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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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Coalition welcomes Mpumalanga MEC’s decision to not exclude properties from the Mabola protected area

29th January 2019 The members of a civil society coalition that has been challenging mining company Atha Africa’s proposed new coal mine inside a Mpumalanga strategic water source area, have welcomed the decision by Mpumalanga MEC Vusumuzi Shongwe to withdraw his notice of intention to exclude the area proposed... 

Jogmec to establish Johannesburg office as African base to meet Japan's natural resource needs

29th January 2019 The Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (Jogmec) will open an office in Johannesburg on February 1. This brings the number of international Jogmec offices to 14. 

Cryptocurrencies are not a safe-haven, says World Gold Council

29th January 2019 While cryptocurrencies may have a role to play in financial markets, the World Gold Council (WGC) believes their “behaviour” in an environment of market uncertainty underscores that cryptocurrencies are “not a viable substitute for gold as a safe-haven”. During the fourth quarter of 2018,... 

De Beers sells $505m rough diamonds in first sales cycle

29th January 2019 Diamond producer De Beers on Tuesday reported that rough diamond sales in this year's first sale cycle had reached $505-million. This is $167-million less than the $672-million earned in the first sales cycle of 2018. 

Petra delivers solid H1 output, says diamond market outlook remains stable

28th January 2019 LSE-listed Petra Diamonds delivered solid production, along with a “continued improvement” in its safety performance, in the first half of the 2019 financial year. CEO Johan Dippenaar on Monday said the mining company, which operates the Cullinan, Finsch and Koffiefontein mines, in South Africa,... 

Jangada doubles Jorc resource at Pedra Branca

28th January 2019 The share price of Jangada Mines rose sharply on Monday morning, after the company announced an upgrade of 117% to its 2012 Joint-Ore Reserves Committee- (Jorc-) compliant resource, which, in turn, meant a substantial increase in the size and categorisation of the resource at the company’s Pedra... 

Independence Gold to focus on 3Ts project in 2019

28th January 2019 TSX-V-listed Independence Gold will intensify its focus on its 3Ts project, located about 185 km southwest of Prince George, in British Columbia, during 2019, with a comprehensive data review planned ahead of executing a field programme later this year. The 3Ts project is an epithermal... 

Further work at BK16 deposit ‘justified’ – consultant

23rd January 2019 TSX-V-listed Tsodilo Resources on Wednesday announced the completion of a second independent size frequency distribution (SFD) modelled grade and diamond value for the 77.94 ct parcel of 502 commercial size diamonds recovered during BK16’s large diameter drilling (LDD) programme. In December, it... 

Petropavlovsk targeting increased gold production in 2019

23rd January 2019 While subject to further plant development success at its pressure oxidation (POX) hub, Russian miner Petropavlovsk is eyeing gold production of between 450 000 oz and 500 000 oz for 2019, with capital expenditure figures expected to reach levels of between $45-million and $50-million during the... 

Botswana Diamonds to raise £370 000 for exploration activities

23rd January 2019 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has undertaken a share placing with existing and new investors to raise £370 000 through the issue of just over 67.2-million new ordinary shares at a placing price of 0.55p a placing share. The proceeds will be used to fund exploration activities during the current... 


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