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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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Partnerships will be key to social housing development

22nd September 2017 With access to affordable housing a growing problem in South Africa, the Department of Human Settlements (DHS) has called on the private sector to partner with government to come up with solutions and to “play their part” in eliminating social housing challenges. Speaking at the ninth... 

South African economy faces long trek to recovery

22nd September 2017 South Africa’s economic outlook remains complicated by elevated political and policy uncertainty, with the stalled economy unlikely to recover in the short term and more likely to continue moving sideways, Nedbank senior economist Isaac Matshego said at the recent International Housing Solutions... 

BER finds CPI expectations unchanged

21st September 2017 The average consumer price index (CPI) inflation expectations for 2018 remain unchanged at 5.8% in the third quarter, according to the Bureau for Economic Research (BER). The bureau’s Inflation Expectations Survey shows that analysts and businesspeople have lowered their forecasts; however, trade... 

Grit delivers 2.7% increase in FY17 distribution

21st September 2017 Mauritius- and Johannesburg-listed Grit Real Estate Income Group on Thursday declared a distribution a share of $0.12 for the year ended June 30, a 2.7% increase on the prior year on the back of strong financial results. The seventh consecutive dividend comprised an interim dividend of $0.06... 

NUM continues strike at Petra’s Finsch mine, to down tools at Koffiefontein after wage deadlock

21st September 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has issued Petra Diamonds with a 48-hour notice for a planned, protected strike at the Koffiefontein mine, in Northern Cape. The union on Thursday said it would withdraw all members from the mine, starting on Saturday morning, until Petra accedes to the... 

Kallak shows jobs, revenue potential – Beowulf

21st September 2017 Aim-listed Beowulf Mining on Thursday said the development of its Kallak magnetite iron-ore project, in Sweden, into a mining operation will create direct and indirect jobs, increase tax revenues and slow down population decline in the nearby town of Jokkmokk. A socioeconomic study, initiated by... 

ARA recommits to 2020 clean fuels policy

21st September 2017 The African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARA) on Thursday confirmed its commitment to the 2020 clean fuel policy, which outlined a plan for vehicle emission controls and standards to achieve all the benefits of clean air quality. Following a clean fuels workshop in Togo last week, the... 

Pallinghurst widens H1 losses

21st September 2017 JSE-listed Pallinghurst Resources expects its losses for the six months to June 30, to widen, owing to decreases in the valuation of the company’s investments. A headline loss a share of $0.10 is anticipated for the half year under review, deteriorating from a headline loss a share of $0.04... 

Eskom’s unsustainable business model in need of proactive reform – Eberhard

21st September 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom is stuck in a “classic utility death spiral” that many power companies worldwide face as the pressure to adopt new business models and proactively reform increases. Eskom’s need for higher tariffs to offset declining electricity sales amid ever-rising costs is... 

Enel celebrates its Tom Burke solar plant

21st September 2017 Some three years after expanding operations into South Africa, Italian renewable energy firm Enel Green Power (EGP) has established a significant presence locally, boasting more than 520 MW of wind and solar projects in operation, one of which was declared a National Key Point in June. The 66 MW... 

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