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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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Clanwilliam dam wall raising resumes

6th August 2018 Construction on the raising of the Clanwilliam dam wall resumed on Monday after a lengthy delay. “This is very welcome news and we want to applaud and thank the Water and Sanitation Department under Minister Gugile Nkwinti for keeping to their commitments and starting to deliver on their mandate... 

Data breaches costing South African firms billions of rands

3rd August 2018 The average cost of a data breach in South Africa in 2018 has increased 12.2% year-on-year to R36.5-million, from the R32-million reported in 2017, and the R28.6-million reported in 2016, a new study finds. The average number of breached records also increased 6.31% to 21 090, the IBM Security... 

Radio broadcasting sector faces hurdles

3rd August 2018 There is still a lot of room for investment and growth in the radio broadcasting sector, despite an increasing shift to digital and other broadcasting mediums in recent years that has left the industry in an influx, says Kagiso Media. Speaking during the Independent Communications Authority of... 

Intelsat joins alliance developing specs for inflight connectivity

3rd August 2018 Integrated satellite solutions group Intelsat has become the latest member of the consortium Seamless Air Alliance to accelerate the development of standards to facilitate better, more seamless, inflight connectivity. The Seamless Air Alliance was formed earlier this year to develop... 

Cape casino constructs water purification plant

27th July 2018 Sun International’s GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, in Cape Town, has constructed a water purification plant to treat borehole water to potable standards, change its water supply mix and become less reliant on drawing water from public resources. The R18-million plant draws water from... 

Vesco celebrates 60 years, maintains eye on ten-year vision

27th July 2018 As Vesco and its subsidiaries celebrate 60 years of successful operations, the founding Leger family has large ambitions for the future. Despite several challenges, the family-owned enterprise is currently in year three of its ten-year strategy of capturing 10% of the world’s business and growing... 

Vodacom posts Q1 uptick in revenue, subscriber numbers

24th July 2018 JSE-listed Vodacom on Tuesday reported strong momentum during the first quarter of the year, with normalised group revenue and service revenue having increased by 5% and 5.2% to R21.5-billion and R17.8-billion respectively. During the quarter ended June 30, the group reported its results on an... 

SA can still shape its own Fourth Industrial Revolution destiny

20th July 2018 As the Fourth Industrial Revolution rapidly blurs the lines between the physical, digital and biological spaces, South Africa has a unique opportunity to influence the impact on its economy to the benefit of society as a whole. Despite the next revolution delivering significant advancements, such... 

FibreCo boosts broadband connectivity in Kroonstad

20th July 2018 Open-access infrastructure and connectivity provider FibreCo Telecommunications has lit up its first city along its national fibre route between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Under the “FibreCo Kroonstad connectivity project”, Free State city Kroonstad is the first in FibreCo’s town connectivity... 

WiFi access demand surges in South Africa

20th July 2018 Demand for access to WiFi across South Africa is rising as connectivity becomes critical to business and employee activity. A new report by Ruckus Networks and World Wide Worx shows that 51.4% of the corporate companies and 50% of the small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) surveyed say the need... 

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