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Simone Liedtke

Simone Liedtke

Simone Liedtke is a Creamer Media Senior Online Writer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Diamond industry should be driven by SMMEs – Dr John Bristow

15th March 2019 In an industry that’s plagued by a lack of development and depleting assets, diamond exploration, evaluation and mining geologist Dr John Bristow has called on the industry to be driven by small-, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs). Speaking at the South African Diamond Producers... 

Baxter outlines steps needed to realise full potential of South African mining sector

15th March 2019 Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter on Wednesday outlined the important contribution made by the South African mining sector, the vast potential of the skills that still exists within the industry and the steps that are needed to enable the country’s mining sector to realise its full... 

Mine fatalities decrease by 10% in 2018

15th March 2019 Following the notable regression of mine health and safety in 2017, which resulted in the death of 90 mineworkers, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) chief inspector David Msiza on Friday said there were 10% fewer fatalities – 81 – in 2018. As health and safety is integral to the long-term... 

Phase 1 of MC Mining’s Makhado project approved

14th March 2019 ASX-, Aim- and JSE-listed MC Mining’s directors have approved the phased development of the company’s flagship Makhado coking coal project, which will result in the start of mining operations on the west pit. Construction of Phase 1 is set to start in the third quarter of this year. 

MC Mining achieves operational milestones in H1, narrows losses

14th March 2019 Despite having experienced some challenges during the six months to December 31, 2018, ASX-, Aim- and JSE-listed MC Mining on Thursday reported a loss for the period of $3.6-million, compared with the $97.3-million loss reported for the six months to December 31, 2017. Revenue was $15.2-million,... 

2018 a year of ‘transformational’ growth, says B2Gold

13th March 2019 For dual-listed B2Gold, 2018 was a year of “transformational” growth, which was highlighted by the first full year of commercial production from its new large and low-cost Fekola mine, in Mali, and record yearly production from its Masbate mine, in the Philippines. The year also marked the gold... 

Toral scoping study economics announced

12th March 2019 The initial economics of Toral lead/zinc project, in north-west Spain, are robust, with a scoping study calculating a $110-million net present value, at an 8% discount rate, and an internal rate of return of 24.4%, dual-listed Europa Metals announced this week. The scoping study estimated... 

Barrick and Newmont end hostility with Nevada JV agreement

11th March 2019 Canadian gold major Barrick Gold has ended its hostile takeover offer of US miner  Newmont Mining and instead agreed to create a joint venture (JV) combining their respective mining operations, assets, reserves in Nevada. The two gold miners have been operating independently in Nevada for... 

Kodal raises funds for Mali lithium project

11th March 2019 Aim-listed Kodal Minerals has raised £700 000 to support its aim of rapidly advancing the Bougouni lithium project, in southern Mali, as it continues to fast-track development. The company placed 500-million new ordinary shares, at 0.14 pence a new ordinary share. 

Nordic idles Finland gold mine

11th March 2019 The Laiva gold mine, in Finland, has been placed on care and maintenance until an alternative mining contractor has been engaged and additional financing has been found, TSX-V-listed Nordic Gold announced over the weekend. The mine, which has failed to improve tonnes and mill grades, is expected... 


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