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Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer

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

Crucial to pair agricultural development with mining, Indaba hears

23rd February 2024 Africa is going to have a huge amount to do to help solve the world’s climate change problems, Toronto-listed Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland emphasised in his far-reaching thirtieth address to the thirtieth Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town. In those 30... 

Noise-induced hearing loss now top mining health condition

23rd February 2024 Noise-induced hearing loss has displaced tuberculosis (TB) and silicosis as the top priority health threat in the South African mining industry. “I’m emphasising noise-induced hearing loss because the other diseases have gone down markedly whereas noise-induced hearing loss has not gone down as... 

Noise-induced hearing loss now top mining health condition
From left Minerals Council South Africa’s Sietse van der Woude, Dr Thuthula Balfour, Japie Fullard, Mzila Mthenjane and Dushendra Naidoo.

Coal-line criminals identified, must be jailed – Transnet

23rd February 2024 The criminal syndicates that regularly bring South Africa’s coal export line to a halt have been identified through the intelligence operations that are conducted by Transnet Freight Rail (TFR). What is lacking is the ability of law-enforcement agencies to then work on information, see to... 

Coal-line criminals identified, must be jailed – Transnet
Photo by Creamer Media
From left, Randy Fabi, Alan Waller, Gavin Kelly, Xolani Mbambo, Theo Johnson and Matthias Brodner.

Junior mining fund is a start, but should not be seen as the end game

23rd February 2024 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. The addition of a flow-through tax incentive, even if tiny to begin with, would stimulate exploration... 

Junior mining fund is a start, but should not be  seen as the end game

Rich new Copper 360 discovery points to big Chile-type copper mine potential

20th February 2024 Okiep Copper Company, which mining company Newmont established in 1937, is today one of the 100%-owned subsidiaries of South Africa’s Copper 360, the only pure copper play listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Under Newmont, the Okiep Copper Company paid out about R30-million in dividends... 

Rich new Copper 360 discovery points to big Chile-type copper mine potential
Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson.

On-The-Air (16/02/2024)

16th February 2024 Martin Creamer discusses major green-hydrogen economy developments in SA 

On-The-Air (16/02/2024)

Crucial decarbonisation investigation into Hillside Aluminium is continuing intensely

16th February 2024 Solutions to support decarbonisation, while ensuring operational competitiveness into the future, are continuing to be intensely investigated at South Africa's large Hillside Aluminium operation in KwaZulu-Natal, South32 CEO Graham Kerr assured Mining Weekly in an interview on Thursday, following... 

Crucial decarbonisation investigation into Hillside Aluminium is continuing intensely
South32 CEO Graham Kerr.

Coal miner Ndalamo pursuing renewable energy, other minerals

16th February 2024 Coal mining company Ndalamo Resources is actively exploring opportunities in renewable energy and other minerals, paving the way for a diversified and resilient future. Ndalamo CEO Shammy Luvhengo states this in an Op-Ed in relation to the overarching theme of next week's 2024 Investing in... 

Coal miner Ndalamo pursuing renewable energy, other minerals
Ndalamo CEO Shammy Luvhengo.

DRC’s green and automated Kibali gold operation highlighted as mining role model on the continent

16th February 2024 Kibali, the largest gold mine in Africa, is now also one of Africa's greenest and most impressively automated operations, which continues to stimulate local economic development and even provides ongoing funding for the reintroduction of white rhinos into a Unesco world heritage site in the... 

DRC’s green and automated Kibali gold operation  highlighted as mining role model on the continent
Kibali gold plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Decline in coal line security incidents is improving performance – Transnet

16th February 2024 Security incidents that disrupt trains transporting coal to South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) for export to the world are in definite decline and that has certainly helped to improve performance, acting Transnet Freight Rail CE Russell Baatjies emphasised to Mining Weekly during... 

Decline in coal line security incidents is improving performance – Transnet
Aerial view of Richards Bay Coal Terminal.

Let’s all do our bit to put South Africa back on an upward economic trajectory

16th February 2024 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 for the development of green industries. For example, it is endowed with 91% of platinum group... 

