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Natasha Odendaal

Natasha Odendaal

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

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Lovell steps down as Sapa head

16th August 2017 South African Poultry Association CEO Kevin Lovell is stepping down, effective August 17, after 11 years at the helm. Dr Charlotte Nkuna has been appointed acting CEO. 

Housing supply remains a moving target as govt plays catch-up

15th August 2017 South African cities are struggling to match housing availability to the pace of urbanisation, with the many South African and foreign migrants adding to an ever-expanding population and placing further pressure on housing supply, which is already backlogged owing to a reduction in household... 

Bell’s shares surge on H1 earnings expectations

14th August 2017 JSE-listed Bell Equipment’s shares on the JSE surged nearly 30% by mid-afternoon on the news that the company expects to report a 70%-plus rise in earnings for the six months to June 30. In a trading update to shareholders, Bell said earnings a share and headline earnings a share for the... 

Major setback for Lily mineworkers after another takeover deal fails

14th August 2017 Trade union Solidarity on Monday said the cancellation of another proposed buyout of the troubled Lily and Barbrook mines was a major setback that reinstilled further uncertainty for the mines’ workers and the surrounding communities. TSX-listed Galane Gold and Lily mine owners Vantage Goldfields... 

Savannah kicks off Mutamba pilot plant construction

14th August 2017 Construction has started on the 20 t/h pilot plant for a bulk metallurgical testwork programme at Aim-listed Savannah Resources’ Mutamba project, in Mozambique. Mineral sands engineering company Anubis Mocambique Limitada (AML) has been appointed to undertake the work, with the pilot plant set to... 

Eastplats narrows H1 losses

14th August 2017 TSX- and JSE-listed Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) has narrowed its losses for the first half of this year. For the six months to June 30, Eastplats posted a net loss of $4.7-million, at a loss of $0.04 a share, a significant improvement on the net loss of $30.5-million and a loss of $0.29 apiece... 

Suspected avian flu outbreak in Western Cape

14th August 2017 Two ostrich farms in the Heidelberg area of the Western Cape have been placed under quarantine as authorities work to determine the possibility of an outbreak of the now widely-spread H5N8 avian influenza. The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is leading the investigations to confirm if the... 

Stellar extends exclusivity period for due diligence of Guinea assets

14th August 2017 Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds has extended the exclusivity period with financial corporation BDG Capital to August 31 for the conclusion of the due diligence process for the disposal of Stellar’s Guinea assets. In June, the West Africa-focused diamond company entered into a conditional binding term... 

EDGE certification system to boost residential green building investment

11th August 2017 The innovation that has been working quietly in the background for some years aiding the cost-effective, simple and fast certification of the residential green building sector was profiled at Drivelines Studios, on Friday. In a breakthrough in the South African market, Edge, an International... 

Eskom postpones planned R21 road closure

11th August 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom has postponed its planned road closure on the R21 until further notice. Initially, certain sections surrounding the Flying Saucer interchange and Olifantsfontein drive on the R21 freeway were scheduled to be closed for the replacement of the Apollo-Croydon... 

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