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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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Petropavlovsk targeting increased gold production in 2019

23rd January 2019 While subject to further plant development success at its pressure oxidation (POX) hub, Russian miner Petropavlovsk is eyeing gold production of between 450 000 oz and 500 000 oz for 2019, with capital expenditure figures expected to reach levels of between $45-million and $50-million during the... 

New Imperial CEO to take over from Swanepoel in February

23rd January 2019 Mohammed Akoojee will take over as CEO of integrated outsourced logistics provider Imperial Logistics with effect from February 1. This follows the earlier-than-expected conclusion of the handover process. 

Botswana Diamonds to raise £370 000 for exploration activities

23rd January 2019 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has undertaken a share placing with existing and new investors to raise £370 000 through the issue of just over 67.2-million new ordinary shares at a placing price of 0.55p a placing share. The proceeds will be used to fund exploration activities during the current... 

CEOs to be more cautious this year as uncertainty, pessimism prevail – PwC

22nd January 2019 There are consistent trends in the 2018 and 2019 results of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC’s) annual CEO survey, with global CEOs – including those based in South Africa – plagued by pessimism and uncertainty in the new year. According to the survey, which was released on Monday, caution among CEOs... 

ERG to pilot blockchain-based solution to enhance provenance, traceability of cobalt

21st January 2019 Global Battery Alliance (GBA) founding member Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) will be piloting a blockchain-based solution based on the IBM Blockchain Solution, to enhance the provenance and traceability of cobalt in the metal’s supply chain. Following the announcement on Monday, ERG explained in... 

Vast advances discussions to secure replacement offtake finance

21st January 2019 Aim-listed Vast Resources on Monday announced that its directors will advance discussions with other parties with a view to securing replacement offtake prepayment finance for the $5.5-million Tranche B advance for its Manaila and Baita Plai polymetallic mines, in Romania. This follows after... 

South African wine grape crop for 2019 ‘marginally larger’ – Vinpro

21st January 2019 The 2019 South African wine grape harvest is expected to be only slightly larger than that of 2018, as vineyards are still recovering from a three-year drought, bad weather during fruit set in October and a continued decline in wine grape vineyards, agricultural association Vinpro said in a... 

Drill programme at Dangou area delivers promising results for Semafo

21st January 2019 A fourth-quarter drill programme returned promising results from three sectors, including 19 m at 4.17 g/t gold from 42 m, at Canada-based mining company Semafo’s Dangou area, located northeast of the company’s Boungou mine, in Burkina Faso. A total of 5 210 m of drilling were completed in the... 

Gemfields ‘encouraged’ by most recent CPR report, despite declining results

21st January 2019 JSE-listed Gemfields is “particularly encouraged” by the increased level of mineral resource base and confidence underpinning the company’s most recent competent persons reports (CPR), despite results showing a decline since 2015. The CPR, which was produced by SRK Consulting in respect of... 

Ariana encouraged by Kizilcukur developments

21st January 2019 Updated developments at Turkey-focused Ariana Resources’ Kizilcukur project show that about 2 800 t of mineralised material is currently stockpiled on site, with the potential to double with limited additional trial mining in 2019. Kizilcukur is part of the Red Rabbit Joint Venture (JV) with... 


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