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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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China a potential market for South African avos as other markets mull import bans

15th March 2019 The South African avocado market faces the threat of a possible ban in future, particularly in the UK, which is reportedly getting rid of avocados on ethical grounds, says economist Gilberto Biacuana. The UK is the second most important market for South Africa’s avocado exports, which means that... 

Kibo may acquire five peaking power sites

15th March 2019 MAST Energy Developments (MED), Kibo Energy’s 60%-owned subsidiary, has signed a binding conditional agreement for the exclusive right to undertake due diligence and negotiate the potential acquisition of five peaking power sites totalling 25.85 MW. Under the terms of the agreement, MED has... 

US agency’s backing of Tetra4 takes project ‘to next level’

15th March 2019 Integrated alternative and renewable energy business Renergen on Wednesday announced that the US government’s development finance institution, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), had approved a $40-million loan facility in favour of Tetra4’s Virginia gasfield project. Tetra4 is a... 

Phase 1 of MC Mining’s Makhado project approved

14th March 2019 ASX-, Aim- and JSE-listed MC Mining’s directors have approved the phased development of the company’s flagship Makhado coking coal project, which will result in the start of mining operations on the west pit. Construction of Phase 1 is set to start in the third quarter of this year. 

MC Mining achieves operational milestones in H1, narrows losses

14th March 2019 Despite having experienced some challenges during the six months to December 31, 2018, ASX-, Aim- and JSE-listed MC Mining on Thursday reported a loss for the period of $3.6-million, compared with the $97.3-million loss reported for the six months to December 31, 2017. Revenue was $15.2-million,... 

Davies announces South African Premier Business Award winners

14th March 2019 The winners of the sixth annual South African Premier Business Awards, which is aimed at promoting and encouraging businesses across all sectors to embrace transformation, were announced by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies, in Sandton, on Wednesday night. The awards were hosted by the... 

Tribunal confirms settlement with thirteenth maize company

13th March 2019 The Competition Tribunal has confirmed a settlement agreement between the Competition Commission and Paramount Mills, in which the milling company admitted to its involvement in a cartel and agreed to pay an administrative penalty of just over R1.3-million. According to the settlement agreement,... 

2018 a year of ‘transformational’ growth, says B2Gold

13th March 2019 For dual-listed B2Gold, 2018 was a year of “transformational” growth, which was highlighted by the first full year of commercial production from its new large and low-cost Fekola mine, in Mali, and record yearly production from its Masbate mine, in the Philippines. The year also marked the gold... 

Growthpoint warns of ‘little to no growth’ in its South African portfolio

13th March 2019 South African real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties expects its international investments to contribute most of its growth in the 2019 financial year. Reporting on its results for the six months ended December 31, 2018, the company on Wednesday said property fundamentals in... 

AECI’s Lake Foods, Christian Hansen launch dairy application centre

12th March 2019 Food and beverage company Lake Foods, a division of South African chemicals group AECI, on Tuesday launched its new dairy application centre in Cape Town. The centre will assist customers with new product innovation and development, as well as product improvements. 


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