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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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DRDGold shuts two Blyvoor shafts, may cut 1 800 jobs

6th February 2012 JSE-listed DRDGold has suspended all mining at its 74%-owned Blyvooruitzicht Gold Mining’s (Blyvoor’s) low-grade No 4 and No 6 shafts, affecting up to 1 800 employees. This follows the shafts’ lack of response to business rescue turnaround efforts, which have been in effect since the second half... 

CoAL completes BEE ownership structure for Chapudi

6th February 2012 Aim-, ASX- and JSE-listed Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) has agreed to sell a 26% stake in its Keynote Trading and Investment subsidiary to black-owned Rothe Investment Proprietary and King Makhado Holdings. Keynote is expected to hold the Chapudi coal project, in Limpopo, on completion of CoAL’s... 

Deep Yellow splits Namibia deposit, reports progress

6th February 2012 Australian uranium exploration company Deep Yellow has removed its Tubas Red Sand (TRS) deposit from its Omahola project, in Namibia. The company’s flagship project, located near Swakopmund, initially comprised three deposits, namely Inca, TBS and Ongolo Alaskite, which included the newly... 

Gijima to cooperate with new Home Affairs probe

3rd February 2012 JSE-listed Gijima said it would cooperate with the latest investigation into the 2007 awarding of the Who Am I Online (WAIO) contract by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and that it was confident the Public Protector’s probe would not find anything untoward. 

Transnet invests in Durban container handling capacity

3rd February 2012 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) is buying six mobile harbour cranes to add to its fleet as part of a R438.3-million investment in container-handling capacity at its Durban RoRo and Maydon Wharf terminal. 

Energy Indaba joins forces with East European conference

3rd February 2012 The African Energy Indaba, which will be held from February 21 to 23 in Johannesburg, has teamed up with Eastern European regional energy forum Foren, said the South African National Energy Association (Sanea) chairperson Brian Statham. 

Minister confirms delay to digital migration switch date

3rd February 2012 The migration from analogue broadcasting to digital terrestrial television (DTT), which was scheduled to start in April, has been delayed until the third quarter of 2012, Communications Minister Dina Pule said on Tuesday. 

Glencore approaches Xstrata with merger of equals

2nd February 2012 Diversified miner Xstrata said on Thursday it was in discussions with its major shareholders Glencore about a possible all-share merger of equals. Under UK takeover rules, the Ivan Glasenberg-led Glencore has until March 1 to announce whether it intended to make an offer for Xstrata. 

eThekwini to spend R140m on water infrastructure

2nd February 2012 The eThekwini municipality is set to advertise a R140-million tender for the construction of infrastructure to support strained water supply to the north of Durban. The first phase of the Northern Aqueduct Augmentation (NAA) project, which was expected to start in September 2012, aimed to... 

Xstrata confirms Glencore approach

2nd February 2012 Diversified miner Xstrata on Thursday confirmed that it was in discussions with commodities trader Glencore about a possible merger. Glencore, which already owns 34% of Xstrata, is required under UK takeover rules to announce by no later than March 1 whether it intended to make an offer for... 


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