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Natasha Odendaal

Natasha Odendaal

Natasha Odendaal is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

By Natasha Odendaal

Africa Analysis MD Andre Wills, Huawei South Africa CEO Will Meng, Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Mondli Gungubele and Digital Council Africa CEO Juanita Clark

Huawei, DCDT partner to drive broadband deployment

22nd September 2023

After entering a partnership earlier in August to accelerate South Africa’s information and communications technology (ICT) ambitions, ICT giant Huawei South Africa and the Department of... 

MTN ramps up support for SMEs with launch of enhanced supplier development programme

22nd September 2023

MTN South Africa has enhanced its enterprise and supplier development (ESD) programme, committing to the investment of millions of rands for the support of local supply chains. On the back of... 

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New collaboration to extend 4G and 5G connectivity in Africa, Europe

22nd September 2023

Telecommunications groups Vodafone and Vodacom are preparing to participate in Amazon’s beta testing of its low-Earth orbit satellite  communications initiative Project Kuiper to leverage the... 

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Petra confident of medium-, long-term lift in market

15th September 2023

In a diamond market that is softer than anticipated, London-listed Petra Diamonds is moving ahead with confidence despite a downturn in its financial performance for the year ended June 30, 2023.... 

Embattled Cell C’s new boss says strategy being crafted will result in ‘different organisation’ in 18 to 24 months

15th September 2023

Two months into his new position, Cell C CEO Jorge Mendes is confident the embattled telecommunications company will turn its fortunes around to claim its place in South Africa’s telecommunications... 

MTN South Africa makes a significant economic, social impact from its operations and investments

15th September 2023

Information and communications technology (ICT) giant MTN says that it has created demonstratable socioeconomic contributions to addressing the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and... 

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DWS outlines response progress on Jagersfontein tailings dam collapse investigation

13th September 2023

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has concluded the processes to finalise evidence gathering and collect scientific and engineering information in the wake of the collapse of the... 

MTN to deploy private 5G networks to more industries after success in mining sector

8th September 2023

Telecommunications group MTN South Africa is preparing to roll out its fifth-generation (5G) private network communications solution to a larger variety of industries after its success in the... 

Online platform to make Rhodes Business School’s MBA accessible to students beyond South Africa’s borders

8th September 2023

As Rhodes Business School aims to extend its Association of Masters of Business Administration-accredited MBA to reach into Africa and beyond, it has entered into a partnership with eLearnAfrica to... 

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South Africa’s struggling water sector can learn from its peers

7th September 2023

Solving South Africa’s water challenges demands multifaceted responses, with private sector participation, good governance and technology all having critical roles in ensuring the country’s future... 

Demand for modular substations increasing

1st September 2023

As demand for dry-type transformers increases, particularly for difficult operating environments, dry-type transformer specialist Trafo Power Solutions is accelerating its delivery of complementary... 

AI expected to be a bigger revolution than ‘the Internet was in the 1990s’ – 4Sight

1st September 2023

As interest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) grows, there are expectations that it will be a bigger revolution than the Internet was during the 1990s, says 4Sight CEO Tertius Zitzke. While 2020’s is... 

Iran a hidden gem for MTN, despite R6bn ‘trapped’ amid sanctions

1st September 2023

Despite continued sanctions on Iran, South African telecommunications giant MTN Group considers its investment in the country a “hidden gem” that will eventually bring value to the group. Since the... 

Constant reinvention key for businesses to stay ahead of the curve in rapidly evolving digital era – Accenture

25th August 2023

In the rapidly evolving digital era, companies not only need to undertake digital transformation, but it is becoming increasingly critical for companies to become constant reinventors of every part... 

Progress made on North West reservoir project, with completion expected in June next year

25th August 2023

Progress is being made on the construction of the third phase of the multi-phased Moretele South bulk water supply scheme project, in the North West, which started in June 2023, with completion... 

Payment24 expands into new industries and regions

25th August 2023

As South African specialised payment solutions firm Payment24 continues to expand into new regions, while adding products and solutions to its portfolio, it is also branching out into other... 

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South Africa’s nonrevenue water rising to worrying levels

25th August 2023

South Africa’s nonrevenue water (NRW) is rising to unsustainable levels, with nearly half the water piped through the country’s infrastructure being lost through leaks, theft or nonpayment.... 

SAP, partners launch Africa’s first AppHaus in South Africa

18th August 2023

Africa’s first AppHaus, forming part of a community of global locations driven by software company SAP and its partners to ensure that creative spaces and innovation services are available to... 

MTN outlines plans to build fibre networks on the continent

18th August 2023

Telecommunications group MTN has ambitious plans to “wire” Africa with fibre, building what it calls a “fibre railroad” and establishing fibre companies (fibreco’s) in every region it operates to... 

Condra supplies overhead crane to Angolan mine

11th August 2023

Crane manufacturer Condra Cranes has manufactured and commissioned an overhead crane for a mine in Angola. The overhead crane is assisting with the construction, in a project managed by specialist... 

