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Simone Liedtke

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CDH lawyer warns of retrenchment pitfalls

17th September 2020 With a continued low economic growth rate and rising unemployment still painting a bleak picture for South Africa, law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH director Jose Jorge warns that companies will “continue to tighten their belts” in the months ahead, meaning more job losses are likely on the... 

NUM ‘shocked’ by growing number of mine fatalities in Limpopo

16th September 2020 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed shock about the increasing number of fatal incidents in the Limpopo province’s mines this week.    

Traceability, due diligence system implemented for Côte d’Ivoire artisanal gold

16th September 2020 Natural resources organisation Impact and the European Union (EU) have successfully implemented a traceability and due diligence system from mine site to the international market for artisanal gold from Côte d’Ivoire as part of the Just Gold project. The Just Gold project supports artisanal gold... 

Cora Gold appoints new exploration head

16th September 2020 West Africa-focused gold miner Cora Gold has appointed Norman Bailie as exploration head, with immediate effect. Bailie succeeds Dr Jonathan Forster, who is retiring from this role but will continue to be retained as an adviser to the company.   He is an accredited chartered professional... 

Platinum jewellery showing signs of resilience post-pandemic, says WPIC

16th September 2020 The platinum jewellery market is showing signs of resilience in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, supported by new research into consumer sentiment, says the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC). In a newsletter by the council, published on September 16, it notes that jewellery is the... 

Petra recovers five blue diamonds at Cullinan mine

16th September 2020 London-listed Petra Diamonds has recovered five Type IIb blue diamonds of high quality, in terms of both their colour and clarity, at its Cullinan mine, in South Africa. The diamonds are also significant in terms of their size, weighing 25.75 ct, 21.25 ct, 17.57 ct, 11.42 ct and 9.61 ct, and are... 

Papillon makes ‘good progress’ in making board changes for Mayflower transaction

16th September 2020 London-listed investment company Papillon Holdings nonexecutive director Lord Monson has been appointed nonexecutive chairperson. He succeeds James Longley, who remains CFO and nonexecutive director. 

Mpact declares force majeure at Springs mill amid municipal power outage

16th September 2020 Paper and packaging producer Mpact has declared force majeure at its Springs paper mill in relation to a near-month-long power interruption, and as a consequence, not being able to produce. The mill has been without electricity supply from 18:00 on August 19, when an explosion and fire at the... 

Digital technologies drive transformation in mining

15th September 2020 With many things having changed, never to be the same, Microsoft South Africa enterprise director Amr Kamel says of the power of technology: “It will always help people and organisations to adapt, re-invent and transform”. South Africa’s mining industry contributed R360-billion to the country's... 

PPC makes ‘positive progress’ on restructuring, finance project

15th September 2020 JSE-listed cement manufacturer PPC Cement has made positive progress on its restructuring and finance programme, with the objective of implementing a sustainable capital structure. PPC has received funding confirmation from South African lenders, who the company says will provide various short-... 


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