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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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European consortium lays groundwork for 6G as deployment of 5G advances

22nd January 2021 As fifth-generation (5G) technologies are deployed worldwide, information and communication technology (ICT) giants Ericsson and Nokia are leading a new European Commission flagship research project to lay the groundwork for sixth-generation (6G) technology and set the direction for future... 

Liquid Telecom accelerating cross-border connectivity in Botswana

22nd January 2021 Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom is increasing connectivity and network capacity in Botswana by expanding fibre access through the Lobatse border and connecting to Gaborone. Some 82 km of fibre is being activated in the cross-border network into Botswana, providing more people and... 

Worrying Internet access gaps persist in rural areas, least-developed countries

22nd January 2021 A new report by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has revealed a concerning – and persistent – gap in connectivity and Internet access for citizens in rural areas, small island developing States and landlocked developing countries. The latest ‘Measuring Digital Development: Facts... 

Centamin reports decrease in Q4 gold output

19th January 2021 Gold miner Centamin delivered 67 996 oz of gold from its Sukari gold mine during the fourth quarter to December 31. While this was a 54% decrease compared with the corresponding fourth quarter in 2019, owing to mining lower grade material, the output was in line with the company’s quarterly... 

Rosond to deliver last batch of new rigs to Kumba

15th January 2021 The final batch of 28 newly manufactured advanced drilling rigs under a R2-billion multiyear contract with mining services group Rosond has made its way to Anglo American-controlled Kumba Iron Ore, in the Northern Cape, with expectations that the new range will be fully operational early this... 

Worldwide 5G coverage expected to expand from 15% last year to 60% by 2026

15th January 2021 Fifth-generation (5G) population coverage is estimated to have reached 15% of the world’s population – equivalent to over one-billion people – by the end of 2020. The latest edition of the ‘Ericsson Mobility Report’ predicts that, by 2026, 60% of the world’s population will have access to 5G... 

Abeco builds its biggest tank in Africa

15th January 2021 Abeco Tanks has completed its biggest tank in Africa, holding 5.8-million litres of water, with a surface area equivalent to two tennis courts. In conjunction with a three-million-litre supplementary tank, the group is providing one of South Africa’s largest poultry producers with a total of... 

Condra agent secures two orders

15th January 2021 Richards Bay-based lifting equipment company North Coast Cranes & Lifting, which is Condra Cranes’ Northern KwaZulu-Natal agent, has secured orders for Condra cranes to be installed in a chemical element refinery furnace and on a mining dredge. For the chemical element refinery, the company will... 

BMG Mozambique continues to grow despite Covid-19 setback

15th January 2021 While the aftermath of the global Covid-19 pandemic has temporarily halted BMG Mozambique’s double-digit growth trend, the company, which is a subsidiary of BMG South Africa, still expects a single-digit rise for 2020 and will get back on track in 2021 as it continues its expansion plans as part... 

New opportunities for businesses with ‘courage and foresight’ in Covid-induced era

11th December 2020 A new era of business has been ushered in, and companies will have to start changing their approach if they are to capitalise on the opportunities that are being created and thrive in the “new normal”, says multinational professional services company Accenture Africa CEO Vukani Mngxati. The... 

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