IoT can help businesses, households streamline energy consumption – Vodacom Business subsidiary

11th August 2023

While the Internet of Things (IoT) is well known for its capabilities in bridging the physical and digital worlds and improving the running of industry and homes, its capacity for energy... 

Africa to be fastest-growing fintech region as global industry grows to $1.5tr by 2030

4th August 2023

Emerging economies are leading the way as financial technology (fintech) gains momentum, with global revenues set to surge sixfold from $245-billion to $1.5-trillion by 2030, a new report released... 

Technology group 4Sight bounces back after tough period

4th August 2023

After a period of instability, Alt-X-listed 4Sight has turned its fortunes around, successfully navigating through the Covid-19 pandemic-linked lockdowns and restrictions, and ultimately delivering... 

Vodacom investing more than R500m to expand connectivity in Eastern Cape rural areas, townships

4th August 2023

Telecommunications group Vodacom Eastern Cape region is injecting more than R500-million to expand connectivity in deep rural areas and townships that had no connectivity before. The bulk of the... 

Department outlines pre-emptive measures amid forecasts of deteriorating water supply

28th July 2023

While South Africa is currently in balance nationally in terms of water supply and demand, albeit with localised – and, in some cases, severe – deficits, this could change rapidly. The country... 

Gauteng govt vows to use ‘every technology available’ in fight against crime

28th July 2023

South Africa’s economic hub is “going high-tech” to combat the country’s number one enemy: crime, avers Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi. No stone must be left unturned and every technology available... 

MTN’s MoMo platform notches up eight million subscribers in four years

28th July 2023

Telecommunications group MTN’s Mobile Money (MoMo) platform has reached eight-million subscribers four years after its launch as South Africans increasingly seek alternatives to traditional... 

Digital technologyʼs role in education in sub-Saharan Africa

21st July 2023

Digital technologies and connectivity can play a critical role in improving African education systems, but only if the right support mechanisms and policies are in place, research by Vodacom Group,... 

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Condra clinches order to replace overhead crane at KZN millhouse

21st July 2023

Crane manufacturer Condra Cranes has secured an order for a replacement overhead crane at a millhouse in KwaZulu-Natal. The new double-girder electric overhead crane spans 21 m and is equipped with... 

Africa unlikely to meet its 2025 water goals – report

21st July 2023

A new report by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (Amcow) indicates that, as a continent, Africa is off-track to achieve agreed-upon goals on water and sanitation. The 2022 Africa Water and... 

Cyberattacks in Kenya, South Africa and Zambia increased by 76% in 2022

14th July 2023

Cyberattacks on businesses across South Africa, Kenya and Zambia increased significantly during 2022, despite more cybersecurity measures being implemented, a new report by pan-African technology... 

Revived Rand Water Services to accelerate innovation, sustainability locally and in the rest of Africa

14th July 2023

Rand Water has re-established Rand Water Services to deliver a variety of services for the water sector in South Africa and across Africa as it works to accelerate innovation and sustainability.... 

Study highlights economic benefits of climate-resilient water systems

14th July 2023

A multiyear hydroeconomic study, completed for the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS), confirms the economic benefits of reliable, climate-resilient water systems across cities in South... 

Pumps company targets expansion, bolsters skills training

7th July 2023

As pumping applications solutions provider Integrated Pump Technology continues its growth story across the African continent, part of its success is attributed to the empowering of its local... 

Cell C completes migration to third-party networks ahead of end-of-2023 target date

7th July 2023

Communications group Cell C has completed its network migration ahead of schedule, opening access to about 14 000 towers countrywide, 12 000 sites of which are fourth-generation and long-term... 

Final analogue switch-off postponed to end of 2024

7th July 2023

The final switch off date for South Africa’s analogue frequencies has now been set for December 24, 2024. A two-step approach has been adopted for the long-delayed transition from analogue to... 

5G reaches 35% global penetration

7th July 2023

As the adoption of fifth-generation (5G) technology accelerates, 5G population coverage has reached 35% globally, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility report. However, there are large regional... 

SA energy crisis opening up opportunities for innovation

7th July 2023

As South Africa’s ongoing energy challenges unveils opportunities for innovations and solutions, small businesses have a major role to play in South Africa’s transition to renewable energy and... 

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Partnership to bring affordable Internet services to township youth

30th June 2023

Local viral consumer rewards application Maholla and Internet service provider (ISP) ikeja have partnered to deliver high quality, cost-effective Internet services to youth across South Africa’s... 

Microsoft Airband to connect nearly 40m to the Internet in Africa and Latin America

30th June 2023

Microsoft has entered into new, and expanded existing, Airband partnerships to provide high-speed Internet access to nearly 40-million people across Africa and Latin America. The partnerships in... 

Namibia joins UN Water Convention

30th June 2023

Namibia has become the first Southern African country, and the eighth in Africa, to accede to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes. Namibia... 

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