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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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Multibillion-rand signalling upgrade project for 2011

10th December 2010 The planned five-year nationwide implementation and installation of a new, modern railway signalling system, as well as the Gauteng Nerve Centre (GNC) on Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (Prasa's) commuter rail network is scheduled to start in January 2011. 

Very high speed rail for SA?

10th December 2010 A paper presented at the South African Transport Conference 2010, held in Gauteng, in August, questions if South Africa is ready for, and would benefit from very high-speed rail. 

Concerns that skills may dissipate as Gautrain nears completion

10th December 2010 With the Gautrain rapid rail link project nearing completion, there are concerns that the skills developed and acquired during the construction of South Africa's high-speed rail network may dissipate. 

New standards to contribute to rail safety

10th December 2010 A new South African National Standard (SANS 3000-4) covering Human Factors, which is expected to be published in early 2011, will be a key contributor to improving railway safety, says Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) senior manager for safety standards Jacintha Naidoo.  

Employee development at forefront of process automation

26th November 2010 Skills development is a key component of the development of South African economy, says process field instrumentation specialist company Endress+Hauser marketing manager Hennie Blignaut. 

Pyrotemp division relocated 
to Benoni

26th November 2010 Process automation company Endress+Hauser’s production centre for temperature, based in Germany, has invested over R20-million in a new production facility, for its Pyrotemp division, in Apex, Benoni, east of Johannesburg. 

Integration solutions key to success

26th November 2010 The increasingly rapid change in the instrumentation market and in customer behaviour, owing to technology developments, globalisation and market transparency, are significant challenges, reports Endress+Hauser MD Rob MacKenzie. 

Rail critical to SA’s development

29th October 2010 An effective and efficient rail infrastructure is key to South Africa’s successful participation in global trade and movement, which will enable the growth and development of the country 

South Africa’s rail agency’s 
five-year strategy

29th October 2010 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has developed a new five-year strategy, which will see the company transforming itself into a commercially viable entity that will evolve into a top public transport operator in the country’s high-volume passenger corridors, by 2015. 

Ecodriving for Western Cape’s metered-taxi drivers

29th October 2010 An ecodriving training pilot project, in the Western Cape province, aims to have its ecodriving training material integrated into the unit standard professional driver qualification under the national Transport Education Training Authority (TETA). 

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