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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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S&P revises outlook to positive for Sibanye-Stillwater

31st May 2021 Global ratings agency S&P Global has revised the outlook for precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater to positive from stable and affirmed its ‘BB-’ long-term rating, as the miner continues to benefit from “extremely strong” platinum-group metals (PGMs) basket prices, with close to nil net... 

Renergen on ‘much stronger footing’, despite Covid-19 headwinds

31st May 2021 With the financial year, ended February 28, having been an “exciting” one for natural gas producer Renergen, the company believes it is on a “much stronger footing” towards becoming a significant helium and liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer, despite headwinds presented by the Covid-19... 

Atlas Copco to acquire German vacuum solutions provider

31st May 2021 Swedish multinational manufacturing company Atlas Copco will be acquiring specialised vacuum systems and solutions provider Arpuma. The acquisition will enable Atlas to grow its systems and solutions business within the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. 

Northam to host general meeting next month to discuss BEE transaction, other matters

31st May 2021 Platinum group metals miner Northam Platinum will on June 30 host a general meeting for its shareholders to discuss and decide on the early maturity of the Zambezi black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction and the implementation of an extended BEE transaction. The general meeting will, owing... 

Vanadium continues to support circular economy adoption, says Bushveld Minerals

31st May 2021 Vanadium batteries continue to support the world’s adoption of a circular economy by providing a sustainable, safe and low-cost energy option with a lifecycle of more than 20 years. Over its lifespan, vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) technology offers the lowest cost per kiloWatt-hour stored,... 

GoviEx advances Mutanga uranium project

28th May 2021 Mineral resource company GoviEx Uranium has executed a drilling contract with Zambia-based drilling company Hydro Tech Drilling & Exploration to undertake exploration and resource delineation drilling programmes at the company’s Mutanga uranium project, in Zambia. “With the reissued Chirundu... 

Report documents dangerous increase in illicit alcohol trade

28th May 2021 A report by market research company Euromonitor International has indicated that illicit alcohol trade in South Africa has grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17% since 2017 and now stands at 12% of the R177.2-billion total industry market value. In volume terms, illicit trade made... 

Lithium outlook for next decade ‘very upbeat’ as decarbonisation, electrification accelerate

28th May 2021 The outlook for the lithium sector over a ten-year horizon is very upbeat, amid fast production and demand growth and numerous opportunities across a variety of countries, says research agency Fitch Solutions and Country Risk. It adds that the backdrop for lithium is “as bright as ever” as the... 

Nemwa amendments aimed at increasing recovery of products to be recycled

28th May 2021 Waste management and plastic recycling are a significant challenges in South Africa and recent amendments to Section 18 of the National Environmental Management and Waste Act (Nemwa) regulations call for producer responsibility organisations (PROs) to cooperate with municipalities to increase the... 

Delicate balancing act to be upheld as third wave of infections looms, says association

28th May 2021 As the third wave of Covid-19 infections looms over South Africa, the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (Fedhasa) says there is a “delicate balancing act” to be upheld as government is faced with addressing the pandemic through further restrictions, while ensuring those... 

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