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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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Altron shows positive first-half rebound

25th October 2021 JSE-listed Altron has delivered an improved financial performance during the six months to August 31, 2021, as it continues to navigate a challenging environment. During the first half of the year, the company achieved a 238% increase in headline earnings a share to 11c and an operating profit... 

Apply for subsidised TV decoder now, says SA Post Office

22nd October 2021 The South African Post Office has called on qualifying households to apply for a free government-subsidised decoder, known as a set-top box (STB). The call comes as the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies accelerates the country’s switch from analogue to digital television (TV)... 

Analogue switch-off in all nine provinces by end of January as digital migration is accelerated

22nd October 2021 South Africa’s long-delayed transition from analogue broadcasting to digital terrestrial television (TV), under the broadcasting digital migration (BDM) programme, has been accelerated, with the ambition of concluding the analogue switch off (ASO) across all nine provinces by the end of January... 

Electrolux SA aiming for climate neutral manufacturing by 2030

22nd October 2021 Appliance manufacturer Electrolux South Africa has taken a step towards a national electricity grid-free operation as it cuts the carbon footprint of its Kwikot water heater (geyser) manufacturing plant in Benoni by 40%. The company injected R16-million to develop a 1 MW solar energy system at... 

Fintech use in sub-Saharan Africa triples in six years

22nd October 2021 The use of mobile financial services across sub-Saharan Africa has more than tripled over the last six years, a new report by information and communication technology group Ericsson shows. The latest Consumer & Market Insights report, titled ‘Mobile Financial Services on the Rise’, reveals that... 

Google to invest $1bn to support Africa’s digital transformation

22nd October 2021 Google plans to invest $1-billion over five years to support Africa’s digital transformation. The investment will focus on enabling fast, affordable Internet access; building helpful products; supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses; and helping nonprofit organisations to improve lives... 

LHDA publishes tenders for construction of two bridges

21st October 2021 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) is calling for tender submissions for the construction of the Mabunyaneng and Khubelu bridges under Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). The tenders, which interested construction firms have until February 17, 2022, to submit,... 

Vodacom launches Eco-SIM cards made from recycled plastic

20th October 2021 Vodacom is launching Eco-SIM cards made from recycled plastic in South Africa, as the company works to reduce its impact on the environment by halving its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. The South African launch of the half-sized format recycled cards, which will progressively replace SIM cards... 

Afrimat funds bulk water-link for Olifantshoek community

20th October 2021 Afrimat’s Demaneng Mine has contributed undisclosed funds toward the construction of a bulk link line from three boreholes to a 7 ML reservoir to alleviate prevailing water issues in Olifantshoek, in the Northern Cape. The two-phase project followed the reporting to Afrimat management by Demaneng... 

South Atlantic Cable System reports surging traffic

19th October 2021 The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) has reported significant ten-fold increase in traffic since September 2018, when the 6 156 km intercontinental subsea cable went live, nearly halving latency between Africa and the Americas and opening an express digital connection to accelerate digital and... 

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