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Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer

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

Platinum-enabled green molecules offering inviting green electron value-add – Nedbank

20th May 2024 It’s no longer good enough to just produce electric vehicles (EVs). You have to produce green EVs, and to do that, you need green steel. To get the green steel, you need the green molecules that green hydrogen provides. 

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

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

Minerals Council, Geoscience, IDC going all out to boost South African exploration

17th May 2024 A collective effort was apparent on Friday when Minerals Council South Africa, the Council for Geoscience and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) spoke on the same platform to promote a return to growth in the shrinking South African mining industry. Minerals Council South Africa CEO... 

Minerals Council, Geoscience, IDC going all out to boost South African exploration
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane

On-The-Air (17/05/2024)

17th May 2024 Martin Creamer talks about green energy as a major reindustrialisation opportunity for South Africa, the country's potential to lead in battery manganese for electric cars, and Anglo American's focus on iron-ore mining. 

On-The-Air (17/05/2024)

Barrick highlights discovery and development as critical to value growth in mining

17th May 2024 Discovery and development are the only true drivers of value creation in the mining industry, Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow highlighted on Wednesday, when this standout gold and copper mining company once again declared a dividend in reporting its first quarter results that position... 

Barrick highlights discovery and development  as critical to value growth in mining
Barrick’s Mark Bristow greets Tanzania Minerals Minister Anthony Mavunde at African training academy, which is augmenting the closing Buzwagi mine’s transformation into a 3 000-job-a-year special economic zone with airport terminal.

Miner ups full-year output and grades, lowers cost and capital guidance

17th May 2024 Execution and preparatory work on key gold projects are on track in South Africa, and early works on the copper project in Australia are to commence, Harmony Gold reported on Tuesday. In South Africa, the Moab Khotsong gold mine extension and the Mine Waste Solutions development are on track,... 

Miner ups full-year output and grades,  lowers cost and capital guidance
Harmony's Mponeng gold mine.

Shanghai Platinum Week: Hydrogen’s going to feature big, says World Platinum Investment Council

17th May 2024 The growth in demand for platinum applications in China is extremely high, making detailed access to the China market hugely advantageous. Providing this detailed access from July 8 to 11 will be the far-reaching Shanghai Platinum Week 2024, which is sandwiched between the London Platinum Week in... 

Shanghai Platinum Week: Hydrogen’s going to feature  big, says World Platinum Investment Council
World Platinum CEO Trevor Raymond at Shanghai Platinum Week 2023.

PGM-boosted green hydrogen backed by resolute South African govt's commitment

16th May 2024 The production of green hydrogen, which is most effectively generated when catalysed by platinum group metals (PGMs), has profound economic and social implications, including job creation, skills development, and the fostering of new industries along a multifaceted mining, manufacturing and... 

PGM-boosted green hydrogen backed by resolute South African govt's commitment
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Higher Education & Training DDG Zukile Mvalo

State mining training authority backing green hydrogen skills centre creation

15th May 2024 “We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be establishing the first centre of specialisation of green hydrogen skills,” South Africa’s Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) CEO, Yershen Pillay, made public this week. CHIETA is working on this with South Africa’s mining... 

State mining training authority backing green hydrogen skills centre creation
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CHIETA CEO Yershen Pillay

All-round value unlock targeted in proposed demerging of Anglo Platinum and De Beers

14th May 2024 Diversified mining major Anglo American is targeting value elevation in its planned demerging of South Africa-based Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and the envisaged divestment or demerger of Southern Africa-dominant De Beers. In rejecting BHP’s second takeover offer, Anglo intends reshaping... 

All-round value unlock targeted in proposed demerging of Anglo Platinum and De Beers
Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad

Green energy presenting South Africa with massive reindustrialisation chance – Nedbank

13th May 2024 Green electrons and green molecules are presenting South Africa with a massive opportunity to reindustrialise, Nedbank CIB head of infrastructure, energy and telecommunications Mike Peo told the Green Hydrogen Roundtable on Monday. “We have an opportunity for South Africa to completely... 

