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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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Email: newsdesk@engineeringnews.co.za

Rustenburg rapid transit project director appointed

27th February 2012 Marks Rapoo has been tasked with heading up the steering committee for the R3-billion Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) project. The municipality task team was responsible for providing guidance on key issues on the project, including compliance, policy, financial control, resource allocation and... 

Movicel to launch LTE network in Angola

27th February 2012 Mobile services company Movicel is rolling out a long-term evolution (LTE) frequency division duplex 1.8 Ghz network throughout Cabinda province, in Angola. A commercial contract signed between Movicel and global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider Huawei during... 

Vunani investigates greening of older buildings

27th February 2012 Vunani Property Investment Fund (VPIF) started examining the viability of converting its 25 properties across South Africa into more efficient ‘greener’ buildings. The investment firm completed a pilot conversion of a 108-year old building in Cape Town’s financial district last year and has been... 

Kenya Airlines, KLM launch China-Africa cargo service

24th February 2012 Kenya Airways and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have teamed up to introduce the first direct freighter service between mainland China and Africa, the parties announced this week. The joint venture between KLM cargo and Kenya Airways cargo division KQ Cargo would link Kenya’s capital Nairobi to... 

Zimbabwe partially rejects Mimosa indigenisation plan

24th February 2012 Platinum miners Impala Platinum (Implats) and Aquarius Platinum said on Friday that Zimbabwe had rejected a portion of the indigenisation plan for the Mimosa mine, which they jointly own. Implats said it would negotiate with Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister Saviour... 

Sappi says chemical cellulose demand relatively strong, expansions on track

24th February 2012 Paper and packaging group Sappi said this month that its chemical cellulose business, which currenlty accounts for most of its operating profit in Southern Africa, continued to perform strongly, helped by a weaker rand/dollar exchange rate. 

SA awards offshore exploration licence to Shell

24th February 2012 Oil and gas group Shell has been granted a right to explore an area of 37 000 m2 in the Orange basin off South Africa’s north-west coast. 

Cips and UP team up on supply chain management

23rd February 2012 The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (Cips) Southern Africa and the University of 
Pretoria (UP) have partnered to further professionalise the procurement and supply chain profession, Cips announced on Thursday. The parties signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on... 

DMR approves Petmin’s SamQuarz sale

23rd February 2012 The Department of Mineral Resources has approved Petmin’s R259-million sale of the SamQuarz silica mine, near Delmas, in Mpumalanga, to a subsidiary of Spain’s Grupo FerroAtlantica. However, the sale remained subject to a Competition Tribunal appeal by Petmin and Thaba Chueu Mining against a... 

Coal miner Exxaro to submit five renewable energy bids

23rd February 2012 South Africa’s second-largest coal miner Exxaro Resources moving ahead with plans to generate clean energy.  

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