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Natasha Odendaal

Natasha Odendaal

Natasha Odendaal is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

By Natasha Odendaal

Call for continued public participation in wetland protection, preservation

Updated 2 hours 54 minutes ago

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has called for continued public participation in the protection and preservation of South Africa’s critical wetlands. Wetlands play a significant role... 


Nokia to support initiative to expand rural connectivity coverage in Africa

Updated 2 hours 54 minutes ago

As connectivity in rural regions across Africa lag that of the more populous urban areas, technology company Nokia aims to provide support to accelerate the pace of connectivity in these harder to... 


Image of a portion of the water lettuce at Stonehaven on Vaal, in Vanderbijlpark

Rand Water launches programme to rid Vaal river of invasive water lettuce

Updated 2 hours 54 minutes ago

Rand Water has embarked on a programme to clear the invasive water lettuce currently overwhelming the Vaal river. The water utility, after being approached by communities, had been working with... 


Huawei unveils National Cloud 2.0

29th February 2024

Global digital transformation has reached a new stage of full intelligence driven by data and artificial intelligence (AI), said Huawei Hybrid Cloud VP Hu Yuhai. With this shift from moving... 


Huawei Cloud global marketing and sales service president Jacqueline Shi

Huawei showcases AI-oriented cloud solutions

28th February 2024

Huawei Cloud is accelerating the digital and intelligent transformation of industries as it presents cloud as the infrastructure of choice for artificial intelligence (AI). The company unveiled ten... 


Huawei board member and ICT products and solutions president Yang Chaobin speaking at Mobile World Congress 2024

Huawei starts commercialising 5.5G

27th February 2024

Information and communications technology (ICT) giant Huawei has launched the commercialisation phase of 5.5G. Throughout 2024, the company aims to unlock the potential of networks and create new... 


South Africa urged to increase investment in innovation

23rd February 2024

South Africa needs more collective investment to boost its innovation ecosystem and ensure that the investment is translated into improving everyday lives, says Telkom Group innovation and... 


Bayobab lands 2Africa subsea cable in Ghana, Nigeria

23rd February 2024

Following its two milestone landings in South Africa in 2022, pan-African digital connectivity solutions company Bayobab has now landed the 2Africa cable in Ghana and Nigeria. The 45 000 km cable,... 


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Policing forums to help MTN tackle theft, vandalism

23rd February 2024

Telecommunications giant MTN is adding another approach to its efforts in mitigating the ongoing vandalism and theft of batteries and cables at its cellphone towers across South Africa by... 


Blue Label H1 core earnings up

22nd February 2024

JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms on Thursday posted core headline earnings of R420-million, equating to core headline earnings per share (HEPS) of 47.15c for the six months ended November 30, 2023.... 


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Telkom mobile subscribers near 20m

19th February 2024

Telecommunications group Telkom’s mobile subscriber base is nearing the 20-million mark, amid increased next generation (NGN) product uptake. In the trading update for the quarter ended December... 


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DWS, DFFE to probe whether Vaal invasive vegetation clearing methods are aligned with regulations

19th February 2024

The departments of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) are reviewing complaints and concerns in the public domain over the use of chemicals as part of a... 


Icasa reopens telecoms loadshedding inquiry comments period

19th February 2024

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has reopened the submissions process for its inquiry into the impact of loadshedding on telecommunications operators in South... 


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Digitalisation is the key to SME success in 2024

16th February 2024

For small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to drive sustainable economic growth across South Africa in 2024, digital transformation is critical. The impact of SME digitalisation is far-reaching,... 


New task team to review municipal water, sanitation service delivery mechanisms

16th February 2024

A new nationally coordinated task team is being established to review service delivery mechanisms for water and sanitation services in South Africa. The task team, comprising the Department of... 


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Rand Water kicks off programme to weed out water lettuce in the Vaal river

15th February 2024

Rand Water on Thursday released the first batch of weevils and hoppers as biocontrol agents to start eliminating the invasive water lettuce in the Vaal river. The programme, which formed part of... 


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MTN South Africa’s solar project progresses net zero ambitions

14th February 2024

MTN South Africa has switched on 5 418 out of the planned 9 000 solar panels at its 14th Avenue headquarters as it progresses its solar renewable energy project. Over 50% complete, the energisation... 


Significant progress made on R292m Sir Lowry's Pass river upgrade

14th February 2024

Since breaking ground on the R292-million major upgrade of the Sir Lowry’s Pass river a year ago, the City of Cape Town is on track to complete the project in 2026. The upgrades, in an effort to... 


Proposed water amendments needed, but inconsistencies, enforcement need to be fixed

14th February 2024

While some of the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) recently proposed water amendments, which have significant implications for water resource management and public access to water, are... 


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Waning perceptions of drinking water quality underline need for urgent intervention

9th February 2024

While the majority of South Africans perceive their water to be safe to drink, their confidence in water services and quality has been deteriorating over the last decade, a water services barometer... 


