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Simone Liedtke

Simone Liedtke

Simone Liedtke is a Creamer Media Contributing Editor Online and Social Media Specialist for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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TNPA, CDC collaborate to accelerate infrastructure delivery

10th June 2021 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) as the implementing agent for the migration of the manganese terminal and the liquid bulk terminal to the Port of Ngqura, as well as their construction and operationalisation. The CDC and... 

Busa says GDP growth has been ‘rolled back’ by recent bouts of load-shedding

10th June 2021 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has warned that, despite optimism generated by recent gross domestic product (GDP) numbers, this growth “has been rolled back” by the load-shedding implemented by State-owned power utility Eskom in the past two weeks, which escalated to Stage 4 on June 9.... 

Botswana Diamonds advances towards resource assessment at Thorny River

10th June 2021 Aim- and BSE-listed Botswana Diamonds is advancing towards resource assessment at its Thorny River diamond project, in South Africa, following a recent kimberlite discovery. Following the discovery of a second kimberlite blow at Thorny River, independent specialists aggregated all the geophysical... 

Women-owned Meadows Energy, G7 Renewable Energies partner for Oya hybrid energy project

9th June 2021 Wholly women-owned energy company Meadows Energy has been announced as G7 Renewable Energies’ partner for the Oya hybrid energy project, which straddles the the Western and Northern Cape provinces in South Africa. The 128 MW Oya hybrid facility, which will eventually offer dispatchable renewable... 

Hyprop notes early signs of stronger consumer spending in many of its malls

9th June 2021 Retail-focused real estate investment trust Hyprop has made positive progress on its key strategic priorities in the first four months of this year, including having taken steps to strengthen its balance sheet. Hyprop, which has properties in South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and Southern-Eastern... 

Wind industry committed to cooperating with govt to address the current power crisis

9th June 2021 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has welcomed the call from government to procure additional wind and solar energy from independent power producers (IPPs) to supply, over and above, what is currently allowed under their existing power purchase agreements (PPAs). SAWEA has engaged... 

EU regulations can benefit bioethanol production in South Africa

9th June 2021 European Union (EU) regulations that are supportive of bioethanol use will provide an opportunity for South Africa in terms of the production of ethanol fuels through various manufacturing methods. South Africa produces just over 400-million litres of ethanol a year, of which 180-million is used... 

Frost & Sullivan expresses concern about poor state of South Africa’s roads

9th June 2021 More than half (54%) of the country’s unpaved road network is in either poor, or very poor condition, while about a third (30%) of the paved network is in poor, or very poor condition, says consultancy Frost & Sullivan. The Eastern Cape, Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West, in... 

Epiroc bolsters its digital portfolio through the acquisition of MineRP

8th June 2021 Mining company Epiroc has acquired software company MineRP, which specialises in increasing productivity for mines through integrated planning, execution and analytics. “The acquisition is a perfect fit [owing] to the synergies between the two companies,” says Epiroc integration manager Kumeshan... 

Gas a bridge for South Africa to become a low-carbon economy

8th June 2021 South Africa will need to use gas as a “very solid bridge” to ensure a just and inclusive transition to a low-carbon economy, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School professor Maurice Radebe has said. The feedstock's acting as a bridge, he explained during a presentation at the... 

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