Green energy presenting South Africa with massive reindustrialisation chance – Nedbank
From left, CHIETA CEO Yersen Pillay, Higher Education and Training Department DDG Zukile Mvalo, and Nedbank CIB Head of Infrastructure, Energy and Telecommunications Mike Peo.

Platinum demand outlook pretty robust, World Platinum Investment Council highlights

13th May 2024 The outlook for platinum is one that's pretty robust, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) has highlighted in its latest Platinum Quarterly, which shows the projection of the metal's demand as being very encouraging amid a near-record-low supply prediction. Automotive demand is at a... 

Platinum demand outlook pretty robust, World Platinum Investment Council highlights
World Platinum Director of Research Edward Sterck

Fantastic advance by Proudly South African manganese battery metal first-mover

10th May 2024 Proudly South African Manganese Metal Co (MMC) of Mbombela, Mpumalanga, is making a fantastic first-mover advance to enter the manganese battery metal market, which is progressing super-fast. To be established is a faster stream to market, which is not only ahead of the global game, but also... 

Fantastic advance by Proudly South African manganese battery metal first-mover
Manganese Metal Co chairperson Bernard Swanepoel

On-The-Air (10/05/2024)

10th May 2024 Martin Creamer talks about wind energy, a new copper mine and mineral exploration. 

On-The-Air (10/05/2024)

How 30 years of democracy has transformed South Africa’s mining industry

10th May 2024 South Africa’s 30 years of democracy has changed the character of this country’s mining industry profoundly, Minerals Council South Africa emphasised in a report that highlights the industry’s significant advance since the dawning of democracy in 1994. Importantly, South Africa’s highly regarded... 

How 30 years of democracy has transformed  South Africa’s mining industry
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane.

Copper 360 ships concentrate, on course to pay first dividend next year

10th May 2024 South Africa's rapidly advancing copper producer Copper 360 has shipped copper concentrate from the Northern Cape province for the first time in 21 years, which saw its shares rise by more than 26% on Wednesday, April 24. As South Africa’s only listed pure copper producer, Copper 360 has... 

Copper 360 ships concentrate, on course to pay first dividend next year
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Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson.

Standout copper intercept in Northern Cape sends Orion’s shares soaring on Australian exchange

10th May 2024 The richness of South Africa’s copper assets were emphasised on Monday when Northern Cape mine developer and explorer Orion Minerals published a standout intercept that sent its shares rocketing up 58% on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). Orion, headed by CEO Errol Smart, is primarily listed... 

Standout copper intercept in Northern Cape sends  Orion’s shares soaring on Australian exchange
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart.

South Africa simply must get mineral exploration going again at pace

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 simply must get mineral exploration going again at pace

Hydrogen’s ‘irreplaceable’ role highlighted by platinum-linked venture capital provider

9th May 2024 The role of hydrogen in the decarbonisation of the hardest-to-abate sectors of the global economy continues to be highlighted as “irreplaceable” by AP Ventures, the independent venture capital fund focused on investing in early-stage companies that use or enable the use of platinum group metals... 

Hydrogen’s ‘irreplaceable’ role highlighted by platinum-linked venture capital provider
AP Ventures Co-Founding Partner Kevin Eggers

South Deep wind power decision drawing closer, Q2 update likely on backfill problem

8th May 2024 Mining company Gold Fields expects to be in a position to decide on the establishment of a wind power project at the South Deep gold mine, west of Johannesburg, in the third quarter of this year. The project is currently undergoing scoping and feasibility and one of the key pieces of work has... 

South Deep wind power decision drawing closer, Q2 update likely on backfill problem
Gold Fields CEO Mike Fraser

South Deep gold output well down as Gold Fields implements recovery plan

7th May 2024 With first-quarter gold production down 34% at South Deep gold mine, Gold Fields is focusing on setting up the well-endowed long-life Gauteng operation for longevity, quality ounces and sustainable production increases. The challenging quarter of the bulk mechanised mine near Westonaria, west of... 

