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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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Municipalities continue to underspend capital budgets

27th January 2012 South African municipalities have underspent R12.4-billion, or 29.3%, of their capital budgets in the 12 months to the end of June 2011, the National Treasury stated this month. Municipal underspending of capital budgets stood at R8.5-billion, or 17.1%, in 2009/10. 

Sexwale to join Antarctica climate change expedition

26th January 2012 Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale will be joining a climate change expedition to the Antarctica this weekend. The expedition, called Destination: Reality 2012, aimed to resolve doubts about the seriousness of climate change and the crisis facing the world, the Human Settlements Department... 

Implats says 15% of rock drill operators back at work

26th January 2012 Only 15% of the 5 000 rock drill operators who where participating in an illegal strike over salary grievances at Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) Rustenburg operations had reapplied for their jobs by Thursday afternoon. Implats fired the employees on Wednesday and, as part of an agreement with the... 

First Uranium cuts 2012 gold production estimates

26th January 2012 TSX- and JSE-listed First Uranium on Thursday lowered its gold production forecast for 2012 and said it would not achieve its gold and uranium sales target for the financial year. The company, which warned late last year it might lay off 1 850 people at its Ezulwini mine, downgraded its gold... 

Icasa settles wage dispute with CWU

26th January 2012 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) have agreed to an 8% salary increase for all employees falling under the bargaining unit. This follows industrial action last week by Icasa employees seeking an 11% increase, R1 500.00... 

Low business confidence pulls down office, industrial rentals

26th January 2012 Low business confidence and moderate economic growth were suppressing the demand for real office and industrial space, the latest report by property consultant Rode and Associates has found. CEO Erwin Rode said on Thursday businesses were unlikely to expand premises or hire new employees while... 

Kumba Iron Ore output up as Kolomela starts production

26th January 2012 South African mining group Kumba Iron Ore on Thursday reported a production increase of 4%, reaching 11.2-million tons during the fourth quarter of 2011. The Anglo American subsidiary attributed the higher output to the first production from Kolomela mine, near Postmasburg, in the Northern Cape,... 

Harmony reports second Doornkop fatality of 2012

26th January 2012 JSE-listed Harmony Gold has reported its second fatality of the year at its Doornkop mine, near Randfontein. An accident at the mine’s shaft bottom claimed the life of an employee on Wednesday, and operations have been halted while an investigation was under way, said CEO Graham Briggs on Thursday. 

Barloworld equipment orders increase underpinned by mining

25th January 2012 Industrial equipment group Barloworld reported increased revenue and operating profits in its equipment division owing to sustained mining, contract mining and after sales activity during the first quarter of 2012. The firm’s order book increased from R5.2-billion at September to over R6-billion. 

Zuma to promote job-creating partnerships at WEF

25th January 2012 President Jacob Zuma will market and promote opportunities offered through the New Growth Path (NGP) at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, this week. The President, who was accompanied by a number of Ministers including Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Trade and Industry... 


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