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Interviews with leaders in South Africa's ICT industry.

Interviews with leaders in South Africa's ICT industry.


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Interviews with leaders in South Africa's ICT industry.








Seacom's Steve Briggs on WonderNet and Covid-19-led digital disruption

TechCentral — In this promoted episode of the podcast, TechCentral is joined by Seacom chief commercial officer Steve Briggs for a discussion on the company's new fibre-to-the-home Internet service provider, WonderNet, as well as a look at how Covid-19 is forcing the world to transform digitally. Briggs explains why Seacom decided to launch a consumer FTTH provider and how WonderNet will differentiate itself in a competitive market - and where the name WonderNet came from. The conversation...


Interview: BBD executives on getting digital transformation right

TechCentral — In this promoted episode of the podcast, TechCentral speaks to BBD chief digital officer Peter Scheffel and company executive Andries Janse van Rensburg in a fascinating discussion on digital transformation in light of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on business. In the podcast, Scheffel and Janse van Rensburg discuss the impact that Covid-19 is going to have on companies’ thinking around digital transformation – it will accelerate their efforts, but there are still very...


Interview: WeWork South Africa GM Stafford Masie

TechCentral — Well-known South African technology entrepreneur Stafford Masie, who was appointed as GM of WeWork South Africa last year, joins the podcast to talk about what he’s been up to, the impact of Covid-19 on WeWork – and the economy more broadly – and why e-commerce should be opened up fully during the lockdown. Stafford, who is a former MD of Google South Africa and founder of mobile payments company ThumbzUp, talks about how WeWork is dealing with the Covid-19 lockdown and...


Measuring the real economic impact of the lockdown

TechCentral — Just how badly has the economy been hit by the lockdown to fight Covid-19? Mark Sternberg, MD of Spark ATM Systems, says it's able to quantify the impact long before GDP data is released. The problem with GDP data, when it’s released, is that’s it’s by no means a current reflection of the economic situation. However, Spark ATM Systems, a South African company that operates 4 500 ATMs across the country, believes it is able to offer a much more up-to-date picture of the economic...


Interview: Miriam Altman on the lockdown, e-commerce and saving the economy

TechCentral — Miriam Altman, a commissioner on the National Planning Commission, joins TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod for a discussion on the Covid-19 lockdown, its impact and how to save the economy. Altman, who is a former chief strategy officer at Telkom and a director at Altman Advisory (among other roles), shares her views on the ban on unfettered e-commerce (and why it's not good at all); why more needs to be done to get broadband to more South Africans (and why the wholesale...


Openserve's Althon Beukes on why Telkom is launching 'naked ADSL'

TechCentral — Telkom announced earlier this week that its wholesale division, Openserve, is launching a new product for Internet service providers that means consumers are no longer required to buy a copper line from Telkom’s retail division. The move, known colloquially as "naked ADSL", is one that has long been requested from consumers who don't want a landline voice service but have been frustrated by the fact that it was a requirement when buying a copper-based fixed-line broadband...


Interview: co-founder Ross McIlroy

TechCentral — Ross McIlroy, co-founder of, joins TechCentral's Duncan McLeod on the podcast to talk about the launch of the company's new motoring show on YouTube, the outlook for the car industry after the Covid-19 pandemic and much more besides. McIlroy explains how got its start, how it built its marketplace for car buyers and sellers, and why it pivoted into content - and eventually into video, culminating in the launch of The Show on YouTube. The...


Bottles app founders on how they pivoted in a crisis - and came out on top

TechCentral — Not all businesses are suffering during the lockdown. When Enrico Ferigolli and Vincent Viviers, the founders of alcohol delivery app Bottles, learnt just over five weeks ago that government was banning liquor sales, it came as a shock. But the start-up rapidly pivoted its business, forming a partnership with retail group Pick n Pay to deliver groceries – and business boomed, to the extent where it’s had to hire more contractors to help cope with surging demand. Ferigolli and...


Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner returns

TechCentral — Jon von Tetzchner, CEO of Vivaldi Technologies, returns to TechCentral for a fascinating discussion on the world of Web browsers. Vivaldi this week launched version 3.0 of its desktop browser, while its Android version was released from beta. In the podcast, Von Tetzchner, who is a co-founder of Norway's Opera Software, talks about: • How Vivaldi is coping with the global Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns. • The origins of Vivaldi and why he believes it offers a compelling...


Indigo Broadband's Keith Pitout on TV white spaces in South Africa

TechCentral — Keith Pitout, chief technology officer of Indigo Broadband, joins TechCentral's Duncan McLeod for a discussion on television whites-spaces networks in South Africa. Last Friday, communications regulator Icasa announced, as part of its licensing of emergency temporary spectrum to allow operators to cope with increased network demand during the Covid-19 crisis, that it had licensed three companies to build TV white-spaces networks. In the podcast, Pitout explains how TVWS...


