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Natasha Odendaal

Natasha Odendaal

Natasha Odendaal is Creamer Media Deputy Editor Online for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Ncondezi progresses JDA with SEP on 300 MW Mozambique power plant project

30th March 2017 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy is steadily progressing the joint development agreement (JDA) with Shanghai Electric Power (SEP) for its 300 MW power plant project, located near Tete, in northern Mozambique. The agreement, once effective, will see SEP inject $25.5-million to fund the balance of the... 

Kibo to implement diversified production strategy for Mbeya

30th March 2017 Dual-listed Kibo Mining is adopting a diversified production strategy for the Mbeya coal mine, in Tanzania, which could potentially result in production starting earlier than planned. This followed a “careful study” of the Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP) integrated bankable feasibility study... 

Jubilee starts platinum production at Hernic

29th March 2017 Dual-listed Jubilee Platinum's share price on the JSE surged nearly 10% and its share price on the LSE by nearly 9% on Wednesday afternoon after the company announced the start of platinum concentrate production at its Hernic operations. The commissioning and subsequent ramp-up of the fully... 

NUM goes to war over proposed Eskom power station closures

29th March 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday said it was planning mass protest action over State-owned power utility Eskom’s decision to mothball five power stations to make room for independent power producers (IPPs). In an effort to “save” Eskom from bankruptcy and privatisation, as... 

Business warns of downgrade threat amid Gordhan uncertainty

28th March 2017 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) is the latest business entity to express concern that President Jacob Zuma’s unexpected decision to cut short an international investor roadshow led by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will leave investors unsettled and raise the possibility of a downgrade. Media reports... 

Goodlace joins Kumba board

24th March 2017 Former Impala Platinum CEO Terence Goodlace has joined the board of JSE-listed Kumba Iron Ore as independent nonexecutive director with immediate effect. Goodlace also previously held the post of Metorex CEO and Gold Fields COO and executive VP and head of the international operations. Currently,... 

Gold mining operations need to transform into 'mines of the future'

23rd March 2017 Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland believes it is time for current gold mining operations to “fundamentally transform” into “mines of the future" in order to prosper. Speaking at the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) School of Mining Engineering’s celebration of 120 years of service, on... 

Harmony’s Kusasalethu workers embark on illegal strike action

23rd March 2017 No employees reported for their day shifts at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, on Thursday, with the gold miner saying this is in retaliation for the suspension of Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) branch leadership who had encouraged an earlier go-slow... 

Alecto prepares for first blast at Mowana project

22nd March 2017 Alecto Minerals is “moving at speed” towards delivering continuous production and first sales from the Mowana copper project, in Botswana, with the first blast expected to take place within days. With appointed drill and blast contractor Capital Drilling mobilising its equipment to site, an... 

Rainbow progresses Burundi rare earths project

22nd March 2017 Rare earth elements mining company Rainbow Rare Earths has started work on the now fully permitted Gakara rare earths project, in Burundi, ahead of trial mining. Following its $8-million fundraising and successful initial public offering (IPO) on the LSE in January, preparation for mining at... 

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