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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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Vaal River system water levels show year-on-year decline

17th January 2019 The water levels across the 14 dams forming part of the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) continue to decline. A Department of Water and Sanitation statement on Thursday indicates that the high temperatures and above normal water use in recent days have resulted in a decrease in water levels to... 

Rand Water reduces supply to two Mpumalanga municipalities in arrears

16th January 2019 Rand Water on Wednesday said it had reduced water pressure to two Mpumalanga-based local municipalities owing to the nonpayment of fees. The Victor Khanye and Govan Mbeki local municipalities have allegedly failed to honour agreements made to settle the outstanding amounts due to Rand Water. 

MTN best mobile network in South Africa – MyBroadband Insights report

14th January 2019 Mobile operator MTN has secured the top position in MyBroadband Insights’ fourth-quarter 2018 ‘Mobile Network Quality’ report. The quarterly report revealed MTN as South Africa’s best mobile network, based on 383 479 speed tests conducted between October 1 and December 31, 2018. 

Tharisa Q1 output declines as tailings processing takes toll

11th January 2019 The processing of commissioning tailings negatively impacted on dual-listed Tharisa’s overall production and recoveries for the first quarter of the 2019 financial year. During the quarter, ended December 31, platinum-group metal (PGMs) production fell by 5.9% quarter-on-quarter to 33 600 oz and... 

Africa’s telco industry sees a mobile-powered 2019, but 5G still on the agenda

10th January 2019 Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing a rapid shift from second-generation (2G) to fourth-generation (4G) mobile technology, driven by improved infrastructure and access to cost-effective smartphones. The continent is increasingly becoming connected, with mobile broadband expected to account for 87%... 

Intelsat joins GMSA to strengthen mobile connections

8th January 2019 Integrated satellite communications company Intelsat has become a full member of London-based association GMSA in an effort to build stronger working relationships and develop business models that accelerate the expansion of more powerful mobile networks. The association represents more than 750... 

New COO to start at Huge in March

8th January 2019 Newly appointed COO and director Andrew Openshaw will assume his new roles at Huge Group from March 1. Huge announced Openshaw’s appointment in December; however, the start date remained subject to his restraint of trade commitments to Reunert being waived or fulfilled. 

Top trends set to empower intelligent transformation

14th December 2018 The large-scale adoption of third-platform technologies such as cloud, big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), besides others, will require new skills, technologies, strategies and business models.... 

Cape Town brewery listed among five-star water grading achievers

14th December 2018 The City of Cape Town has awarded South African Breweries’ (SAB’s) Newlands Brewery a five-star water grading for its integrated water management system and the promotion of responsible water use in the local business sector. Astroenergy, Virgin Active Constantia and Old Mutual Pinelands were... 

Satellite services to remain critical in a converged telecommunications era

14th December 2018 With an ever-continuing convergence of telecommunications in a digital era demanding seamless connectivity, the use of satellite services will become ever-critical. The economic and geographic complexities of expanding mobile connectivity to rural and ultra-rural areas across Africa often hamper... 

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