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Natasha Odendaal

Natasha Odendaal

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

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Vodacom, MTN must cut ‘excessively high’ data prices by up to 50% – Competition Commission

13th December 2019 The Competition Commission last week published its much-anticipated final report on its Data Services Market Inquiry, confirming revelations that South Africa’s cost of data services, particularly mobile prepaid data pricing, is high when benchmarked against the country’s peers. The Competition... 

DHSWS launches national water master plan

13th December 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) hopes to tackle the significant obstacles facing the water sector in South Africa through the implementation of its long-awaited National Water and Sanitation Master Plan (NWSMP). There is an urgent need to focus attention and resources on maintaining... 

Homes for families displaced from vicinity of Khanyisa colliery

13th December 2019 Coal miner Wescoal has successfully relocated eight families living in a blasting radius at its Khanyisa colliery, in Mpumalanga. The group this week handed over the title deeds for eight newly-built modern homes in Klarinet, a housing development in eMalahleni. 

Gold miners expected to continue M&A spree in 2020

11th December 2019 Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the gold mining sector is expected to continue into 2020 amid increasing consolidation and risk-sharing trends, a new report by Fitch Solutions Macro Research indicates. Building on the major deals announced in 2018 and 2019, midtier producers in... 

Amazon Web Services launches equity-equivalent scheme in South Africa

6th December 2019 Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched an equity equivalent investment programme (EEIP) to help more South African businesses to innovate in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector. The AWS EEIP will result in the investment of more than R365-million into the development of... 

Accenture moves to equip youth with skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

6th December 2019 Global professional services company Accenture has invested millions of rands to equip South African youth with the skills, including coding, required to effectively compete in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). With the world converging, youth are becoming more vulnerable to unemployment,... 

5G subscriptions to top 2.6bn by end of 2025, report forecasts

6th December 2019 Fifth-generation (5G) technology is expected to cover up to 65% of the world’s population and handle 45% of global mobile data traffic by 2025, the latest Ericson Mobility Report reveals. Globally, the  number of 5G subscriptions will exceed 2.6-billion within the next six years, as 5G goes from... 

New set of tools for operational geology launched

6th December 2019 Australian mining software developer Deswik has launched a new set of GeoTools – Deswik.Mapping and Deswik.Sampling – for digital geological mapping and sampling. The new Deswik.Mapping, a Windows tablet application, digitises the traditional, paper-based geological mine mapping process, enabling... 

Wescoal relocates eight families to new houses in eMalahleni

3rd December 2019 Coal miner Wescoal has successfully relocated eight families living in a blasting radius at its Khanyisa colliery, in Mpumalanga. The group this week handed over the title deeds for eight newly-built modern homes in Klarinet, a housing development in eMalahleni. 

LTM Energy to bring off-grid sanitation solution to SA

29th November 2019 Renewable and energy management solutions group LTM Energy is preparing to enter the sanitation industry through the launch of an off-grid, customised sanitation solution for the South African – and the broader African – market. The green economy-focused business aims to pilot the solution after... 

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