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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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Ivanhoe, Inmarsat bring connectivity for safety at Kamoa

7th December 2018 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines is working with Inmarsat to drive connectivity at its flagship Kamoa-Kakula project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where poor cellular coverage is making communications and data collection extremely challenging. The partnership will see the deployment of a... 

Kefi progresses Tulu Kapi development

6th December 2018 Aim-listed Kefi Minerals is advancing activities at its Tulu Kapi gold project, in Ethiopia, at a significant pace, with project equity investor ANS Mining Share also planning to release funds for the project by month-end. The gold and copper exploration and development company has accelerated... 

New digital mining incubator launched at Tshimologong

30th November 2018 Global technology powerhouse Siemens has established a digital mining incubator at the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits') Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in an effort to develop the next generation of digital skills and mining engineering competence. The digital mining incubator... 

Enviro considerations, resource efficiency key determinants of miners’ adoption of IoT

23rd November 2018 New research is showing that environmental and efficiency factors are at the forefront of mining companies’ pursuit and adoption of industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), mobile satellite communications group Inmarsat says. An Inmarsat-commissioned report reveals that half of the mining... 

Orion clears another significant hurdle at Prieska project

16th November 2018 The receipt of the final assay results from the recently completed deep sulphide mineral resource drill-out at the Prieska zinc/copper project, in the Northern Cape, has paved way for the updated mineral resource due mid-December, says ASX-listed Orion Minerals MD and CEO Errol Smart. The... 

Perseus updates Sissingué resources, life-of-mine plan

9th November 2018 Recent exploration programmes undertaken at ASX-listed Perseus Mining’s Sissingué gold mine in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, has increased ore reserves and bolstered the life-of-mine (LoM) production. Effectively replacing the ore that has been processed since the mine was commissioned earlier this... 

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

26th October 2018 The rapid developments around the concept of the mine of the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are sending mixed reactions over jobs in what is a struggling sector. However, stalling or adopting what is inevitable, in a slow fashion, will deliver penalties for the economy on an... 

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

26th October 2018 The rapid developments around the concept of the mine of the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are sending mixed reactions over jobs in what is a struggling sector. However, stalling or adopting what is inevitable, in a slow fashion, will deliver penalties for the economy on an... 

South Africa’s mining sector headed for muted growth

19th October 2018 South Africa’s new economic stimulus and recovery plan is unlikely to revive growth in the country's bleak mining sector, Fitch Solutions’ latest Industry Trend Analysis shows. Despite a R400-billion infrastructure fund pledge and renewed mining regulatory clarity to restore investor confidence,... 

Water shortage an emerging challenge for mines

12th October 2018 With water a critical resource across all mining and quarrying developments and operations, water scarcity is adding an extra layer to the challenges faced by South African miners. Water management is steadily emerging as the pre-eminent sustainability issue within the global energy and mining... 

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