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Simone Liedtke

Simone Liedtke

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

Tel: +2711 622 3744


Trafigura inks DRC cobalt offtake deal that benefits artisanal miners

23rd November 2020 Commodities trading group Trafigura has signed an offtake deal to buy cobalt from Entreprise Générale du Cobalt (EGC) – the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) State-owned buyer that markets cobalt from artisanal miners. Under the agreement, Trafigura will provide funding for the creation of... 

Exxaro launches new supplier development programme

23rd November 2020 JSE-listed diversified mining company Exxaro has announced a new supplier development partnership with the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). The two organisations are launching a new contractor development programme, which aims to promote and support the... 

Barrick enters earn-in deals with two juniors near Hemlo

23rd November 2020 Canadian major Barrick Gold has entered into two option and joint venture (JV) agreements with junior miners near its Hemlo operation, in Ontario. The first is with TSX-V-listed Melkior Resources, which has granted Barrick the right to earn-on up to a 75% interest in the White Lake project, 20... 

Paulson pushes for Midas Gold board overhaul

23rd November 2020 TSX-listed Midas Gold is reviewing the requisition notice from shareholder Paulson & Co. and said on Friday that it would “respond appropriately in due course”. In a letter to employees and shareholders of Midas, Paulson said that it was “the appropriate time to start planning the next phase of... 

Company’s range increases, improves recovery

20th November 2020 The application of South African minerals processing company Multotec’s technologies in tailings and waste management streams allows for the recovery of resources – such as water, precious metals and by-products – in a way that maximises revenue and the manageability of the process, says product... 

GreenPitch Challenge 2021 entries open

20th November 2020 Innovators and entrepreneurs with “economically viable" green economy innovation business ideas have been invited by nonprofit organisation GreenCape, to enter and participate in the Invest Cape Town Business Hub GreenPitch Challenge 2021. Entries are open from November 4 and will close on... 

Record wind power growth predicted, despite Covid-19 crisis

20th November 2020 Wind power will continue to show record growth over the next five years, despite the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis, and will “make a crucial contribution to economic recovery”, says the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). 

Great Lakes region still not benefitting from its minerals endowment

19th November 2020 Africa, and in particular the Great Lakes region, is richly endowed with minerals, but the continent and the region are not yet benefitting adequately from the sustainable mining and beneficiation of those minerals. This has given rise to the illicit extraction and smuggling of these minerals,... 

Miners urged to introduce digitalisation, automation and AI into short-term plans

18th November 2020 While the introduction of digitalisation, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) into miners' plans is generally a long-term plan, panelists at this year’s virtual Africa Mining Forum on November 18 have urged miners to incorporate these elements into their short-term plans where possible. 

Ghana urges African governments to allow some independence in mining investment decisions

18th November 2020 Allowing a degree of independence when investment institutions decide on investments with commercial principles, is “a model that other African countries may want to consider replicating,” Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF) CEO Solomon Asamoah urged on November 17. He said this model... 


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