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Simone Liedtke

Simone Liedtke

Simone Liedtke is Creamer Media Social Media Editor & Senior Writer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

By Simone Liedtke

JASON BREWER
It is a good time to be producing and selling manganese into the market

Strategic African expansion continues

12th July 2024

Battery metals miner Marula Mining, under the leadership of CEO Jason Brewer, is rapidly expanding its operations across Africa, which he highlighted – during a presentation at Resources for... 


GEOLOGICAL HOTSPOT
Andrada Mining’s focus on Namibia is the result of the region's strategic importance in the global shift towards energy transition technology-related minerals

Set to transform Namibian lithium production

12th July 2024

African technology metals mining company Andrada Mining, which has its roots in exploring the rich geologies of Southern Africa, is poised to become a pivotal player in the global lithium supply... 


CRUCIAL ROLE
Mining plays a crucial role in economic development and contributing to global supply chains

Meeting challenges requires strategy rethink

12th July 2024

In 2023, the global mining sector, including key players in Africa, faced a dual threat of falling commodity prices and rising operational costs, which pressured the financial performance of the... 


LOCAL PARTNERSHIP
Through its in-country partnerships, BME invests in local infrastructure and skills transfer, to build capacity in local supply chains

Specialist expands African footprint

12th July 2024

Blasting and explosives specialist BME is bolstering its presence in Africa through strategic expansions and a strong emphasis on sustainability and local partnerships. The company, a division of... 


SAFER WORKING
Through the precise identification and quantification of noise sources, these tools pave the way for a safer and more regulated work environment

Sound level meters find local distributor

5th July 2024

Local test and measurement company TANDM Technologies has introduced engineering company Brüel & Kjaer’s (B&K’s) wireless, smartphone-operated 2245 and 2255 sound level meters (SLMs) to the South... 


FOCUSED ENGINEERING
Damsak’s water storage bladders are engineered with a focus on reliability, durability, and
ease of installation and transportation

Provider expands international footprint

5th July 2024

Water storage solutions provider and manufacturer Damsak Reservoirs has expanded into international markets, the move underscoring the company’s commitment to addressing global water scarcity and... 


PHUMLA MAVUNDLA
MCS’ philosophy is to foster self-sufficiency that allows the shapers to plough back into their communities

Programme empowers young agricultural entrepreneurs in KZN

5th July 2024

In a move aimed at bolstering youth entrepreneurship, youth empowerment initiative Metropolitan Collective Shapers (MCS) has launched its impactful programme in KwaZulu-Natal as it continues to... 


Renewables project to power miner’s KwaZulu-Natal operations

5th July 2024

Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), a division of diversified miner Rio Tinto, is set to receive 140 MW of renewable energy from the Khangela Emoyeni Wind Farm, in South Africa’s Western and Northern Cape... 


SHINING INVITATION
De Beers Group is calling on young aspiring jewellery designers from their producer countries to enter the 2024 Shining Light Awards

Awards focus on development of designers

28th June 2024

By focusing on sustainability, innovation and comprehensive industry exposure, diamond miner De Beers’ Shining Light Awards is evolving to meet the changing needs of the jewellery industry to... 


GLOBAL PUMP SUPPLY
The company supplies a variety of pumps to diamond processing and beneficiation plants globally

Pumps maker targets diamond processing

28th June 2024

As the diamond mining industry faces challenges such as resource depletion, increasing operational costs and competition from synthetically made diamonds, heavy-duty centrifugal slurry pump... 


NEW ERA
The scheduled start of underground production in the first half of 2028 is anticipated to bring a new era of high-value diamond recovery for Lucara

Underground expansion progressing towards 2028 start

28th June 2024

With careful planning, innovative solutions and a dedicated team, diamond miner Lucara Diamond Corporation’s Karowe Underground Expansion Project (UGP) at the wholly owned  Karowe diamond mine, in... 


Global miners to invest for growth, transformation amid financial pressure – PwC

25th June 2024

The financial performance of the world’s Top 40 mining companies is under pressure owing to lower commodity prices and rising costs, which has resulted in revenues falling by more than 7% despite... 


SUSTAINED EFFORTS
The future of South Africa’s infrastructure depends on the sustained efforts to foster a skilled, innovative and adaptable engineering workforce

Strategic training vital

14th June 2024

As South Africa continues to invest in its infrastructure, the role of institutions such as civil engineering industry body the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) in providing... 


ACHIEVING IMPROVEMENTS
By addressing challenges and leveraging innovation, South Africa can achieve significant improvements in its infrastructure

Innovation, investment key to advance infrastructure growth

14th June 2024

While challenges such as funding constraints and skills shortages persist, the roads and bridges sector is poised for growth through strategic investments and technological advancements. By... 


