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Simone Liedtke

Simone Liedtke

Simone Liedtke is Creamer Media Social Media Editor & Senior Writer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

By Simone Liedtke

INDISPENSABLE OPPORTUNITY
The Machine Tools Africa expo aims to be an indispensable gathering for all stakeholders in the engineering and manufacturing industries

Machine Tools Africa to play crucial role in education, skills development

17th May 2024

The upcoming Machine Tools Africa 2024 exhibition will serve as a comprehensive platform for showcasing the latest innovations in machine tools and related technologies. It also plays a crucial... 


ENHANCED INTERFACE
The Omniplus IO-link transmitters are specifically tailored for precision in oil flow measurements

New tool released

10th May 2024

In a strategic move that signifies a pivotal enhancement in the confluence of digital and analogue technologies within the hydraulics and pneumatics sectors in South Africa, flow measurement... 


PURPOSE-BUILT
The purpose-built facility in Sebenza, Edenvale, spans more than 3 000 m2 of workshop and warehouse space

Hydraulic engineering firm revolutionising industry standards

10th May 2024

In response to growing industry demands, hydraulic repair service provider Dosco Precision Hydraulics has carved itself a niche as a leader in the supply and repair of hydraulic pumps and motors,... 


Renergen successfully producing liquid helium at Virginia project

6th May 2024

ASX- and JSE-listed gas producer Renergen is now able to liquify helium in batches from its wells at the Virginia gas project, in South Africa’s Free State province. Since April 2, the... 


NTOMBIFUTHI MDLULI
These projects collectively contribute to employment

Short-term insurance product extended to SMMEs

3rd May 2024

The State-owned Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC) has significantly expanded its mandate to support manufacturing projects, with a notable enhancement through the... 


LOCALLY SOURCED
The perlite-based mineral aggregate is sourced from a South African mine

Local product ensures efficiency

3rd May 2024

Addressing global challenges such as climate change and the growing focus on sustainable development was front of mind in the development of Pratliperl by local manufacturer Pratley, says Pratley... 


ASSEMBLY AREA
Based in Centurion, Tru-Trac’s facility amalgamates in-house manufacturing, research and development

Ongoing investment underscores commitment

3rd May 2024

Anchored fundamentally in the principle of efficiently managing its manufacturing processes, conveyor belt solutions manufacturer and supplier Tru-Trac Rollers’ ongoing investments in... 


PRODUCT & SERVICE ENHANCEMENTS
Frankwen Forge is taking proactive steps to adapt and enhance its service offerings

Company proactively enhancing offering

3rd May 2024

While diversified manufacturing company Frankwen Forge is taking proactive steps to adapt and enhance its service offerings, broader structural changes are necessary to safeguard and advance the... 


MANUFACTURING POTENTIAL
The Biofibre Hub Project seeks to harness the potential of plant-based fibres, particularly bast and leaf fibres, to innovate in the automotive sector and beyond

Biofibre project to enhance competitiveness

3rd May 2024

Government economic programme Coega Development Corporation, in partnership with scientific and technology research organisation Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have embarked... 


PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE
Given the pressing need for reliable and efficient sewer systems, the selection of materials for pipelines is of paramount importance

Plastic pipes key to modernisation

26th April 2024

To address the challenges of water scarcity, sanitation inadequacies and the need for efficient waste management there is ongoing reassessment of the materials and technologies used in... 


NON-SEWERED SANITATION SYSTEM
The self-sustaining, flushing toilet system that recycles 100% of used water targets underserved communities, and is environmentally sustainable and practical for widespread implementation

Sanitation solution developed for underserved communities, schools

26th April 2024

The introduction of the Enviro Loo Clear Non-Sewered Sanitation System (NSSS) marks a substantial advance in addressing pressing issues of sanitation and water scarcity, says sanitation service... 


ENHANCED MAINTENANCE
The truck-mounted jetting units enhance the capability to efficiently clear stormwater drains and sewerage systems

Jetting units used proactively in maintenance

26th April 2024

Severe flooding events along South Africa’s coastal regions have underscored the crucial role of resilient infrastructure in managing excessive rainfall, says pumps supplier Werner Pumps, which has... 


FAILING INFRASTRUCTURE  
AfriForum’s latest blue and green drop report notes that 81% of sewage wastewater treatment works fail to meet minimum standards, endangers water sources nationwide

NGO unpacks poor quality of S Africa’s wastewater systems

26th April 2024

Nongovernmental organisation (NGO) AfriForum’s latest blue and green drop report notes that 81% of sewage wastewater treatment works (SWWTWs) fail to meet minimum standards, which the NGO says... 


