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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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Webber Wentzel provides overview of Medico-Legal Investigations of Mine Deaths guideline

15th May 2019 Following the Chief Inspector of Mines’ publication of a guidance note on Medico-Legal Investigations of Mine Deaths, which aims to provide certainty about the processes to be followed in the event that the cause of a death at a mine is not immediately clear, law firm Webber Wentzel partner Kate... 

Higher export prices, weaker exchange rate to underpin Kumba’s interim financials

14th May 2019 JSE-listed Kumba Iron Ore expects to deliver a stronger financial performance, underpinned by higher average iron-ore export prices and a weaker rand:dollar exchange rate for the six months ending June 30. Headline earnings and basic earnings for the period are expected to increase by 160%... 

Zimplats reports 2% increase in third-quarter mined ore

10th May 2019 Improved fleet productivity resulted in a 2% quarter-on-quarter increase in ore mined by platinum group metals miner Zimplats in its third fiscal quarter, ended March 31. Tonnes milled, however, decreased by 2%, in line with a 2% decrease in the number of operating days from 92 days in the... 

Sylvania delivers ‘significantly better’ third quarter, despite challenges

10th May 2019 After a challenging second fiscal quarter, Aim-listed Sylvania Platinum’s Sylvania Dump Operations performed “significantly better” and delivered 16 256 oz of platinum group metals (PGMs) – a 9% quarter-on-quarter increase – in the quarter ended March 31. The increased production was owing to a... 

Implats maintains 2019 guidance, despite challenging third quarter

10th May 2019 Against a backdrop of challenges in the third quarter, ended March 31, for platinum miner Impala Platinum, the miner has maintained its market guidance for the full-year. The full‐year refined production for Implats is estimated at between 1.5-million and 1.6-million platinum ounces and, given... 

Buffalo Coal identifies several opportunities for 2019

10th May 2019 Demand for anthracite, which is at the core of coal miner and supplier Buffalo Coal’s production, remains positive, while pricing remains strong, the company said this week. The TSX-V- and AltX-listed company noted in a statement published on Thursday that production of its bituminous coal... 

Buffalo Coal narrows 2018 headline loss to 17c per share

10th May 2019 Coal miner and supplier Buffalo Coal has narrowed its headline loss a share for 2018 to 17c, compared with the headline loss a share of 31c in the prior financial year. Its headline loss for the period decreased to R70.7-million, from R124.1-million in 2017. 

South Africa’s mining production beats expectations

9th May 2019 Even though mining production continued to contract in March, dropping by 1.1% year-on-year, the March performance is considerably better than the 7% contraction that economists forecast. The production decline softened unexpectedly against February’s 8.1% year-on-year plunge, revised upwards... 

Jubilee to maintain growth momentum with PlatCro coming into production

9th May 2019 AltX- and Aim-listed Jubilee Metals on Thursday reported that the strong performance of the first quarter is expected to be maintained in the second quarter, as the PlatCro platinum group metals (PGMs) project is being brought into production at a targeted processing rate of 60 000 t/m. The... 

PGMs operations offset strike-induced gold losses at Sibanye-Stillwater

9th May 2019 The first quarter of 2019 marked an important period for JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater, with the group having successfully navigated operational and financial challenges, including a five-month strike at its South African gold operations. The impact of the Association of Mineworkers... 


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