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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


Seven shortlisted for first pan-African Innovation Challenge

14th August 2020 Seven finalists have been shortlisted from 673 applicants in the inaugural African50 Innovation Challenge. Launched in May 2019, the Innovation Challenge aimed to crowdsource innovative solutions that can improve last-mile connectivity to increase access to reliable and affordable Internet in... 

Western Cape’s Breede River Valley becoming prime location for solar project implementation

14th August 2020 The Western Cape ’s Breede River Valley is rapidly becoming a hot spot for the implementation of solar energy applications, EP Solar CEO Manie de Waal says. While recognised as a top tourist destination and fruit- and wine-producing valley, the region is now a top destination for renewable-energy... 

Organisations need to shift focus from legacy to evolving – Deloitte report

14th August 2020 It is becoming increasingly critical to build evolving organisations to navigate the constant changes and external pressures presented by disruptive technologies. The latest ‘Deloitte Tech Trends’ 2020 report found that the influence and impact of disruptive technologies is a strategic issue,... 

Covid-19 infrastructure response should focus on water and sanitation

7th August 2020 Water and sanitation infrastructure should be a top priority as South Africa recovers from the devastation of Covid-19 pandemic-related restrictions, a new Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies policy brief proposes. The opportunity to leverage an infrastructure- and job-creation-led Covid-19... 

BASF, partner to accelerate mining’s digital transformation

7th August 2020 Global chemicals company BASF and industrial artificial intelligence (AI) company have entered into an exclusive partnership to combine mineral processing, ore beneficiation chemistry and industrial AI technology expertise. The new BASF Intelligent Mine powered by an... 

Vodacom, Alipay partner to launch new lifestyle, payments super app

7th August 2020 Vodacom Financial Services has teamed up with digital lifestyle services platform Alipay to develop inclusive mobile solutions for South African consumers and merchants in a technology partnership aimed at reinventing the mobile fintech ecosystem. The partnership will see the development of a... 

GSMA launches mobile money interoperability test platform

7th August 2020 A year after the launch of the GSMA Inclusive Tech Lab, an industry collaboration established to drive innovation in inclusive technologies for the underserved, GMSA has unveiled the Mobile Money Interoperability Test Platform (ITP), which aims to help make transactions more seamless in emerging... 

200 smart NB-IoT meters installed in North West community

7th August 2020 Vodacom Business, Mezzanine, EMS Solutions and Honeywell Smart Energy have installed more than 200 narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) automated meter reading (AMR) water sensors across the Matlosana municipality, in the North West. The pilot project will prove the use cases and benefits of... 

Crosscall Mobile launches new range of devices, with industry-first warranty

31st July 2020 France-headquartered outdoor mobile technology specialist Crosscall has launched a new range of rugged, waterproof and durable mobile devices in South Africa, all equipped with an industry-first three-year warranty. The latest suite of devices from the French brand includes three new smartphones... 

5G launch brings opportunities, 4G remains critical

31st July 2020 As several telecommunications groups launch fifth-generation (5G) technology, highly attractive opportunities for South African consumers, carriers and the information and communication technology industry at large start to emerge. South African mobile service providers, including MTN, Vodacom... 

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