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Simone Liedtke

Simone Liedtke

Simone Liedtke is Creamer Media Social Media Editor & Senior Writer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

By Simone Liedtke

Renergen welcomes new substantial shareholder

22nd February 2024

Gas producer Renergen has welcomed Ye Jia as the company's newest substantial shareholder, following his acquisition of the entire shareholding from private company Notable Pioneer. Jia now holds... 

Gas is a transitional bridge between coal and renewable-energy sources

Pipeline progress enhances Southern Africa’s energy market, capacity

16th February 2024

Gas is a key enabler for economic growth and social development in the Southern Africa region, and a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels, says joint venture (JV) Republic of Mozambique Pipeline... 

The 2024 iteration of the Africa Energy Indaba reflects a comprehensive strategy designed to address both immediate and future energy challenges

Event aims to catalyse change, progress in next decade

16th February 2024

With a focus on long-term sustainable development and innovation, African energy sector-focused event Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) aims to catalyse change and progress over the next decade. The 2024... 

Renergen's Virginia gas project

Renergen resumes LNG deliveries

15th February 2024

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) deliveries from the Virginia project, in the Free State, have restarted following a planned maintenance outage, gas producer Renergen confirmed on February 15. The... 

Platinum provenance is a measure to ensure that industry players work with a vetted and verified supply chain

Refiner emphasises importance of platinum provenance

9th February 2024

Given South Africa’s prominence as a primary producer of platinum globally, South African refiner Metal Concentrators (MetCon) says the country is presented with a “distinctive opportunity” to... 

Each crane is equipped with a hoist for specific maintenance purposes

Platreef mine receives specialised lifting solutions

9th February 2024

The application of precise, reliable and safe lifting machinery is imperative for various operational facets in mining, including maintenance and production processes, says lifting equipment... 

The SlurrySucker contributes to cleaner ecosystems, healthier aquatic life and reduced ecological damage

Dredging system positioned for sustainability

2nd February 2024

The integration of advanced technology, and precise customisation in mine dewatering and water treatment applications, not only contribute to efficiency and versatility, but present a practical... 

Weir Minerals offers a large portfolio of products to customers for an integrated dewatering solution

Planning key to effective implementation

2nd February 2024

Planning and site-specific requirement evaluations can see comprehensive solutions deployed to assist mining operations to overcome significant challenges in water management that can disrupt... 

The truck-mounted recycling jetting and vacuuming unit tackles the specific hurdles encountered by maintenance teams working in the mining sector

Recycling jetting and vacuum unit redefining maintenance

2nd February 2024

With optimising operations, reducing costs and embracing eco-conscious practices being imperative in the mining industry, pumps manufacturer Werner Pumps’ truck-mounted recycling jetting and... 

The company reduces the number of mobile pump sets through upgrading existing diesel pump units to move more water in less time

Mobile pumps improve efficiency, sustainability

2nd February 2024

South African coal mining operations, particularly in openpit environments, are confronted with the ongoing challenge of managing water levels for seamless operations. Pumps supplier Mechanical... 

A crucial induced polarisation survey programme has proven critical in advancing exploration efforts

Exploration to drive targeted drilling in 2024

19th January 2024

A crucial induced polarisation (IP) survey programme at mineral exploration and development company Koryx Copper’s Luanshya West project, in Zambia, has proven critical in the company’s commitment... 

Australia’s Pinderi Hills region reveals rich resources

15th December 2023

Following months of compiling historical data, conducting site visits and reviewing geological information from past exploration and drill activities in the Pinderi Hills region, in Australia,... 

Construction of the trial pit is showing positive results with the bulk materials mined being used for further metallurgical testwork

Project delays first ore until June 2025

15th December 2023

The Karo platinum project, in Zimbabwe – a joint venture between the government of Zimbabwe and Karo Mining – is set to mark a significant milestone with the anticipated arrival of the first ore in... 

ENHANCED PRODUCTION Sylvania Platinum’s ongoing efforts centre on improving production efficiencies

JV marks strategic leap in chrome, PGMs recovery

15th December 2023

August marked a strategic milestone for platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Sylvania Platinum with the announcement of the 50:50 Thaba joint venture (JV) with low-cost chrome producer ChromTech’s... 

