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Simone Liedtke

Simone Liedtke

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

Multipurpose facility boosts screening services in Tanzania

12th April 2024 The East African mining sector is experiencing a transformative shift, particularly in Tanzania, reports screening solutions provider Sandvik Rock Processing, which notes that this has driven its strategy to establish a facility in Mwanza, thereby introducing single-source efficiency, and... 

Graphite mine on track to meet growing demand

12th April 2024 In the rapidly evolving energy storage and electric vehicle (EV) landscape, the global demand for critical minerals, such as graphite, is escalating at an unprecedented rate, says Africa-focused energy minerals developer Walkabout Resources CEO and MD Andrew Cunningham. He points out that global... 

Graphite mine on track to meet growing demand
LINDI JUMBO PROJECT Significant strides have been made towards bringing the Lindi Jumbo mine to operational status

Firm offers durable flooring solution, corrosion protection

5th April 2024 The deterioration and corrosion of concrete infrastructure have presented significant challenges in harsh operational environments such as sugar mills. Corrosion protection, epoxy flooring and waterproofing company Verni Speciality Construction Products has, therefore, developed its Supaflor... 

Firm offers durable flooring solution, corrosion protection
SUPAFLOR PU HD Supaflor polyurethane heavy-duty offers superior resistance to the specific conditions in sugar mills

Mill highlights benefits of stainless steel for sugar industry

5th April 2024 Using stainless steel in the sugar industry, where processing conditions can be particularly corrosive, has proven to be an effective solution in mitigating wear-related challenges, says South African stainless steel mill Columbus Stainless market development manager Lerato Mashigo. Stainless... 

Mill highlights benefits of stainless steel for sugar industry
MPUMALANGA FACILITY The integrated facility has been instrumental in advancing stainless steel production and application

Pumps crucial to sugar processing – supplier

5th April 2024 As the sugar industry continues to evolve in a rapidly changing market landscape, the investment in modern, efficient pump solutions and effective maintenance practices will remain vital, says pumps supplier Schurco Slurry process and technical specialist Donovan Higginson. By doing so, sugar... 

Pumps crucial to sugar  processing – supplier
PUMPING INVESTMENT The investment in modern, efficient pump solutions can optimise sugar operations

Correct installation of components critical

29th March 2024 A successful shaft sinking project entails the correct installation of various components timeously, in addition to experienced personnel working on the project from the outset and maximising the time spent at shaft bottom, says fastener supplier Swagefast sales manager Neil Koen. The company’s... 

Correct installation of components critical
PROJECT INVOLVEMENT Engagement is a critical step in the construction and maintenance of mine shafts

Intelligent drilling solutions advance underground capabilities

15th March 2024 The adoption of intelligent drilling technologies represents a critical step towards more efficient, safe and sustainable underground mining operations, though eco-efficient rock processing solutions provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions underground drills business line manager Khomotso... 

Intelligent drilling solutions advance underground capabilities
INTELLIGENT DRILLING The Sandvik DD422iE drill offers intelligent and electric fully automated, top hammer longhole drilling performance

Digital twins paving way to safer underground mining

15th March 2024 Digital twins represent a “pivotal technological advancement” in underground mining, offering innovative solutions for safety, operational efficiency and environmental sustainability, says business intelligence and analytics company In2IT Technologies technology services group VP and MD Amritesh... 

Digital twins paving  way to safer underground mining
AMRITESH ANAND A digital twin model integrates real-time data from various sources to simulate, monitor and enhance the mining environment, operations and equipment for enhanced safety, efficiency and sustainability

Software enhances underground mining safety

15th March 2024 In its continuous endeavour to achieve operational excellence and uphold safety standards in the underground mining industry, global independent consultancy BBE has set a new benchmark with the recent launch of its VUMA Live software. Led by BBE director Christo Visagie, this advanced and... 

