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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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Brexit deals 'resilient' South Africa a new complication

24th June 2016 As the UK’s decision to withdraw from the European Union (EU) this week sent ripples of uncertainty and volatility across an already unsteady global economy, South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has moved to assure the public of the country’s strong trade ties and resilience. However,... 

DoC takes firm stance on funding, support for community broadcasters

24th June 2016 The Department of Communications (DoC) has lent its support to community broadcasters, but warned that funds were limited in a stalled economic climate and that other sources of funding should be sought. Communications Minister Faith Muthambi on Friday told stakeholders at a community... 

More funds head to African shores for infrastructure

24th June 2016 Some $70-billion would head to African shores over the next seven years for infrastructure development as a Chinese development fund shifts its focus from mining to essential infrastructure development. The China–Africa Development Fund (CADFund) had invested some $30-billion on 85 projects in 34... 

Economy likely bottoming out, but tough recovery road ahead

24th June 2016 This year could see South Africa’s economy bottoming out somewhat, leaving the country at a low base for recovery next year, Econometrix director and chief economist Dr Azar Jammine said on Friday. “2016 proved to be awful,” he told delegates at the Infrastructure Africa conference. 

South Africa not out of recessionary woods yet, Phosa warns

24th June 2016 Despite narrowly sidestepping the “humiliation” of a global credit ratings downgrade to junk status, South Africa still faces a possible recession if business, government, labour and civil society do not link hands and set aside growing distrust, Mathews Phosa and Associates attorney Dr Mathews... 

Radebe insists South Africa making progress on NDP implementation

24th June 2016 The recent affirmations by global credit ratings agencies were indicators that some improvements were starting to emerge as South Africa implements its National Development Plan (NDP), Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe said on Thursday. Shortly after... 

Step change in water resource management urgently needed

24th June 2016 Being the thirtieth-driest country in the world, facing the most severe drought in decades and grappling with water shortages across the board, South Africa faced a one-billion-plus cubic-metre deficit by 2030 if water consumption was not curbed urgently. South Africans currently consumed water... 

Joburg works to align its investment with NDP

24th June 2016 To meet the ambitions of the National Development Plan (NDP), the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) was changing its approach to infrastructure investment, executive mayor Parks Tau said in a keynote address to second yearly Vision 2030 Summit. He said the city was increasingly aligning its development... 

South Africa should leverage its strong reputation

24th June 2016 South Africa needs to leverage its strong and resilient “brand” in continuing to implement the National Development Plan (NDP), Brand South Africa head of research Petrus de Kock said on Wednesday. Speaking at the second yearly Vision 2030 Summit, on Wednesday, he said the nation’s brand, its... 

Wits unveils first suite of free online courses

23rd June 2016 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has launched the first batch of free online courses as part of a series of massive open online courses (MooCs) on the edX platform that will be launched over the next three years to bolster post-school education. The first three MooCs, namely System... 

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