South Deep gold output well down as Gold Fields implements recovery plan
Gold Fields CEO Mike Fraser

Copper 360’s underground copper mine set to open three months ahead of schedule

6th May 2024 Last month copper mining company Copper 360 surprised on the upside by producing its first copper concentrate from surface material well ahead of schedule. Now, this month, it is doing the same on the underground mining front in that it will be opening its Rietberg underground copper mine three... 

Copper 360’s underground copper mine set to open three months ahead of schedule
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Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson.

Platinum-based green hydrogen emerging as Winter Olympics decarbonisation pillar

3rd May 2024 Green hydrogen, which is generated with the benefit of the catalysis that platinum group metals (PGMs) provide, is being increasingly highlighted as a pillar of the global decarbonisation transition that is poised to save the world from ruinous climate change. News just out is that steps are... 

Platinum-based green hydrogen emerging as Winter Olympics decarbonisation pillar
Platinum metals support every step of green hydrogen’s decarbonisation of the world.

Odds-on entry of palladium, platinum into EVs highlighted by research update

3rd May 2024 New York- and Toronto-listed Platinum Group Metals, which is emerging in South Africa’s Waterberg, on Tuesday provided an update on its new light battery technology that points to increasing potential of palladium and platinum playing a key energy density and weight-lowering role in cumbersome... 

Odds-on entry of palladium, platinum into EVs highlighted by research update
Platinum Group Metals CEO Frank Hallam

Joint PGM market development has paid dividends, could pay many more, Platinum Day told

3rd May 2024 The market development aspect of the platinum group metals (PGM) industry is fundamentally key, it was repeatedly stated at last week’s 2024 Resources for Africa Platinum Day. There is strong consensus that PGMs are amazing metals that are incredibly useful as future green metals across a broad... 

Joint PGM market development has paid dividends,  could pay many more, Platinum Day told
Strong consensus that markets need to be developed for platinum group metals.

South Africa well placed to benefit from huge green hydrogen outlook, attendees hear

3rd May 2024 Green hydrogen has a massive potential future and South Africa is very well positioned to produce it, attendees of the Hydrogen Economy Discussion heard on Thursday. Most of the 90-million tonnes of hydrogen produced currently through the likes of South Africa’s Sasol and others is grey. 

South Africa well placed to benefit from huge green hydrogen outlook, attendees hear
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Ministerial Advisor and Presidency Green Hydrogen Lead Masopha Moshoeshoe.

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

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... 

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

Thungela announces passing of Thero Setiloane

2nd May 2024 Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed coal mining company Thungela Resources has announced the passing of Thero Setiloane, who served as an independent nonexecutive director of the company. “His contribution to the group, his in-depth knowledge of the mining sector, and his warm personality will be... 

Thungela announces passing of Thero Setiloane
Thero Setiloane.

Anglo bidder BHP intends maintaining long-standing JSE listing

2nd May 2024 Diversified mining major BHP, which has made a rejected proposal to combine with Anglo American by way of a scheme of arrangement, confirmed on Thursday that it intended maintaining its multi-decade listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). BHPalso emphasised that, under its Anglo... 

Discovery, development are mining’s only true value creation drivers, Barrick highlights

2nd May 2024 Discovery and development are the only true drivers of value creation in the mining industry, Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow highlighted on Wednesday, when this standout gold and copper mining company once again declared a dividend in reporting its first quarter results that position... 

Discovery, development are mining’s only true value creation drivers, Barrick highlights
Barrick’s Mark Bristow greets Tanzania Minerals Minister Anthony Mavunde at African training academy, which is augmenting the closing Buzwagi mine’s transformation into a 3 000-job-a-year special economic zone with airport terminal.

Booming Harmony ups full-year output and grades; lowers cost and capital guidance

30th April 2024 Execution and preparatory work on key gold projects are on track in South Africa, and early works on the copper project in Australia are to commence, Harmony Gold reported on Tuesday. In South Africa, the Moab Khotsong gold mine extension and the Mine Waste Solutions development are on track,... 

