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Interview: Absa senior agricultural economist Wessel Lemmer

5/16/2018
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TechCentral — ***We apologise for the poor audio quality of the call in this podcast.*** In this episode of the TechCentral podcast, Duncan McLeod speaks to Wessel Lemmer, senior agricultural economist at Absa, how about technology is transforming the agricultural sector in South Africa. Lemmer tells McLeod about how technology is needed to deal with the impact of the world’s growing population on food resources and food security. With the world’s population expected to near 10bn people by...

Duration:00:28:11

Interview: MultiChoice CEO Calvo Mawela returns

5/15/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the TechCentral podcast, MultiChoice South Africa CEO Calvo Mawela returns to the show to discuss communications regulator Icasa’s inquiry into the pay-television industry and the future of the sector. In the podcast, Mawela describes the Icasa probe as “irrelevant”, arguing that the broadcasting industry has changed dramatically in recent years and that a narrow inquiry into pay TV no longer makes sense. “This would have been a good discussion if it was...

Duration:00:47:21

Interview: Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub

5/7/2018
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TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod sits down with Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub for a wide-ranging interview on the telecommunications industry in South Africa. In the podcast, Joosub tells TechCentral what he thinks about communications regulator Icasa's new regulations dealing with data expiry and the impact they could have on both Vodacom and the broader industry. Also in the interview, he talks about the state of play...

Duration:00:39:26

Interview: Simon Dingle on crypto money

4/30/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the TechCentral podcast, Duncan McLeod chats to Simon Dingle, former technology journalist, long-time podcaster, speaker and technologist, about his new book, In Math We Trust, about the world of cryptocurrencies. The book, available in bookstores around South Africa and on Amazon's Kindle, is a quick, three-hour read about the emergence and rise of bitcoin and other forms of crypto money. In the podcast, Dingle explains why he believes the current system...

Duration:00:46:40

Adrian Schofield and Leon Louw on the telecoms bill

4/24/2018
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TechCentral — ICT industry veteran Adrian Schofield, programme consultant at the Institute of Information Technology Professionals - and a past president of the organisation - has slammed the ANC’s policies on telecommunications, saying they are holding back the sector. Speaking at the Free Market Foundation on Tuesday, Schofield criticised the ruling party for saying “good words” in its policy statements but instead focusing on “control and limitation” when turning those policies into...

Duration:00:53:07

Interview: Carlos Rey-Moreno on connecting SA's rural poor

4/16/2018
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TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod talks to Carlos Rey-Moreno of the Association for Progressive Communications about the work he and his team have done to help deliver cheap telecommunications services to the rural people of Mankosi and surrounding areas in the Eastern Cape. Mankosi, located in a deep rural region between Coffee Bay and Port St Johns in the old Transkei, has 3 500 residents spread across 12 small villages....

Duration:00:38:28

Interview: Pinnacle CEO Tim Humphreys-Davies

4/11/2018
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TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, TechCentral’s 100th, Duncan McLeod speaks to Tim Humphreys-Davies, CEO of Aviva Holdings subsidiary Pinnacle, about the state of IT distribution in South Africa. In the podcast, Humphreys-Davies talks about the distribution industry and Pinnacle’s place in it as well as Alviva’s strategy to reinvent itself in both distribution and, increasingly, in services. Distribution is a tough business – competitive,...

Duration:00:51:05

Interview: Root's Louw Hopley and MMI's Jonathan Stewart

4/11/2018
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TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod chats to Louw Hopley, CEO of fintech start-up Root, and Jonathan Stewart, head of Exponential Ventures at MMI Holdings, about Root’s fintech platforms, including its programmable bank card and its new insuretech product, Root Insurance. In the podcast, Hopley explains the origins of Root and Stewart talks about how MMI started working with the company, along with venture...

Duration:00:32:49

Interview: Seaborn Networks COO Andy Bax

4/9/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the TechCentral podcast, Duncan McLeod chats to Andy Bax, chief operating officer of Seaborn Networks, the company planning to build the first direct subsea cable between South Africa and Brazil. Called SABR - and pronounced "sabre" - the cable will have a design capacity of up to 40Tbit/s and provide the most direct route and lowest latencies between South Africa, Brazil and the US. In the podcast, Bax explains the progress Seaborn has made with the...

Duration:00:34:36

Interview: Lepsta co-founder and CEO Sithembiso Khumalo

4/6/2018
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TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod chats to Sithembiso Khumalo, CEO of the start-up Lepsta, which is developing a blockchain-based version control and code syncing service that helps developers spend more time coding and less time managing code by automating their code management workflows. Khumalo, who grew up in rural KwaZulu-Natal without direct access to computers, is a self-taught developer who started Lepsta with his...

