new tax incentive to boost crucial mining exploration. Sumitomo this week invested in an initiative that will drive demand for South... 

On-The-Air (23/10/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd October 2020 South Africa’s biggest mechanised gold mine is expecting to get approval to generate its own electricity before year-end; The decision of the Cabinet to impose a tax on the export of raw chrome will bring essential relief to our important but struggling ferrochrome industry; and there is growing... 

On-The-Air (16/10/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th October 2020 Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande this week launched a promising Platinum Valley Corridor Project; A new fund has been launched to give financial support to small-scale mining development; Huge enthusiasm is building around the boost that green hydrogen generation can give to... 

On-The-Air (09/10/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th October 2020 The government yesterday promised to have its mining exploration strategy ready in the next three months. Sir Mick Davis yesterday called on the shareholders of major mining companies to resist calling for cash dividend pay-outs to allow mines to be sustainable.  

On-The-Air (02/10/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2020 Underground mining without any people and free of all emissions was showcased to the world this week. A new concept flashing across the globe is “circular economy” which means no waste and more jobs. Our Koeberg nuclear station was given a new lease of life this week with the arrival of special... 

On-The-Air (25/09/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th September 2020 Calls were made this week for unused mine land to be made available for agricultural development; Namibia and South Africa are ahead in Southern Africa’s plan to generate green hydrogen for export; and Some gold mining companies are considering locking in the high gold price by selling it forward. 

On-The-Air (18/09/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2020 The mining industry is calling for Joburg’s mine dumps to come down to cut travel time in taxis; A rich old gold mine is being brought back to life in the Evander gold fields of Mpumalanga; and Platinum is fighting its way into battery electric vehicles, from which it has up to now been excluded. 

On-The-Air (11/09/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th September 2020 Minerals Council South Africa is working with the government to treble the size of our platinum industry; Research has now found a new place for platinum in electric vehicles; Royal Bafokeng Platinum this week urged the government to make the hydrogen economy a top priority. 

On-The-Air (28/08/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2020 South Africa has the good fortune of being blessed with what the world is hailing as the ‘rock star’ metals of the moment; Anglo American Platinum has been able to give communities R2-billion thanks to soaring platinum group metal prices; and The earnings from South Africa’s biggest... 

On-The-Air (21/08/2020) 

By: Yolande Botes     21st August 2020 Africa’s most successful gold explorer this week hailed the ANC’s encouragement of exploration in South Africa; Getting the best out of South African mining starts with policy certainty, a top but retiring gold miner said this week; and Africa’s huge Electra Mining Africa show will go digital... 

On-The-Air (14/08/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th August 2020 The high gold price is a help to the struggling South African economy; and a wonderful new proudly South African Covid face mask is attracting world attention. 

On-The-Air (07/08/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th August 2020 South Africa’s roads agency is gearing up to spend R30-billion on road development; Gold and platinum companies are flying sky high with free cash gushing into their coffers; and at half the price of gold, platinum is continuing to attract strong investor interest. 

On-The-Air (31/07/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     31st July 2020 A big new R7-billion iron-ore project in the Northern Cape was given the go-ahead this week; South Africa’s high-quality iron-ore puts it ahead of Australia going forward into the future; and Anglo American is going ahead with a world-first hydrogen fuel cell truck in Limpopo. 

On-The-Air (24/07/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th July 2020 Covid notwithstanding, a brand new R250-million manganese project went ahead in the Northern Cape this week; The ANC is correct to insist that South Africa’s economic recovery includes a green component; and The big Metalloys manganese plant in Meyerton has been shut temporarily by its Australian... 

On-The-Air (17/07/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th July 2020 The ANC’s document calling on South Africa to encourage mining exploration has received positive response. A new Proudly South African technology breakthough gives platinum a firm thumbs up. Yet another mining company has announced the go-ahead for a solar power electricity project. 

On-The-Air (10/07/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th July 2020 The development of a Hydrogen Roadmap for South Africa got under way this week; A new Proudly South African Covid scanner speeds up the Covid screening process remarkably; and The Minerals Council yesterday expressed deep sadness at the loss of 28 mineworkers to Covid. 

On-The-Air (03/07/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd July 2020 The Covid death toll among mineworkers this week rose to 12 – and there are still no foreign mineworkers back at work. Mining companies this week funded and opened their own 200-bed Covid field hospital and their own a R10-million Covid laboratory to speed up testing. South Africa’s platinum... 

On-The-Air (26/06/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2020 South Africa needs to get going fast on building the 88 infrastructure projects chosen this week by the Presidency. Lesotho has opened more border posts to speed up the return of foreign mineworkers. Six mineworkers working on South African mines have now died from the coronavirus. 

On-The-Air (19/06/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th June 2020 South Africa’s development finance system is facing a major strategic challenge and could cave-in if it is not improved. A panel of experts is needed to oversee the future of the struggling government-owned diamond mining company Alexkor. More border openings are needed to allow foreign... 

On-The-Air (12/06/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2020 South African platinum has helped South Korean car maker Hyundai to launch the world’s cleanest car. More than 240 000 South African mineworkers are now back at work and punching above their weight. Harmony Gold will be raising R3-billion on the stock exchange to take over the world’s deepest mine. 

On-The-Air (05/06/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2020 Small diamond miners have formed an organisation to boost jobs in South Africa’s top diamond fields; South Africans are going all out to save a struggling black-women-owned manganese mine in the Northern Cape; South Africa is lagging other African countries in the awarding of mining rights and... 

On-The-Air (29/05/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     29th May 2020 The big conversation has begun on how to get the economy back on track post Covid-19; A strong call went out this week for South Africa to appoint an independent minerals industry regulator; and Pressure is mounting on South Africa’s biggest air polluters to curb their emissions. 

On-The-Air (22/05/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2020 South Africa’s first-ever platinum coins – the Elephant bullion coins – have sold like hot cakes around the world; Twenty mineworkers who tested Covid positive this week have been prevented from going underground; and Strict Covid guidelines for South Africa’s mines have been reinforced in a... 

On-The-Air (15/05/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th May 2020 Power stations the world over are switching from coal to hydrogen to combat climate change; Twenty seven of the world’s top mining companies have signed a pledge to combat climate change; and The 100-year-old Anglo American is moving out of its historic corporate office in downturn Johannesburg... 

On-The-Air (08/05/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th May 2020 Mining companies are establishing Covid-19 laboratories on their mine sites to speed up testing; Two mineworkers at two different mines this week tested positive for the coronavirus; and Amplats’ exploded smelter complex has been brought back to life ahead of time, despite Covid-19. 

On-The-Air (01/05/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st May 2020 One set of Covid-19 regulations for mining has already proved to be 100% wrong. Mining companies are continuing to dole out tens of millions of rands to communities in response to Covid-19. One South African mining company is taking a giant leap into the world of automated underground mining. 

On-The-Air (24/04/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th April 2020 South Africa, under the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa, is resolving to forge a new post-virus economy; Eskom is now sitting on so much coal that it ordering coal mining companies to hold off on coal deliveries; and South Africa’s mines are all ramping up to 50% of production capacity... 

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