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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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Strong fundamentals positioning miners to adapt to changing shareholder expectations

5th July 2019 Despite the world’s top 40 miners consolidating their performance of the past several years, they are “not getting the credit for it”, according to consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC’s) ‘Mine 2019: Resourcing the Future’ report, which provides key trends for the mining industry and PwC’s... 

AfriForum, TKAG win appeal to set aside petroleum exploration, production regulations

4th July 2019 AfriForum and the Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) have succeeded in their appeal to have Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, and Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy set aside the regulations on petroleum exploration and production. The regulations... 

New association for rare earths established

4th July 2019 The global Rare Earth Industry Association (REIA) has been established. Launched with the support of European research and development funding agency EIT RawMaterials, the establishment of REIA comes at a time of trade friction between the US and China, which threatens to impact on the global... 

Landore raises £250 000 for exploration

3rd July 2019 Aim-listed Landore Resources has raised £250 000 through a subscription of 35.7-million new ordinary shares at 7p a share. The proceeds are to be used for working capital purposes, as well as to help fund the company’s exploration programme. 

Wits, Gold Fields deepen collaboration to enhance deep-level mining skills, expertise

3rd July 2019 Mining students at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), with the support of gold miner Gold Fields, are building South Africa’s capacity to apply mechanised mining methods and supporting technologies in deep-level gold mines. Various research projects are under way at both post graduate... 

BlueRock expects further improvement in operating times

28th June 2019 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds expects the operating time at its Kareevlei diamond mine, in Kimberley, South Africa, to increase by more than 30% after it shifted to a 365-day-a-year operation in March. This improvement will add to those improvements already achieved during the company’s 2018... 

Rio Tinto cuts 2019 iron-ore guidance

28th June 2019 Mining major Rio Tinto on Wednesday said that it was experiencing operational challenges at its iron-ore mines, particularly in the Greater Brockman hub in the Pilbara, resulting in another revision of its guidance for the year. The miner lowered its Pilbara shipment guidance to between... 

Volt secures $1m working capital for Bunyu project’s development

24th June 2019 Tanzania-focused flake graphite development company Volt Resources has secured $1-million in working capital funding for the development of its Bunyu graphite project, in Tanzania. The funding includes $300 000 raised through the placement of just over 20.8-million shares at 2.1c a share, and a... 

Kibo mulls renewables cogeneration opportunities

24th June 2019 In line with its strategy of incorporating long-term renewable energy solutions into its existing coal power projects, Africa-focused Kibo Energy has signed a collaboration agreement with ESS Tech to develop suitable baseload electricity storage solutions. Having recognised the increasing need to... 

Acacia says ‘strongly disagrees’ with Barrick’s takeover proposal

24th June 2019 LSE-listed Acacia Mining says it “strongly disagrees” with a number of matters set out in a recent announcement by parent company Barrick Gold, adding that the announcement “appears to have ignored the value of [Acacia’s] portfolio of exploration and development assets, and the strategic value of... 


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