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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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South Africa's ‘unique’ circumstances could give it tech-minerals edge

5th March 2021 Amid continuing decarbonisation worldwide, the increased global demand for tech minerals (such as zinc, copper, tin and vanadium) presents South Africa’s mining regions with “a unique set of circumstances”, says dual-listed Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart. He tells Engineering News & Mining... 

M&R's ‘all time high’ order book positions company for 2022 return to profitability

4th March 2021 Considering engineering and construction services firm Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) “all time high” order book of R60.5-billion, and near orders of R19.9-billion, CEO Henry Laas says the group is “well positioned” for a return to profitability in the 2022 financial year. He adds that the firm is... 

Southern Africa has ‘huge potential’ to benefit from the shift to green hydrogen

4th March 2021 While there is growing momentum across the world in investing in hydrogen and the related import and export value chains, management consulting company Kearney MD Romain Debarre warns that there is still a lack of supply and demand for the hydrogen economy. While there is a market for hydrogen... 

Gaming industry sees ‘exceptional growth’ during Covid-19 pandemic

4th March 2021 While the patterns and consumption habits of people have changed and are now leaning more towards digital consumption, commercial gaming company Polycade co-founder and CEO Tyler Bushnell says the gaming industry has experienced “exceptional growth”. The industry was valued at about $179-billion... 

Pandemic causes irrevocable shift in media, entertainment sectors

4th March 2021 The global media, arts and entertainment industries have experienced one of the most dramatic shifts as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and related lockdown measures. As a result, these industries are now dominated by digital distribution. 

South Africa has ‘all the right ingredients’ to transition to a gas economy – panel

4th March 2021 As gas opportunities rise owing to recent discoveries and Africa’s ongoing energy deficit, management consulting company Kearney metals and mining global lead Igor Hulak says gas provides a “viable opportunity” to decrease dependency on coal. “Natural gas will remain a critical element of the... 

Africa’s industrialisation will require gas as additional energy source

3rd March 2021 Africa will require more energy sources than renewables to ensure the continent’s growth and its industrialisation, International Gas Union secretary general elect Andy Calitz told delegates attending the virtual Africa Gas Forum, on March 2. He said natural gas was already considered to be one... 

Call for nominations to serve on third NPC now open

1st March 2021 Nominations are now open for persons to be considered for appointment to the National Planning Commission (NPC) for the next five years. The next commission will serve during the challenging aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, a time during which economic and social recovery and reconstruction... 

Petredec expands South African operations through acquisition

1st March 2021 Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) trading and shipping company Petredec has completed the acquisition of Eastern Cape fuels distributor Quest Petroleum, which will now become part of the Petrefuel Business Division in South Africa. Quest will become part of the Petrefuel group of companies, along... 

Nersa approves Transnet petroleum tariff

1st March 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has set the Petroleum Pipelines System tariff, which will allow State-owned rail entity Transnet to realise an 11.15% decrease in allowable revenue (AR) compared with the 2020/21 tariff period. However, owing to a forecasted reduction in the... 

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