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Interview: Aerobotics CEO James Paterson

10/16/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews James Paterson, co-founder and CEO of Aerobotics, a Cape Town-based company that pairs drone and satellite imagery with artificial intelligence to help farmers improve their yields. Focused specifically on tree crops, Aerobotics can analyse individual trees, measure their health and whether anything is affecting them, advising farmers about potential problems and how to fix them. The business, which enjoys the backing of...

Duration:00:22:27

Interview: eMedia Holdings CEO Andre van der Veen

10/10/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Andre van der Veen, CEO of e.tv and Openview parent company eMedia Holdings on South Africa's long-delayed digital terrestrial television migration project. Van der Veen explains why he believes it is possible to complete the digital migration programme by 30 September 2019 and what would be needed to meet that deadline. He expands on why eMedia launched Openview, a free-to-air satellite platform, and why a "hybrid" model...

Duration:00:34:48

Interview: Explore Data Science Academy's Shaun Dippnall

10/9/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Shaun Dippnall, co-founder of the Explore Data Science Academy, on the launch of Explore 10X, a programme to develop new fintech businesses in South Africa. Launched in partnership with Rand Merchant Investment's AlphaCode, the programme intends selecting 20 aspiring fintech entrepreneurs and taking them through a rigorous mentorship and training schedule to develop their ideas into businesses. In the podcast, Dippnall...

Duration:00:16:52

Interview: EOH CEO Stephen van Coller

10/3/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews newly appointed EOH Holdings CEO Stephen van Coller on the group's disappointing 2018 financial results. Van Coller, who joined EOH on 1 September from MTN Group, explains why he decided to take on the role and what his plans are for the business. He talks about his background in corporate and investment banking and in telecommunications and how that expertise will be brought to bear in EOH. How quickly will EOH be...

Duration:00:21:26

Interview: Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner

10/2/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Jon von Tetzchner, CEO of Vivaldi Technologies, the company behind the Vivaldi Web browser. Von Tetzchner, who co-founded Opera Software and was CEO of the Norwegian company until 2010, talks about why he quit Opera, why he founded Vivaldi and where the project is going. In the podcast, he talks about browser development over the past 25 years, including the rise of Netscape, Internet Explorer and Chrome, the role Opera...

Duration:00:44:17

Interview: CrashDetech CEO Jaco Gerrits

9/28/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews technology entrepreneur and app developer Jaco Gerrits about his company’s app, CrashDetech, which automatically detects if the user has been involved in a car accident. The app, which uses various technologies built into modern smartphones such as accelerometers, coupled with machine learning, to detect if you have been involved in a serious crash. Offering various tiers, from a free option to an Elite subscription plan,...

Duration:00:21:06

Interview: Brett and Mark Levy on the future of Blue Label Telecoms

9/25/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Blue Label Telecoms co-founders and co-CEOs Brett and Mark Levy on the future of the JSE-listed group. The brothers speak about the sharp fall in the group's share price and what might be causing its decline. They also talk about why they bought 45% of Cell C, and why they believe the market is underestimating the potential not only of the mobile operator but also the synergies available across the broader group. They...

Duration:00:58:43

Call: Naspers CEO Bob van Dijk on the MultiChoice unbundling

9/18/2018
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TechCentral — Naspers Group CEO Bob van Dijk, together with Naspers video entertainment CEO Imtiaz Patel and MultiChoice South Africa CEO Calvo Mawela, held a media call on Tuesday morning to discuss Naspers's plan to unbundle MultiChoice and list it on the JSE. In the call, Van Dijk explained the rationale for the decision, while Patel set out why he believes MultiChoice is well positioned for the future, despite the competitive threats posed by international online streaming services like...

Duration:00:16:25

Interview: Fernando Borjón on Mexico’s Woan

9/14/2018
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TechCentral — Mexico is often held up by the South African government as an example of a successful wholesale open-access network (Woan), the type of network it’s keen to roll out to make the local telecommunications market more competitive. But how successful has Mexico’s Woan – known as Red Compartida – been? TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod sat down with Fernando Borjón, general director of Mexico’s Telecommunications Investment Promotion Agency, or Promtel, to get a better understanding...

