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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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Trade and Industry Portfolio Committee appeals for bottled water price freeze

31st January 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry is seeking an intervention to “rein in unscrupulous traders” who are taking advantage of Cape Town’s water crisis to increase the price of bottled water. The committee plans to ask Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and the National Consumer... 

Vodacom revenue climbs 6.7%, makes solid gains in South Africa, internationally

31st January 2018 JSE-listed Vodacom has reported a strong group performance during the quarter ended December 31, as growth continues in the South African and international operations. Vodacom posted a 6.7% increase in group revenue to R22.6-billion and a 5.5% rise in service revenue to R18.4-billion. 

Alstom Foundation funds new welding school in Duduza

30th January 2018 In an effort to create a strong pipeline of trained welders for the skills-strapped manufacturing industry in South Africa, Alstom Ubunye has unveiled its latest educational initiative, a new welding school at Esibonelwesihle Secondary School, located in the Duduza township, near Nigel. The... 

SBI announces new board, focuses on SME research

30th January 2018 As the Small Business Institute (SBI) reconstitutes its board of directors after adopting a new memorandum of incorporation, a new approach, centred on small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) research, is set to be adopted. The new board members, led by chairperson Bernard Swanepoel, will each be... 

Day Zero pushed back to April 16

30th January 2018 Cape Town’s impending Day Zero has been pushed back by four days to April 16, as efforts to “defeat Day Zero” ramp up. The City of Cape Town on Tuesday said collaborative efforts to scale back water use was resulting in small, but significant victories, showing that “residents are coming together... 

aQuellé donates 30 000 litres of water as Day Zero draws closer

30th January 2018 As Day Zero approaches for the drought-stricken Western Cape, bottled water brand aQuellé has donated almost 30 000 ℓ of bottled water to retirement homes across Cape Town. aQuellé MD Arno Stegen and other drivers are expected to deliver 19 008 one-and-a-half-litre bottles equating to 28 512 ℓ to... 

Phoenix acquisition bolsters Sylvania’s December quarter output

30th January 2018 Aim-listed Sylvania Platinum’s Sylvania dump operations (SDO) achieved a 4% increase in production to 17 302 oz of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) platinum group metals (PGMs)  during the quarter ended December 31. This followed the acquisition and integration of Phoenix Platinum... 

Randgold expects record-breaking year at Loulo-Gounkoto

30th January 2018 Randgold Resources on Tuesday said it expects to report another record production performance at its Loulo-Gounkoto gold mining complex, in Mali, for 2017. In the tailwinds of record performance in 2016, when some 707 116 oz of gold was produced, gold output in 2017 from the complex was on track... 

Global semiconductor market to grow 7.5% in 2018

26th January 2018 The revenue of the global semiconductor market is forecast to expand 7.5% to $451-billion in 2018, surpassing technology research firm Gartner’s earlier growth forecast for the year of only 4%. This can be attributed to continued favourable market conditions for memory sectors, which account for... 

Manufacturing ends year with a PMI low

26th January 2018 December’s “dismal” Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) performance indicates that the South African manufacturing sector ended the year on “the back foot”, the monthly Bureau for Economic Research survey suggests. After four consecutive months of improvements and reaching a six-month high in... 

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