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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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Widespread confidence in strong future demand growth for cobalt remains, says analyst

26th May 2021 There is widespread confidence of strong future demand growth for cobalt, with the growth in electric vehicle (EB) batteries outweighing the pace of thrifting, says BMO Global Commodities Research analyst Colin Hamilton. Given this, he notes that attention is “naturally focused” on the supply... 

Stefanutti Stocks to dispose of mining services division

26th May 2021 The disposal of construction engineering company Stefanutti Stocks’ mining services division, comprising the materials handling and tailings subdivisions, has been approved by shareholders. The disposal excludes the contract mining subdivision. 

Balwin furthers transformation goals through BEE transaction

26th May 2021 Property company Balwin Properties intends to further advance its empowerment objectives by increasing black participation within the Balwin group. To achieve this, Balwin is progressing its black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction and, in particular, “seeks to set itself apart from other... 

Li-ion batteries provide development opportunity for South Africa

25th May 2021 As electric mobility and energy storage increases its share of the transport and energy sectors, the demand for batteries is rising, with lithium-ion batteries (LIB) dominating the market. While research by Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) indicates that South Africa’s vibrant venture... 

Safety critical to ensuring ‘solid business case’ for projects

21st May 2021 Safety excellence is not separate from construction or operational excellence – a safe site avoids the cost of incidents and improves personnel’s motivation and the company’s relationships with clients, thereby forming a “solid business case” for a project, says South Africa-based contractor... 

Net-zero gold a ‘realistic prospect’ – WGC

21st May 2021 The increased accessibility of means to further decarbonise electricity is creating an opportunity for gold to move towards carbon neutrality and makes net zero gold a realistic prospect, World Gold Council (WGC) market relations director and climate change lead John Mulligan said during the... 

Renewable energy uptake on the rise in South Africa, says Enel Green Power

19th May 2021 Renewable energy company Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William Price comments that, despite the delays experienced with the procurement of capacity under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), he is not surprised by the country’s... 

Risks to economy ‘well known’ as South Africa faces third wave concerns

17th May 2021 With the prospect of a third wave of Covid-19 infections a concern in South Africa, the risks to the economy of repeating past mistakes are “clear and well known”, laments Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso in her weekly newsletter. She refers to certain segments of the... 

Balwin remains ‘cautiously optimistic’ on the back of positive financial results

17th May 2021 In a financial year that was characterised by unprecedented socioeconomic and market conditions with unusual working and living environments, various measures initiated by JSE-listed Balwin Properties saw the company experience continued strong sales demand for the “Balwin product” at the end of... 

Global economic recovery drives first-quarter platinum demand higher

17th May 2021 As the global economy continued to recover, boosted by widespread stimulus measures, demand for platinum increased by 26% or about 405 000 oz year-on-year to more than 1.9-million ounces in the first quarter, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) notes in its latest ‘Platinum Quarterly’... 

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