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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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Wits Gold hikes DBM gold and uranium resources

10th January 2012 JSE-listed Witwatersrand Consolidated Gold Resources (Wits Gold) has released a revised mineral resource model for the De Bron-Merriespruit (DBM) project, located in the Southern Free State goldfield. This follows the completion of an 11-hole prefeasibility drilling programme by consulting... 

Village Main’s platinum project progresses to DFS

10th January 2012 JSE-listed Village Main Reef has completed a prefeasibility study (PFS) of its majority owned Lesego platinum project, near Burgersfort in Limpopo. The company said in a statement on Tuesday that it would now move forward with a definitive feasibility study (DFS) based on the positive results of... 

Safmarine launches shipping app for Android

10th January 2012 Shipping line Safmarine has launched a new Android-based shipping application for mobile devices to allow its customers immediate access to shipping information, the company said on Tuesday. The client would be able to track sailing schedules, containers or consignments and receive news updates,... 

December BCI up but still below 2010 levels

10th January 2012 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Business Confidence Index (BCI) has increased by 1.7 index points, from 97.4 in November to 99.1 in December. While this was the first increase since business confidence started its decline in April, it still falls 4.2 points below... 

TeleMasters sees profit growth in fixed line

10th January 2012 Business communications strategy company TeleMasters anticipates that its fixed-line platform would drive the growth and stabilisation of the group’s revenue over the next year. The company said on Tuesday it continued to upgrade its technology to that of a fully licensed fixed-line operator. 

Bytes to buy IT firm Unisys Africa

10th January 2012 JSE-listed Allied Electronic (Altron) subsidiary Bytes Technology has agreed to buy information technology (IT) services provider Unisys Africa, it announced on Tuesday. The company would buy Unisys Africa from the Unisys Corporation and local empowerment firm Cyber Knowledge Systems Investments... 

RBCT boosts 2011 coal exports

9th January 2012 South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) exported over 65.5-million tons of coal during 2011, up 3.3% from the 63.4-million tons exported in 2010. In December, RBCT terminal exported 8-million tons, up from 6.2-million tons shipped during November 2011, and topping the 6.1-million tons... 

Neotel appoints new CFO

9th January 2012 Telecommunications group Neotel has appointed Steven Whiley as CFO, effective January 9. Whiley replaced Anil Khandelwal, who would be returning to India at the end of this financial year, the company said in a statement. 

Icasa, DoC extend deadlines for spectrum comment

9th January 2012 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has extended the deadline for comment on its spectrum assignment plan released in December. Interested parties would now have until February 29 to respond, rather than the end of January.  

Consolidation to drive telecoms M&A in Africa

9th January 2012 Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the information and communications technology sector in Africa is likely to pick up, law firm Norton Rose said on Monday. Factors pointing to increased M&A activity included increased competition between mobile phone operators, a surge in demand for... 


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