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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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Petrochemicals becoming largest driver of global oil demand – IEA

5th October 2018 Petrochemicals are becoming the largest drivers of global oil demand, ahead of cars, planes and trucks, a study undertaken by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has revealed. Petrochemicals, which are components derived from oil and gas that are used in all sorts of daily products such as... 

SAA appoints Telkom’s Fredericks new interim CFO

5th October 2018 South African Airways (SAA) on Friday announced that Deon Fredericks has been appointed SAA’s new interim CFO, effective October 15. Fredericks is on secondment from Telkom for a 12-month period. 

Centamin expects Q3 production improvements to carry through to Q4, but lowers FY guidance again

5th October 2018 TSX- and LSE-listed Centamin produced 117 720 oz of gold in the third quarter ended September 30 – a 27% improvement on production in the second quarter, as a result of month-on-month operational improvements in the openpit and underground operations. In a statement on Friday, the gold miner... 

Defence industry needs to adapt, optimise for Industry 4.0

5th October 2018 The South African defence industry will need to pilot new projects and adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution in order to grow the defence sector and create jobs in the process. To do this, however, Engineers Without Borders founder and CEO Wiebke Toussaint suggested the industry adopt the... 

Africa needs strong defence force for development

5th October 2018 A strong, well-led and legitimate defence force, which is underpinned by scientific defence industries, will be vital to ensuring peace on the continent that is the foundation of economic and social development, says Western Cape University research dean Professor Renfrew Christie. To provide the... 

South African defence industry at a crossroads, Minister avers

5th October 2018 The South African defence industry is “at a critical crossroads”, says Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Speaking at the fourth iteration of the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence (AMD) Conference, in Pretoria, she said this was as a result of the many challenges facing... 

World’s first hydrogen fuel cell train enters commercial service

5th October 2018 The world’s first hydrogen fuel cell train, the Coradia iLint, made its debut this past month. The train is equipped with fuel cells that convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, thereby eliminating pollutant emissions related to propulsion. 

Dlamini-Zuma calls for collaboration as NDP is divided into smaller plans

4th October 2018 Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Thursday called for greater collaboration between the public and private sectors in South Africa as she announced that the National Development Plan (NDP) would be divided into smaller plans that would be attended to within five-year... 

First African Rolls-Royce lease engine storage facility opens at SAAT

3rd October 2018 In the culmination of a two-year journey, Rolls-Royce and South African Airways Technical (SAAT) on Wednesday celebrated the official opening of Rolls-Royce’s first lease engine storage facility in Africa. This facility, based at SAAT’s premises in Kempton Park, Gauteng, marks a milestone event... 

Dube TradePort continues to inject billions into local economy, job creation – MEC

2nd October 2018 The Dube TradePort, which incorporates the King Shaka International Airport, has in the past ten years invested R11.5-billion into the South African economy and created nearly 100 000 jobs, KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala said on Tuesday.... 

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