Interview: Mimecast's Brian Pinnock on malware threats in the Covid-19 era

TechCentral — Promoted | Brian Pinnock, director of sales engineering in the Middle East & Africa at Mimecast, joins TechCentral for a wide-ranging discussion on the security implications of the Covid-19 lockdown. With millions of people working from home, securing remote workforces has suddenly become an imperative and a big challenge, especially for companies that haven’t traditionally had large numbers of employees working offsite for an extended period of time. According to Pinnock,...


Interview: Bidorbuy founder and uAfrica MD Andy Higgins

TechCentral — Andy Higgins, the founder of Bidorbuy and now MD of, joins TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod for a discussion on his career history -- including his time as a navy diver and as second engineer on a super yacht -- and the state of e-commerce in South Africa in 2020. In the interview, Higgins looks back at the heady days of e-commerce start-ups in the late 1990s, the dot-com crash and how Bidorbuy nearly didn't make it, and how the business has evolved since. He also...


Interview: Telkom's Siyabonga Mahlangu on Icasa and spectrum relief

TechCentral — Telkom group executive for regulation Siyabonga Mahlangu joins TechCentral's Duncan McLeod for a discussion on communications regulator Icasa's emergency temporary spectrum relief and what it means for operators, including Telkom. Mahlangu explains what the importance is of Telkom getting access to sub-1GHz mobile spectrum for the first time -- even if it's on a temporary basis, for now -- and what the company is able to do with this spectrum given that it's still being used by...


Takealot CEO's lockdown plea to government: Allow unfettered e-commerce

TechCentral — Kim Reid, CEO of South Africa’s largest online retailer,, has made an impassioned plea to government to allow unfettered e-commerce and food delivery as a way of getting the economy going again during and after lockdown.


Paresh Daya on blockchain, the digital rand and the Lehman collapse

TechCentral — Fraxeum chief strategy officer Paresh Daya joins TechCentral's Duncan McLeod on the podcast for a wide-ranging discussion on blockchain development in South Africa. The conversation starts with a discussion about Daya's time at Lehman Brothers, where he worked in London when the bank collapsed in 2008, sparking the global financial crisis. He then turns to the development of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in the wake of the financial crisis and where they are in terms of...


Mike Stopforth on building and selling Cerebra - and what comes next

TechCentral — Mike Stopforth joins TechCentral's Duncan McLeod for a discussion on what the Cerebra founder and former CEO has planned next. Stopforth looks back at the founding of Cerebra - including how he "got lucky" with the explosive growth of social media platforms, which the company helped many South African enterprises navigate. He takes us through Cerebra's growth years, including the merger with Craig Rodney's Emerging Media and the eventual sale to global advertising giant WPP....


Interview: UCOOK CEO David Torr

TechCentral — Meal-kit delivery service start-up UCOOK, which provides the ingredients to help people make high-quality homemade meals, has seen a huge spike in demand since the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa. CEO David Torr joins the podcast to talk about this, and why UCOOK has been deemed an essential service during the lockdown. He also expands on the rules and procedures the company has put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and protect its employees. Torr discusses...


Interview: Altron CEO Mteto Nyati on unbundling Bytes UK

TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Altron CEO Mteto Nyati talks to TechCentral's Duncan McLeod about the group's decision to explore the unbundling and listing of its subsidiary Bytes UK on the London Stock Exchange. Altron announced to the market early on Friday that its board had concluded that the true value of Bytes UK, which is wholly owned the group, was not reflected in the company’s share price. As a result, the board has decided to pursue a potential listing and share...


Sipho Maseko on Telkom's 'track-and-trace' tech in Covid-19 fight

TechCentral — Telkom Group CEO Sipho Maseko joins TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod for a discussion on the telecommunications operator's new track-and-trace technology solution designed to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa. Telkom has developed the track-and-trace solution in partnership with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the CSIR to identify people who may have contracted Covid-19. The system collates multiple data sources such as GIS data to track an...


Vinny Lingham on Civic, bitcoin, Covid-19 and living in San Diego

TechCentral — South African Internet entrepreneur and Civic CEO Vinny Lingham joins TechCentral's Duncan McLeod for a wide-ranging discussion on everything from the Covid-19 crisis to the price of bitcoin and the latest developments at his latest start-up, Civic. The conversation starts with a discussion on the global coronavirus lockdowns and their impact, then turns to a debate about whether bitcoin really is "digital gold" given how its value collapsed in recent weeks along with other...