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Natasha Odendaal

Natasha Odendaal

Natasha Odendaal is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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SA’s ten-year water plan faces R338bn funding challenge

7th September 2012 The capital requirement for the water sector has increased to R670-billion over the next ten years, up from an initial estimate of R573-billion earlier this year, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Monday as she published the second National Water Resources Strategy... 

Africa emerges as central to Afrox’s growth aspirations

7th September 2012 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) reported a jump in net profit for the six months to June, reaching R187-million, compared with the R58-million achieved in the first half of 2011. The company, which focused on effective cost management, improving plant reliability and raising customer service... 

Grindrod studies next phase of Maputo coal terminal expansion

7th September 2012 JSE-listed logistics and shipping group Grindrod on Wednesday reported a 119% jump in net profit to R608-million for the six months ended June, from the R277-million recorded in the first half of 2011. Revenue for the period reached R19.65-billion – a 11% rise from R17.77-billion in the... 

SSI changes name to Royal HaskoningDHV after merger

7th September 2012 South Africa-based engineering and environmental consultancy SSI was renamed Royal HaskoningDHV on Tuesday following the completion of a merger between Royal Haskoning and DHV Group, of which SSI was part. Three other DHV companies based in Southern Africa, specialist mining consultancy Turgis,... 

Tshwane starts public consultation on long-term transport plans

6th September 2012 The City of Tshwane on Thursday started engaging key stakeholders, in its sixth week of themed public consultations, to further develop a roadmap to an integrated transport system in the city and surrounds. The transport strategy formed part of Tshwane 2055 – a four-decade "game-changing"... 

Implats confirms receipt of fresh wage demands

5th September 2012 JSE-listed platinum miner Impala Platinum (Implats) is considering its options after receiving a new series of wage demands from its workers. Spokesperson Bob Gilmour confirmed with Mining Weekly Online on Wednesday that fresh demands had been received, but he did not disclose the source of... 

PIC increases shareholding in Northam to 18.9%

5th September 2012 JSE-listed Northam Platinum reported on Wednesday that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has increased its shareholding in the company to 18.9%. The platinum producer also announced that black economic-empowerment (BEE) investor Afripalm Resources subsidiary Newshelf sold its 37.2-million... 

FoneWorx profit jumps 14%

5th September 2012 Telecommunications and information technology group FoneWorx on Wednesday reported delivering a 14.5% increase in gross profit, from R55.5-million in 2011, to R63.5-million for the year ended June 2012. Group earnings a share increased 14.5% to 16.52c in 2012, from 14.44c in the previous year,... 

Gold Fields KDC workers to return to work

5th September 2012 Workers at JSE-listed Gold Fields' KDC East mine, in Carletonville, agreed to end a week-long illegal strike and report for duty on Wednesday evening. The 12 000 workers affiliated with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) downed tools last week demanding that their branch leadership resign,... 

Collaboration key to next digital era

5th September 2012 Moving toward successfully pursuing the ‘Internet of things’ or smart, networked industries would require industrywide collaboration, said Telkom executive for converged business services Steven White. Speaking at the Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference, in... 


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