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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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MTN, Cell C secure extension on new end-user regulations deadline

16th November 2018 Mobile operators Cell C and MTN South Africa have reached an agreement with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) over the implementation of the End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations. The terms of the settlement set a new date of February 28, 2019, for the... 

Toll firm sees resolution of e-toll impasse as critical to unlocking investment

16th November 2018 Future upgrades, new developments and freeway links under the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) are being threatened by the public’s non-compliance with the e-tolling system, Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) CEO Coenie Vermaak says. Should the development of the second and third phase of... 

Connectivity seen as key to leveraging digital spinoffs in farming

16th November 2018 Disruptive technologies will impact Africa the most, with innovation greatly transforming the continent’s economic potential and delivering the greatest amount of change – and industry can assist farming communities to embrace this digital future. “Agriculture plays a critical role in meeting... 

IoT tools can be used to improve water management

16th November 2018 The Internet of Things (IoT) can help preserve scare resources, as pollution and climate change results in greater pressure on water supply and increasing human population and urbanisation leads to a higher demand, Apex Innovation MD Brynn Williams says. “The consequence [of this trend] is higher... 

Icasa calls for comment for IMT roadmap

13th November 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Tuesday called for public comment on its draft International Mobile Telephony (IMT) Roadmap. Stakeholders have until January 18 to give their views on the document that seeks to unlock universal availability of broadband... 

Telkom delivers strong H1, retrenchment, retirement costs cut earnings

13th November 2018 Voluntary severance package (VSP) and voluntary early retirement package (VERP) costs have dragged down the earnings of JSE-listed Telkom during the first half of the year. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended September 30 declined by 3.3% to 288c apiece owing to a... 

Vodacom posts H1 uptick

12th November 2018 JSE-listed Vodacom on Monday posted growth across the board for the first half of the 2019 financial year, with service revenue up 6.1% to R36.8-billion and group revenue up 5.6% to R44.4-billion. During the six months ended September 30, the group achieved headline earnings a share of 385c, a 6%... 

Opic, Africell commit $100m to develop Africa’s telecommunications environment

9th November 2018 US development finance institution Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic) and mobile telecommunications operator Africell have signed a financing deal that will see $100-million injected into the development of the telecommunications sector in Africa. The growth capital facility, one of... 

Rural mobile connectivity drive

9th November 2018 Integrated satellite communications group Intelsat has partnered with Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) to bring mobile connectivity to unserved rural communities across multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Through a strategic investment in AMN, Intelsat aims to accelerate the adoption of... 

Analytics to play a critical role in AI growth

9th November 2018 The democratisation of analytics and algorithms will drive the success of the artificial intelligence(AI) boom, says SAS CTO, COO and executive VP Oliver Schabenberger. Having cemented a central role in the heart of the AI revolution, analytics and data science can become a real growth... 

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