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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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Sars to collect sugar tax from April

15th December 2017 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) will start collecting the sugary beverages levy (SBL) from April 1. The levy is fixed at 2.1c/g for a sugar content exceeding the levy-free threshold of 4 g per 100 ml. 

Hummingbird starts Yanfolila ore commissioning

15th December 2017 Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources expects first gold production from its Yanfolila mine, in Mali, before the end of December as ore commissioning gets under way. “Ore commissioning represents the final step ahead of first gold production at Yanfolila. Everybody on site is totally focused on a... 

Amplats expects double-digit rise in FY17 earnings

15th December 2017 Cost reductions and an improved operational performance are expected to bolster earnings for the year ended December 31, by at least 20%, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said on Friday. In an update to shareholders, the company said headline earnings and headline earnings a share for 2017 would... 

Star Alliance, Plug and Play partner to develop start-ups

15th December 2017 Global airline alliance Star Alliance has teamed up with start-up accelerator and innovation centre Plug and Play to identify and support relevant start-ups that are developing disruptive technologies in the travel and hospitality industry. The partnership will see the pair “accompany” the... 

Engine plant marks production milestone amid expansion plan

15th December 2017 The Ford Struandale engine plant, in Port Elizabeth, is celebrating the assembly of 500 000 Duratorq TDCi turbodiesel engines since 2011, bringing the total of engines produced at the plant to 3.3-million units since its establishment in 1964. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is now... 

Seacom eyes acquisitions, fibre growth in 2018

15th December 2017 Carving out a position in South Africa’s fibre race and bolstering growth through suitable acquisitions looks to be the theme of the new financial year, as pan-African telecommunications firm Seacom reports another year of solid progress. Acquisitions and partnerships are expected to continue... 

New initiative aims to create 100 000 jobs for South African youth

15th December 2017 With unemployment in South Africa reaching crisis levels that further threaten an already embattled economy, a new initiative, bringing together 20 industries, aims to create at least 100 000 jobs for unemployed youth in 2018. Launched in late November, the multisector Jobs Summit initiative aims... 

SAA, Mango rationalise and revise local schedules

14th December 2017 National airliner South African Airways (SAA) and low-cost subsidiary Mango are planning to rationalise their route network to improve efficiencies, provide more diverse offerings and unlock optimal aircraft use. The two airline brands will ensure seamless implementation of the revised schedule,... 

Ansys acquires LAWtrust

14th December 2017 JSE-listed Ansys has entered into a sales agreement with the shareholders of information technology developer Law Trusted Third Party Services (LAWtrust) to acquire the firm for an undisclosed amount. Ansys on Thursday said in an update to the market that the transaction remained subject to... 

Alphamin raises R33m in South African private placing

14th December 2017 TSX-V-listed tin exploration and development company Alphamin Resources has raised R33.8-million ($2.5-million) through a South African private placement. Alphamin will issue 9.95-million units to the successful South African participants at a price of R3.40 a unit. 


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