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Natasha Odendaal

Natasha Odendaal

Natasha Odendaal is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

Telkom shareholders green light masts, towers deal

27th May 2024 JSE-listed Telkom’s shareholders have approved the proposed R6.75-billion sale of its masts and towers infrastructure subsidiary Swiftnet to a consortium. The consortium comprises infrastructure fund Actis Ohio Fund managed by Actis and an infrastructure vehicle 100% owned by Royal Bafokeng... 

German company optimistic on Southern African expansion

24th May 2024 German original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) SEW-EURODRIVE is bringing products, solutions and technologies, along with support, training and skilled information, closer to its clients in the Southern African region, as it continues its major expansion strategy to bring more countries into its... 

South African organisations embracing GenAI as a catalyst for innovation

24th May 2024 A new study, undertaken by independent technology research firm World Wide Worx in conjunction with Dell Technologies and Intel, has found that many large South African firms are starting to embrace generative artificial intelligence (GenAI). Said to be the first study of its kind in South... 

Condra clinches second maintenance crane order from Sappi’s Saiccor Mill

24th May 2024 Crane manufacturer Condra Cranes is manufacturing a second maintenance crane for turbine maintenance duty at Sappi’s Saiccor Mill, in Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal. This followed an order last year, and commissioning in March this year, of a 12.5/25/12.5 t overhead travelling crane for one of the... 

Vaal Water Lettuce invasion signifies need to weed out water pollution

24th May 2024 The Vaal Barrage is now home to an invasive plant species that has had significant negative economic and environmental consequences for the region, and its rapid spread will not slow down without intervention. This has left the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), Rand Water and local... 

Vaal Water Lettuce invasion signifies need to weed out water pollution

Vodacom maintains South African capex at more than R11bn a year

24th May 2024 Telecommunications giant Vodacom Group continues to spend upwards of R11-billion in capital expenditure (capex) in South Africa as it works to capture the market and transition to a technology company. The 30-year old company, celebrating its anniversary this year, spent R11.12-billion across its... 

Fortinet on track to train 1m cybersecurity specialists

24th May 2024 Global cybersecurity solutions company Fortinet has reached 43% of its five-year ambitions of training one-million people in cybersecurity by 2026. According to the group’s 2023 Sustainability Report, 213 440 people were trained in cybersecurity in 2023, bringing the overall total number of... 

Vaal Water Lettuce invasion signifies need to weed out water pollution

24th May 2024 The Vaal Barrage is now home to an invasive plant species that has had significant negative economic and environmental consequences for the region, and its rapid spread will not slow down without intervention. This has left the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), Rand Water and local... 

Vaal Water Lettuce invasion signifies need to weed out water pollution

Reunert H1 earnings rise on Electrical Engineering, Applied Electronics segments

23rd May 2024 JSE-listed Reunert reported a rise in earnings during the six months ended March 31, 2024, driven by good performance in its Electrical Engineering and the Applied Electronics’ defence cluster segments. Its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) segment, however, posted a muted performance. 

Microsoft, dtic enter empowerment agreement

21st May 2024 Microsoft and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) on Tuesday entered into an empowerment agreement to unlock programmes to support skills and capability development, as well as enterprise development for youth and small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs). The... 

Altron posts strong continuing operations growth

20th May 2024 JSE-listed Altron on Monday reported strong results across its continuing operations; however, noncash adjustments in its discontinued operations weighed on the company’s overall results for the year ended February 29, 2024. The company reported earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and... 

DWS set to submit NWRIA Bill to Presidency

20th May 2024 Following the adoption of the National Water Resource Infrastructure Agency (NWRIA) Bill, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is preparing to submit it to President Cyril Ramaphosa for final sign-off. The Bill, which aims to establish the NWRIA to ensure sustainable, equitable and... 

Altron expects double-digit earnings increases from continuing operations

17th May 2024 JSE-listed Altron expects to deliver higher earnings from continuing operations for the year ended February 28, 2024. In a revised trading statement on Friday, Altron said that its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for continuing operations are expected to be 35% to 38% higher, at between 115c... 

