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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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Collaboration seen as key as SA moves to position for 4IR epoch

17th May 2019 While President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) visions for South Africa are gaining some traction, the success of a new digital future will require extensive coordination and deep collaboration across every sphere and sector. Following a technology-centred State of the... 

Competition Tribunal gives green light to Vumatel buyout

17th May 2019 Community Investment Ventures Holdings (CIVH) has secured a conditional approval from the Competition Tribunal for an acquisition that will provide it sole control of last mile fibre access provider Vumatel. The Competition Tribunal has set out a range of conditions that CIVH, which acquired its... 

Competition Commission inquiry confirms SA data pricing is ‘at more expensive end’

17th May 2019 The Competition Commission’s provisional report on its data inquiry has confirmed recent revelations that the cost of data services, particularly mobile prepaid data pricing, in South Africa, is high when benchmarked against its peers. Similar to the Independent Communication Authority of South... 

Collaboration seen as key as SA moves to position for 4IR epoch

17th May 2019 While President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) visions for South Africa are gaining some traction, the success of a new digital future will require extensive coordination and deep collaboration across every sphere and sector. Following a technology-centred State of the... 

MTN receives green light for listing of Nigerian unit

15th May 2019 JSE-listed telecommunications powerhouse MTN’s plan to list its subsidiary MTN Nigeria on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) will go ahead on May 16. MTN Group on Wednesday said it had received approval for the listing on the NSE Premium Board. The listing will create a new telecoms and technology... 

Vodacom reports full-year profit decline, but rise in service revenue

13th May 2019 JSE-listed Vodacom on Monday posted muted growth in earnings and a rise in service revenue for the financial year ended March 31. The telecommunications giant reported earnings a share of 867c for the 12 months under review, an 8.7% decline on the prior year, along with a 6.6% year-on-year... 

Google launches AI lab in Ghana

10th May 2019 Ghana-based Google Artificial Intelligence (AI) Centre Accra – Google’s latest AI lab – has brought together top machine learning researchers and engineers dedicated to AI research and its applications. The centre is also a central roleplayer in pursuing ‘AI by Africa, for the world’, which forms... 

African-specific IoT model proposed

10th May 2019 The much-talked about Internet of Things (IoT) will only become relevant for Africa when it starts enabling stakeholders to effectively tackle the real challenges the continent faces on a daily basis, a panel has agreed. IoT is seen as more of an ecosystem that, for Africa, requires more... 

Ulwembu partners with City of Tshwane for free public WiFi expansion

10th May 2019 Information and communication technology services company Ulwembu Business Services and the City of Tshwane have teamed up to reactivate and expand the stalled TshWi-Fi free WiFi network project. Ulwembu has taken over from non-profit organisation Project Isizwe, which exited the programme in... 

‘Return on experience’ metric proposed for navigating rise in consumer power

10th May 2019 The rise in the technological tools available have placed consumers in an ideal position to demand a tailored, channel-agnostic, socially conscious and social-media-powered experience from businesses. In light of this, PwC believes its time for companies to start introducing another metric that... 

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