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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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Sustainability initiative transforming former mining village into economic hub

19th July 2019 Tshikondeni, an ex-mining village in Limpopo, is set to transform into a hub of economic activity nearly four years after the closure of Tshikondeni coal mine, with the anchor being a first-of-its-kind Malaria Research Centre. The Laurelle Zamisa Malaria Research Centre was established in March... 

Shanta lifts first-half gold output by 11% y/y

18th July 2019 Aim-listed Shanta Gold on Thursday posted an 11% year-on-year increase in gold production to 42 230 oz for the first half of this year. The East Africa-focused gold producer, developer and explorer’s production for the second quarter, at 19 856 oz, was, however, lower than the 22 374 oz produced... 

Mines’ technology push requires more intensive collaboration

12th July 2019 As mining companies adjust with new technologies to the digital era, there is an increasing shift in the traditional approaches between mines and suppliers. Miners, looking to new technologies to improve their productivity and recalibrate their cost structures, are starting to think differently... 

Youga gold mining and processing operations restart

28th June 2019 Operations at West African gold producer Avesoro Resources’ Youga gold mine, in Burkina Faso, have restarted after a week-long suspension. This followed the successful conclusion of negotiations between proposed openpit mining contractor Orkun Group Sarl and former employees of the company's... 

SA mining adopting, driving 4IR as its transformation journey continues

21st June 2019 The mining industry in South Africa is continuing its transformation journey as it adjusts to the ever-increasing pace of the prevailing technological revolution, with the 100-plus-year-old industry, steeped in tradition and at times crisis, seeking out new ways of adapting to this era of change.... 

Inmarsat, Brazilian miner to explore tailings dam monitoring using IoT solutions

21st June 2019 Mobile satellite communications group Inmarsat and Brazil’s Minas Gerais State have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the potential of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for monitoring the integrity of mine tailings dams. The MoU provides a framework for cooperation... 

SA mining adopting, driving 4IR as its transformation journey continues

21st June 2019 The mining industry in South Africa is continuing its transformation journey as it adjusts to the ever-increasing pace of the prevailing technological revolution, with the 100-plus-year-old industry, steeped in tradition and at times crisis, seeking out new ways of adapting to this era of change.... 

Marine diamond recovery Namibia’s next evolution

7th June 2019 Marine diamond recovery represents the next evolution in Namibia’s rich history, with much to gain economically in the years ahead, Debmarine Namibia CEO Otto Shikongo asserts. The success of public-private joint venture Debmarine illustrates the possibilities of attaining environmental... 

Data management as a service could be solution for mining digital revolution

31st May 2019 With the incorporation of the Internet of Things, as well as various geoscientific data sources, the potential of data management as a service (DMaaS) for the mining industry is “massive”, says DMP South Africa MD Iniel Dreyer. A mine’s ability to leverage their data, control costs and minimise... 

Namibia’s diamond marine recovery a success story to replicate – Debmarine

30th May 2019 The success of public-private joint venture Debmarine Namibia illustrates the possibilities of marine extraction activities attaining environmental sustainability, local empowerment of communities and economic progression. The marine diamond recovery partnership between the government of Namibia... 

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