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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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Venetia’s transition to underground mine about 54% complete, says De Beers

3rd December 2021 Diamond miner De Beers Group’s $2.2-billion Venetia Underground Project (VUP) is nearing 54% completion. The VUP is designed to transition the mine from an openpit to an underground operation and, in so doing, extend the mine life by 23 years to 2046. 

Battery-grade nickel demand to grow as world sets sights on low-carbon future

3rd December 2021 The global green transition and electrification of transport has started a paradigm shift in the demand dynamics of metals, which are required for a low-carbon future, and are set to experience a significant boost in demand in the coming decade at least, says research agency Fitch Solutions.... 

Panel stresses need for action to save South Africa’s exploration potential

2nd December 2021 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has approved and availed R100-million in funding to assist in closing the different funding model gaps in South Africa’s exploration sector. In collaboration with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), it is working towards the... 

Jubilee upbeat about outlook for copper, PGM markets

2nd December 2021 Metals processor Jubilee Metals Group sees a rosy outlook for the copper and platinum group metals (PGM) markets in the years ahead. “The outlook for copper, in particular, remains buoyant, with many predictions that 2030 will see a doubling in demand for copper. I for one, see the supply side... 

Deputy Minister warns against illegal water use

2nd December 2021 Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister David Mahlobo has issued a stern warning against illegal water use, while also reiterating government’s commitment to enhancing the provision of water to affected communities in different parts of the country. Speaking during the National Assembly question and... 

Rail constraints to continue hampering Exxaro’s export sales

2nd December 2021 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources expects demand for export coal to remain strong amid constrained global supply. FD Riaan Koppeschaar said in a pre-close message to shareholders on December 2 that high gas prices and expected cold weather in the northern hemisphere would continue to drive... 

Deep-South continues legal battle with Namibian ministry for Haib licence

2nd December 2021 The legal counsel of the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Namibia has proceeded with a filing earlier this month, wherein it agreed to request the court to issue an order to request that TSX-V-listed Deep-South Resources file additional documents to support its original affidavit by December 15.... 

Atlantic Lithium upgrades mineral resource at Ghana project

1st December 2021 Aim-listed Atlantic Lithium has reported a significant mineral resource estimate (MRE) upgrade to 21.3-million tonnes at 1.31% lithium oxide (Li2O) for the Ewoyaa deposit and surrounding pegmatites within the Cape Coast lithium portfolio, in Ghana. The estimate includes 5.2-million tonnes at... 

Edenville continues to ramp up output at Tanzania coal project

1st December 2021 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has increased the run-of-mine (RoM) coal production at its Rukwa coal project, in Tanzania, by 80% during November. The company also reported a 10% increase in washed coal production from the October level, and said it had had about 1 000 t of washed coal sales. 

SAB launches initiative to accelerate responsible alcohol consumption

1st December 2021 South African Breweries (SAB) has committed to use its scale, reach and expertise to accelerate responsible alcohol consumption through the launch of a new evidence-based platform. The new platform is called SAB Sharp, a play on words communicating SAB’s leadership in championing responsible... 

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