SIGNIFICANT INCREASE
The 2023 Blue Drop report highlighted that the proportion of water supply systems failing to meet minimum microbiological water-quality standards increased significantly

Task team established to enhance service delivery

26th April 2024

In response to the concerning findings of the Blue, Green and No Drop reports, which highlight a nationwide decline in the quality of water services, government has established a task team... 


TARYNN YATRAS
Sandvik commits to partnering with its customers continually, enabling them to optimise their operations for increased throughput and efficiencies

Multipurpose facility boosts screening services in Tanzania

12th April 2024

The East African mining sector is experiencing a transformative shift, particularly in Tanzania, reports screening solutions provider Sandvik Rock Processing, which notes that this has driven its... 


LINDI JUMBO PROJECT
Significant strides have been made towards bringing the Lindi Jumbo mine to operational status

Graphite mine on track to meet growing demand

12th April 2024

In the rapidly evolving energy storage and electric vehicle (EV) landscape, the global demand for critical minerals, such as graphite, is escalating at an unprecedented rate, says Africa-focused... 


SUPAFLOR PU HD
Supaflor polyurethane heavy-duty offers superior resistance to the specific conditions in sugar mills

Firm offers durable flooring solution, corrosion protection

5th April 2024

The deterioration and corrosion of concrete infrastructure have presented significant challenges in harsh operational environments such as sugar mills. Corrosion protection, epoxy flooring and... 


MPUMALANGA FACILITY
The integrated facility has been instrumental in advancing stainless steel production and application

Mill highlights benefits of stainless steel for sugar industry

5th April 2024

Using stainless steel in the sugar industry, where processing conditions can be particularly corrosive, has proven to be an effective solution in mitigating wear-related challenges, says South... 


PUMPING INVESTMENT
The investment in modern, efficient pump solutions can optimise sugar operations

Pumps crucial to sugar processing – supplier

5th April 2024

As the sugar industry continues to evolve in a rapidly changing market landscape, the investment in modern, efficient pump solutions and effective maintenance practices will remain vital, says... 


PROJECT INVOLVEMENT
Engagement is a critical step in the construction and maintenance of mine shafts

Correct installation of components critical

29th March 2024

A successful shaft sinking project entails the correct installation of various components timeously, in addition to experienced personnel working on the project from the outset and maximising the... 


LYDIA ZHANG
The strategic financial package is set to enable more South Africans to access affordable solar energy solutions

R600m financing facility to support S Africa’s renewables landscape

22nd March 2024

Financial services firm Standard Bank and China National Building Materials International (CNBM) have concluded a R600-million sustainable finance solution. The strategic financial package,... 


MERVYN NAIDOO
The company's offerings underscore its commitment to excellence and reliability

Company leverages offering, expertise to ‘redefine’ S Africa’s energy industry

22nd March 2024

As South Africa’s energy sector continues to grapple with climate change and an increasing demand for electricity, electromechanical equipment manufacturer ACTOM is making significant strides in... 


Renergen, Airsol deal now complete

20th March 2024

Gas producer Renergen has completed all the required steps for Airsol, a company fully owned by SOL S, to invest in special bonds called convertible debentures. These bonds can be turned into... 


INTELLIGENT DRILLING
The Sandvik DD422iE drill offers intelligent and electric fully automated, top hammer longhole drilling performance

Intelligent drilling solutions advance underground capabilities

15th March 2024

The adoption of intelligent drilling technologies represents a critical step towards more efficient, safe and sustainable underground mining operations, though eco-efficient rock processing... 


AMRITESH ANAND
A digital twin model integrates real-time data from various sources to simulate, monitor and enhance the mining environment, operations and equipment for enhanced safety, efficiency and sustainability

Digital twins paving way to safer underground mining

15th March 2024

Digital twins represent a “pivotal technological advancement” in underground mining, offering innovative solutions for safety, operational efficiency and environmental sustainability, says business... 


EASY INTEGRATION
VUMA Live integrates with existing supervisory control and data acquisition systems, streamlining its adoption for mine operators that are already familiar with such platforms

Software enhances underground mining safety

15th March 2024

In its continuous endeavour to achieve operational excellence and uphold safety standards in the underground mining industry, global independent consultancy BBE has set a new benchmark with the... 


