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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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Coalition mobilises $25bn to connect the unconnected

1st July 2022 The newly launched Partner2Connect (P2C) coalition has secured over 400 connectivity pledges, representing an estimated combined financial value of $25.05-billion, with more pledges still coming in, to advance universal meaningful connectivity globally. The inaugural P2C Digital Development... 

Vantage Data Centers, SolarAfrica enter power purchase agreement

1st July 2022 Hyperscale data centre campuses provider Vantage Data Centers has secured 87 MWp of solar energy for its Johannesburg (JNB1) data centre campus through a 20-year power purchase agreement with solar energy financing firm SolarAfrica. The agreement, which will enable Vantage to supplement the local... 

Nedbank using innovative finance solutions to support companies’ ESG ambitions

1st July 2022 Banking giant Nedbank is leveraging its innovative sustainability-linked finance solutions to support South African – and African – companies’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets and expand sustainability-linked finance into mainstream markets. Amid a growing appetite for... 

MTN SA targets 25% 5G coverage by year-end

1st July 2022 Telecommunications group MTN South Africa (SA) aims to have 25% of South Africa’s population covered by fifth-generation (5G) connectivity by the end of 2022, as it ramps up its deployment. MTN currently has over 1 000 active 5G sites servicing dozens of towns and cities across South Africa... 

Prudent to ‘pause’ and strengthen Wireless Open Access Network business case – Icasa

24th June 2022 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is still committed to pursuing a Wireless Open Access Network (Woan); however, it has to be done properly, says Icasa chairperson Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng. Presenting to the Portfolio Committee on Communications on June 7, he... 

Carbon capture, use and storage identified in new Sanedi assessment as having huge potential to slash emissions

24th June 2022 The South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) has published the first technical assessment on possible pathways to introduce clean coal technology, as well as options for carbon abatement and carbon capture use and storage (CCUS), besides others, at existing or new coal-fired... 

Vodacom achieves Level 1 BBBEE for fourth consecutive year

24th June 2022 Telecommunications giant Vodacom South Africa has achieved Level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) contributor statues for a fourth consecutive year. Parent company Vodacom Group, which comprises the consolidation of all locally owned subsidiaries, retained its Level 1 BBBEE status... 

Innovation key to expanding connectivity in Africa – study

17th June 2022 Greater innovation from telecommunications and technology companies is vital to drive the expansion of Internet connectivity across Africa, new research for blockchain-based mobile network operator World Mobile shows. The study with African business leaders, undertaken by independent research... 

Connectivity rolled out to 256 TVET campuses, more targeted by year-end

17th June 2022 South African Broadband Education Networks (Saben) has increased bandwidth for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges from 10 Mb/s up to 200 Mb/s using FortiGate devices from NEC XON. Saben has connected and upgraded 256 of a targeted 283 campuses from 48 TVET colleges to... 

Smartphone shipments to be 3.5% lower in 2022, following three quarters of decline

17th June 2022 Weaker demand and global uncertainty are hampering the growth of global smartphone shipments, leading to a significantly reduced forecast for 2022 from the previous projection of 1.6% growth. The International Data Corporation (IDC) now expects shipments of smartphones to decline 3.5% to... 

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