MTN achieves 98% network availability in Limpopo province

17th May 2024 As telecommunications giant MTN South Africa accelerates its nationwide modernisation programme, the company has achieved a record 98.33% daily network availability in Limpopo. The 2024 resilience plan, which was completed in the first quarter of the year, aims to ensure that all sites have... 

Spending on telecoms services forecast to decelerate this year

17th May 2024 While global spending on telecommunications and pay television (TV) services increased during 2023, growth started slowing in the second half of the year, with expectations that it will slow further in 2024. According to the latest International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Semi-annual... 

MTN Q1 performance muted on ongoing macroenvironment challenges

14th May 2024 JSE-listed MTN on Tuesday posted a dip in service revenue and earnings during the first quarter of the year, amid ongoing high inflation and local currency devaluations in some of its key markets. The group reported a 28.7% contraction in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and... 

Vodacom FY earnings dip on challenges, revenue up

13th May 2024 JSE-listed Vodacom Group on Monday posted double-digit increases in revenue, however, its earnings a share for the year ended March 31, 2024, declined. The group reported a 11.2% decrease in earnings a share to 842c, along with a 10.8% decline in headline earnings a share to 846c during the year... 

Vodacom FY earnings dip on challenges, revenue up

Hypervine launches satellite survey service

10th May 2024 Satellite imagery and data analytics specialist and greentech business Hypervine has launched a new unlimited satellite surveys service. The Glasgow-headquartered group aims to provide cost-effective, accurate and comprehensive global data on precise mineral mapping, openpit mines and some... 

High cellphone penetration rate positions continent to leverage 4IR technologies

10th May 2024 Africa has an advantage when leveraging ever-developing Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies to overcome the deficits created by a lack of infrastructure and geographical distances: its high cellphone penetration rate. Amid one of the largest cellphone penetration rates in the world,... 

UK, South African universities partner to establish water security forum

9th May 2024 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA) and UK-based Cranfield University Centre for Water, Environment and Development (CWED) are partnering to establish a cross-stakeholder consortium to achieve water security in Johannesburg. The Johannesburg... 

MTN achieves record 98% network availability in Limpopo

7th May 2024 As telecommunications giant MTN South Africa accelerates its nationwide modernisation programme, the company has achieved a record 98.33% network availability daily in Limpopo. The 2024 resilience plan, which was completed in the first quarter of 2024, aims to ensure that all sites have power... 

Telkom set to support 2024 elections

6th May 2024 Telecommunications group Telkom is preparing to support South Africa’s upcoming national elections as the information and communications technology partner to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). South Africa’s 2024 elections are set to be held on May 29. 

Company sets sights on agriculture sector

3rd May 2024 SEW-EURODRIVE’s complete gear solution for centre pivot irrigation systems for the farming sector is attracting significant interest after its launch in South Africa earlier this year. The plug-and-play solution, which aligns with existing equipment, has the added advantage of integrated... 

Need to reduce electricity use overlooked in efforts to mitigate water challenges

3rd May 2024 A crucial missing element in current water management strategies is reducing electricity consumption, says CBI-electric: low voltage engineering executive Dr Andrew Dickson. Discussing Johannesburg's current water crisis, which raises urgent concerns about the city’s and South Africa’s long-term... 

Africa’s water challenges present opportunities for innovation, private-sector involvement

3rd May 2024 Water scarcity poses a significant hurdle to Africa's growth and development, with climate change and deteriorating infrastructure intensifying the challenges. However, the challenges present opportunities for innovative solutions and private-sector participation, says Frost & Sullivan consultant... 

Samsung claims back its position as leading smartphone provider

3rd May 2024 As worldwide smartphones shipments continued on a path of recovery during the first quarter of 2024, Samsung has once again surpassed Apple as the leading smartphone provider. Preliminary data from the International Data Corporation’s (IDC’s) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows that... 

SA mines get first look at private 5G in action

2nd May 2024 Fixed-wireless access provider Comsol has showcased the capabilities of private fifth-generation (5G) infrastructure to South African mining companies at its Midrand premises to demonstrate multiple indoor and outdoor use cases, with clients actively involved in the tests. Hosting immersive,... 

