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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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CSIR developing test-bed to ready South Africa for 5G technologies

22nd June 2018 Fifth-generation (5G) technologies are increasingly moving to the forefront as a significant player in enabling digital inclusion, industrialisation in Africa and the transformation of the information and communication technology (ICT) sector. In line with this, the Council for Scientific and... 

FibreCo’s Johannesburg–Durban dark fibre link goes live

22nd June 2018 FibreCo Telecommunications has gone live on its open-access dark fibre link along the N3 from Johannesburg to Durban, including the subsea cable landing stations of Seacom and EASSy on the east coast. The strategic link, which nets Seacom as one of FibreCo’s first customers, is the shortest dark... 

Plans afoot to pilot project to bring broadband connectivity to rural Uganda

22nd June 2018 Internet service provider iWayAfrica and off-grid renewable energy operator and technology integrator Winch Energy are preparing to embark on a pilot programme to bring high-quality, affordable broadband connectivity to five rural communities in Uganda. The companies will deploy ‘The Winch Hub’,... 

Geospatial tool launched to guide least-cost electrification of Zambia

15th June 2018 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has developed a geospatial model for the Zambian Ministry of Energy and the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) to identify areas without power and determine the least-cost electrification solutions for each household in Zambia to... 

Pandor wants to reposition TVETs as institutions of choice

15th June 2018 Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges will become the institutions of choice for millions of young people and lay the foundation of education in South Africa, says Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor. Increasingly, more youth are entering technical and... 

W Cape drought not over despite rising dam levels – Bredell

11th June 2018 Despite recent rains and the subsequent rise in dam levels in the Western Cape, the drought is far from over, Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell warned on Monday. The average level for dams across the Western Cape for the week... 

Altron acquires iS Partners Group

11th June 2018 Allied Electronics (Altron) is moving to acquire the entire issued share capital of iS Partners for R225-million, effective July 1. Through wholly owned subsidiary Altron TMT, a share sale agreement was concluded that included iS Partners primary subsidiaries Karabina Solutions and Zetta Business... 

Vodacom embarks on new R17.5bn BEE deal

11th June 2018 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has initiated a R17.5-billion deal that will increase its effective black economic empowerment (BEE) ownership to about 20% and provide exposure to Vodacom's local and international operations. The transaction will see existing BEE partners YeboYethu exchange... 

Court order delays implementation of new end-user regulations

8th June 2018 Mobile operator Cell C has succeeded in its court bid to postpone the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) stipulated deadline for the implementation of the end-user and subscriber services charter regulations. The High Court on Thursday granted the urgent interdict to... 

Google launches first Impact Challenge for Africa

8th June 2018 Twelve South African nonprofit organisations (NPOs) and social enterprises are set to receive a share of $2-million in grants as Google realises the first step of a $20-million funding commitment for African NPOs over the next five years. The first Google Impact Challenge on the African continent... 

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