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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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JSE-listed Telkom tells of mixed hit from Covid-19 restrictions

18th September 2020 The impact of Covid-19 and the national lockdown has impacted JES-listed Telkom’s business to varying degrees. In an update to the market, Telkom said that, while its consumer business benefitted from the increased demand from people working from home and online schooling, its BCX and Small... 

Affordability of communications critical for impact

18th September 2020 As the Covid-19 pandemic brings South Africa’s widening digital divide into sharp focus in South Africa, having the latest generation connectivity, unaffordable for many, will not make much of an economic impact without lowering the costs. South Africa has had some success with its various... 

Condra secures order for high-lift cranes

18th September 2020 Condra has secured an order for two high-lift machines for a diamond mine in Botswana from Canadian-based consulting engineer JDS Energy & Mining. Manufacturing is set to start at Condra’s main works in Johannesburg after the order was placed through a Johannesburg-based buying house in August. 

Long-awaited spectrum auction to take place in March

18th September 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) plans to auction the long-awaited high-demand spectrum in March next year. Excluding the emergency spectrum issued early this year, this will be the first time in ten years that telecommunications companies will gain access to the... 

Digital transformation no longer just a ‘nice-to-have’

18th September 2020 There is an emerging digital awakening as the Covid-19 pandemic brings about the reality that digital transformation is no longer a nice-to-have, but rather a critical part of businesses’ sustainability moving forward. However, an essential element of the digital transformation journey is about... 

WISA2020 conference to go virtual

15th September 2020 The Water Institute of Southern Africa’s biennial conference and exhibition, WISA2020, is going virtual from December 7 to 11, under the theme hashtag AllHandsOnDeck. The virtual conference aims to bring together experts, leaders, professionals, researchers and other stakeholders to debate urgent... 

ARC delivers satisfactory performance amid economic, Covid-19 impacts

15th September 2020 Empowerment investment firm African Rainbow Capital (ARC) Investments has posted what it deems a satisfactory performance for the year ended June 30, 2020, considering the challenging operating environment that has dragged the performance of many of its portfolio investments. The group achieved... 

Copper’s outlook buoyant as demand increases

14th September 2020 Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research has adjusted its 2020 copper price forecast upwards from $5 900/t predicted in March to $6 000/t as demand is supported by the Chinese government’s stimulus and recovery in global economic activity. In its outlook for copper prices update, the... 

City of Johannesburg resumes free WiFi hotspots roll-out

14th September 2020 The City of Johannesburg has relaunched its free Joburg WiFi hotspots roll-out project after four years. Digital inequality continues to be high in the city with at least 50% of people in Johannesburg and 80% of residents in informal settlements still without access to the Internet. 

Cell C recapitalisation ‘to be concluded this year’

11th September 2020 Mobile operator Cell C’s lengthy recapitalisation deal is likely to be concluded this year, with a term sheet expected in due course. Significant inroads have been made over the past three to four months to wrap up the complex agreement, which is deemed to be “extremely” fair for all stakeholders... 

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