Let’s all do our bit to put South Africa back on an upward economic trajectory

Now palladium comes under the Heraeus-Sibanye spotlight to boost hydrogen economy

15th February 2024 Germany’s Heraeus Precious Metals and South Africa’s Sibanye-Stillwater are partnering to explore new applications for platinum-group metals (PGMs) in the hydrogen economy, with a specific focus on how applications can profit from the unique traits of palladium, one of the six PGM elements.... 

Now palladium comes under the Heraeus-Sibanye spotlight to boost hydrogen economy
Palladium bars.

Barrick replaces 140% of gold reserve, no need for ‘dilutionary or delusionary’ M&A

15th February 2024 New York- and Toronto-listed mining company Barrick has replaced more than 140% of its gold reserves in the last five years and more importantly at the same grade, Barrick CEO Dr Mark Bristow pointed out in reporting full-year 2023 gold production of 4.05-million ounces and copper output of... 

Barrick replaces 140% of gold reserve, no need for ‘dilutionary or delusionary’ M&A
Barrick CEO Mark Bristow.

Hydrogen cars come into sharp new focus as global climate politics takes turn for better

14th February 2024 For the first time, luxury vehicle manufacturer BMW has a fleet of hydrogen-fuelled cars on South Africa’s roads, supported by a green hydrogen refuelling infrastructure set up at its Midrand campus in Johannesburg. The outcome of BMW, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and Sasol finding common... 

Hydrogen cars come into sharp new focus as global climate politics takes turn for better
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
The BMW iX5 Hydrogen passenger car being refuelled with green hydrogen.

Power aggregators seen as key accelerators of South African mining’s energy transition

13th February 2024 Many energy projects selling to one buyer, who in turn sells to many mines – this procurement model is seen as a key financial tool to accelerate the energy transition of South Africa’s mining industry. “We think the aggregator model can really accelerate the requirements of the mines to get... 

Power aggregators seen as key accelerators of South African mining’s energy transition
Photo by Creamer Media
Nedbank CIB) Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh.

2024 defining year for world’s first woman-owned phosphate mine, looking at IPO

12th February 2024 Adelaide Ruiters has been slogging away for ten years to get the world’s first woman-owned phosphate mine up and running. Now, 2024 looks like the year she'll likely do it. Ribbon-cutting for Adelaide Ruiters Mining and Exploration (ARME) is now expected around June, July ­– and being considered,... 

2024 defining year for world’s first woman-owned phosphate mine, looking at IPO
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
ARME founder and CEO Adelaide Ruiters.

Permanent aerial mesh support, exoskeletons under scrutiny to make mining safer

9th February 2024 Minerals Council South Africa is looking at the possibility of promoting permanent aerial mesh support throughout the mining industry as part of its fall-of-ground action plan. The Minerals Council has a robust fall-of-ground action plan that targets several dimensions of the biggest contributor... 

Permanent aerial mesh support, exoskeletons under scrutiny to make mining safer
Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane flanked by Japie Fullard (left) and Dushendra Naidoo (right).

On-The-Air (09/02/2024)

9th February 2024 Martin Creamer discusses water, railway lines and stopping noise-induced hearing loss.  

On-The-Air (09/02/2024)

New public-private rail corridor pact already boding well – RBCT

9th February 2024 The three-month-old mutual cooperation agreement that the private-sector-owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) signed with State rail enterprise Transnet in November is already boding well, RBCT chairperson Nosipho Damasane emphasised on Thursday. “Over the last few months, we’ve already... 

New public-private rail corridor pact already boding well – RBCT
From top left clockwise, RBCT CEO Alan Waller, RBCT chairperson Nosipho Damasane, Acting Transnet CEO Michelle Phillips and Acting Transnet Freight Rail CE Russell Baatjies.

Vanadium junior has expansive plans for long-life operation, mulling JSE listing

9th February 2024 Keep an eye on Vanadium Resources (VR8). It’s a motivated ASX-listed, JSE-mulling junior that is thinking expansively in line with the potentially very long-life mine that it is setting out to develop in South Africa’s expansive Bushveld Complex. VR8’s Steelpoortdrift mine project’s... 