Duration:00:33:26

Media call with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

4/5/2018
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TechCentral — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday evening South African time spoke to reporters around the world, including TechCentral, about a crisis that’s been building since revelations last month that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed data on millions of Facebook users. Legislators and policy makers are now calling for greater regulation of social media, helping to knock almost US$100bn off the company’s market value. “We didn’t take a broad...

Duration:00:53:09

Interview: Roger Hislop on TV white-spaces spectrum

4/4/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the TechCentral podcast, Duncan McLeod talks to Internet Solutions senior research engineer Roger Hislop about television white-spaces (TVWS) spectrum and how the technology could be used to connect the unconnected. In the podcast, Hislop explains what TVWS is, how it works and why it could be transformative for the telecommunications industry and for end users. He explains why the technology could deliver Internet access to people at significantly lower...

Duration:00:48:29

Interview: Zunaid Mayet on EOH's 12 months of hell

3/28/2018
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TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod interviews EOH CEO Zunaid Mayet via Skype on the JSE-listed group's interim financial results for the six months to 31 January 2018. In the podcast, McLeod asks Mayet about EOH's governance and whether it has needed strengthening in light of negative the developments in the past year, which have exerted enormous downward pressure on the group's share price. Did EOH conduct a sufficiently...

Duration:00:22:41

EOH was caught up in state capture 'war': Asher Bohbot

3/28/2018
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TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. We take a break from our normal interview style in this podcast to bring you an extraordinary presentation delivered by Asher Bohbot, the former CEO of EOH -- and now its nonexecutive chairman -- at the company's interim results presentation in Johannesburg on Wednesday. In the presentation, Bohbot said EOH was caught up in a "war" over state capture in South Africa. Bohbot described the past year as one of "shock, anxiety...

Duration:00:20:24

Bob van Dijk on why Naspers sold 2% of Tencent

3/26/2018
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TechCentral — Late on Friday, Naspers CEO Bob van Dijk and chief financial officer Basil Sgourdos spoke to analysts about the group's decision to sell 2% of its stake in Chinese Internet giant Tencent. Van Dijk explained the rationale for the sale and what the JSE-listed Internet and media group intends to do with the proceeds. Naspers sold 190m Tencent shares, reducing its stake from 33.2% to 31.2%, yielding US$9.8bn.

Duration:00:41:34

Interview: DStoq co-founder Craig Mc Gregor

3/22/2018
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TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod is joined via an Internet call by Craig Mc Gregor, co-founder of DStoq, a new, global, blockchain-based stock exchange, which will be launched in the coming months. DStoq plans to use the blockchain to create a much more efficient and lower-cost entry, in relation to existing stock exchanges, for companies looking to raise capital. Cape Town-based Mc Gregor, whose background is in asset...

Duration:00:33:32

Interview: Zapper head of retail Colin Fleming

3/16/2018
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TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod interviews Colin Fleming, head of retail at Zapper, the mobile payments specialist. Fleming talks about his career in technology retail, including his career at Massmart and what brought him to Durban-based Zapper. He talks about how Zapper has grown in South Africa, what the application is used for and the areas he sees for expansion, including in national retail and e-commerce. Zapper plans...

Duration:00:36:44

Interview: Black's Surie Ramasary returns

3/14/2018
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TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, CEO for content at Cell C division Black Surie Ramasary returns to the show to talk about how the video entertainment platform has progressed since its launch four months ago. Ramasary talks about what Black has learnt since launch, which content is proving most popular amongst subscribers and why Premier League football is drawing interest. She talks about how mobile has become the most popular platform on...

Duration:00:30:06

Spotify launched in SA: the press conference

3/13/2018
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TechCentral — Spotify, the world's biggest streaming music company, made its debut in South Africa on Tuesday. It's the first entry into Africa for the streaming giant, with the service costing R59.99/month for a single-user subscription. A family plan is likely to be introduced later. The company held a press conference in Johannesburg to unveil the product to South African media and to take questions on a variety of topics, from migrating from international accounts to local accounts,...

Duration:00:45:01

Interview: Why Cell C supports the Woan

3/9/2018
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TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod talks to Cell C chief strategy officer Robert Pasley and chief legal officer Graham Mackinnon about the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill and why the mobile operator is strongly supportive of a plan by the government to create a wholesale open-access network (Woan). In the podcast, Pasley and Mackinnon explain why Cell C believes the Woan is potentially a very good way of breaking the...

Duration:00:53:37

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