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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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Chile confident that stable legislation, strong institutions promote its mining sector

2nd October 2017 As various headwinds continue to challenge mining industries worldwide, a Chilean delegation visiting South Africa on Monday spoke of stable legal frameworks and solid institutions as being critical factors in the success of its mining sector. As part of a Chilean delegation visiting three... 

South Africa’s mining companies return to profitability, but sustainability remains a concern

29th September 2017 Despite wading through what is being dubbed the year of regulatory conflict, South Africa’s mining industry in 2017 has seen a turnaround in financial performance and the first substantial increase in revenue in five years, the latest PwC SA Mine report has shown. Spot price increases for bulk... 

Firestone sells 195 330 ct in latest diamond sales

29th September 2017 Aim-listed Firestone Diamonds sold 195 330 ct of diamonds during its latest diamond sales, held in July and September, in Antwerp, netting about $13.5-million in proceeds. The company attributed the drop in the average realised value from $107/ct to an average value of $69/ct to the continued... 

Weighed down by corruption, State capture

29th September 2017 It has been five years since the adoption of the National Development Plan (NDP), with a second commission having been appointed to drive its implementation, aimed at guiding South Africa’s economic and developmental future. However, the two goals most core to the NDP’s ambitions – reducing... 

Focus on structural constraints to revive SA’s flagging investment status

29th September 2017 With South Africa’s recent ratings downgrades sparking a short-term action plan to claw back its investment grade, it would be more prudent for the country to focus on establishing a stable, healthy, societal base able to leverage regained ratings levels, according to Makhaya Advisory South... 

Strategic thinking vital if SA is to make mark in rest of continent

29th September 2017 Consortia, skills and logistics have become the most critical elements in ensuring South Africa’s input in a growing Africa, delegates at the Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba heard on Thursday. Within a rapidly changing landscape, South Africa urgently needs to start planning... 

Improving manufacturing value-add key to a more equal society

29th September 2017 The revival and expansion of the manufacturing sector could play a critical role in South Africa’s challenging battle against deepening levels of inequality. High levels of manufacturing value add (MVA) can unlock opportunities for employment and greater equality in a country that suffers high... 

Nordic experience could prove useful for Southern African Power Pool integration

29th September 2017 Southern Africa can take heed of the success of the Nordic region’s achievement of energy security through successful cross-border trade and integration, its integrated markets and other critical elements of the Nord Power Pool. This is the message that emerged at the recent Nordic Energy Days... 

GoviEx receives expressions of interest from project lenders for Niger uranium project

28th September 2017 TSX-V-listed GoviEx Uranium has received expressions of interest from export credit agencies and project finance banks to arrange $220-million of senior debt financing for the construction of the Madaouela uranium project, in Niger. This followed the earlier appointment of Medea Capital Partners... 

NWK companies list on 4AX

28th September 2017 South Africa’s newest stock exchange 4 Africa Exchange (4AX) officially opened for trade on Thursday, welcoming its first two issuers listings, with about nine more in the pipeline. With the listings of agricultural businesses NWK Limited and NWK Holdings now under its belt, the journey of 4AX as... 


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