Vanadium junior has expansive plans for  long-life operation, mulling JSE listing
VR8 MD and CEO John Ciganek.

Yet another promising forward nudge for N Cape copper revival

9th February 2024 South Africa’s prospective Northern Cape province on Tuesday received yet another promising forward nudge along the road to copper-revival in the form of development obstacles being moved out of the way for Orion Minerals. New surface right access and property acquisition will now allow Orion to... 

Yet another promising forward nudge for N Cape copper revival
Errol Smart

It’s critical that we get into critical minerals

9th February 2024 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 poverty. Global jurisdictions that have drawn up critical minerals pathways plan to add the highest... 

It’s critical that we get into critical minerals

Crucial to combine agricultural development with mining, Indaba hears

7th February 2024 Africa is going to have a huge amount to do to help solve the world’s climate change problems, Toronto-listed Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland emphasised in his far-reaching thirtieth address to the thirtieth Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town. In those 30... 

Crucial to combine agricultural development with mining, Indaba hears
Photo by Creamer Media
Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland.

Angola’s diamond sparkle brightened by new De Beers deal

6th February 2024 Diamond mining and marketing company De Beers is to collaborate with Angola on opportunities to increase diamond production, support alluvial mining sector and enhance social development for the benefit of Angola’s citizens. De Beers on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with... 

Angola’s diamond sparkle brightened by new De Beers deal
De Beers CEO Al Cook with Endiama CEO Ganga Junior at Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Noise-induced hearing loss now highest priority mining health condition, Indaba hears

6th February 2024 Noise-induced hearing loss has displaced tuberculosis (TB) and silicosis as the top priority health threat in the South African mining industry. “I’m emphasising noise-induced hearing loss because the other diseases have gone down markedly whereas noise-induced hearing loss has not gone down as... 

Noise-induced hearing loss now highest priority mining health condition, Indaba hears
From left Minerals Council South Africa’s Sietse van der Woude, Dr Thuthula Balfour, Japie Fullard, Mzila Mthenjane and Dushendra Naidoo.

South Africa’s mining industry now 39% black-owned, Mining Indaba hears

5th February 2024 In 2004, the year South Africa’s far-reaching Mining Charter was first introduced, black ownership in South Africa’s globally recognised mining industry stood at a negligible 2%. This has now leapt nearly 20 times higher to approximately 39%, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted in... 

South Africa’s mining industry now 39% black-owned, Mining Indaba hears
President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.

Coal line criminals identified, must be jailed – Transnet

2nd February 2024 The criminal syndicates that regularly bring South Africa’s coal export line to a halt have been identified through the intelligence operations that are conducted by Transnet Freight Rail (TFR). What is lacking is the ability of law-enforcement agencies to then work on information, see to... 

Coal line criminals identified, must be jailed – Transnet
Photo by Creamer Media
From left, Randy Fabi, Alan Waller, Gavin Kelly, Xolani Mbambo, Theo Johnson and Matthias Brodner.

On-The-Air (02/02/2024)

2nd February 2024 Martin Creamer discusses clean energy and a new electronic mining and exploration licensing system. 

On-The-Air (02/02/2024)

New platinum group metals recycling facility opens in China

2nd February 2024 A new platinum group metals (PGM) recycling facility has opened in China, where the autocatalyst recycling market is expected to grow at the rate of 18% a year. Recycled PGMs are calculated to offer carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction of up to 98% when compared with mined PGMs. 

New platinum group metals recycling facility  opens in China
The new BASF HERAEUS Metal Resource recycling facility in China.

Smart wristwatches to uplift mineworker wellbeing at Copper 360

2nd February 2024 Computer programmes that use artificial intelligence (AI) to model orebodies and plan mines optimally have already been introduced by Copper 360, says the JSE AltX-listed Northern Cape copper mining company, which is developing the Rietberg copper mine, the first of a dozen copper mining assets... 

