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Simone Liedtke

Simone Liedtke

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

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EU regulations can benefit bioethanol production in SA

25th June 2021 European Union (EU) regulations that are supportive of bioethanol use will provide an opportunity for South Africa in terms of the production of ethanol fuels through various manufacturing methods. South Africa produces just over 400-million litres of ethanol a year, of which 180-million is used... 

Mining producer inflation driving overall PPI higher, says Seifsa

24th June 2021 The rise in producer price inflation (PPI) is “concerning”, given that it was driven mainly by mining – a key supplier of metals and engineering (M&E) industry raw material, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on June 24. The federation referred to... 

Goodlace appointed chairperson of Kumba

24th June 2021 Iron-ore mining company Kumba Iron-Ore has appointed Terence Goodlace as chairperson, effective June 23. Goodlace, who succeeded Dr Mandla Gantsho, has considerable mining experience and has served as nonexecutive director on the Kumba board for the last four years. 

Drone technology use on the rise in the wake of Covid-19

24th June 2021 There has been a considerable increase in the use of drone technology across various scenarios in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic, with drones proving to be “of immense assistance”, says mapping service provider Southern Mapping’s Jaco Wiesner. He explains that the integration of... 

Tsodilo sets sights on contributing to low-carbon steelmaking in Botswana

23rd June 2021 TSX-V-listed Tsodilo Resources has entered into a research collaboration with the Department of Chemical, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) and Morupule Coal Mine (MCM) to undertake metallurgical studies with respect... 

Tshipi achieves highest efficiencies in history in May

22nd June 2021 Mining efficiencies increased during May at the Tshipi Borwa mine, making it the highest in the mine’s history, majority stakeholder Jupiter Mines reports. Overall production volumes for both high- and low-grade ore were above target at Tshipi, with further low-grade ore produced to meet the... 

Enoch Godongwana joins PTM board

22nd June 2021 Dual-listed platinum miner Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has appointed Enoch Godongwana as nonexecutive independent director. Godongwana obtained an Msc degree in Financial Economics from the University of London in 1998 and has served in numerous roles in government, trade unions and industry. 

Vantage to appeal judgment against BRPs

22nd June 2021 Emerging gold producer Vantage Goldfields has filed an application to the Mpumalanga High Court to appeal the judgment handed down by Judge President Legodi on May 31. The judge ruled that the behaviour and actions of the Lily and Barbrook Mines’ business rescue practitioners (BRPs) towards the... 

South32 reiterates Paris Agreement, net zero carbon commitment

22nd June 2021 Diversified miner South32 has reiterated its commitment to the Paris Agreement objectives, with the miner committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. In May, South32 announced its target to achieve a 50% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 operational emissions by the 2035 financial year. To... 

Omnia resumes dividends after strong financial year performance

22nd June 2021 Diversified chemicals group Omnia had a strong performance for the 2021 financial year, enabling it to resume dividends and return over R1-billion to shareholders, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and general economic and sector challenges. Throughout the pandemic, JSE-listed Omnia... 

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