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Simone Liedtke

Simone Liedtke

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ERG appoints Shukhrat Ibragimov to board

11th March 2021 Shukhrat Ibragimov has been appointed to Eurasian Resources Group’s (ERG’s) board of managers with effect from March 3. Ibragimov will also serve as a member of the board’s audit committee, remuneration committee and the sustainable development and mergers and acquisitions committee. 

Czech chemicals company expanding into Africa, the Americas

11th March 2021 Czech-based Draslovka Holdings will be expanding its footprint into Africa and the Americas. The company, a family-owned group producing cyanide-based specialty chemicals, has developed a new proprietary hydrogen cyanide reactor, which has been successfully operating in a production facility, in... 

Emmerson to start construction at Khemisset by year-end

11th March 2021 LSE-listed potash developer Emmerson intends to start construction of Africa’s first potash mine, its Khemisset project, in Morocco, by the end of this year. The miner also intends to complete a concept study examining the potential to develop its flagship project to realise not just its... 

Renergen strikes gas at another well, CEO says it is an ‘unexpected bonus’

11th March 2021 Domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen has made another significant gas strike at its Virginia gas project, this time in well MDR1, 300 m north of the currently producing MDR5 well. The Virginia project is located in South Africa’s Free State province. 

Northam increases Zambezi shareholding to 87.5%

11th March 2021 Platinum miner Northam Platinum has increased its shareholding in Zambezi Platinum to 87.5%. Northam reached an agreement with the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) to acquire over 9.8-million Zambezi shares for R966.3-million. 

Exxaro achieves four-year fatality-free milestone

11th March 2021 Black-empowered resources company Exxaro Resources has achieved four years without any fatalities across its mining operations. This is a remarkable milestone the miner set out to achieve as part of the company’s Khetha Ukuphepa (translated as “Choose Safely”) campaign, which was launched in 2019. 

Luxury train makes Covid-19 testing mandatory, free for travelers

11th March 2021 Rapid antigen testing for Covid-19 has been made mandatory and free for all guests and crew, prior to travelling on the luxury Blue Train, which is operated by State-owned Transnet. The rapid test complements a comprehensive set of precautionary measures administered for the safety and peace of... 

Startups ‘critical’ for Africa’s digital economy growth, IFC invest $3m

10th March 2021 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) on March 10 announced that it would be investing $3-million towards the $25-million goal of fundraising for Africa-focused technology seed fund, the Savannah Fund, to increase lending to startups across sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on supporting... 

$7.7bn worth of M&A deals inked in the fourth quarter of 2020

10th March 2021 Metals and mining industry cross border merger and acquisition (M&A) deals worth $7.7-billion were announced in the fourth quarter of 2020.  Nova Resources led the pack with its almost $2.4-billion acquisition of Kaz Minerals, GlobalData’s deals database shows. In a statement on March 10, the... 

Petra Diamonds completes restructuring

10th March 2021 Diamond miner Petra Diamonds has completed the company’s recapitalisation programme. Initially announced in October 2020, the recapitalisation, or restructuring, of the London-listed miner will see the partial reinstatement of its notes debt and the contribution by the holders of existing notes... 

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