Addressing knowledge gaps will ensure a fundamental shift in practices, and ensure a sustainable and responsible future for the mining industry

Concerted effort required to address knowledge gaps

8th December 2023

Mine care and maintenance, particularly in tailings management, require a concerted effort from regulators, operators and communities, especially as the mining industry continues to evolve.... 

The success of mine care-and-maintenance depends on a commitment to customising services to meet the specific needs of every mine

Care, maintenance solutions customised for opencast mining

8th December 2023

Reliable and adaptable services during care-and-maintenance phases in mining are crucial, says multi-disciplinary mining services and opencast mining contractor Zizwe Opencast Mining, emphasising... 

Fuchs Lubricants launched the Titan GT1 Flex C23, the Titan Cargo Maxx II and the Titan Adblue at this year’s Automechanica

Supplier launches innovative lubricant solutions at Automechanika

24th November 2023

After careful consideration and customer engagement, innovative lubricant solutions supplier Fuchs Lubricants South Africa launched the TITAN FT1 Flex C23, the TITAN CARGO MAXX II and the TITAN... 

Self-lubricating bushings have emerged as the preferred choice for the side-tipper industry

Self-lubricating bushings transforming side-tipper landscape

24th November 2023

A prominent South African side-tipper truck manufacturer has substantially raised its monthly orders for South African bearings manufacturer Vesconite Bearings’ self-lubricating bushings, which... 

The company’s specialists advise on correct valve selection and installation for every application

Company’s innovative approach helps solve industry challenges

10th November 2023

Within industrial product supplier BMG's expansive collection of industrial slurry valves lies a diverse selection of pinch valves meticulously engineered to regulate the movement of liquids,... 

Formatura Iniezione Polimeri S.p.A’s (FIP’s) products were introduced to the South African market by Astore Keymak

Valves offer cost-effective solutions, durability

10th November 2023

While traditional metallic alloy valves have historically dominated the valves industry, a transition occurred following the advent of thermoplastic valves, which can provide substantial cost... 

Bilfinger Intervalve Africa and Steinmüller Africa are able to provide comprehensive solutions for power, mining, petrochemical and pulp and paper industries

Supplier improves efficiency, productivity

10th November 2023

Valves supplier Bilfinger Intervalve Africa (BIA) has succeeded in improving the steam system of a paper mill, thereby increasing efficiency and productivity as well as reducing operational costs,... 

Sigombeni Rural Portable Water System
The project involved the installation of a gravity-fed pipeline stretching 5.6 km from the Mtilane river to Sigombeni

Strategic valves, fluid control hub for Mbombela

10th November 2023

In response to a market need for specialised services within the fluid control industry, steel, tube and engineering product supplier Stewarts & Lloyds has established a standalone branch in... 

Multotec’s flame-resistant rubber screen panels self-extinguish in under 60 seconds

Flame-resistant screen media innovation sparks safer mining

3rd November 2023

Hot work on screen decks during plant maintenance poses a significant risk, as fires in mining not only endanger lives, but also lead to substantial downtime and financial losses. In response to... 

Climate extremes have adversely affected potato crops worldwide

Company advancing agriculture objectives

3rd November 2023

Amid mounting environmental challenges and the impact of climate change on crop yields and quality, Canadian multinational McCain Foods is embracing so-called regenerative agriculture. This... 

Critical Challenge
Geostrat Training has undertaken the responsibility of improving South Africa’s mining workforce through meticulously designed training programmes which address critical challenges

Nurturing skills for sustainable South African mining

27th October 2023

In the current South African mining industry landscape, a strategic amalgamation of collaboration, innovation and skills development is imperative for sustainable growth – at this critical juncture... 

There is an ongoing effort to automate mining operations and incorporate advanced technologies to improve mine safety and minimise employee exposure to risks

New safety standards set

27th October 2023

To align with industry employer organisation Minerals Council South Africa’s safety focus areas of fall-of-ground incidents, transport and machinery incidents, and dust and noise controls, gold... 

