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Simone Liedtke

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Scania partners with Limpopo Economic Development Agency to develop R15m workshop

27th August 2020 In line with Scania’s global purpose to drive the shift towards a sustainable transport system for business and society at large, Scania South Africa has partnered with the Limpopo Economic Development Agency (LEDA) and the Thulamela municipality to develop the R15-million Scania Thohoyandou... 

Sappi announces two new senior appointments

27th August 2020 Paper and pulp manufacturer Sappi Southern Africa has announced two new senior appointments in the form of Duane Roothman as Sappi Forests VP and Mark Barnardo as Roothman’s successor as Sappi Forests GM. Roothman takes over the position from Dr Terry Stanger, who retires on August 31 after 27... 

Ford donates 240 engines to support skills development, training in technical schools

27th August 2020 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has launched a far-reaching engine donation programme to support skills development and training at technical high schools across the country. As part of the programme, the vehicle manufacturer is donating 240 engines, valued at R7.8-million, as part... 

Accountability, good governance, participation key to rehabilitate sites for a ‘life after mining’

26th August 2020 Across South Africa, and globally, affected locations should have the opportunity to have a “life after mining”, but Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation Research Chair Mineral Law in Africa postdoctoral research fellow Bernard Kengi laments that mine waste often... 

Alrosa sells more than 1 700 ct of diamonds in digital auction

25th August 2020 Russian diamond miner Alrosa has sold 132 lots, weighing more than 1 700 ct during its digital auction in August. As part of the auction, clients were able to view and evaluate 2 300 ct of rough diamonds across 172 lots. 

IHS Markit says growth in world oil demand expected to plateau

25th August 2020 London-based global information provider IHS Markit says the growth in global oil demand is expected to taper off, with global crude oil demand plateauing just below pre-pandemic levels. According to the company’s new analysis, global oil demand, currently at 89% of pre-Covid-19 levels and... 

BME achieves another blasting record

24th August 2020 Explosives, related accessories and blasting services provider BME has broken the South African record for the largest electronic detonator blast by initiating 3 780 detonators in a single blast at a manganese mine in the Northern Cape. BME Northern Cape area manager Kobus Boonzaaier says the... 

Insimbi ‘cautiously optimistic’ as earnings fall

24th August 2020 Germiston-based foundry Insimbi Industrial Holdings remains cautiously optimistic for the year ahead as its headline earnings a share for the financial year ended February 29, was 25% lower year-on-year at 10c a share. Earnings a share also decreased, but by 32% year-on-year, to 8c a share. 

Sandvik to host global virtual event to showcase new equipment, mining solutions

24th August 2020 Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology will host a virtual event − the Innovation in Mining Virtual Event − next month, which will showcase a line-up of new equipment and solutions, as well as the latest technologies for digitalisation, automation and electrification for the mining industry. Taking... 

DPWI, AgriSeta to train 400 artisans

24th August 2020 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has provided about R66-million to AgriSeta to train 400 Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) participants to become artisans. The funding was provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET’s) National Skills Fund... 

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