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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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Norton Rose to advise on Zimbabwe power projects

24th January 2012 International law firm Norton Rose, in association with Zimbabwe-based counsel Gill Godlonton & Gerrans, has been awarded a contract advising the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) on two power projects, the company said on Tuesday. Norton Rose would advise ZPC on its 600 MW Hwange thermal power... 

DoC continues broadband push into rural areas

24th January 2012 The Department of Communications (DoC) continued to push rural connectivity and has identified 161 areas on which to focus with the aim of bridging the rural/urban divide by 2020. The DoC intended to establish 400 access centres, including community post offices and outlets, for rural people to... 

Minister confirms digital migration delay

24th January 2012 The migration from analogue broadcasting to digital terrestrial television (DTT), which was scheduled to start April, has been delayed until the third quarter of 2012, Communications Minister Dina Pule said on Tuesday. Confirmation of a new date to switch off the analogue, which was scheduled... 

Eskom says meeting demand, but supply remains tight

23rd January 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom reported that peak demand last week was met with sufficient capacity and that, while the power utility continued to make progress with its programme of planned maintenance, the system remained tight. Electricity demand is expected to peak on Tuesday at 31 367 MW,... 

Ispa seeks clarity on application of CPA to prepaid data

23rd January 2012 The Internet Service Providers’ Association (Ispa) called for clarity on the National Consumer Commission’s intention of applying Section 63 of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) to data or other electronic services. Section 63 of the CPA, which was promulgated in April last year, stated that a... 

Fatality at Two Rivers platinum mine

23rd January 2012 African Rainbow Minerals has reported a fatality at the Two Rivers platinum mine, a joint venture with Impala Platinum. Operations were halted at the mine on Saturday to allow for the re-evaluation of safety procedures after an employee was fatally injured during a fall-of-ground accident, the... 

Illegal strike slows Implats production

23rd January 2012 Platinum miner Impala Platinum (Implats) was losing 3 000 oz/d of production at its Rustenburg operations owing to an illegal strike, said spokesperson Alice Lourens. The work stoppage, which entered its second day on Monday, was declared illegal and the company would take legal action against... 

Jasco buys power solutions firm FerroTech

23rd January 2012 JSE-listed Jasco has agreed to buy power and energy solutions company Ferro Resistant Technologies (FerroTech) for R13-million, it announced on Monday. CEO Pete da Silva said Jasco was being positioned to cater to the end-to-end requirements of business through the offerings housed in its... 

5 000 Implats workers down tools at Rustenburg

23rd January 2012 Platinum miner Impala Platinum (Implats) said on Monday that 5 000 rock drill operators have downed tools at its Rustenburg operations in a strike that has been declared illegal. The company said it would take legal action against employees failing to return to work on Tuesday. 

Gijima to cooperate with latest DHA investigation

23rd January 2012 JSE-listed Gijima said it would cooperate with the latest investigation into the 2007 awarding of the Who Am I Online (WAIO) contract by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and that it was confident the Public Protector’s probe would not find anything untoward. The company said in a statement... 

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