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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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India-based CIL to buy RHI Isithebe

21st June 2012 India-based Carborundum Universal (CUMI) subsidiary CIL is set to buy RHI Isithebe, the South African subsidiary of Austrian group RHI, advisory firm Deloitte said on Thursday. The transaction, which the parties entered into a binding agreement for on Thursday, would include RHI Refractories... 

Aquarius places another platinum mine on care and maintenance

21st June 2012 Johannesburg- and London-listed Aquarius Platinum has placed its Everest mine, in Mpumalanga, on care and maintenance, as ramp-up challenges and the low platinum-group metals (PGMs) price environment render the mine uneconomic. The company, which now had three of its seven operations under care... 

DPE to set up database of potential directors for SoEs

19th June 2012 Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba has called for the nomination of suitable candidates to be added to a Department of Public Enterprises’ (DPE’s) database of potential State-owned enterprises’ board directors. As part of the DPE’s strategy for the companies it managed, the department... 

Mozambique govt studies coal-to-liquid plant

18th June 2012 Mozambique’s Ministry of Energy and Clean Carbon Industries (CCI) on Monday signed an agreement to undertake a full feasibility study for the development of a coal-to-liquid plant in the Tete province. The parties aimed to produce 40 000 bbl/d of transport fuel and chemical by-products from up... 

Duvenage to leave Avis but aims to see e-tolling case to the end

18th June 2012 After five years at the helm, Wayne Duvenage on Monday announced his resignation as CEO of Avis Rent a Car to explore new opportunities, but said he would continue to work on the legal case opposing the introduction of e-tolling on Gauteng’s upgraded highways. Duvenage is heading up the... 

Engineers confident of their future but skills a concern

18th June 2012 Despite a number of initiatives aimed at dealing with the critical skills shortage in South Africa, a survey found that engineering professionals did not believe this was sufficient and remained concerned about the skills shortages in their relevant professions. The quarterly survey, undertaken... 

Fatalities, adverse ground conditions delay Ghaghoo production

18th June 2012 London-listed diamond producer Gem Diamonds on Monday said two contract workers died at its Ghaghoo underground mine project, in Botswana, when the ground collapsed at the face of the tunnel development. The combination of the fatalities – the mine’s first in 2012 – and adverse ground... 

CoAL, Exxaro to conclude buy-in negotiations by Sept

18th June 2012 A formal decision on diversified miner Exxaro’s 30% buy-in option of Coal of Africa’s (CoAL’s) Makhado project, in Limpopo, was expected by September 30, the CEO of ASX- and JSE-listed CoAL, John Wallington, said on Monday. The parties embarked on the next phase of the coking coal project’s... 

Motlanthe meets with private sector over Gauteng toll roads

15th June 2012 Government has started the first of many engagements with the private sector to assess the solutions offered as an alternative to the e-tolling system on the upgraded Gauteng highways, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Friday. Motlanthe, who is heading up the Inter-Ministerial Committee... 

Forbes Coal Q1 production up 20%

15th June 2012 TSX- and JSE-listed Forbes & Manhattan Coal on Friday reported a total saleable production increase of 20% during the first quarter of the 2013 financial year. The coal producer recorded 245 700 saleable tons of coal in the quarter to May 31, 2012, compared with the 204 300 t produced in the... 

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