Software enhances underground mining safety
EASY INTEGRATION VUMA Live integrates with existing supervisory control and data acquisition systems, streamlining its adoption for mine operators that are already familiar with such platforms

Immediate actions needed to foster a more competitive rail industry

8th March 2024 South Africa’s rail sector is faced with unprecedented challenges that threaten its operational viability and economic contribution, says law firm Webber Wentzel partner Scott Edmundson, who says the dire situation underscores the urgent need for transformative reforms to salvage and rejuvenate... 

Immediate actions needed to foster a more competitive rail industry
SCOTT EDMUNDSON By creating an international registry for recognising and enforcing creditor and lessor rights, these treaties aim to reduce financing costs and risks

Encouraging exploration buoys Côte d’Ivoire prospect

8th March 2024 Canada-based precious metals miner Fortuna Silver has reported several emerging prospects at its West African Séguéla mine, in Côte d’Ivoire, of which its Badior prospect stands out, with high-grade cores with coarse visible gold up to 5 mm being a common occurrence in drill core samples. Fortuna... 

3D concrete printer stands to benefit South African construction

1st March 2024 The development of fit-for-purpose machinery, made in South Africa and for African conditions, such as three-dimensional (3D) concrete printing, stands to offer the construction industry enhanced efficiency, sustainability and design versatility, says concrete equipment manufacturer Pan Mixers... 

3D concrete printer stands to  benefit South African construction
TRANSFORMATIVE SOLUTION 3D concrete printers offers transformative solutions to the challenges faced by the construction sector

Machinery heralds more efficient, environment-friendly practices

1st March 2024 In a significant development for the construction sector, machine industry group Husqvarna has introduced a new range of advanced machinery, which machinery distributor Superb Construction Systems sales manager Richard Hugh says “signals a shift towards more efficient and environment-friendly... 

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 Investments Company (Rompco) CEO Mlandzeni Boyce, who underscores the importance of gas as a... 

Pipeline progress enhances Southern Africa’s energy market, capacity
MLANDZENI BOYCE Gas is a transitional bridge between coal and renewable-energy sources

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 iteration of this event will be a “prime example” of this ongoing event’s relevance to the industry,... 

Event aims to catalyse change, progress in next decade
LATEST ITERATION The 2024 iteration of the Africa Energy Indaba reflects a comprehensive strategy designed to address both immediate and future energy challenges

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 delays suffered during the planned maintenance outage were primarily owing to the scheduled maintenance... 

Renergen resumes LNG deliveries
Renergen's Virginia gas project

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 capitalise on various stages of the platinum group metals value chain. “As international regulatory... 

Refiner emphasises importance of platinum provenance
PLATINUM PROVENANCE Platinum provenance is a measure to ensure that industry players work with a vetted and verified supply chain

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 manufacturer Condra Cranes. The electric hoists and overhead cranes manufacturer recently supplied... 

Platreef mine receives specialised lifting solutions
SPECIFIC PURPOSE Each crane is equipped with a hoist for specific maintenance purposes

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 asset to operations across diverse applications, improving water quality, preventing clogging and... 

Dredging system positioned for sustainability
BENEFICIAL CONTRIBUTION The SlurrySucker contributes to cleaner ecosystems, healthier aquatic life and reduced ecological damage

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 activities if not addressed properly, reports mining technology company Weir Minerals Africa pumps GM... 

Planning key to effective implementation
INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS Weir Minerals offers a large portfolio of products to customers for an integrated dewatering solution

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 vacuuming unit “not only redefines maintenance protocols but also directly tackles the specific hurdles... 

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

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 Rotating Solutions (MRS) intends to address this challenge by improving dewatering processes through... 

Mobile pumps improve efficiency, sustainability
EFFICIENCY UPGRADE The company reduces the number of mobile pump sets through upgrading existing diesel pump units to move more water in less time

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 to advancing its exploration efforts. The ground electrical geophysical survey, which was announced... 

Exploration to drive targeted drilling in 2024
LUANSHYA WEST COPPER PROJECT A crucial induced polarisation survey programme has proven critical in advancing exploration efforts

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, iron-ore miner Alien Metals has confirmed that the findings position the company in a better position to... 

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 the mill in June 2025. This date is a slight delay from the initial target of July 2024, which... 

