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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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African CEOs more bullish about economic prospects

29th February 2012 Despite the fact that CEOs globally are concerned about volatile economic growth in capital markets, CEOs in Africa have taken a more bullish outlook, said professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Southern Africa deputy CEO Stanley Subramoney. PWCs latest report in its government... 

Namakwa moves new Lesotho mine into commercial production

29th February 2012 London-listed Namakwa Diamonds will start Phase 1 of commercial production at its Kao mine, in Lesotho, on March 1, the company announced on Wednesday. This followed a ramp-up phase which found that average diamond grades, when extrapolated from production results, remained in line with those... 

Weatherly may extract resources at previously mined regions

28th February 2012 Aim-listed copper miner Weatherly International is continuing investigations into exploiting the remaining resources by reopening previously mined areas of the company’s central operations Otjihase and Matchless mines, in Namibia. The mining company was expected to make a decision on the... 

Dark Fibre to supply R15m fibre infrastructure for George

28th February 2012 The R15-million rollout of a fibre infrastructure across the George municipality was expected to launch the city into the digital age and attract significant investment into the area. Local open-access dark fibre infrastructure provider Dark Fibre Africa (DFA), in cooperation with the George... 

Refinery audit to be completed this year – Peters

28th February 2012 The Department of Energy has initiated an audit of South Africa’s refineries to determine the “real status” of their production capacities and capabilities, Minister Dipuo Peters said on Wednesday. Responding to a Parliamentary question from the Democratic Alliance, Peters said that the... 

Credit health improving, says new index

28th February 2012 Consumer credit health is improving in South Africa, with households experiencing improved budget conditions, which supported the retail sector, market intelligence firm ETM Analytics head strategist Russell Lamberti said on Tuesday. Speaking at the launch of credit and information management... 

UK supports SA prosperity, low-carbon growth projects

27th February 2012 The British High Commission has made £1-million (about R12-million) available for projects relating to prosperity, trade and low-carbon growth in South Africa. This formed part of a global fund, which aimed to build prosperity by increasing exports and investments, opening markets, ensuring... 

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... 

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