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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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Pragmatic approach urged as business begins embracing 4IR

3rd April 2020 The technologies emerging from the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) need to solve a customer pain point, as opposed to being deployed for the sake of just following the trends, says BCX CEO Jonas Bogoshi. Speaking on the sidelines of a recent 4.0 Focus conference, he told Engineering News &... 

Rain reports surge in data demand

3rd April 2020 Data-only mobile operator Rain’s network is expanding “according to plan” to achieve nationwide connectivity and improve network quality as data demand “gets wind from behind”. The group has also experienced an upsurge in connectivity demand as more employees work from home amid the current... 

AI community launches two initiatives to fight Covid-19 using tech

3rd April 2020 Data science competition platform Zindi and Ghana-based education organisation Runmila AI Institute have launched two initiatives to flesh out potential artificial intelligence- (AI-) and data-science-based solutions to the current Covid-19 pandemic. The viral disease has spread across the world... 

Alternative processing method established for Kropz phosphate mine

3rd April 2020 An alternative processing method for Aim-listed emerging phosphate explorer and developer Kropz’s Elandsfontein project, in the Western Cape, has been confirmed to produce saleable concentrate, investment fund African Rainbow Capital (ARC) says. The advanced-stage phosphate mining project has... 

Zinc miners expected to restart operations on strong prices

31st March 2020 Strong zinc prices are increasingly prompting miners to bring idled capacity back online and invest in new projects. The latest ‘Global Zinc Mining Outlook’ report shows that the return of some stalled capacity and new projects in key countries will drive growth over the coming quarters, despite... 

MTN seeks new leader as Shuter plans departure

27th March 2020 As MTN group president and CEO Rob Shuter prepares to step down in March 2021 from the role he has held since 2017, a year-long hunt is on for his successor. Shuter, nearing the completion of his four-year fixed contract, plans to pass on the baton to “take a well-deserved rest” before figuring... 

MTN hikes proceeds from asset realisation programme

27th March 2020 As telecommunications group MTN wraps up the first year of a three-year, R15-billion asset realisation programme (ARP), the medium-term targets have now been increased to release at least a further R25-billion. MTN realised about R14-billion in 2019 under the portfolio optimisation, which was... 

South Africa’s water sector needs to rebuild integrity

27th March 2020 Once a poster child globally, South Africa’s water sector has experienced a significant decline requiring an urgent turnaround from a basis of systemic corruption. According to a new report by watchdog Corruption Watch and the Water Integrity Network (WIN), South Africa, in the 1990s, was seen as... 

Dewatering needs new integrated approaches

20th March 2020 Engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa has evolved its homegrown innovations to fit any dewatering requirements worldwide. Backed by strong development expertise, significant capital injection, continuous product improvement and a sharp focus on integrated solutions, the company now... 

Use of wearable technology evolving in mining industry

20th March 2020 As wearables evolve into important tools in the ever-expanding Internet of Things landscape, mining companies are exploring the best technologies to streamline operations and enhance safety. Data and analytics company GlobalData’s latest report, ‘Wearable Tech in Mining – Thematic Research’,... 

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