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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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Despite delays, renewables uptake is on the rise in SA – Enel Green Power

4th June 2021 Renewable energy company Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William Price comments that, despite the delays experienced with the procurement of capacity under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), he is not surprised by the country’s... 

IMF commends Botswana’s efforts as its economy is expected to recover this year

3rd June 2021 Botswana’s economy is expected to recover this year, with growth projected at 8.3%, driven by improvements in the global demand for diamonds, the easing of restrictions on mobility and the expansionary fiscal stance. The recovery is expected to be uneven across sectors, depending on improvements... 

South Africa’s overall employment picture still a cause for concern, says Minister

3rd June 2021 While some industries have shown small employment gains, the overall picture is still a cause for concern, with a large decrease in employment between 2020’s fourth quarter and the first quarter of this year in industries classified as non-essential, which saw between 84 000 and 87 000 jobs lost.... 

Minerals Council, unions commit support to get industry employees vaccinated

3rd June 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa and labour unions have urged all industry employees to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity to do so. The labour unions – the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and Uasa –... 

City of Joburg launches Climate Action Plan

3rd June 2021 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) Mayoral Committee has launched a city-wide Climate Action Plan (CAP) with the objective of transitioning towards carbon neutrality and a resilient city by 2050. The CAP seeks to contribute to the objectives of the city’s Growth & Development Plan and aligns to the... 

Pamsa opens applications for Masters of Engineering bursary programme

2nd June 2021 The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) Masters of Engineering (MEng) bursary programme is now open for applications for the 2022/23 intake. Applications can be submitted via Pamsa’s website by June 30. 

IITPSA welcomes Sars’ moves to harness big data, AI for tax collection

2nd June 2021 The Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) has welcomed plans by the South African Revenue Service (Sars) to use big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve revenue collection and locate tax evaders. IITPSA board member Moira de Roche welcomed... 

2021 to be ‘exceptional year of earnings’ for miners, research agency forecasts

2nd June 2021 The 2021 financial year will prove to be an “exceptional year of earnings” for miners, while bringing with it a paradigm shift in terms of mining strategy, says research agency Fitch Solutions and Country Risk. It explains that mining companies are major beneficiaries of the metal price rally... 

Extra strike length, extended drilling confirmed at Thor Exploration’s Senegal project

2nd June 2021 Over 1 000 m of strike length has been confirmed at Canadian mineral exploration company Thor Explorations’ Makosa tail prospect, in Senegal, in a number of parallel lodes including a 300 m high-grade zone in a previously untested area. President and CEO Segun Lawson says the Makosa Tail prospect... 

Drilling extended at Altus JV’s southern Mali project

2nd June 2021 Precious metals miner Altus Strategies has extended the diamond drilling programme at its Tabakorole gold project, in southern Mali, by 150 m. The project hosts a mineral deposit for which a mineral resource estimate (MRE) has been generated comprising 16.6-million tonnes at 1.2 g/t gold for 620... 

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