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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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Email: newsdesk@engineeringnews.co.za

Oversight forum established for departmental merger

23rd October 2020 Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has established a joint oversight forum to ensure a smooth merger process of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services and the Department of Communications. The formation of the Department of Communications... 

5G can add $8-trillion to global economy, Nokia asserts

23rd October 2020 New research by information and communications technology firm Nokia and Nokia Bell Labs shows that fifth-generation- (5G-) enabled industries have the potential to add $8-trillion to global gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030. In addition, the value creation potential of 5G in the medium and... 

Footprint of Johannesburg data centre to be expanded

23rd October 2020 Technology services provider NTT and systems integrator and managed services provider Dimension Data have broken ground on a project to expand their Johannesburg 1 Data Centre. The data centre, designed to Tier 3 standards, will be constructed in two phases, with the first phase scheduled to... 

Connected water ‘microfactories’ to be deployed in Africa in 2021

23rd October 2020 Information and communications technology giant Ericsson’s Internet of Things (IoT) Accelerator-powered Telenor Connexion is set to provide global connectivity to Swedish sustainable technology firm Wayout’s plug-and-play “microfactories” for the local production of clean, filtered water in... 

Acer positions to respond to rising demand for localisation

16th October 2020 Global information and communication technology giant Acer is progressing plans to expand in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region as localisation efforts worldwide are thrust to the top of agendas. The company has been reviewing opportunities of bringing its products closer to... 

Pay-on-demand digital payments solution targets underserved markets

16th October 2020 Global payments group Mastercard has partnered with Samsung, Airtel Africa and Asante Financial Services to launch a pay-on-demand payments platform enabling a safe, secure and convenient financing avenue for consumers, entrepreneurs and merchants. The platform, which was built by Mastercard... 

Fan efficiency bolstered by systems approach

9th October 2020 As mining operations increasingly look to optimise energy use, Zest WEG rotating machines manager Fanie Steyn suggests a more holistic approach toward fan system efficiency in mine ventilation. While South African fan manufacturing companies design the most efficient fan solutions worldwide and... 

All-female drilling team deployed at Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine

9th October 2020 As new technology changes the way mines undertake drilling activities, a newly trained all-female drilling team has been deployed as part of a R2-billion multi-year recruiting and training agreement between mining services provider Rosond and Anglo American-controlled Kumba Iron Ore. An... 

Cost preventing many South Africans from benefiting from ‘easy’ Internet access

9th October 2020 As the Covid-19 pandemic brings South Africa’s widening digital divide into sharp focus, having the latest generation connectivity, unaffordable for many, will not make much of an economic impact without lowering the costs. South Africa has had some success with its various deployments of... 

New app to help customers diagnose, fix connectivity issues

9th October 2020 Internet service provider (ISP) RocketNet has launched a new application to enable customers to self-diagnose and resolve connectivity challenges immediately and effectively. The new RocketNet Probe App, which has been running on beta, is an intuitive application enabling customers to control the... 

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