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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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AME to proceed with Mali drilling campaign

5th April 2012 Aim-listed African Mining and Exploration (AME) said it would start an auger drilling campaign on Friday on its Karan exploration permit, in Mali, despite increasing operating challenges in that country. The Karan permit region comprised a 250 m2 area about 90 km south-west of the capital Bamako. 

Working group established to explore SKA implementation options

4th April 2012 The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation said it had established a small scientific group to explore implementation options to maintain an “inclusive” approach to the site selection for the radio telescope project. SKA Organisation said members believed that it was important to maximise the... 

Ellies aims to save another 30 MW

4th April 2012 JSE-listed Ellies completed the first phase of its joint initiative Project Power Save and started a new phase this week to reduce energy consumption by an additional 30 MW, the company said on Wednesday. Ellies said the first phase of the project aimed to eventually reduce the energy demand on... 

Vodacom launches one roaming rate for African network

4th April 2012 Telecommunications group Vodacom implemented one roaming rate for data, voice, and SMS across its African network, the company announced on Wednesday. Customers travelling to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique or Tanzania would benefit from one reduced rate... 

Amplats, Zimbabwe to meet on Unki indigenisation plan

4th April 2012 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said on Wednesday that it would meet officials from the Zimbabwe government later this week to discuss the indigenisation plan for its Unki mine. The world’s largest platinum producer submitted its indigenisation plan for its first Zimbabwe-based platinum... 

NUM threatens to intensify strike as Modikwa withdraws offer

4th April 2012 Modikwa platinum mine, a joint venture between African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), has withdrawn from negotiations with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). The mine said on Wednesday that the protracted collective bargaining process with NUM, spanning... 

BBBEE Amendment Bill to be tabled in Parliament next month

3rd April 2012 The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Amendment Bill was expected to be tabled in Parliament in May, said Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Tuesday. However, a number of tweaks were still required to ensure that BEE would be implemented the way in which it was intended. 

Air traffic outlook fragile, despite strong Feb performance

3rd April 2012 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) reported an 8.6% increase in passenger demand and a 5.2% increase in cargo demand during February, compared to the same period in 2011. The organisation on Tuesday attributed the year-on-year demand growth to weaker traffic during the Arab... 

Sandton leading grade-A office market recovery

3rd April 2012 The Sandton central business district (CBD) achieved a rental growth of 16% during the fourth quarter of 2011, Rode’s report on the South African Property Market found. Sandton’s CBD reported declining vacancy rates and improving demand for grade-A office space, indicating that Sandton could be... 

Business confidence drops to 3-year low

3rd April 2012 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Business Confidence Index (BCI) for March 2012 dropped 3.8 index points to 95.7, the chamber reported on Tuesday. Following an increase of 2.4 points in February, the monthly index fell to its lowest comparable level since March... 


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