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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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Pick n Pay launches mobile virtual network services

4th December 2020 Supermarket giant Pick n Pay has launched its own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service, PnP Mobile, leveraging MTN’s mobile network infrastructure. Pick n Pay customers can register their new Sim card within minutes through Pick n Pay’s new paperless RICA facility, which is expected to... 

Entertainment platform Monsooq launched in South Africa

4th December 2020 Mobile technology company Mondia has launched time-based entertainment platform Monsooq, where users pay only for the time they spend consuming content, without the need for contracts or subscriptions. The model allows consumers to buy entertainment content based on duration of use. 

Explosives-delivery prototype poised to remove charging crew from the face

4th December 2020 ASX-listed Orica and mining and infrastructure equipment multinational Epiroc Rock Drills have revealed a prototype for a semi-automated explosives delivery system for underground mines. The co-developed prototype, Avatel, aims to showcase a new way of approaching development blasting operations... 

Forge Academy launches artificial intelligence lab in Joburg

4th December 2020 Nokia-powered education facility Forge Academy has unveiled a fully inclusive artificial intelligence (AI) laboratory in Johannesburg. The laboratory, based at The Gantry, in Fourways, aims to equip students with theoretical, laboratory and on-the-job training for the Fourth Industrial Revolution... 

Herotel reaches 100k fixed broadband customer mark

1st December 2020 Fibre and fixed wireless broadband provider Herotel has reached the milestone of 100 000 fixed broadband subscribers on its fibre and fixed wireless networks. The group, which was started in 2014, deployed its own fibre networks, targeting non-metropolitan, underserviced areas across South Africa... 

UNDP, WRC award R3m grant to water innovators

30th November 2020 Seven water innovators have been awarded an aggregate R7-million grant to kick off field testing and further product development after a call for solutions to help resolve some of South Africa’s water challenges, particularly those exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The United Nations... 

Caledonia equips Central shaft

30th November 2020 Aim-listed Caledonia Mining has fully equipped the Central shaft – from the base to the surface collar – of its Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, well below budget and within its set timeframe. The shaft sinking at the new Central shaft at Blanket mine was completed in 2019, before the company moved to... 

Moody's downgrades Telkom's credit rating following sovereign rating action

27th November 2020 Ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded telecommunications group Telkom’s corporate family rating to Ba2, from Ba1, with a negative outlook. This followed Moody’s downgrading of South Africa’s sovereign rating by one notch to Ba2 with a negative outlook on November 20. 

Gauteng progresses township economic development agenda

27th November 2020 The Bill aimed at revamping Gauteng’s township economy is expected to be passed by the end of June 2021. Despite some delays caused by the Covid-19-related restrictions, the Gauteng Township Economic Development Bill has been gazetted and is currently undergoing public consultations. 

Growth of chat economy presenting ‘fertile commercial opportunities’ for businesses

27th November 2020 As mobile communications and chat commerce group Clickatell celebrates its twentieth anniversary, it is leveraging the growth of the chat economy, which is presenting one of the most fertile commercial opportunities of the digital era. Chat commerce – business-consumer engagement on the various... 

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