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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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Gold One targets 69 000 oz in June quarter

30th April 2012 ASX- and JSE-listed Gold One aims to increase its gold production to 69 000 oz in the June quarter, the South African miner said on Monday. The company, which missed its March quarterly guidance of 68 000 oz, said it was targeting 34 000 oz from its Modder East mine, 27 000 oz from its Cooke... 

Some 70 medical drugs set to be designated in solid-dosage tender

27th April 2012 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Friday selected certain pharmaceutical products for domestic production in the 'second wave' of designations in line with the amendments to the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA). 

SA moves closer to digital television

27th April 2012 Communications Minister Dina Pule said this month that South Africa had taken a step closer towards migrating to a digital terrestrial television (DTT) regime with the start of the migration from analogue broadcasting to digital television. The Department of Communications (DoC) was expected to... 

Former Eastplats MD joins Gold One

26th April 2012 ASX- and JSE-listed Gold One on Thursday announced the appointments of Wayne Robinson as executive VP for the South African operations and Michael Li as senior VP for Asia. Robinson, the former MD for Eastern Platinum, would provide mining expertise, leadership and guidance to the group’s South... 

Bushveld Minerals launches Mokopane drilling campaign

26th April 2012 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals would start its drilling and testwork programme on the Mokopane tin project, on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex, in Limpopo, on April 30. The exploration programme on its Mokopane project encompassed resource growth, metallurgical testwork and scoping and... 

Paragon buys rest of International Diamond Consultants

26th April 2012 Africa-focused diamond explorer and developer Paragon Diamonds has bought the final 1.5% stake in International Diamond Consultants (IDC) from Obtala Resources. This transaction brought the group’s shareholding in IDC to 100% after the initial acquisition of 44.3% in December 2010 and a further... 

Altech prepares for set-top box rollout

26th April 2012 JSE-listed Allied Technologies (Altech) said it was well positioned to manufacture set-top boxes (STBs) locally, as South Africa prepares for the migration of analogue broadcasting to digital terrestrial television (DTT). The company, which acquired German-based distribution, logistics, STB... 

Ncondezi searches for partner to enhance coal project

26th April 2012 Exploration and development company Ncondezi Coal on Thursday started a search for a strategic partner for its flagship coal project in Mozambique. Ncondezi indicated its interest in partnering with a company that would enhance long-term value for the project, as well as participate in the... 

IFM delays furnace restart to June

25th April 2012 London-listed International Ferro Metals (IFM) on Wednesday reported a 5% drop in production owing to furnace shutdowns during the three months ended March. Eskom-related furnace shutdowns reduced ferrochrome production to 48 762 t, from 51 446 t in the corresponding period in 2011, the South... 

Safety stops, skills turnover weigh on RBPlat output

25th April 2012 JSE-listed Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) said on Wednesday Section 54 safety stoppages had cost it an estimated 61 618 t in lost output in the first quarter, compared with 28 925 t a year earlier. The midtier platinum group metals (PGMs) miner delivered 532 000 t of ore to the concentrators... 


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