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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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Rain doubles Pargo pick-up points for Sims

7th July 2020 Data network provider rain and Pargo have more than doubled the number of pick-up points available for rain’s fourth-generation (4G) Sim cards amid a growing demand for the data-only Sim cards. There are now 260 Pargo pick-up points at selected Clicks stores across Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, the... 

Blue Label expects double-digit rise in earnings

6th July 2020 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms expects to report a more than 20% increase in earnings for the year ended May 31, 2020. This will be a turnaround on the prior year’s performance, which reported losses on basic, headline and core headline a share of 727.81c, 312.49c and 304.77c respectively. 

DN Invest and MIC conclude R760m empowerment transaction

6th July 2020 Diversified and niche telecommunications, retail, distribution and technology services company DN Invest (DNI) has concluded an empowerment transaction with broad-based black economic empowerment investment holding company Mineworkers Investment Company (MIC). MIC Investment Holdings acquired... 

Cisco’s Webex platform sees surge in use, enhancements made

3rd July 2020 Technology giant Cisco has added more capacity, increased security capabilities and intelligent insights and expanded the global capacity of its Webex platform, which is experiencing unprecedented demand and more than triple its normal volumes. Secure collaboration technologies that help people... 

Covid-19 brings massive change to digital behaviours

3rd July 2020 The massive disruption brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the value of communication networks and changing the face of digital behaviour. The latest ‘Ericsson Mobility Report’ shows that lockdown restrictions in many countries have caused measurable changes in the use of both... 

Shell, IBM team up to accelerate digitalisation in the mining industry

3rd July 2020 Oil and gas major Shell and NYSE-listed IBM have joined forces to introduce a new business-to-business digital mining services marketplace platform to offer field-tested technology and digital solutions that can help mining companies improve safety, mine planning, operational efficiency and... 

Telkom halts dividend payouts as it funnels funds towards spectrum acquisition, capex programme

3rd July 2020 JSE-listed Telkom has suspended its dividend payouts for three years from the 2021 financial year to redirect the capital to acquire much-needed spectrum and complete its capital expenditure (capex) programme to ensure future sustainability. The group, which announced its intention of reviewing... 

Icasa to publish WOAN, spectrum invitation

2nd July 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is preparing to publish the Invitation To Apply (ITA) for both the Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN) and the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) spectrum. While Icasa has made “extensive progress” in developing both ITAs... 

Blue Drop trailer launched to monitor water quality in the Free State

1st July 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has launched a mobile trailer to monitor water quality in different municipalities in the Free State. The Blue Drop trailer boasts a mini water testing laboratory comprising three panels that can monitor operational parameters such as PH, turbidity,... 

MTN launches 5G network

30th June 2020 Telecommunications group MTN has launched its fifth-generation (5G) network, with 100 sites live across areas in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth. During a live-streamed launch event, MTN South Africa CEO Godfrey Motsa said that 5G will deliver higher peak data speeds,... 

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