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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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Tangible evidence of structural reform could reverse index slump

20th July 2018 As a result of various economic and political factors over the past three months, which generated a renewed degree of policy uncertainty, the North-West University (NWU) Business School’s Policy Uncertainty Index (PUI) rose to 51 index points in the second quarter, compared with 49.6 in the first... 

Credit implications for Africa as China shifts to consumption-led growth

20th July 2018 China's shift to consumption-led growth will have mixed credit implications for African sovereigns, flattening the trade volumes of oil and ferrous metal exporters, while benefitting other exporters and tourist destinations, Moody's Investors Service said in a report published this month. "China... 

Varied policy frameworks constraining Africa’s development potential

19th July 2018 Policy and regulatory frameworks across Africa remain varied and largely constrain the development potential of the continent, international law firm Pinsent Masons Africa partner Rob Morson says. Speaking at the PowerGen conference, in Sandton, on Thursday, he lamented that the current policy... 

Battery storage to benefit businesses, municipalities

18th July 2018 Battery storage will have a significant and firm impact on the uptake of renewable energy in South Africa, enabling users, whether in the retail or industrial space, to leverage some of the value that solar energy can create, says SOLA Future Energy energy storage services head Daniel Goldstuck.... 

Newmont’s $69m Northwest Exodus expansion project complete

17th July 2018 US gold miner Newmont Mining has completed a $69-million expansion at its Exodus operation, adding ten more years of operations to the underground mine at the integrated Carlin mining operation in Nevada. The Northwest Exodus project was completed ahead of schedule and within budget, Newmont... 

Kenmare Q2 production in line with expectations, reduces debt

17th July 2018 LSE-listed mineral sands producer Kenmare Resources produced 377 900 t of heavy mineral concentrate (HMC) in the second quarter ended June 30, a 5% increase on the 359 200 t produced in the first quarter of the year, in line with expectations. Ilmenite production for the second quarter was 238... 

Study indicates FDI can provide credible solutions to several social issues

17th July 2018 If guided wisely, foreign direct investment (FDI) can provide credible solutions to inequality, and alleviate urban poverty and unemployment, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) said on Tuesday with the release of its ‘State of the African Cities 2018’ report. Drawing on a... 

First Majestic production hits record, 2018 production guidance hiked

17th July 2018 Total production from dual-listed First Majestic’s seven operating silver mines reached a new company record of 5.1-million ounces of silver equivalent in the second quarter, comprising 2.8-million ounces of silver, 25 449 oz of gold, 3.9-million pounds of lead and 1.4-million pounds of zinc. The... 

Equinox Gold sees California project as second cornerstone mine

17th July 2018 TSX-V-listed Equinox Gold will significantly increase its future gold production if it develops its project in California, with output from the company’s two cornerstone mines – Castle Mountain, in the US, and Aurizona, in Brazil – estimated at almost 200 000 oz/y by 2020, increasing to 350 000... 

South African engineers invited to enter Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation programme

16th July 2018 Entries are open for engineers from South Africa and other sub-Saharan African countries to participate in the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. The deadline for entries is July 23. 

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