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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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Northam acquires PGM recycling equipment, property in US

28th July 2017 JSE-listed Northam Platinum is marking its entry into platinum-group metals (PGM) recycling through an aggregate $10.7-million acquisition of PGM recycling equipment and property in the US. Entering into binding transaction agreements, Northam will acquire multiple ceramic catalytic converter... 

Proposed interventions may not be enough, economists warn

28th July 2017 Industry is not viewing Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s new 14-point plan as likely to stimulate the growth South Africa desperately needs. Rather, economists are viewing it as a group of administrative measures that will only move to stabilise the battered economy. Released on Thursday,... 

Economy stimulus plan incorporates specific timetable for actions

28th July 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba unveiled a series of planned interventions and action steps this month in a bid to stimulate economic recovery after South Africa’s fall into recession in the first quarter. His address revealed two main desired outcomes – dodge another downgrade and reignite... 

SA’s policy uncertainty falls further into negative territory

28th July 2017 The heightened policy uncertainty, revealed by the North West University (NWU) School of Business and Governance’s latest quarterly Policy Uncertainty Index (PUI), shows an urgent need for South Africa to “get the politics right in order to get the economics right” to promote the policy certainty... 

Infrastructure spend staved off 2015 recession – Patel

27th July 2017 Infrastructure spending had delayed South Africa’s fall into recession by just over two years, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Thursday. Speaking on the first day of the Gauteng Infrastructure Investment Conference, in Midrand, he stressed that the importance of investing in... 

Gauteng faces R1.6tr infrastructure funding shortfall

27th July 2017 Gauteng needs R1.8-trillion over the next 15 years to deliver the infrastructure required to support the economic development of South Africa’s economic powerhouse, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Thursday. With some 412 infrastructure projects planned over a 15-year period, there is a... 

Gauteng should lead the way in South Africa's economic recovery – Makhura

27th July 2017 With South Africa finding itself in a technical recession shrouded by sovereign downgrades, Gauteng, as the country’s economic engine, needs to step up and take the lead in paving the way for the country’s economic recovery. Gauteng Premier David Makhura, addressing delegates at the Gauteng... 

Gauteng’s water levels see marginal drop

26th July 2017 Gauteng’s dam levels have inched down owing to a lack of rainfall as winter progresses and, despite the “stability in the system”, water users are cautioned to use water sparingly. The Integrated Vaal River System is continuing to decline week-on-week, edging down 0.5% this week to 84.1%;... 

Kibo reports accelerated progress at Mbeya

26th July 2017 The Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP) was seeing accelerated momentum, with a fresh round of successful follow-up meetings with government departments and other Tanzanian stakeholders concluded, AltX- and Aim-listed Kibo Mining said on Wednesday. The Tanzania-focused mineral exploration and... 

AECI’s partners to pioneer US-based bio-based PET plant in 2018

26th July 2017 Specialty chemicals group AECI’s R65-million investment into US-based startup Origin Materials is expected to position the JSE-listed group as the preferred industrialisation and applications development partner, with access to Africa, in the renewable chemicals space. The investment was the... 

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