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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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Eastplats misses filings deadline as investigations into deals signed by former board continue

5th April 2017 Dual-listed Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) has missed the March 31 deadline to file its financial statements for the financial year ended December 31, as investigations into transactions entered into by former management continued. Applying for and receiving a management cease trade order (MCTO),... 

Firestone Diamonds recovers 110 ct yellow diamond from Liqhobong

5th April 2017 Aim-listed Firestone Diamonds has recovered a 110 ct gem-quality light yellow diamond – its largest diamond recovered to date – from the Liqhobong mine, in Lesotho. The discovery was made during the mine’s ongoing ramp-up. 

Inyatsi targets market prominence, business excellence

5th April 2017 As infrastructure construction specialist Inyatsi Group Holdings undergoes an internal revamp and succession drive, new acting CEO Tommy Strydom is confident of the future of the company and that its strategy will help it prevail. Strydom, as part of the group’s succession planning strategy,... 

Eskom’s Medupi Unit 5 reaches commercial operation

3rd April 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom announced on Monday that Unit 5 at the Medupi coal-fired power station project, in Limpopo, has reached commercial operation. “Commercial operation status ensures technical compliance to statutory, safety and legal requirements. This signatory milestone marks the... 

Nestle, small business dept ink supplier development MoU

3rd April 2017 As Proudly South Africa kicks off its yearly Buy Local Summit, held in Sandton from April 3 to 4, the Department of Small Business Development and Nestle have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on providing supply chain opportunities for small, medium-sized and... 

Cabinet reshuffle places South Africa firmly in junk status crosshairs

31st March 2017 As South Africa reels from the news of another Cabinet reshuffle overnight, the damage to business confidence and a renewed threat of a ratings downgrade should not be underestimated. After a week of speculation, President Jacob Zuma on Thursday night made sweeping changes to his Cabinet,... 

MCS registers its first ship under the South African flag

31st March 2017 Cape Town-based vessel operator, seafarer recruitment and training company Marine Crew Services (MCS) has registered a modern, multipurpose platform supply and support vessel (MPSV) on the South African Ships Register. The 4 221 t, 93.67 m MPSV Greatship Manisha, bareboat chartered from owner... 

PPC Zimbabwe’s Harare mill officially opened

31st March 2017 PPC Zimbabwe officially opened its $82-million Harare cement milling and dispatch facility this month, bringing its collective production capacity to 1.4-million tons a year. The project, forming part of PPC’s African expansion strategy, was completed on time and under budget, and boasted a... 

Google hits 1m Africa digital-skills target

31st March 2017 With Google reaching its target of upgrading the digital skills of one-million people across Africa ahead of its 12-month deadline, it now seeks to expand its offerings offline and in different languages. The Digital Skills programme, launched last year, offers 89 courses through the online... 

Icasa to publish procompetitive conditions report next month

31st March 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Wednesday held a stakeholder meeting on the impending review of the pro-competitive conditions imposed on licensees in the 2014 mobile call termination rate and fixed call termination rate regulations. The authority is conducting... 


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