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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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Orion’s flagship Prieska project to be a beacon of hope for junior miners

14th December 2018 Junior mining in South Africa will finally see a new level of growth as a result of South Africa’s newly gazetted Mining Charter 3, base metals miner Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart told Mining Weekly Online on Friday. Junior mining, which he says has been the “bottom-feeding sector” in the mining... 

TCTA moves to extend horizons to desalination, mine-water treatment

14th December 2018 Motivated by the idea of making an optimal contribution within the South African water sector, State-owned Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) on Thursday reaffirmed its plans to explore ways in which it could expand its horizons and capacitate the organisation for the challenges the water... 

Saice inaugurates its 116th president

14th December 2018 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) on Thursday inaugurated Brian Downie as the new president of the institution. Downie is the 116th president of Saice since the inception of the institution in 1903. 

More anaerobic digesters on cards for Gauteng as first installation proves worth

14th December 2018 To promote renewable energy as a cost-effective technology in a world facing the impact of climate change and global warming, the University of South Africa, diversified miner Exxaro Resources and the South African National Energy Development Institution on Wednesday launched its first... 

AfDB backs Eskom in expanding Southern African Power Pool

14th December 2018 The African Development Bank group (AfDB) and South African power utility Eskom on Tuesday signed a loan agreement to the value of nearly R2.9-billion, or about $25-million, to improve power transmission across Southern Africa. This project contributes to the realisation of the AfDB’s New Deal on... 

Agribusiness confidence index falls to lowest level in nearly a decade

14th December 2018 While some subindices showed an increase from the third quarter, the Agbiz and Industrial Development Corporation’s Agribusiness Confidence Index weakened to 42 in the last quarter of the year, reflecting despondency in the sector. Subsequent to a decline from 54 to 48 points in the third quarter... 

Mpumalanga remains under strain as water pollution continues

14th December 2018 Residents of Mpumalanga remain concerned about sewage spillages and wastewater challenges. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has received complaints about alleged sewage spillages and/or the inadequate treatment of wastewater. 

$200m approved for Nigeria electrification project

14th December 2018 The African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) board of directors has approved a $150-million sovereign loan to the Nigerian government to finance the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP). The financing will support rural electrification efforts in Nigeria by facilitating private sector development and... 

PTM completes share consolidation

13th December 2018 Dual-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) on Thursday said it had completed the consolidation of its common shares. The consolidation was done on the basis of one new share for ten old shares, effective from 09:00 on December 13. 

Orion Minerals to restart Prieska production in 2021

13th December 2018 Polymetallic minerals exploration and development company Orion Minerals’ flagship Prieska zinc/copper mine, in the Northern Cape, is expected to start production by 2021. This is notwithstanding any potential challenges and delays, Orion COO Walter Shamu said during a media briefing on Thursday. 


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