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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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BlueRock achieves 24-hour production target

15th March 2017 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds now has the capacity to produce sufficient material to supply the processing plant at the Kareevlei mine, in the Northern Cape, after commissioning the new crushing and screening circuit. The diamond mining company said the operations, tested under full load and... 

Google hits 1m digital skills training target ahead of schedule

15th March 2017 With Google reaching its target of upgrading the digital skills of one-million people across Africa ahead of its 12-month deadline, it now seeks to expand its offerings offline and in different languages. The Digital Skills programme, launched last year, offers 89 courses through the online... 

Icasa to publish findings on effect of pro-competitive conditions in the call termination regulations by April 30

15th March 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Wednesday held a stakeholder meeting on the impending review of the pro-competitive conditions imposed on licensees in the 2014 mobile call termination rate and fixed call termination rate regulations. The authority is conducting... 

Eskom, CDC sign MoU in preparation for possible Thyspunt nuclear build

14th March 2017 As South Africa “gears up” for its Nuclear New Build Programme (NNBP), State-owned power utility Eskom has joined hands with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) as its partner on the ground at the preferred Thyspunt site, in the Eastern Cape, for the construction of the programme’s first... 

Cell C posts first profit of R540m

14th March 2017 South Africa’s third-largest mobile operator Cell C on Tuesday posted a profit for the first time of R540-million for the year ended December 31, a reverse on the loss of R5.6-billion recorded in the prior financial year. The growth was attributed in bulk to foreign exchange-related gains... 

Kusile’s Unit 1 reaches full load

14th March 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom on Tuesday said that Kusile power station’s Unit 1 had reached its full 800 MW load-generating capacity last week after the initial synchronisation on December 26. Kusile Unit 1, which is in the final stages of the combustion optimisation phase, is now one step... 

Resgen secures $8.4m facility extension

14th March 2017 Dual-listed Resource Generation (Resgen) has obtained a further $8.4-million to fund the operations and development of the Boikarabelo mine, in the Waterberg coalfield, until project funding is secured. An extension of a March 2014 facility agreement with Noble Resources International, agreed on... 

PRASA gets interim board in attempt to bring stability

13th March 2017 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has appointed an interim board to stabilise the ailing Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and guide the parastatal until a new, permanent board is selected. Peters last week dissolved the entire PRASA board on the back of “declining performance, lack of... 

Pan African to reopen Evander shafts within 55-day timeline

13th March 2017 Aim- and JSE-listed Pan African Resources is on track to bring its Evander shafts back into operation, 30% leaner in terms of its workforce and within the company’s 55-day safety-linked mining suspension timeline. The group on February 20 announced the temporary suspension of underground... 

Van Zyl first African to become senior managing officer at Toyota Motor Corporation

10th March 2017 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) chairperson and Toyota Motor Europe (TME) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl has become the first African to be promoted to senior managing officer by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC). The appointment, a step up from managing officer, is effective April 1, two... 

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