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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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LHDA appoints engineering panel for Phase 2 of the LHWP

8th February 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has appointed an engineering panel of experts for the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands water project (LHWP II). The panel comprises a selection of experts from the UK, Europe, the US and Australia, with the combined knowledge covering... 

Big economic opportunity being missed as ewaste piles up

8th February 2019 The rise in electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) is resulting in a lost economic opportunity of $62.5-billion a year– a value greater than the gross domestic product of most countries – a new report shows. Each year, about 50-million tonnes of e-waste is being discarded – with less than 20%... 

Namibia Critical Metals signs deal for Kunene small-scale mining initiative

7th February 2019 TSX-V-listed Namibia Critical Metals has signed a deal with a private, undisclosed Namibia-based group for the development of a small-scale manganese mine at its wholly-owned subsidiary Kunene Resources Namibia’s operations. The agreement allows the local Namibian group to produce manganese... 

Dam levels stable for now

6th February 2019 South Africa’s dam levels have stabilised at a national average of 62.5%, with most dams’ water levels expected to rise with more rain and cooler weather over the next week. Intermittent thundershowers in parts of South Africa have stabilised dam levels, while the South African Weather Service... 

Karoo gets rain, but drought far from over

4th February 2019 Much-needed rainfall in the drought-stricken Karoo region has resulted in some rivers flowing for the first time in four years; however, the drought persists and water conservation efforts remain critical. In a statement issued on Monday, Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and... 

MTN expects 20% improvement in FY18 earnings

4th February 2019 Telecommunications giant MTN expects its earnings for the year ended December 31, 2018, to increase by 20%. Its headline earnings per share (HEPS) and attributable earnings per share (EPS) are anticipated to be 36.4c and 49.2c respectively higher than the HEPS and EPS of 182c and 246c recorded in... 

IoT threats still a concern despite a focus on security

1st February 2019 Despite an increased focus on Internet of Things (IoT) security, only 48% of companies can detect if any of their IoT devices suffer a breach, a new study by digital security giant Gemalto shows. Nearly 90% of the companies surveyed believe that it is a “big consideration” for customers, with... 

South Africa secures new money transfer service

1st February 2019 Digital money transfer service WorldRemit has launched a low-cost digital money transfer service from South Africa to over 145 international destinations. The group, after securing a regulatory licence to operate in South Africa as a ‘send’ country, opened a new office in Johannesburg in January... 

Multinationals can help ignite home-grown ICT industry

1st February 2019 Growth in South Africa’s information and communication technology (ICT) industry can be bolstered by combining the technology, research and development ability of major multinationals with the skills and knowledge of local companies. Multinationals have a significant role to play in uplifting the... 

Icasa urged to tread cautiously regarding cybersecurity role

1st February 2019 As the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) seeks to define its role and responsibilities in the cybersecurity and cyberthreat regulatory environment, industry input suggests that the regulator’s resources will be best placed elsewhere. Icasa in January kicked off the... 


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