Equitable access requires multifaceted approach

20th October 2023

Access to clean water is a fundamental human necessity, yet it remains a significant challenge in Africa, with more than 300-million Africans lacking access to safe drinking water, while more than... 

By acknowledging the fundamental right to clean water, South Africa can secure its water future

Company empowers communities

20th October 2023

Amid challenges of population growth and recurring droughts, the need for swift, cost-effective, and sustainable water provision solutions in South Africa has never been more critical, states... 

Growing water shortages are causing significant challenges for both consumers and the commercial sector, especially large-scale commercial projects.

‘Watershedding’ a reality for South Africa

20th October 2023

As South Africa grapples with persistent loadshedding, an increase in water shortages has emerged as another significant challenge for both consumers and the commercial sector, especially for... 

The introduction of Vesconite Hilube’s lantern ring applications prolonged lifespan and reduced maintenance efforts

Better hydro efficiency through pump, turbine tech

20th October 2023

Early attempts to replace conventional metallic-type lantern rings with polymers, such as nylon, yielded discouraging results compared to metallic lantern rings in the water engineering industry,... 

South Africa has robust legislation and effective policies in place

SA urged to adopt innovation as it confronts big waste management problem

20th October 2023

At the heart of South Africa’s environmental discussion is the pressing need to embrace a circular economy, but such a shift demands practical collaboration, inventive thinking and a resolute... 

South Africa has robust legislation and effective policies in place

SA urged to adopt innovation as it confronts big waste management problem

20th October 2023

At the heart of South Africa’s environmental discussion is the pressing need to embrace a circular economy, but such a shift demands practical collaboration, inventive thinking and a resolute... 

An image of Creamer Lubrication Products MD and Founder Gerard Creamer

Family-owned business pioneers pumping solutions for four decades

13th October 2023

With over four decades of experience in the development of pumping solutions, family-owned company Creamers Lubrication Products, which owns Pumprite and is based in Alrode, has firmly established... 

Gold Fields recognises responsible mining practices as being intrinsic to long-term sustainability

Gold major highlights regional commitment

13th October 2023

South Africa-headquartered gold major Gold Fields has underscored its commitment to Ghana with a proposal to create Africa’s largest gold mine through a joint venture (JV) between its Tarkwa mine,... 

VoltVision is transforming energy management in West African mines

Energy management platform increases efficiency

13th October 2023

While West Africa is home to a thriving mining industry, miners in the region face challenges, which are multifaceted in nature and range from power quality issues to supply chain concerns, coupled... 

The Douta project, with its promising gold discoveries, positions Thor Explorations as a key player in West Africa's mining sector

Geological riches pursued in Nigeria, Senegal

13th October 2023

West Africa-focused gold explorer and producer Thor Explorations has recognised the vast opportunities presented by Nigeria’s underexplored geological assets and has embarked on a mission to... 

The commitment to solar battery hybrid projects underscores the company’s dedication to environmental responsibility

Partnership to boost regional energy offering

13th October 2023

A planned strategic combination of South African petroleum and lubricants company Engen and fuels and lubricants company Vivo Energy, aimed at establishing a significant energy distribution company... 

Andrada starts exploration programme at Namibian licence

12th October 2023

Aim-listed African technology metals miner Andrada Mining has started its initial exploration programme for the Brandberg West exploration licence, in Namibia. The exploration programme will enable... 

Business confidence remains passive – Sacci

12th October 2023

The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) Business Confidence Index (BCI) continues to “lack substantial upward momentum”, the chamber said on October 12, reporting that the index... 

Kore Potash, Sepco gearing up for crucial developments at Kola project

12th October 2023

In anticipation of significant milestones, Aim- and ASX-listed potash developer Kore Potash and Shanghai Electric Power Company (Sepco) are gearing up for crucial developments at the Kola project,... 

A double deck vibrating screen in a coal application

Company localises engagement for growth in Africa

6th October 2023

In the dynamic mining and rock processing landscape, proximity to customers and swift access to support services play a pivotal role in maintaining operational efficiency and building lasting... 

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