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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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Outa calls for judicial enquiry into Eskom’s affairs

17th February 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Friday called for a full judicial commission of enquiry into State-owned Eskom's affairs, following the release of a redacted version of the so-called Dentons report into corruption at the parastatal. International legal firm Dentons conducted a... 

Export council affirms ‘SA Inc’ template for selling building services

17th February 2017 The Built Environment Professions Export Council (Bepec) has expanded its membership platform to include the construction services sector in an effort to have a united South Africa Inc expand into the rest of Africa. The council’s broadened base unlocks all the Bepec export promotions and... 

SADC-EU EPA opens up opportunities for South Africa’s fisheries sector

17th February 2017 The new Southern African Development Community (SADC)–European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) has the potential to bolster South Africa’s muted fisheries sector and open up value-addition in a sector that holds much promise. The new SADC-EU EPA framework, which became effective... 

PPA standoff risks future wind energy jobs as new graduates enter saturated market

17th February 2017 South Africa’s fledgling wind turbine service technician training programme will be "training its graduates for unemployment" if construction on the next round of State-commissioned wind farms does not get under way this year, warns South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (Saretec)... 

Uptick in confidence index suggests ‘normalising’ of business climate

17th February 2017 Despite ongoing uncertain local and global economic and political conditions, South Africa’s business climate is seemingly normalising, with the latest South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) Business Confidence Index (BCI) up 3.9 points in January. The Sacci BCI moved up to 97.7... 

Gold Fields set for ‘year of reinvestment’, announces R2.28bn South Deep growth plan

16th February 2017 The South Deep gold mine achieved several milestones in 2016 as interventions implemented over the past two years started yielding results and dual-listed Gold Fields will now embark on a new R2.3-billion rebase plan at the mine to create a defensive asset in a spiralling industry. Equipped with... 

KPMG hopeful of bold steps in Budget 2017

15th February 2017 As the 2017 Budget draws near, there is growing anticipation that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who is possibly facing his toughest Budget yet, will take some bold steps to direct the country’s economy along a  sustainable path. Speaking at a pre-Budget roundtable on Tuesday, professional... 

Sacci’s trade survey indicates improvement, but conditions remain weak

14th February 2017 South Africa’s trade conditions remain fragile as the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) latest Trade Conditions Survey shows the seasonally adjusted Trade Activity Index (TAI) contracting from 53 in December to 46 in January. However, year-on-year, the seasonally adjusted... 

DiamondCorp delays share placement to Feb 28

14th February 2017 The future of the Lace diamond mine, in the Free State, hangs in the balance as dual-listed DiamondCorp again delays its share placement to give the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) time to meet conditions precedent, as well as provide the Association of Mining and... 

Jasco delivers improved H1 results

14th February 2017 JSE-listed Jasco Electronics on Tuesday delivered what it called a “pleasing” first-half performance amid difficult economic conditions and a negative impact from the exchange rate. The group achieved nearly double-digit earnings growth during the six months to December 31, which it attributed to... 

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