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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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Emerging cleantech firm treats harmful algae blooms at Roodeplaat dam

29th May 2020 Privately owned global cleantech company BlueGreen Water Technologies has successfully completed its first treatment against toxic algae blooms in a strategic intervention at Roodeplaat dam, south-east of Pretoria. The Tel Aviv-based company applied its proprietary algaecide, Lake Guard Oxy, to... 

African OTT, VoD services ‘a long play with many moving parts’

29th May 2020 While streaming services across the globe have accelerated in recent years, Africa’s step into the market will be a long play involving many moving parts that cannot be based on international experience. The over-the-top (OTT) and video-on-demand (VoD) services market in Africa differs vastly... 

5G networks can help rebuild economies – Ericsson CEO

29th May 2020 The rapid deployment of fifth-generation (5G) technologies could enable countries to rebuild faster after lockdowns owing to the Covid-19 pandemic left many economies in tatters. 5G is widely expected to unlock the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and will be the cornerstone upon... 

New collaboration leads to development of wireless system for blasting market

29th May 2020 France-based CEA Tech research institute CEA-Leti and blasting solutions group Davey Bickford Enaex have partnered to develop a new, flexible wireless system, with enhanced safety and productivity, for the blasting market. The new system comprises electronic detonators with bidirectional radio... 

Smartphone market hit hard by Covid-19 impact

29th May 2020 The worldwide smartphone market has recorded its largest year-on-year decline during the first quarter of 2020, while China’s market experienced a 20.3% drop in shipments. Worldwide smartphone shipments decreased 11.7% as companies aggregately shipped 275.8-million smartphones during the first... 

Stepping up safety in times of crisis

22nd May 2020 A safety and health culture should be an enabler for all employees and stakeholders across any operation to live safely, says construction materials supplier AfriSam Group subsidiary Tanga Cement Company MD Reinhardt Swart. “We should enable our people to live the safety culture,” he tells... 

Intelsat, Mindset partner to unlock education resources across Africa

22nd May 2020 Integrated satellite and terrestrial network operator Intelsat and nonprofit educational materials developer and distributor Mindset Network have extended their partnership to unlock access to educational resources across Africa. The extension of the existing 18-year partnership will support... 

Communication, media and technology sector holds R182bn in potential value

22nd May 2020 The adoption of key technologies in the South African communication, media and technology (CMT) sector can unlock R182-billion in value for the industry, consumers and society at large by 2026, a new study by Accenture indicates. The report, ‘Unlocking digital value in South Africa’s telecoms... 

Covid-19 puts digital transformation back on the agenda

22nd May 2020 The global Covid-19 pandemic has firmly placed digital transformation back on agendas, as information and communication technologies (ICTs) become powerful weapons in the fight against the devastating contagion. As people globally are forced into isolation to curb the spread of the disease, there... 

Rosond blends automation, software and data into new drilling solution

22nd May 2020 Drilling expert Rosond is bringing together automation, software and data analysis technology to create a “new-age drilling rig”. The drill is being developed with an international manufacturing partner and the group aims to “transform the way drilling is done”. 

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