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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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South Africa’s dam levels rise marginally

3rd April 2020 South Africa’s dam water levels increased marginally from 66.8% to 67% week-on-week, the average boosted by rising dam levels in the Free State. The Department of Sanitation (DWS) weekly report shows Gauteng has the highest dam levels in the country, with its water storage full, followed by the... 

DWS steps up deployment of water tanks and tankers

3rd April 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has delivered 852 water tanks and 20 tankers to water-stressed communities across Gauteng. The department, along with Rand Water and municipalities, are working to provide water to desperate communities in the most densely populated informal... 

Broadband Infraco, ItakaneICT partner to enable cashless platforms

3rd April 2020 Broadband Infraco and ItakaneICT have partnered to deploy cashless payment platforms to rural and disadvantaged communities. The move will help in dispensing and transacting financially without using physical cash amid the Covid-19 outbreak. 

Vodacom Business launches Fast Forward Season 2

3rd April 2020 Vodacom has kicked off the second season of its “Fast Forward” business workshops to equip entrepreneurs with the digital skills required to adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Following the success of its first series last year, Fast Forward returned in March and has extended... 

Pragmatic approach urged as business begins embracing 4IR

3rd April 2020 The technologies emerging from the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) need to solve a customer pain point, as opposed to being deployed for the sake of just following the trends, says BCX CEO Jonas Bogoshi. Speaking on the sidelines of a recent 4.0 Focus conference, he told Engineering News &... 

Rain reports surge in data demand

3rd April 2020 Data-only mobile operator Rain’s network is expanding “according to plan” to achieve nationwide connectivity and improve network quality as data demand “gets wind from behind”. The group has also experienced an upsurge in connectivity demand as more employees work from home amid the current... 

AI community launches two initiatives to fight Covid-19 using tech

3rd April 2020 Data science competition platform Zindi and Ghana-based education organisation Runmila AI Institute have launched two initiatives to flesh out potential artificial intelligence- (AI-) and data-science-based solutions to the current Covid-19 pandemic. The viral disease has spread across the world... 

Alternative processing method established for Kropz phosphate mine

3rd April 2020 An alternative processing method for Aim-listed emerging phosphate explorer and developer Kropz’s Elandsfontein project, in the Western Cape, has been confirmed to produce saleable concentrate, investment fund African Rainbow Capital (ARC) says. The advanced-stage phosphate mining project has... 

Vodacom, Discovery to offer Covid-19 screening platform

2nd April 2020 Vodacom and Discovery have teamed up to develop risk assessment and virtual healthcare tools for citizens to assess their Covid-19 risk, schedule virtual healthcare professional consultations and get advice. The Covid-19 online healthcare platform can help to identify people who need health... 

Altron seeks unbundling, London listing for subsidiary Bytes UK

2nd April 2020 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) is pursuing a potential unbundling and separate listing of its UK subsidiary, Bytes Technology Group. Following a strategic review, Altron is mulling a listing and potential share offering of Bytes UK on the London Stock Exchange, with a secondary listing on... 

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