Project delays first ore until June 2025
POSITIVE RESULTS Construction of the trial pit is showing positive results with the bulk materials mined being used for further metallurgical testwork

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 Limberg Mining, which is set to “be transformative in terms of Sylvania’s PGMs extraction in South... 

JV marks strategic leap in chrome, PGMs recovery
ENHANCED PRODUCTION Sylvania Platinum’s ongoing efforts centre on improving production efficiencies

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. However, this can be achieved only by acknowledging and acting upon identified knowledge gaps, says... 

Concerted effort required to address knowledge gaps
RESPONSIBLE FUTURE Addressing knowledge gaps will ensure a fundamental shift in practices, and ensure a sustainable and responsible future for the mining industry

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 that the success of this phase depends on a commitment to customising services to meet the specific... 

Care, maintenance solutions customised  for opencast mining
CUSTOMISED COMMITMENT The success of mine care-and-maintenance depends on a commitment to customising services to meet the specific needs of every mine

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 Adblue at this year’s Automechanika Johannesburg event, held in September. “Our decision stemmed from... 

Supplier launches innovative lubricant solutions at Automechanika
TITAN TRIO Fuchs Lubricants launched the Titan GT1 Flex C23, the Titan Cargo Maxx II and the Titan Adblue at this year’s Automechanica

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 Vesconite development engineer Tristen Wintershoven says, “showcases the manufacturer’s trust in... 

Self-lubricating  bushings transforming side-tipper landscape
TRISTEN WINTERSHOVEN Self-lubricating bushings have emerged as the preferred choice for the side-tipper industry

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, powders, solids, and abrasives across various sectors, says BMG fluid technology division sales manager... 

Company’s innovative approach  helps solve industry challenges
PROBLEM SOLVING The company’s specialists advise on correct valve selection and installation for every application

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 savings, says supply and manufacturing company Astore Keymak product manager Scott Cooke. This is owing... 

Valves offer cost-effective solutions, durability
TRANSFORMATIVE LEAP Formatura Iniezione Polimeri S.p.A’s (FIP’s) products were introduced to the South African market by Astore Keymak

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, through addressing energy costs, chemical use, production downtime and process variability. These... 

Supplier improves efficiency, productivity
COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTIONS Bilfinger Intervalve Africa and Steinmüller Africa are able to provide comprehensive solutions for power, mining, petrochemical and pulp and paper industries

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 Mbombela, Nelspruit to cater to local demand, but also tap into the export markets of Mozambique and... 

Strategic valves, fluid control hub for Mbombela
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

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 this critical challenge, mineral processing equipment supplier Multotec has developed flame-resistant... 

Flame-resistant screen media innovation sparks safer mining
UNDER 60 SECONDS Multotec’s flame-resistant rubber screen panels self-extinguish in under 60 seconds

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 ecosystem-based approach is at the heart of the company's efforts, and aims to transform farming practices... 

Company advancing agriculture objectives
CROP CHALLENGE Climate extremes have adversely affected potato crops worldwide

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 mining industry organisation Minerals Council South Africa plays a pivotal role by offering... 

Nurturing skills for sustainable  South African mining
Photo by Adobe Stock
Critical Challenge Geostrat Training has undertaken the responsibility of improving South Africa’s mining workforce through meticulously designed training programmes which address critical challenges

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 miner Gold Fields’ South Deep gold mine, in Gauteng, has implemented several initiatives and controls... 

New safety standards set
MINE & WORKER SAFETY There is an ongoing effort to automate mining operations and incorporate advanced technologies to improve mine safety and minimise employee exposure to risks

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 700-million lack proper sanitation, and over 800-million have limited access to basic hygiene... 

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 environmental consultancy Environmental Assurance (Envass) geohydrological business unit manager... 

Company empowers communities
WATER SECURITY By acknowledging the fundamental right to clean water, South Africa can secure its water future

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, deterring the industry from exploring alternative solutions. However, a recent installation of... 

Better hydro efficiency through pump,  turbine tech
LANTERN RINGS The introduction of Vesconite Hilube’s lantern ring applications prolonged lifespan and reduced maintenance efforts
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