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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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Neotel doubles consumer subscribers to 100 000

26th March 2012 Telecommunications provider Neotel on Monday said that it more than doubled its consumer customer base to 100 000 during the current financial year. Neotel, which generated 90% of its revenue from its business customer base, said the company was set to double its consumer customer base again... 

Labour bills could stifle job growth, business organisations warn

26th March 2012 Business organisations have voiced concern over amendments to South Africa’s labour legislation, approved by Cabinet last week, but welcomed a decision not to ban labour broking. The Steel and Engineering Industries’ Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) said that the Basic Conditions of... 

African Potash upbeat about Congo project

23rd March 2012 Aim-listed African Potash said on Friday it was hopeful of shortly completing its acquisition of a potash exploration company in the Republic of Congo. The exploration and investment company in February agreed to buy Patagonia Capital, which held a 70% interest in Congo-based La Societe des... 

SA mobile data to grow 49-fold by 2016

23rd March 2012 Mobile data traffic in South Africa will grow 49-fold from 2011 to 2016, information technology network solutions company Cisco chief technology officer Kevin Bloch said on Friday. Discussing the company’s release of its Visual Networking Index (VNI) global mobile data forecast for 2011 to 2016,... 

First-quarter manufacturing confidence jumps

23rd March 2012 Business confidence in the manufacturing sector jumped 12 index points, reaching 47 during the first quarter of 2012 on the back of improved business conditions. 

Philips launches energy efficient lighting company

23rd March 2012 Mutinational Philips has launched a new company offering total project solutions in switching to energy efficient lighting solutions for public- and private-sector buildings and businesses. Philips Lighting Solutions, which initially aimed to target commercial and industrial industries, offered... 

MTN to spend R24bn on infrastructure this year

23rd March 2012 Telecoms group MTN would spend R24.4-billion on key infrastructure projects to support voice quality, capacity and data growth during 2012, it said on Wednesday. 

Joburg to invest R100bn on infrastructure

22nd March 2012 The City of Johannesburg will spend over R100-billion on economic and social infrastructure over the next ten years, City of Johannesburg executive mayor Parks Tau said on Thursday. To enable Johannesburg to facilitate local economic activity and create an enabling environment for growth, the... 

Firestone Energy gets short-term finance facility

22nd March 2012 ASX- and JSE-listed Firestone Energy said on Thursday that it entered into a conditional, short-term $2.2-million finance facility. The coal development company intended for the facility to provide working capital while it was negotiating the offer received from Tata Power and pending the... 

Wits Gold to widen loss as employment costs rise

20th March 2012 JSE-listed Witwatersrand Gold Resources on Tuesday said it expected a basic and headline loss of between 70c and 80c a share, respectively, for the 10 months ended December 31, 2011. The increased loss was attributed to higher employment-related expenditure of R9.3-million, which included... 

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