Smart wristwatches to uplift mineworker  wellbeing at Copper 360
Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson

Global mining commits to nature-positive future

2nd February 2024 Global mining and metals companies have committed at Davos to take urgent action to support a nature-positive future by 2030 that promotes the health, diversity and resilience of species, ecosystems and natural processes. International Council of Metals and Minerals (ICMM) members have pledged... 

Global mining commits to nature-positive future
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

More openness around bewildering IDC manganese decision would be most welcome

2nd February 2024 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 South African high-purity manganese sulphate monohydrate (HPMSM) aspirant, continues to bewilder. The... 

More openness around bewildering IDC manganese decision would be most welcome

Coal miner Ndalamo pursuing renewable energy, other minerals

31st January 2024 Coal mining company Ndalamo Resources is actively exploring opportunities in renewable energy and other minerals, paving the way for a diversified and resilient future. Ndalamo CEO Shammy Luvhengo states this in an Op-Ed in relation to the overarching theme of next week's 2024 Investing in... 

Coal miner Ndalamo pursuing renewable energy, other minerals
Ndalamo CEO Shammy Luvhengo.

DRC’s green and automated Kibali gold operation highlighted as mining role model

30th January 2024 Kibali, the largest gold mine in Africa, is now also one of Africa's greenest and most impressively automated operations, which continues to stimulate local economic development and even provides ongoing funding for the reintroduction of white rhinos into a Unesco world heritage site in the... 

DRC’s green and automated Kibali gold operation highlighted as mining role model
Kibali gold plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Decline in coal line security incidents is improving performance – Transnet

29th January 2024 Security incidents that disrupt trains transporting coal to South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) for export to the world are in definite decline and that has certainly helped to improve performance, acting Transnet Freight Rail CE Russell Baatjies emphasised to Mining Weekly during... 

Decline in coal line security incidents is improving performance – Transnet
Aerial view of Richards Bay Coal Terminal.

Anglo launches battery raw materials research project with large China recycler

26th January 2024 South Africa-founded and Johannesburg- and London-listed Anglo American on Friday announced the launch of a research and development project in collaboration with one of China’s largest battery and battery material recyclers. The purpose of the project with Shenzhen-based GEM is to explore new... 

Anglo launches battery raw materials research project with large China recycler
GEM and Anglo teams at signing ceremony.

On-The-Air (26/01/2024)

26th January 2024 Martin Creamer discusses vanadium, copper mining and a manganese project in Botswana. 

On-The-Air (26/01/2024)

SRK celebrating 50 years of consulting to natural resource sector

26th January 2024 The 50 years of experience that SRK Consulting has accumulated since coming into existence in 1974 has placed it in an excellent position to outline how mining’s approach to environmental sustainability and responsible sourcing has evolved over the last 50 years. As a South African-founded global... 

SRK celebrating 50 years of consulting to natural resource sector
OPEN DIALOGUE SRK Consulting MD Andrew van Zyl (right) interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

JSE presents chance for critical mineral miners to access capital

26th January 2024 Critical mineral demand is growing significantly at a time when South Africa has a pressing need to reawaken its public markets – two crucial needs that can be fulfilled in one go by companies raising capital on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) to fund their entry into the critical minerals... 

JSE presents chance for critical mineral  miners to access capital
JSE business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster

Hydrogen economy poised as key booster for platinum group metals – Heraeus

26th January 2024 The hydrogen economy is an important new growth area for platinum group metals (PGMs) and, in turn, PGMs are pivotal for hydrogen production and application across a broad front. Accentuating this in a Zoom interview with Mining Weekly, Heraeus Precious Metals new business development executive... 

Hydrogen economy poised as key booster for platinum group metals – Heraeus
Heraeus Precious Metals EVP Dr Philipp Walter

Substantial rise in platinum price predicted

26th January 2024 Overwhelming demand and declining South African mining supply are poised to result in a very substantial rise in the price of platinum, Dr David Davis forecasts. Davis has been associated with the South African mining industry and mining investment industry for the past 45 years in mainly... 

Substantial rise in platinum price predicted
David Davis
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