MTN SA launches Made4U career portal Skillsbox to empower job seekers

29th April 2024 Telecommunications giant MTN South Africa has launched a new portal to assist unemployed South Africans on their job seeking journeys. The new Made4U career portal Skillsbox offers a comprehensive suite of resources on a user-friendly website and mobile platform designed to empower job seekers. 

MTN SA launches Made4U career portal Skillsbox to empower job seekers
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LHWP tunnel closure won’t have significant impact on water supplies, assures DWS

26th April 2024 The upcoming six-month closure of the Lesotho Highlands tunnel, from October 1, 2024, to March 31, 2025, for scheduled maintenance is not expected to have a significant impact or disruption on Gauteng’s water supply. The shutdown will result in an 80-million-cubic-metre shortfall during 2024 in... 

DCDT to establish artificial intelligence advisory panel

26th April 2024 The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) is preparing to establish an artificial intelligence (AI) expert advisory council as it moves to shape the policies and regulations around AI adoption and development in South Africa. Starting the process, the department hosted a... 

Telcos spend billions on batteries, generators to ensure customers remain connected during loadshedding

26th April 2024 South African telecommunications operators spent billions of rands to keep communications infrastructure operational during bouts of loadshedding in the 12 months to September 30, 2023. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) latest State of Information Communication... 

Lowered profile, integral bogeys the answer as Condra is set to install crane in factory with limited headroom

26th April 2024 Crane manufacturer Condra Cranes is preparing to embark on a crane installation to customer specifications in a factory that has no roof access and limited headroom. The team of Condra specialists, set to undertake the installation at the customer’s Johannesburg factory in April, will leverage... 

Paratus Botswana completes Botswana Kalahari fibre route

25th April 2024 Telecommunications and network services provider Paratus Botswana has completed the last leg of the new 840 km Botswana Kalahari Fibre (BKF) route between the Namibian border and Lobatse. The new BWP70-million route, which was activated at the end of March, is the largest significant investment... 

MTN South Africa, Investec, Electrum collaborate to introduce PayShap on MoMo

24th April 2024 Information and communications technology group MTN South Africa has partnered with Investec and Electrum to introduce the PayShap solution on its Mobile Money (MoMo) platform. The collaboration aims to provide users with an instant, cost-effective mobile payment system, with MoMo becoming the... 

Icasa officially appoints new chairperson

22nd April 2024 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has appointed Councillor Mothibi Ramusi as chairperson, effective May 2, for a five-year term. The official appointment of Ramusi followed Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Mondli Gungubele’s announcement in the... 

Icasa officially appoints new chairperson

Africa’s small businesses increasingly investing in technology to boost growth and resilience

19th April 2024 Africa’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly investing in technology to bolster growth and enable resilience, a new report shows. The report, titled ‘Levelling the SME playing field’ and jointly launched by Vodacom Group, Vodafone Group and Safaricom, shows that nearly 70%... 

E-waste now the fastest growing waste stream globally

19th April 2024 Electronic waste (e-waste) has now become the fastest-growing form of waste worldwide, as consumers shed more than 50-million metric tonnes of e-waste each year – equating to about 7 kg of e-waste a person – with only 17% properly recycled. Most e-waste is either dumped, burnt or unaccounted for,... 

Households remain under high interest rates chokehold

18th April 2024 South Africa’s high interest rates continue to pressurise the finances of households amid the ongoing restrictive monetary policy stance by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). The latest Altron FinTech Household Resilience Index (AFHRI) shows that, over... 

MTN, Huawei launch joint technology innovation lab

17th April 2024 Telecommunications giant MTN Group and information and communication technology group Huawei have jointly launched Technology Innovation Lab to accelerate digital transformation and sustainable development across Africa. The establishment of the lab at MTN’s headquarters in Roodepoort, marking a... 

Seacom launches LEO satellite service for enterprise clients

15th April 2024 Telecommunications and managed services provider Seacom has launched its low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite service for its enterprise clients after a two-year process of consultation with industry partners. LEO satellites orbit the Earth at an altitude of up to 2 000 km – the same altitude at which... 

National register of polluters necessary to deal with water pollution, says DWS

15th April 2024 The establishment of a national register of polluters will be key to dealing with the pollution of the environment and water sources in South Africa, says Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu. This emerged as one of the resolutions of a workshop on ‘Water Services Authorities impacting the... 

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