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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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Paper, pulp industry eager to participate in renewables tender

14th March 2012 The South African paper and pulp industry should be able to contribute significantly to electricity production in the country, said IES Energy director Dave Long on Wednesday. Speaking at a South African Independent Power Producers Association gathering, he said that the industry was able to... 

Eqstra sells mining unit to Caterpillar for R475m

14th March 2012 Contract mining and equipment group Eqstra has sold its mining services business units in South Africa and Botswana to mining equipment provider Caterpillar Global Mining. The units, sold for R475-million as a going concern, were responsible for the Bucyrus international distributorship to... 

Eqstra sells mining unit to Caterpillar for R475m

14th March 2012 Contract mining and equipment group Eqstra has sold its mining services business units in South Africa and Botswana to mining equipment provider Caterpillar Global Mining. The units, sold for R475-million as a going concern, were responsible for the Bucyrus international distributorship to... 

Microdots for new vehicles compulsory from September

14th March 2012 Microdotting is set to become compulsory on all new motor vehicles sold from September 1, 2012. This follows the implementation of the National Road Traffic Act amendments by Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele on March 9, which also noted that all motor vehicles requiring a South African Police... 

DoC to clarify USAASA mandate, develop outcome-based programmes

13th March 2012 The Department of Communications (DoC) is amending the Electronic Communications Act to suitably position and further clarify the mandate of the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA). The capacity of the agency to spend and account for the universal service access fund... 

Icasa calls on telecoms firms to join the digital migration party

13th March 2012 Telecommunications group MTN has objected to the use of the Universal Service and Access Fund to subsidise the five-million set-top boxes (STB) required for digital terrestrial television (DTT). In a submission to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), MTN pointed out... 

Clover lifts profit, reports stable market

13th March 2012 JSE-listed Clover on Tuesday reported a profit of R110-million for the year ended December 2011, up from the R97-million recorded the year before. The dairy foods producer reported increased headline earnings of R109.6-million, up 16.6% from R94-million in 2010, on the back of higher operating... 

MTN slams Turkcell’s US court action threat

12th March 2012 Telecommunications group MTN on Monday criticised telecoms group Turkcell’s refusal to cooperate with an independent investigation set up by MTN. The investigation, headed up by British supreme-court judge Lord Leonard Hoffmann, would look into allegations by Turkcell of corruption in the bid to... 

Ferrex declares maiden resource at Malelane

12th March 2012 Aim-listed Ferrex has declared a maiden Joint Ore Reserves Committee- (Jorc-) compliant resource of 139-million tons at 40.1% calcined iron (CaFe) at its Malelane iron-ore project, in Mpumalanga. The iron-ore and manganese company believed the inferred resource would enable an operation with an... 

Vunani says financial performance solid

12th March 2012 Investment firm Vunani Property Investment Fund (VPIF) reported on Monday a solid financial performance since listing on the JSE in August 2011, despite a difficult operating environment. The company, meeting its distribution target of 8%, declared a maiden cash distribution of 27c a linked unit... 

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