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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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FibreCo opens hosting facilities to boost WACS connectivity

10th May 2017 Open-access infrastructure and connectivity provider FibreCo on Wednesday officially opened its hosting facility, adjacent to the West Africa Cable System (WACS) landing station in Yzerfontein, Western Cape. The open-access hosting and co-location facilities, which connected directly into the... 

BCX makes R60m contribution to coding skills incubator

10th May 2017 A R60-million boost from information and communication technology group BCX has enabled nonprofit technology incubator WeThinkCode to expand its intake capacity by more than double and to kick-start an expansion programme to open its next campus in Cape Town. The tuition-free, peer-to-peer... 

DiamondCorp officially appoints administrators

10th May 2017 The appointment of Cork Gully’s Stephen Cork and Jo Milner as joint administrators for embattled diamond development company DiamondCorp became effective on Wednesday. Late in April, the company had filed notice of its intention to appoint the administrators after the board had determined that... 

Civils', builders' business confidence remains stagnant in Q1

9th May 2017 The small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) segment in both the building and civil engineering sectors remained under pressure in the first quarter of this year, with the latest Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) business conditions survey marking the seventh consecutive quarter of... 

Labour Minister to take hardline stance on noncompliance with EE Act

9th May 2017 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant on Tuesday slammed calls for the scrapping of employment equity (EE) and affirmative action policies, stating that the objectives of the policies have not yet been achieved and a harsher approach to noncompliance is on the cards. Highlighting the dismal outcomes... 

National consultations on supporting ICT White Paper draft strategies begin

8th May 2017 The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) on Monday kicked off the first sessions of a planned national public consultation roadshow to unpack details of the three recently gazetted strategies to implement the National Integrated Information and Communication Technologies... 

Stellar secures two-month loan note extension

5th May 2017 London-listed Stellar Diamonds has secured a two-month extension to the longstop dates with the noteholders of its two outstanding convertible loan notes. “Stellar is undergoing a transformation from an explorer to a mine developer. I would like to thank the noteholders for their continued... 

Kibo gold spin-off Katoro to list in May

5th May 2017 Aim-listed Opera Investment is eyeing May 23 as the date to cancel its admission on the London bourse – and the start of trading of newly formed spin-off Katoro Gold Mining, as the proposed sale of AltX- and Aim-listed Kibo Mining’s northern Tanzania-based gold assets is wrapped up. Opera... 

Urgent reforms needed to ensure Africa creates the 450m jobs it needs in 20yrs

5th May 2017 Less than a quarter of the 450-million new jobs needed for Africa’s youth over the next two decades will be created unless urgent reforms to boost productivity and competitiveness are undertaken. The ‘Africa Competitiveness Report 2017’ reveals that Africa’s working age population is growing... 

Eskom removes power line to protect endangered bird species

5th May 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom has removed a section of an overhead power line that posed a hazard to endangered species, the Grey Crowned Crane. This followed an assessment into an incident reported to the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) by a landowner in which a Grey Crowned Crane collided... 


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