Competition Commission media and digital inquiry public hearings to start in March

9th February 2024

The Competition Commission is preparing to hold the first round of public hearings on its Media and Digital Platforms Market Inquiry (MDPMI). The inquiry was officially launched in October after... 


Telkom says it has made ‘significant strides’ against vandalism, cable theft

9th February 2024

Telecommunications group Telkom says it has made significant strides against cable theft and vandalism as various joint initiatives drive down infrastructure-related crime at its facilities. Joint... 


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Waning perceptions of drinking water quality underline need for urgent intervention

9th February 2024

While the majority of South Africans perceive their water to be safe to drink, their confidence in water services and quality has been deteriorating over the last decade, a water services barometer... 


MTN, JUMO launch new, expanded loan platform

6th February 2024

Telecommunications group MTN’s Mobile Money (MoMo) and banking technology company JUMO have partnered to launch Qwikloan to offer affordable, short-term loans in South Africa. The newly launched... 


MTN, Mastercard sign agreement for minority investment in MTN Group Fintech

6th February 2024

Telecommunications group MTN and Mastercard have signed a definitive agreement for a minority investment of up to $200-million into MTN Group Fintech, at a valuation of $5.2-billion on a cash and... 


DWS, Salga, Cogta to review water service delivery mechanisms in municipalities

5th February 2024

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), the Department of Corporative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) and the South African Local Government Association (Salga) are establishing a... 


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MTN SA, community police forums partner to tackle theft and vandalism

5th February 2024

Telecommunications giant MTN has partnered with the Gauteng Provincial Community Police Board to support Community Policing Forums (CPFs) as the company accelerates its fight against ongoing... 


Vodacom Group customers surpass 200-million for first time

2nd February 2024

Telecommunications giant Vodacom on Friday reported that it has increased group revenue by 26.8% to R38.9-billion during the quarter ended December 31, 2023, with a positive impact from the... 


Installing higher efficiency motors can help address energy crisis

2nd February 2024

Energy-intensive industries, such as mining, are increasingly seeking out ways to reduce energy consumption, and the use of the latest motor and drive technology can play a significant role.... 


New Vodafone-Microsoft partnership aims to scale generative AI, digital and cloud services

2nd February 2024

Vodafone and Microsoft have entered into a new 10-year strategic partnership to scale generative artificial intelligence (AI), digital services and cloud services. The far-reaching partnership will... 


Mchunu warns of hardline approach towards nonconforming water-service authorities, municipalities

2nd February 2024

While the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is offering comprehensive and collaborative support for underperforming water services authorities (WSAs), mayors and municipalities, Water and... 


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Fibre connections to South African homes up 2 400% over past seven years – Frogfoot

2nd February 2024

Globally, the connectivity and ubiquity of fibre remains a priority, with the UK set to achieve more than 80% of full fibre coverage over the next two years, on track to join countries such as... 


There is no substitute for economic growth, Deloitte says ahead of 2024 Budget

1st February 2024

A tight balance is expected for this year’s National Budget as South Africa’s woes continue; however, a significant, or fundamental, raising of taxes is not expected, with a tightening hold on... 


New regional representative announced for IWMI Southern Africa

29th January 2024

Circular economy and water innovation expert Dr Henry Roman has been appointed as the International Water Management Institute’s (IWMI’s) regional representative for Southern Africa and country... 


Telkom tackles cable theft

29th January 2024

Telecommunications group Telkom has made strides against cable theft and vandalism as various initiatives drive down infrastructure-related crime at its facilities. Hundreds of convictions for... 


Condra supplies electric hoists, overhead cranes and chain blocks to Platreef mine

26th January 2024

Cranes manufacturer Condra Cranes has delivered electric hoists, two overhead cranes and a number of chain blocks to Canada-based Ivanhoe Mines’ South African subsidiary Ivanplat’s Platreef... 


5G poised to be fastest-growing subscription type in sub-Saharan Africa

26th January 2024

Fifth-generation (5G) is set to be the fastest-growing subscription type in sub-Saharan Africa between 2023 and 2029, when 85% of the global population will have 5G coverage access. The latest... 


Global smartphone market poised for recovery following 3.2% slump in 2023 – IDC

26th January 2024

Global smartphone shipments declined 3.2% to 1.17-billion units in 2023, the lowest full-year volume in a decade, driven largely by macroeconomic challenges and elevated inventory early in the... 


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Following several advances in 2023, LHWP Phase II moves into final construction phase

26th January 2024

The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has made much progress on the Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) after a milestone year. During 2023, the project marked many... 


MTN launches academy to equip young people with skills ‘to succeed in the digital age’

26th January 2024

Telecommunications group MTN South Africa has launched its MTN Skills Academy to bridge the digital skills gap and equip youth with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in the digital age.... 


EAIF commits billions to Sonatel’s receivables-backed bond

23rd January 2024

Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) company, the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), has committed XOF23.5-billion to a XOF75-billion receivables-backed bond issued by... 


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