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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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Democratisation of South Africa’s public market system is a must

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2024 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 provident fund and pension funds money of a large portion of the population. But the South African... 

South Africans must vociferously demand fruitful public-private economic collaboration

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2024 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 citizenry in the full knowledge that the only way to achieve that is though working together effectively to... 

Going green presents a huge opportunity and South Africa must seize it

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2024 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 the scope of our know-how. The green metals and minerals that we are not mining at this stage are... 

Govt must give policy support to green reindustrialisation across full spectrum

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2024 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 that have the wherewithal to re-industrialise our economy across a very broad front also need... 

Green energy collaboration a must to reindustrialise South Africa

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2024 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 global decarbonised era that presents a colossal economic opportunity. South Africa has the sun and... 

South Africa’s reputation as an investment destination of choice must be regained

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2024 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 Incorporated must put its shoulder to the wheel to achieve that. Points raised at last week’s AGM point to... 

South Africa simply must get mineral exploration going again at pace

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2024 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. Just as public-private partnerships are helping to alleviate South Africa’s energy and logistics... 

South Africa must encourage budding Northern Cape base metals richness to unfold fully

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2024 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 soaring on the Australian Stock Exchange. All this base-metals development company was doing was... 

Our platinum group metals industry must be backed to the hilt by all South Africans

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2024 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 two-million South Africans. Private-sector mining and public-sector mining need to come together far... 

South Africa must take full advantage of its prematurely halted mining R&D

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2024 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 built up over decades. The hand over coincided with South Africa entering a democracy in 1994. But... 

Excellent mining-linked agri opportunity on Far West Rand must now be accelerated 

By: Martin Creamer     12th April 2024 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 place so irresponsibly, which resulted in terrible dolomitic sinkholes in the Carletonville area. It is... 

Southern Africa working together on green hydrogen front is right way to go

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2024 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 Africa’s superior sunshine, prime wind and available land. At the same time, steps are being... 

Mining potential must be turned into strong mining activity with public-sector help

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2024 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 complex that began faltering, now it is mining itself owing to some commodity prices declining. But... 

Those with the experience and track record must be awarded the key public-sector jobs

By: Martin Creamer     22nd March 2024 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 is a point Dr Patrice Motsepe emphasised strongly at this month’s presentation of results by the... 

South Africa’s key export markets need to be watched with ceaseless vigilance

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2024 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 fiberglass industry introduced an alloy that uses only a fraction of the rhodium previously used – 5%... 

South Africa’s mining industry must be given a new ticket to ride

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2024 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 must be highlighted. At the same time, the way must be fully opened up for optimum public-private... 

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

By: Martin Creamer     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... 

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

By: Martin Creamer     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... 

It’s critical that we get into critical minerals

By: Martin Creamer     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... 

More openness around bewildering IDC manganese decision would be most welcome

By: Martin Creamer     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... 

Govt and business must work together to revive South African mining

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2024 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 in energy, logistics and crime and should do the same to revive mining, which is on the way to... 

Public and private sectors must work together to grow the economy

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2024 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 way for a return of economic competitiveness, which must be targeted with conviction. At every level,... 

Why is foreign beneficiation being funded ahead of local beneficiation?

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2023 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 on the beneficiation of South Africa’s own manganese ore into high pressure manganese sulphate... 

South Africans have collective duty to unshrink mining

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2023 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 must be replaced by as much new material as possible to ensure an ongoing future. Since the dawning... 

Hats off to Utshalo for going all out to reawaken South Africa’s public markets

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2023 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 present initial public offerings, which have become so rare. Creating a pathway for the return of... 

South Africans are correct to call repeatedly for harsher cable-theft punishment

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2023 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 same. Sowetans last week even sacrificed their free Sunday time to deliver the message in no uncertain... 

Penalising cable theft more meaningfully is the correct call

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2023 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 theft can set off a myriad of unintended consequences, including the death of those desperate for... 

Well done to GIZ for highlighting community development within green hydrogen space

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2023 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 an enhancer of community development as well. The development agency GIZ has put out a Call for... 

South Africans must work flat out to finalise green hydrogen commercialisation strategy

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2023 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 well. We must thus work flat out to finalise our green hydrogen commercialisation strategy. Earlier this... 

We need to find out all we can about our country’s underground water resources

By: Martin Creamer     20th October 2023 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 has become important to know what can be expected from South Africa’s groundwater amid reports that... 

The green mobility within South Africa’s grasp must be vigorously advanced

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2023 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 Products, and the Gauteng provincial government for involving themselves in a demonstration of... 

South Africa must give hero status to global-leading beneficiation green businesses

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2023 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 the world’s largest producer of high-purity manganese metal and already a major exporter to Japan,... 

Every effort should be made to bring the ongoing dumping of mine tailings to an end

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2023 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 problematic material as they have been doing for so long and with so many ill effects including death and... 

Regulators must investigate accuracy of unsafe mine cable warnings

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2023 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 associations aware of the problem point out that there is a lack of enforcement by regulators within... 

Employment of the best person for the job is absolutely non-negotiable

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2023 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 the job is exercised across the entire public sector, irrespective of race or gender. It is... 

Massive promotion of green hydrogen as the key climate solution is a must

By: Martin Creamer     8th September 2023 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, trucking, busing, motor car travel to air travel. There is no other energy source able It energise virtually... 

South Africans are showing commendable resilience in the face of the energy challenge

By: Martin Creamer     1st September 2023 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 days has a way of filling in the electricity gap or taking over what the public sector has done in the... 

We must use our geoscience data to create value-adding minerals and energy jobs

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2023 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 hand-in-glove to create value-adding jobs and add to our gross domestic product. Geoscience data... 

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