MOZAMBIQUE POTENTIAL
Mozambique continues to attract international interest and aims to bolster its position as a key mining hub in Southern Africa

Long-term unlocking of vast resources potential gaining ground

7th June 2024

Mozambique’s mining industry has been a significant driver of economic growth over the past two decades. With vast mineral resources, including heavy sands, coal, magnetite, graphite, lithium, gold... 


UPCOMING UPGRADE
Kenmare's largest mining plant, WCP A, is slated for an upgrade and transition to the Nataka ore zone

Plant upgrade secures long-term operations

7th June 2024

The upgrading and relocating of titanium and zircon producer Kenmare Resources’ wet concentrator plant A (WCP A), at its Moma titanium minerals mine, in Mozambique, is aimed at securing long-term... 


ESSENTIAL EXPERTISE
Engineers bring essential expertise in geotechnical engineering, risk assessment and regulatory compliance

Consultancy drives mining standards innovation

31st May 2024

By prioritising safety, sustainability and efficiency, mining consulting company Baletsema Mining Services MD Bokang Kelepa says the company adheres to international safety and environmental... 


CHRIS CAMPBELL
Reforms are crucial to innovate and advance the industry through home-grown talent

Upliftment of engineers critical to industrial development

31st May 2024

There is a critical need for broader educational reforms to encourage and increase the potential for take-up of engineering as a career among youth, including the country’s mining sector, which... 


EVOLVING LEGACY
SRK Consulting's approach has adapted to evolving needs, incorporating new factors into the core of its technical decision-making processes

Enhancing mining sustainability through tech expertise

31st May 2024

Amid an industry-wide shift towards more sustainable mining practices, engineering consultancy SRK Consulting says that the significance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in... 


INDISPENSABLE OPPORTUNITY
The Machine Tools Africa expo aims to be an indispensable gathering for all stakeholders in the engineering and manufacturing industries

Machine Tools Africa to play crucial role in education, skills development

17th May 2024

The upcoming Machine Tools Africa 2024 exhibition will serve as a comprehensive platform for showcasing the latest innovations in machine tools and related technologies. It also plays a crucial... 


ENHANCED INTERFACE
The Omniplus IO-link transmitters are specifically tailored for precision in oil flow measurements

New tool released

10th May 2024

In a strategic move that signifies a pivotal enhancement in the confluence of digital and analogue technologies within the hydraulics and pneumatics sectors in South Africa, flow measurement... 


PURPOSE-BUILT
The purpose-built facility in Sebenza, Edenvale, spans more than 3 000 m2 of workshop and warehouse space

Hydraulic engineering firm revolutionising industry standards

10th May 2024

In response to growing industry demands, hydraulic repair service provider Dosco Precision Hydraulics has carved itself a niche as a leader in the supply and repair of hydraulic pumps and motors,... 


Renergen successfully producing liquid helium at Virginia project

6th May 2024

ASX- and JSE-listed gas producer Renergen is now able to liquify helium in batches from its wells at the Virginia gas project, in South Africa’s Free State province. Since April 2, the... 


NTOMBIFUTHI MDLULI
These projects collectively contribute to employment

Short-term insurance product extended to SMMEs

3rd May 2024

The State-owned Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC) has significantly expanded its mandate to support manufacturing projects, with a notable enhancement through the... 


LOCALLY SOURCED
The perlite-based mineral aggregate is sourced from a South African mine

Local product ensures efficiency

3rd May 2024

Addressing global challenges such as climate change and the growing focus on sustainable development was front of mind in the development of Pratliperl by local manufacturer Pratley, says Pratley... 


ASSEMBLY AREA
Based in Centurion, Tru-Trac’s facility amalgamates in-house manufacturing, research and development

Ongoing investment underscores commitment

3rd May 2024

Anchored fundamentally in the principle of efficiently managing its manufacturing processes, conveyor belt solutions manufacturer and supplier Tru-Trac Rollers’ ongoing investments in... 


PRODUCT & SERVICE ENHANCEMENTS
Frankwen Forge is taking proactive steps to adapt and enhance its service offerings

Company proactively enhancing offering

3rd May 2024

While diversified manufacturing company Frankwen Forge is taking proactive steps to adapt and enhance its service offerings, broader structural changes are necessary to safeguard and advance the... 


MANUFACTURING POTENTIAL
The Biofibre Hub Project seeks to harness the potential of plant-based fibres, particularly bast and leaf fibres, to innovate in the automotive sector and beyond

Biofibre project to enhance competitiveness

3rd May 2024

Government economic programme Coega Development Corporation, in partnership with scientific and technology research organisation Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have embarked... 


PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE
Given the pressing need for reliable and efficient sewer systems, the selection of materials for pipelines is of paramount importance

Plastic pipes key to modernisation

26th April 2024

To address the challenges of water scarcity, sanitation inadequacies and the need for efficient waste management there is ongoing reassessment of the materials and technologies used in... 


NON-SEWERED SANITATION SYSTEM
The self-sustaining, flushing toilet system that recycles 100% of used water targets underserved communities, and is environmentally sustainable and practical for widespread implementation

Sanitation solution developed for underserved communities, schools

26th April 2024

The introduction of the Enviro Loo Clear Non-Sewered Sanitation System (NSSS) marks a substantial advance in addressing pressing issues of sanitation and water scarcity, says sanitation service... 


ENHANCED MAINTENANCE
The truck-mounted jetting units enhance the capability to efficiently clear stormwater drains and sewerage systems

Jetting units used proactively in maintenance

26th April 2024

Severe flooding events along South Africa’s coastal regions have underscored the crucial role of resilient infrastructure in managing excessive rainfall, says pumps supplier Werner Pumps, which has... 


FAILING INFRASTRUCTURE  
AfriForum’s latest blue and green drop report notes that 81% of sewage wastewater treatment works fail to meet minimum standards, endangers water sources nationwide

NGO unpacks poor quality of S Africa’s wastewater systems

26th April 2024

Nongovernmental organisation (NGO) AfriForum’s latest blue and green drop report notes that 81% of sewage wastewater treatment works (SWWTWs) fail to meet minimum standards, which the NGO says... 


SIGNIFICANT INCREASE
The 2023 Blue Drop report highlighted that the proportion of water supply systems failing to meet minimum microbiological water-quality standards increased significantly

Task team established to enhance service delivery

26th April 2024

In response to the concerning findings of the Blue, Green and No Drop reports, which highlight a nationwide decline in the quality of water services, government has established a task team... 


TARYNN YATRAS
Sandvik commits to partnering with its customers continually, enabling them to optimise their operations for increased throughput and efficiencies

Multipurpose facility boosts screening services in Tanzania

12th April 2024

The East African mining sector is experiencing a transformative shift, particularly in Tanzania, reports screening solutions provider Sandvik Rock Processing, which notes that this has driven its... 


LINDI JUMBO PROJECT
Significant strides have been made towards bringing the Lindi Jumbo mine to operational status

Graphite mine on track to meet growing demand

12th April 2024

In the rapidly evolving energy storage and electric vehicle (EV) landscape, the global demand for critical minerals, such as graphite, is escalating at an unprecedented rate, says Africa-focused... 


SUPAFLOR PU HD
Supaflor polyurethane heavy-duty offers superior resistance to the specific conditions in sugar mills

Firm offers durable flooring solution, corrosion protection

5th April 2024

The deterioration and corrosion of concrete infrastructure have presented significant challenges in harsh operational environments such as sugar mills. Corrosion protection, epoxy flooring and... 


MPUMALANGA FACILITY
The integrated facility has been instrumental in advancing stainless steel production and application

Mill highlights benefits of stainless steel for sugar industry

5th April 2024

Using stainless steel in the sugar industry, where processing conditions can be particularly corrosive, has proven to be an effective solution in mitigating wear-related challenges, says South... 


PUMPING INVESTMENT
The investment in modern, efficient pump solutions can optimise sugar operations

Pumps crucial to sugar processing – supplier

5th April 2024

As the sugar industry continues to evolve in a rapidly changing market landscape, the investment in modern, efficient pump solutions and effective maintenance practices will remain vital, says... 


PROJECT INVOLVEMENT
Engagement is a critical step in the construction and maintenance of mine shafts

Correct installation of components critical

29th March 2024

A successful shaft sinking project entails the correct installation of various components timeously, in addition to experienced personnel working on the project from the outset and maximising the... 


LYDIA ZHANG
The strategic financial package is set to enable more South Africans to access affordable solar energy solutions

R600m financing facility to support S Africa’s renewables landscape

22nd March 2024

Financial services firm Standard Bank and China National Building Materials International (CNBM) have concluded a R600-million sustainable finance solution. The strategic financial package,... 


MERVYN NAIDOO
The company's offerings underscore its commitment to excellence and reliability

Company leverages offering, expertise to ‘redefine’ S Africa’s energy industry

22nd March 2024

As South Africa’s energy sector continues to grapple with climate change and an increasing demand for electricity, electromechanical equipment manufacturer ACTOM is making significant strides in... 


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