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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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Boost for school connectivity initiative

21st January 2022 Pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies has partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) to support the Giga initiative’s ambitions of connecting every school to the Internet. Liquid will share anonymised data to support the work of Giga, which was founded by... 

Nestlé pilots AI-driven green-products plants

21st January 2022 Food and beverage manufacturer Nestlé East and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) has piloted an industrial-scale, artificial intelligence- (AI-) driven plant that reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, recycles wastewater and creates sustainable green products from production processes at its... 

Fund invests in water-focused cleantech enterprise

21st January 2022 The Vumela Fund is investing an undisclosed amount into cleantech enterprise Kusini Water to expand its operations and broaden its ability to bring clean, safe drinking water to people in rural, peri-urban and informal settlements throughout Africa. Kusini Water provides clean drinking water to... 

Data monitoring tool for uMhlathuze catchment launched

21st January 2022 As the uMhlathuze Water Stewardship Partnership (Uwasp), focused on the Mhlathuze river catchment on the north-east coast of KwaZulu-Natal, about 180 km north of Durban, celebrates its fifth year, the development of a complementary, transformative catchmentwide monitoring tool is under way.... 

Firms and households tap rooftop power as load-shedding risk lingers

21st January 2022 Improving technologies, which reduce deployment costs, as well as lower tariffs and thousands of hours of sunshine every year, along with the continued challenges of State-owned power utility Eskom’s load-shedding, will likely drive more citizens and businesses to adopt solar photovoltaic (PV)... 

South Africa, Cuba extend water-sector cooperation

10th December 2021 South Africa and Cuba have signed an agreement for cooperation in water resources management and water supply. Signed during the fifth session of the South Africa–Cuba joint steering committee held in Pretoria on November 25, the agreement ensures the continuity of the cooperation on water and... 

Clickatell to manage P n Pay’s WhatsApp customer communication channel

10th December 2021 Mobile communications and chat commerce group Clickatell has been selected by retailer Pick n Pay to manage their WhatsApp customer communication channel. The partnership will enable Pick n Pay’s nine-million Smart Shopper card customers to manage their Smart Shopper status and details through... 

Operators receive provisional high-demand spectrum

10th December 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has awarded temporary spectrum to Rain, Vodacom, Cell C, Telkom, Liquid Intelligence Technologies and MTN. Under the new information and communication technology (ICT) Covid-19 National State of Disaster Regulations, the provisional... 

Altron index shows short-term credit improvement

10th December 2021 There has been an increase in the extension of short-term credit in South Africa during the second quarter of 2021, the latest Altron Fintech Short-term Credit Impact (AFSCI) Index has found. The second-quarter 2021 AFSCI, which tracks the economic impact of short-term lending in the country,... 

4Sight, Bidvest develop AI-powered ‘adviser’ to accelerate digital transformation

3rd December 2021 JSE AltX-listed, multinational, diversified technology group 4Sight Holdings and Bidvest Group wholly owned subsidiary Bidvest Advisory Services have developed an artificial intelligence- (AI-) powered automated digital transformation adviser. 4MIA powered by ALICE, the outcome of an innovative... 

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