Booming Harmony ups full-year output and grades; lowers cost and capital guidance
Harmony's Mponeng gold mine.

Implats platinum group metals output up amid robust demand but lacklustre pricing

30th April 2024 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Implats on Tuesday reported higher production in a period characterised by robust demand but lacklustre PGM prices. “Despite continued macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainty, demand from our contractual customers remains robust, with... 

Implats platinum group metals output up amid robust demand but lacklustre pricing
Implats CEO Nico Muller

Glencore’s Rustenburg ferrochrome smelter remains idled

30th April 2024 Pending an improved price and cost environment, Glencore said in its first-quarter 2024 production report on Tuesday that its Rustenburg ferrochrome smelter in South Africa’s North West province would remain idled. The London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining and marketing company... 

Glencore’s Rustenburg ferrochrome smelter remains idled
Glencore CEO Gary Nagle

Gold Fields CFO takes early retirement

30th April 2024 Gold Fields long-serving CFO Paul Schmidt, who is also an executive director of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed gold mining company, is to proceed on early retirement, the company stated in a stock exchange announcement on Tuesday. Although his stepdown is effective from April 30, Schmidt... 

Gold Fields CFO takes early retirement
Gold Fields outgoing CFO Paul Schmidt.

Shanghai Platinum Week: Hydrogen’s going to feature big, says World Platinum Investment Council

26th April 2024 The growth in demand for platinum applications in China is extremely high, making detailed access to the China market hugely advantageous. Providing this detailed access from July 8 to 11 will be the far-reaching Shanghai Platinum Week 2024, which is sandwiched between the London Platinum Week in... 

Shanghai Platinum Week: Hydrogen’s going to feature big, says World Platinum Investment Council
World Platinum CEO Trevor Raymond at Shanghai Platinum Week 2023.

On-The-Air (26/04/2024)

26th April 2024 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: Martin, for the first time in 21 years, a copper concentrate has been exported from South... 

On-The-Air (26/04/2024)

Forbes article talks up potential of green hydrogen as an energy source

26th April 2024 There's no climate solution without hydrogen. It’s the missing piece of the clean energy puzzle, says a global CEO-led initiative that brings together leading companies with a united vision. This initiative has ballooned to 150 multinationals companies from its modest 13-leader 2017 launch at the... 

Forbes article talks up potential of  green hydrogen as an energy source
Photo by Inforgraphic: Heraeus Precious Metals
Hydrogen economy, platinum group metals go together.

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

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... 

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

How 30 years of democracy has transformed South Africa's mining industry

25th April 2024 South Africa’s 30 years of democracy has changed the character of this country’s mining industry profoundly, Minerals Council South Africa emphasised in a report that highlights the industry’s significant advance since the dawning of democracy in 1994. Importantly, South Africa’s highly regarded... 

How 30 years of democracy has transformed South Africa's mining industry
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane.

Copper 360 ships concentrate, on course to pay first dividend next year

24th April 2024 South Africa's rapidly advancing copper producer Copper 360 has shipped copper concentrate from the Northern Cape province for the first time in 21 years, which saw its shares rise by more than 26% on Wednesday, April 24. As South Africa’s only listed pure copper producer, Copper 360 has... 

Copper 360 ships concentrate, on course to pay first dividend next year
Photo by Creamer Media
Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson.

New green hydrogen trading base uplifting platinum group metals demand outlook

23rd April 2024 The green hydrogen sector now has a digital platform on which users can buy and sell green hydrogen by the click of a button, it was announced on Tuesday.  Euronext-listed Lhyfe, the French group devoted to energy transition, has begun taking of orders for green hydrogen in Europe and... 

New green hydrogen trading base uplifting platinum group metals demand outlook
Photo by Creamer Media
Lhyfe Founder and CEO Matthieu Guesné.
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