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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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Vodacom says international growth momentum continuing

21st May 2012 JSE-listed Vodacom reported on Monday that its international operations were gaining traction with its customer base jumping 35.5% to 18.9-million – accounting for about 40% of the group’s subscribers. Competitive pricing, improved distribution and extra site coverage added 4.9-million customers... 

Vodacom headline earnings up 8%, capex higher

21st May 2012 JSE-listed Vodacom on Monday reported an 8% increase in headline earnings a share to 709c for the year ended March, with subscribers growing 30% to 47.8-million. Its South African operating profit increased 7.4% to R16.67-billion, weighed down by higher capital expenditure (capex). 

Africa to get its own web domain

21st May 2012 A project to establish a continental top-level domain for Africa is gaining momentum, with UniForum South Africa set to know by July whether its application has been successful. UniForum, South Africa’s .za central registry, was appointed to establish and operate the domain on behalf of Africa,... 

Ncondezi Coal, Mozambique sign framework agreement

18th May 2012 Exploration and development company Ncondezi Coal and Mozambique’s Mineral Resources Ministry have signed a framework agreement for mutual cooperation in developing the Aim-listed company’s namesake project, in Tete province. The agreement was a precursor to the signing of a mining contract that... 

MTN subscribers jump as Iran records good growth

18th May 2012 JSE-listed MTN increased its subscriber base 3.7% to 170.5-million in the three months to March 2012, with strong performance from the company’s Iran-based operations.  

Rising wages for unskilled workers affecting employment – economist

18th May 2012 A report by trade union United Association of South Africa (Uasa) has found that high wages for unskilled labour in South Africa are contributing to the country’s high unemployment rates.

In the 2012 South African Employment Report, economist Mike Schüssler pointed out that many unskilled and... 

Green building council to host 
fifth convention in October

18th May 2012 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has started preparing for its fifth yearly convention and exhibition, taking place from October 23 to 25, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. 

Direct investment into Africa seen growing, but perception gap persists

18th May 2012 The perception of Africa as an attractive investment destination was expected to improve over the next three years, a survey by advisory services company Ernst & Young (E&Y) has found. 

Cell C brings cheaper call rate launch forward

17th May 2012 Telecommunications group Cell C has launched its latest prepaid promotion ‘99c For Real’ three days earlier than planned, owing to “consumer demand”, the company said on Thursday. The promotion was initially set to go live on Monday, May 20, the day after rival Vodacom’s new ‘Freedom 99’ product... 

Infrastructure growth needed for SA to remain Africa’s gateway

17th May 2012 South Africa needed to invest in and grow its infrastructure network to best position Gauteng as a financial hub and to retain the country’s status as the gateway to Africa, said Gauteng member of executive committee (MEC) for finance and economic affairs Mandla Nkomfe on Thursday. The MEC said... 

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