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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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De Beers ninth sales cycle provisionally brings in $430m

24th November 2021 Diamond miner De Beers Group earned about $430-million from the sale of rough diamonds during its ninth sales cycle of this year. Owing to restrictions on the movement of people and products in various jurisdictions around the globe, De Beers has continued to implement a more flexible approach to... 

Council reaffirms commitment to transformation as DMRE confirms it will not appeal mine ownership ruling

23rd November 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa has reiterated its full commitment to the transformation of the mining sector. This follows after Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on November 23 told Members of Parliament in the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and... 

Saldanha Bay IDZ reports positive growth

23rd November 2021 Owing to delays and deferments of investments caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) has adjusted its yearly targets downwards by 40% midway in the year, setting new targets of just over R1-billion in gross domestic product (GDP), R833-million in... 

Despite accelerated IoT adoption, unreliable connectivity still a key barrier

23rd November 2021 Research by mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat reveals that, despite the accelerating speed of Internet of Things (IoT) adoption over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, poor or unreliable connectivity is a key barrier limiting the success of IoT projects for most organisations in... 

Kavango increasingly confident in exploration efforts at Botswana project

23rd November 2021 LSE-listed Kavango Resources has identified a 30 km strike length of distinct magnetic pProterozoic gabbro within Target Area A of the Kalahari Suture Zone (KSZ) project, in Botswana. The 30 km strike length is now a high-priority exploration target for the detection of possible large-scale... 

Minerals Council members could deliver up to 3 900 MW of supplementary electricity supply

23rd November 2021 Minerals Council South Africa member companies could deliver up to 3 900 MW of renewable energy projects worth an estimated R60-billion, which, if built, would relieve pressure on State-owned power utility Eskom and go a long way towards meeting the industry’s commitment to achieve net-zero... 

Kropz’s Elandsfontein project remains on track, albeit tightly so

23rd November 2021 Emerging African phosphate developer Kropz’s Elandsfontein project, in South Africa, remains on schedule, albeit tight, and within the original projected capital budget for commissioning next month. The Aim-listed producer on November 23 highlighted that these achievements “have been realised... 

AMCU calls for inquest into South African mining fatalities, another person dies at Marikana

23rd November 2021 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is calling for an inquest into the high rate of fatalities in the South African Mining Industry after mining house Sibanye-Stillwater recorded a fifth death at its Marikana platinum group metals (PGM) operations for 2021. The union on... 

Aura appoints new board ahead of Tiris project’s advancement

22nd November 2021 ASX-listed Aura Energy is now preparing for production at the low capital expenditure (capex), low operating cost Tiris uranium project, in Mauritania, where the company will implement strategic changes to focus on uranium and the high-growth demand for nuclear power. The proposed strategic... 

DTIC to host trade, investment business forum with Kenya

22nd November 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) will host the South Africa-Kenya Trade and Investment Business Forum on November 23. The forum is aimed at increasing and diversifying levels of bilateral trade and investment between the two countries and will take place at the Council for... 


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