SCOTT EDMUNDSON
By creating an international registry for recognising and enforcing creditor and lessor rights, these treaties aim to reduce financing costs and risks

Immediate actions needed to foster a more competitive rail industry

8th March 2024

South Africa’s rail sector is faced with unprecedented challenges that threaten its operational viability and economic contribution, says law firm Webber Wentzel partner Scott Edmundson, who says... 


Encouraging exploration buoys Côte d’Ivoire prospect

8th March 2024

Canada-based precious metals miner Fortuna Silver has reported several emerging prospects at its West African Séguéla mine, in Côte d’Ivoire, of which its Badior prospect stands out, with... 


TRANSFORMATIVE SOLUTION
3D concrete printers offers transformative solutions to the challenges faced by the construction sector

3D concrete printer stands to benefit South African construction

1st March 2024

The development of fit-for-purpose machinery, made in South Africa and for African conditions, such as three-dimensional (3D) concrete printing, stands to offer the construction industry enhanced... 


Machinery heralds more efficient, environment-friendly practices

1st March 2024

In a significant development for the construction sector, machine industry group Husqvarna has introduced a new range of advanced machinery, which machinery distributor Superb Construction Systems... 


Renergen welcomes new substantial shareholder

22nd February 2024

Gas producer Renergen has welcomed Ye Jia as the company's newest substantial shareholder, following his acquisition of the entire shareholding from private company Notable Pioneer. Jia now holds... 


MLANDZENI BOYCE
Gas is a transitional bridge between coal and renewable-energy sources

Pipeline progress enhances Southern Africa’s energy market, capacity

16th February 2024

Gas is a key enabler for economic growth and social development in the Southern Africa region, and a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels, says joint venture (JV) Republic of Mozambique Pipeline... 


LATEST ITERATION
The 2024 iteration of the Africa Energy Indaba reflects a comprehensive strategy designed to address both immediate and future energy challenges

Event aims to catalyse change, progress in next decade

16th February 2024

With a focus on long-term sustainable development and innovation, African energy sector-focused event Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) aims to catalyse change and progress over the next decade. The 2024... 


Renergen's Virginia gas project

Renergen resumes LNG deliveries

15th February 2024

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) deliveries from the Virginia project, in the Free State, have restarted following a planned maintenance outage, gas producer Renergen confirmed on February 15. The... 


PLATINUM PROVENANCE
Platinum provenance is a measure to ensure that industry players work with a vetted and verified supply chain

Refiner emphasises importance of platinum provenance

9th February 2024

Given South Africa’s prominence as a primary producer of platinum globally, South African refiner Metal Concentrators (MetCon) says the country is presented with a “distinctive opportunity” to... 


SPECIFIC PURPOSE
Each crane is equipped with a hoist for specific maintenance purposes

Platreef mine receives specialised lifting solutions

9th February 2024

The application of precise, reliable and safe lifting machinery is imperative for various operational facets in mining, including maintenance and production processes, says lifting equipment... 


BENEFICIAL CONTRIBUTION
The SlurrySucker contributes to cleaner ecosystems, healthier aquatic life and reduced ecological damage

Dredging system positioned for sustainability

2nd February 2024

The integration of advanced technology, and precise customisation in mine dewatering and water treatment applications, not only contribute to efficiency and versatility, but present a practical... 


INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS
Weir Minerals offers a large portfolio of products to customers for an integrated dewatering solution

Planning key to effective implementation

2nd February 2024

Planning and site-specific requirement evaluations can see comprehensive solutions deployed to assist mining operations to overcome significant challenges in water management that can disrupt... 


MAINTENANCE SUPPORT
The truck-mounted recycling jetting and vacuuming unit tackles the specific hurdles encountered by maintenance teams working in the mining sector

Recycling jetting and vacuum unit redefining maintenance

2nd February 2024

With optimising operations, reducing costs and embracing eco-conscious practices being imperative in the mining industry, pumps manufacturer Werner Pumps’ truck-mounted recycling jetting and... 


EFFICIENCY UPGRADE
The company reduces the number of mobile pump sets through upgrading existing diesel pump units to move more water in less time

Mobile pumps improve efficiency, sustainability

2nd February 2024

South African coal mining operations, particularly in openpit environments, are confronted with the ongoing challenge of managing water levels for seamless operations. Pumps supplier Mechanical... 


LUANSHYA WEST COPPER PROJECT
A crucial induced polarisation survey programme has proven critical in advancing exploration efforts

Exploration to drive targeted drilling in 2024

19th January 2024

A crucial induced polarisation (IP) survey programme at mineral exploration and development company Koryx Copper’s Luanshya West project, in Zambia, has proven critical in the company’s commitment... 


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