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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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Altron weathers the most challenging year ever

11th June 2021 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) has emerged from what CEO Mteto Nyati says was the most difficult year he has encountered to date. During the year ended February 28, 2021, Altron reported a decline in revenue and a double-digit contraction in headline earning per share (HEPS) for the first... 

Smartphone growth to reach highest level since 2015

11th June 2021 The International Data Corporation (IDC) has raised its near-term outlook for the global smartphone market, following back-to-back quarters of growth. Shipments of smartphones are forecast to increase 7.7% year-on-year to 1.38-billion units in 2021, a growth trend that is set to continue into... 

Liquid’s pan-African fibre network reaches 100 000 km mark

11th June 2021 Digital solutions provider Liquid Intelligent Technologies (LIT) has deployed 100 000 km of fibre infrastructure across most of Africa in a milestone that makes it the largest independent fibre network provider in emerging markets globally. Over the past two decades, the company, which evolved... 

Mooted nultibillion-rand telco investment a boost for the economy

11th June 2021 The R27-billion planned investment by operators and vendors to expand fourth-generation and fifth-generation networks in South Africa is a “step in the right direction” for the country’s economic growth. Announced by Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams during... 

MTN South Africa, IFC in partnership to grow mobile money network

4th June 2021 Telecommunications giant MTN South Africa (MTN SA) has entered into a $2-million partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to expand its mobile money (MoMo) business in South Africa. The partnership will result in the establishment of a strong network of MoMo agents in the... 

Department of Telecommunications outlines seven focus areas for year ahead

4th June 2021 The Department of Telecommunications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) has outlined seven priorities for the year ahead. The Broadcasting Digital Migration (BDM); the release of spectrum; an infrastructure investment and mass employment programme; the Digital Economy Masterplan and its... 

Three-year programme to tackle siltation of State-owned dams launched

4th June 2021 The Water Research Commission (WRC) is embarking on an ambitious programme to ensure the effective siltation management and improved storage capacity of 320 State-owned, Department of Water and Sanitation- (DWS-) managed large dams. The three-year National Dam Siltation Management Strategy in... 

TIA funds township Internet solutions

28th May 2021 Department of Science and Innovation entity the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) is funding Gauteng-based startup FibrePoynt to deploy an antenna-based high-speed fixed Internet solution for low-income communities. The new solution will solve the signal strength challenges and costs typically... 

Technology playing increasing role in water sustainability

28th May 2021 Ever-evolving technology is starting to play a significant role in managing South Africa’s scarce water resources; however, more can be done to ensure security of supply amid ageing infrastructure, climate change impacts and urbanisation. South Africa will continue to face an increasingly severe... 

Digital toolbox supporting pan-African vaccination roll-outs

28th May 2021 The deployment of a mobile technology platform to manage Covid-19 vaccination appointments and stock availability will help create an enabling path for African countries in the fight against the devastating global contagion. Telecommunications giant Vodacom Group and the African Union Development... 

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