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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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MCS registers its first ship under the South African flag

16th 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

16th March 2017 PPC Zimbabwe on Thursday officially opened its $82-million Harare cement milling and dispatch facility, 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... 

Scotgold adjusts Cononish gold, silver project development plan

16th March 2017 Following the completion of a bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the Cononish gold and silver project, in Scotland, in 2015, Aim-listed Scotgold Resources has elected to adopt a phased project development option. The development of the mine is now based on a two-phase project approach wherein... 

Upcoming AHI conference to tackle SME ‘disenablement’

16th March 2017 Employers organisation AHI aims to highlight the “disenabling” environment currently faced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa at its upcoming conference. The small business chamber’s day-long conference, described as the first it will be convening in a series of... 

York H1 profit dips as revenue rises

16th March 2017 JSE-listed York Timbers on Thursday posted lower earnings for the six-month period to December 31. Headline earnings a share and earnings a share declined from 11c in the comparable prior period to 10c in the six months under review, while profit for the period was down from the R35.4-million... 

BlueRock achieves 24-hour production target

15th March 2017 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds now has the capacity to produce sufficient material to supply the processing plant at the Kareevlei mine, in the Northern Cape, after commissioning the new crushing and screening circuit. The diamond mining company said the operations, tested under full load and... 

Google hits 1m digital skills training target ahead of schedule

15th 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 findings on effect of pro-competitive conditions in the call termination regulations by April 30

15th 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... 

Eskom, CDC sign MoU in preparation for possible Thyspunt nuclear build

14th March 2017 As South Africa “gears up” for its Nuclear New Build Programme (NNBP), State-owned power utility Eskom has joined hands with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) as its partner on the ground at the preferred Thyspunt site, in the Eastern Cape, for the construction of the programme’s first... 

Cell C posts first profit of R540m

14th March 2017 South Africa’s third-largest mobile operator Cell C on Tuesday posted a profit for the first time of R540-million for the year ended December 31, a reverse on the loss of R5.6-billion recorded in the prior financial year. The growth was attributed in bulk to foreign exchange-related gains... 


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