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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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Altech appoints new Kenya Data Networks CEO

31st October 2011 JSE-listed Allied Technologies (Altech) has appointed Shahab Meshki as CEO of Altech Kenya Data Networks (KDN). Meshki, who will report directly to Altech group executive of converged services Tim Ellis, will be responsible for creating the vision, business architecture and go-to-market strategy... 

MTN subscribers up 4.1%, Nigeria demands better service

27th October 2011 Telecommunications group MTN increased its subscribers by 4.1% to 158.6-million in the third quarter, the JSE-listed firm reported in Thursday and added that it had been warned about the quality of its service in Nigeria. 

Big mobile data growth forecast

27th October 2011 The number of connected devices globally is expected to increase from the current 4-billion to 15-billion by 2015, increasing to 50-billion by 2020, creating traffic on the networks. Social networking is driving the growth, with the uploading of 40 hours of videos a minute to the youtube... 

Vodacom achieves SA's first 6-star green building rating

25th October 2011 Mobile group Vodacom has achieved South Africa’s first six-star Green Star SA rating for its new Vodafone Innovation Centre building, in Midrand, Johannesburg. The building, which would be completed in the first quarter of 2012, would be carbon neutral and powered by renewable energy, the... 

The business case for mining, managing environment simultaneously

21st October 2011 The development of green mining initia-tives and more environment-friendly projects will become an increasingly economically viable option for the mining industry, commentators indicate to Mining Weekly. While, initially, it may be costly to initiate or implement environmental programmes to... 

Zimbabwe mining sector grows, but challenges remain

14th October 2011 Zimbabwe is endowed with significant coal resources, particularly in the north-west and southern regions, and it has been estimated that, while the country has not yet been fully explored and developed, it holds about 26 500-million tons of mineral resources, of which 10 500-million tons are... 

€20m biomass-fuelled plant to be completed end-2012

30th September 2011 Power and heating plant solutions company MW Power, a joint venture between global sustainable technology providers Metso and Wärtsilä, has started construction of a modularised biomass power plant for combined heat and power (CHP) production for local energy utility Heizkraftwerk Zwickau Süd, in... 

Noshcon celebrates 50 years

30th September 2011 NOSA's fiftieth international occupational safety, health and environmental risk management conference and exhibition (Noshcon) attracted close to 700 visiting delegates. 

Beneficiation to be incorporated in new Zim diamond policy

16th September 2011 Zimbabwe wants 10% of all diamonds mined in the country to be cut and polished locally, Mines Minister Obert Mpofu said in Harare this week. A diamond policy is currently being drafted and will incorporate a beneficiation strategy encouraging investors to add value locally. 

Company to start local manufacture of cooling system

16th September 2011 Precision cooling products manufacturer AIAC Air Conditioning will start the local manufacture of parent company Airedale International’s latest cooling system, in September. 


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