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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

SA construction needs momentum

11th February 2011 Despite the impact of the economic downturn and the slow pace of the economic recovery, audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG’s fifth ‘Global Construction Survey’, which was released in January, shows that many global engineering and construction companies have a cautiously optimistic... 

Closing the skills gap

11th February 2011 Engineering and management consultancy firm Arup South Africa, which launched the Arup Education Trust (AET) in January, has announced the 12 tertiary and 30 high school beneficiaries of a collective R1-million full-time education sponsorship for this year. 

Call for bitumen to be declared a strategic mineral resource

11th February 2011 A possible solution to the reoccurring bitumen shortages for the economic and infrastructure developments in South Africa is to have the product declared a strategic mineral resource, rather than a commodity, says asphalt manufacturer Much Asphalt CEO Phillip Hechter. 

Heavy-duty machine supplier expanding its markets

11th February 2011 Hyundai machine supplier and maintenance service provider High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa is continually expanding its footprint in the southern African market by extending its equipment range and targeting specialised markets. 

Partnering key to economic growth

11th February 2011 Consulting Engineers of South Africa (Cesa) and its members will, this year, assist in the growth of the country’s economy by ‘partnering for growth’ and fully backing the New Economic Growth Path for South Africa, which was tabled by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel in 2010. 

Safety company introduces gas-detection technologies

28th January 2011 Mine safety equipment manufacturer Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) Africa has launched the MSA Altair 4X multigas detector, a hand held device that is capable of measuring toxic and combustible gases up to 40% faster than other detectors. 

Gas saving technology enters market

28th January 2011 A gas savings system that conserves and reduces the consumption of gas in industry, particularly in welding, has been developed by welding solutions firm Shield Technologies MD Wayne Holt. 

Local argon gas shortages to ease

28th January 2011 The local shortage of argon gas should ease significantly over the next three to four months as new manufacturing facilities near completion, reports gas manufacturer Air Products South Africa. 

Gautrain on track for completion in mid-2011

10th December 2010 The second and final phase of the Gautrain rapid rail link project is expected to be completed in mid 2011, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. 

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. 

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