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Natasha Odendaal

Natasha Odendaal

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

Tel: +2711 622 3744


SA telcos moving aggressively to add fintech offerings to mobile money base

17th September 2021 South Africa’s major telecommunications companies are accelerating their financial technology (fintech) strategies and betting big on Africa’s untapped digital economy potential to bolster dwindling traditional revenues in an ever-evolving digital era. Boasting huge volumes of customers with... 

Vodacom launches 5G in Northern Cape

17th September 2021 Vodacom Central Region has switched on its fifth-generation (5G) mobile network in Kimberly, in the Northern Cape. Supporting both mobile and fixed wireless access services, Vodacom customers with 5G-enabled devices, and within a 5G coverage area, are now able to access the new 5G network in the... 

Liquid establishes new point-of-presence in Miami

17th September 2021 Liquid Intelligent Technologies has opened a new Internet point-of-presence (POP) in Miami, enabling a direct connection to the US and connecting to the Liquid network through a South Atlantic subsea cable. Forming part of Liquid’s East-West route between the US and Asia, through Africa, the new... 

Smartphone shipments seen increasing by 7.4% this year

17th September 2021 The International Data Corporation’s (IDC’s) latest tracker has shown that global smartphone shipments continue to grow, led by strong recovery in emerging markets. The information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology intelligence and advisory services providers’ Worldwide... 

Fintech specialist initiates programme to encourage girls to take up STEM subjects

17th September 2021 Fintech specialist e4 has launched a programme to enable girls in underprivileged areas to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Girls in Stem programme is an after-school programme designed to encourage girl learners’ to take up STEM subjects in Grade 10,... 

5G subscriptions increased by 84m in second quarter

17th September 2021 The number of fifth-generation (5G) net additions during the second quarter of 2021 has surpassed that of fourth-generation (4G), the latest Ericsson Mobility Report shows. The number 5G subscriptions with a 5G-capable device expanded by 84-million during the quarter under review. 

Innovation key as mill circuit pumps perform

10th September 2021 Weir Minerals’ focus on development and continuous product improvement has contributed to the success of the company’s Warman mill circuit (MC) pumps. Mill circuit pumps, the largest pumps in the milling circuit, manage large-size particles in highly abrasive slurries in large volumes, which... 

Dewatering needs proactive management

10th September 2021 For surface mining operations, dewatering open pits is a critical component and proactive management should be prioritised to ensure cost effectiveness and maximum efficiencies, says equipment rental agency Integrated Pump Rental rental development manager Steve du Toit. Discussing the integral... 

Sanlam, MTN team up to build Africa-focused digital insurance, investment business

10th September 2021 An exclusive new strategic alliance between financial services firm Sanlam and telecommunications giant MTN Group will see increased access to Sanlam Group insurance and investment products across Africa, further developing MTN’s mobile financial services business. The partners aim to build a... 

SingularityU gears up for South Africa summit

10th September 2021 The 2021 virtual edition of the SingularityU South Africa Summit is gearing up to stimulate the African innovation investment ecosystem by connecting South Africa and Africa’s top entrepreneurs and innovative businesses with global venture capitalists, institutional funds, property investors and... 

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