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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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Lily mine inspection aborted, conditions deemed unsafe

29th September 2016 Attempts to inspect the localised geological conditions underground at the troubled Lily gold mine, in Barberton, have been aborted. A Mine Rescue Service (MRS) risk assessment this week revealed deterioration along the 600 mm rescue shaft and the original ventilation shaft, rendering it unsafe... 

Cash-strapped S African miners look internally to ride out lower-for-longer down-cycle

29th September 2016 South African mining companies are increasingly shifting their focus from maximising volumes to ensuring more profitable production to remain sustainable as margins continue to shrink. PwC's latest ‘SA Mine’ report, released on Thursday, shows that mining companies have experienced flat revenues... 

Datatec reports H1 earnings contraction

29th September 2016 JSE- and LSE-listed Datatec on Thursday reported double-digit drops in earnings for the six months to August 31; however, a rally in the second half of the year is expected to boost earnings for the full financial year above that of the prior year. The group, which would release its interim... 

Edenville raises £500 000

29th September 2016 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has raised £500 000 through an oversubscribed placing to new and existing shareholders to advance commercial mining operations at its Rukwa coal-to-power project, in south-west Tanzania. The raising will also be used to continue the project’s technical and regulatory... 

GBCSA reaches 200 certifications in ten years, eyes 2 500 certifications

28th September 2016 As the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) achieves a milestone of 200 Green Star South Africa certifications, the now ten-year-old organisation is targeting 2 500 commercial green building certifications and 10 000 residential green building certified homes by 2020. Currently, green... 

South Africa improves slightly in global competitiveness rankings

28th September 2016 South Africa has slightly improved its competitiveness score and ranking in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) latest Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), registering marginal improvements in almost all aspects of competitiveness. The 2016/17 GCI shows the African powerhouse moving up two rankings... 

Illegal mining out of control – Mine Rescue Services

27th September 2016 A surge in the number of mine rescues and recoveries at abandoned and disused operations is an indication that the illegal mining scourge is starting to spiral out of control, and the recorded incidents are just the tip of the iceberg. The Chamber of Mines and Mine Rescue Services (MRS) on... 

Edenville concludes Rukwa bulk sampling, awaits results

27th September 2016 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has completed its bulk sampling programme at the Rukwa coal-to-power project, in Tanzania, with 20 t of samples being delivered to SGS Laboratories, in Johannesburg, South Africa. While the results from testing are expected in October, the sampling at three different... 

Acacia resolves Bulyanhulu process plant troubles

27th September 2016 LSE-listed Acacia Mining has resumed full operations at the Bulyanhulu process plant, in north-west Tanzania, after resolving technical difficulties following a routine maintenance shutdown, with full-year production guidance remaining unchanged. The London-headquartered group reported... 

Gemfields posts higher FY profits as production shines

26th September 2016 Significant operational progress at Aim-listed Gemfields’ 75%-owned mining assets in Zambia and Mozambique have translated into strong financial output in the year ended June 30. The gemstone miner on Monday posted a profit after tax of $23.5-million for the year under review, up 91% on the... 

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