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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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Medupi Unit 5 reaches commercial operation

28th April 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom announced earlier this month 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... 

Diesel tax refund system should be simplified, KPMG avers

28th April 2017 As the National Treasury and the South African Revenue Service (Sars) work to streamline the current diesel refund system, KPMG believes the development of a more simplified and concise refund framework is needed, particularly in reference to mining sector beneficiaries. The current Sars diesel... 

Joffe lists new venture on JSE

28th April 2017 Well-known business personality Brian Joffe, who emerged from retirement in pursuit of a new business opportunity, on listed his latest venture, Long4Life, on the main board of the Johannesburg bourse earluer this month. Known as the “sage of Johannesburg”, the Long4Life founder and CEO, who... 

Sapvia reiterates call for ‘least-cost’ approach to IRP

21st April 2017 As the deadline for public comment on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) 2016 approaches, the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) has reiterated its call for the use of the “least-cost” approach in South Africa’s future energy mix. The... 

Ncondezi making progress on 300 MW Moz power plant project

14th April 2017 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy is steadily progressing the joint development agreement (JDA) with Shanghai Electric Power (SEP) for its 300 MW power plant project, located near Tete, in northern Mozambique. The agreement, once effective, will see SEP inject $25.5-million to fund the balance of the... 

Kenya adopts South Africa’s Green Star rating system

14th April 2017 The Kenya Green Building Society (KGBS) has signed a Green Star license agreement that will see it use the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) Green Star rating system and trademark in Kenya for certification of green buildings. The licence will also be used to train and accredit... 

NUM says it must win power station closure ‘war’

14th April 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday said it was planning mass protest action over State-owned power utility Eskom’s decision to mothball five power stations to make room for independent power producers (IPPs). In an effort to “save” Eskom from bankruptcy and privatisation, as... 

Keaton delivers ‘pleasing’ FY17 production

13th April 2017 JSE-listed Keaton Energy delivered “pleasing” production volumes for the financial year ended March 31, despite experiencing a 4% dip in sales. Some 2.1-million tonnes of washed two- and four-seam thermal coal from Keaton’s Vanggatfontein openpit colliery, near Delmas, were sold to State-owned... 

Baker McKenzie launches app to assist in case of antitrust dawn raids

13th April 2017 An application (app) that assists clients in navigating the coordinated dawn raids undertaken by competition authorities has been expanded to accommodate 44 countries, including South Africa. Multinational law firm Baker McKenzie’s Dawn Raid app delivers real-time step-by-step guidance on the... 

Moma kickstarts Q1 with double-digit production increases

13th April 2017 Output from the Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, during the first quarter of this year has set the pace for a targeted 5% to 16% year-on-year increase in full year production, London-listed Kenmare Resources said on Thursday. Double-digit year-on-year increases seen in... 

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