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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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Kibo provides update on four key projects

25th March 2019 JSE- and Aim-listed Kibo Energy on Monday confirmed that it is developing four key projects – two thermal coal power projects, in Botswana and Mozambique; a UK-focused flexible energy portfolio; and an advanced coal-to-power project, in Tanzania – in parallel. The projects fall in line with the... 

Numsa members embark on strike at BMW’s Rosslyn plant

25th March 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Monday claimed that BMW South Africa had unilaterally changed the terms of service for contract workers. As a result, Numsa members have embarked on a strike at BMW’s Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria. 

Thorny River on track to become diamond producer by mid-2019

25th March 2019 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has confirmed that its Thorny River diamond dyke project, in South Africa, remains on track to start bulk sampling and diamond production by the middle of this year. Bulk sampling is anticipated to start in May, assuming final permits are obtained in time, and will... 

Sacci, SBI urge govt to do more to resolve Eskom’s troubles

25th March 2019 The recent round of rolling blackouts plaguing South Africa, and uncertainty about the longer-term power supply situation in South Africa are having a devastating impact on business, says South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) CEO Alan Mukoki. Although Eskom does not expect to... 

M&R acquires another US-based firm

25th March 2019 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) Cementation Americas, which forms part of the M&R Underground Mining platform, has acquired 100% of Terra Nova Technologies (TNT) for $38-million. The acquisition will be funded from a revolving and term loan credit facility,... 

Gemfields confirms $60m full-year loss

25th March 2019 JSE-listed Gemfields on Monday confirmed that it had posted a $60.4-million net loss for the year ended December 31, 2018, compared with a $45.1-million profit in 2017. As set out in a trading statement published on Friday, the group attributed the loss to impairment charges and fair value loss... 

Gemfields mulls London listing, looks back on challenging 2018

25th March 2019 JSE-listed Gemfields is considering an additional listing on the LSE during this year, without an associated capital raise, in an effort to address the lack of broker research and share trading liquidity. Paying a maiden distribution to its shareholders remains a key ambition for the miner for... 

Group Five subsidiary companies to continue operating as going concerns – BRPs

25th March 2019 The joint business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for Group Five and Group Five Construction on Monday confirmed that subsidiary companies of these entities would continue to operate as going concerns, as they do not fall directly into business rescue proceedings. This is also the case for Group... 

New signs of hope for junior miners, says Minerals Council’s Chabana

22nd March 2019 Despite the sector having been relatively unorganised and with junior mining companies rarely given an opportunity to influence national mining policy, Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana believes there are “new signs of hope and... 

Construction index improves in Q4, but 2018 average is below previous year’s

22nd March 2019 A recovery in the 2018 fourth-quarter Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) has failed to lift the index to a higher level than the year before, but economist Dr Roelof Botha is optimistic that construction sector activity could improve in 2019. The ACI, which Botha compiles on behalf of JSE-listed... 

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