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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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Alphamin's Bisie mine on track for 2019 production

12th October 2017 Despite facing significant social, political and geographical challenges, emerging miner Alphamin Resources is on track to deliver on the first large commercial tin mine in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Against a backdrop of historical political upheaval, rent-seeking, an... 

Edenville starts washed coal production at Rukwa

9th October 2017 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has started producing washed coal for sale at its Rukwa coal project, in Tanzania. This followed the completion of the commissioning and testing of the wash plant, which started late in September. 

Northam backs Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association’s awareness campaign

9th October 2017 Platinum miner Northam is supporting a campaign by US-based Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) to raise awareness of clean energy technology. Globally, governments are being urged to support investment in technology to provide cleaner and more efficient sources of power in the... 

SAA, unions ink wage agreement

6th October 2017 National airliner South African Airways (SAA) and trade unions Uasa and the National Union of Metalworkers South Africa have signed the revised wage agreement for workers at maintenance arm SAA Technical (SAAT). The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), which had also signed... 

Dangote withdraws PPC offer

6th October 2017 Nigerian cement maker Dangote Cement has withdrawn its nonbinding expression of interest for the acquisition of South African cement producer PPC. In September, Dangote proposed a combination of the two companies. 

ARA recommits to 2020 clean fuels policy

6th October 2017 The African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARA) last month confirmed its commitment to the 2020 clean fuel policy, which outlined a plan for vehicle emission controls and standards to achieve all the benefits of clean air quality. Following a clean fuels workshop in Togo last week, the... 

Limpopo solar plant raises Enel’s SA capacity to 520 MW

6th October 2017 Some three years after expanding operations into South Africa, Italian renewable energy firm Enel Green Power (EGP) has established a significant presence locally, boasting more than 520 MW of wind and solar projects in operation, one of which was declared a National Key Point in June. The 66 MW... 

Commission welcomes rise in merger fees and new thresholds

6th October 2017 The Competition Commission has lauded the increase in merger filing fees for intermediate and large mergers, as well as the new determination of merger thresholds, both of which became effective October 1. This followed Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel’s gazetting of the amendments to... 

South Africa continues on path of deindustrialisation

5th October 2017 With some exceptions, South Africa’s industrial policy is not working, leaving the nation to continue down its current path of deindustrialisation, says Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) industrial development deputy director-general Garth Strachan. Addressing delegates at the sixth... 

SAA tables revised wage offer

5th October 2017 State-owned airliner South African Airways (SAA) has placed a revised wage offer on the table, with trade unions, the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), Uasa and the National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa), set to make a decision on the matter this week. This... 


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