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Simone Liedtke

Simone Liedtke

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

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South African team takes on net-zero-energy house challenge

12th October 2018 Thee lecturers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) are part of Team Mahali, the only team representing sub-Saharan Africa in the international Solar Decathlon competition, which will be held in Morocco next year. The Solar Decathlon is an international competition to design and build a fully... 

Rail to form backbone of South African transport, mobility by 2050

11th October 2018 The draft White Paper on National Rail Policy is expected to be completed by the end of this year, with the legislative process only expected to begin post the 2019 national elections. The promulgation of the draft White Paper will be the first instance in which government will be giving the... 

Medupi’s fifth unit synchronised to the national grid – Eskom

9th October 2018 Unit 2 at Eskom-owned Medupi power station, in Limpopo, was loaded to 400 MW on Sunday afternoon, making it the fifth of the six Medupi units to be synchronised to the national grid. The unit produced first power on Sunday morning, at around 11:53. 

Tax Ombud secures nearly R450m in refunds in biggest tax disputes for 2017/18

9th October 2018 Nearly R450-million in tax refunds has been paid out to the ten taxpayers with the largest disputes with revenue authorities in the 2017/18 financial year, as a result of the intervention of the Office of the Tax Ombud (OTO). The OTO reported these figures during the launch, on Tuesday, of its... 

Tongaat warns of significant decreases in interim profit, earnings

5th October 2018 JSE-listed agriculture and agroprocessing group Tongaat Hulett on Friday warned that its operating profit for the six months ended September 30, is expected to be at least 40% below the R1.4-billion earned in the prior comparable period. The company attributed the decrease to land conversion and... 

Dr Con Fauconnier latest inductee in South African Mining Hall of Fame

5th October 2018 Dr Con Fauconnier was inducted into the Joburg Indaba’s South African Mining Hall of Fame, this week.   

Metals streaming a viable alternative funding solution – Fasken

5th October 2018 Persistent volatility in commodity prices has made it increasingly difficult for mining companies to access debt and equity financing, which is why more mining companies may be considering entering into metals streaming agreements, as opposed to seeking traditional forms of finance, law firm... 

Nestlé, Transnet among South Africa’s top employers

5th October 2018 Food and beverage company Nestlé South Africa and State-owned freight logistics group Transnet are among South Africa’s top employers, according to the Top Employer Institute, which, this week, held its Top Employer Awards ceremony, in Sandton. The Top Employer Institute Certification Programme... 

Sappi launches sustainable dissolving wood pulp brand

5th October 2018 Diversified woodfibre company Sappi on Friday launched its Sappi Verve brand, which the company intends to use to strengthen its leadership in the dissolving wood pulp (DWP) market. Sappi CEO Steve Binnie said the company’s products and service offering within the DWP market are “highly valued... 

Village Main Reef, three unions conclude wage agreement

5th October 2018 Village Main Reef has concluded a wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and Uasa in respect of wages and conditions of service for the period from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2021. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is still considering... 

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