Duration:00:36:21

Interview: Alison Gillwald on the state of ICT in SA

9/11/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Research ICT Africa executive director Alison Gillwald about the state of South Africa's ICT sector. Gillwald, who also serves as adjunct professor at the University of Cape Town's Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, talks about what the country is getting right - and wrong - in expanding access to technology and the Internet. Why have smaller and better-priced mobile operators struggled to win over customers from...

Duration:00:49:36

Interview: Communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane

9/10/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane on digital terrestrial television migration and the future of the SABC and public broadcasting in South Africa. Mokonyane, who was speaking to TechCentral at the Telecom World event of the International Telecommunication Union, provides an update on whether South Africa will meet its new, self-imposed deadline to complete the project and what government is doing to fast-track its...

Duration:00:17:14

Interview: OneCart founders Lynton Peters and Ariel Navarro

9/6/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews OneCart founders Lynton Peters and Ariel Navarro about their new online shopping venture. OneCart is a technology start-up that allows customers to shop online from multiple retailers at the same time, including Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Dis-chem and Clicks, with orders delivered within two hours (or at a preferred delivery time). The company already operates in Johannesburg, Pretoria East and parts of Cape Town, and has...

Duration:00:21:06

Interview: Project Natick leader, Microsoft's Ben Cutler

9/5/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Ben Cutler, the head of Microsoft’s Project Natick, a research project to determine the feasibility of building subsea data centres. Cutler and a team from Microsoft have deployed a subsea data centre in the north of Scotland, which they are using to ascertain whether building submarine data centres makes practical and financial sense. In the podcast, Cutler explains where the idea came from, the two phases of the project...

Duration:00:19:57

Interview: Dimension Data MEA CEO Grant Bodley

9/4/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Grant Bodley, CEO of Dimension Data in the Middle East and Africa. Bodley talks about how Dimension Data is doing in the region, how it’s weathering the tough economic environment and where the opportunities lie in the local IT services sector. The CEO, who took the reins three years ago from Derek Wilcocks, discusses the IT outsourcing market, the demands that corporate clients are putting on IT service providers and...

Duration:00:26:57

Interview: Adapt IT CEO Sbu Shabalala

9/4/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Sbu Shabalala, CEO of the fast-growing JSE-listed software specialist Adapt IT. Shabalala talks about his upbringing in KwaZulu-Natal, his education and how he first got involved in the IT sector – and in business. He discusses why he founded Adapt IT, its listing on the JSE and its rapid growth over the past 14 years. In the podcast, Shabalala talks about the group’s strategy, including its plans to expand...

Duration:00:32:34

Interview: SwitchTel CEO Greg Massel on ‘perverse’ Icasa regs

8/27/2018
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TechCentral — Icasa has not thought through its proposed new call termination rate regulations and their impact on the industry if they’re implemented without significant changes will harm the industry and lead to higher prices for consumers. That’s the view of Switch Telecom CEO Gregory Massel, expressed in this episode of the TechCentral podcast. “The single biggest issue is that, either intentionally or unintentionally, they seem to steal from the poor and give to the rich,” he said. “It...

Duration:00:48:10

Bob van Dijk and Larry Illg on Naspers's global investment strategy

8/24/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Naspers CEO Bob van Dijk returns to the show, this time with Naspers Ventures CEO Larry Illg, to talk about the group's global technology investments and strategies. Van Dijk, who spoke on the podcast last week with letgo co-founder Alec Oxenford, talks about Naspers's investment philosophy, the sort of businesses it's looking to invest in and whether he thinks the group could strike gold again like it did when it invested in China's Tencent....

Duration:00:28:10

Interview: Naspers CEO Bob van Dijk and letgo co-founder Alec Oxenford

8/16/2018
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TechCentral — Naspers announced last week that it will invest a further US$500-million - about R7.2-billion - into US mobile classifieds platform letgo. In this episode of the podcast, TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod interviews Naspers CEO Bob van Dijk and letgo co-founder Alex Oxenford about the investment. Van Dijk explains why Naspers, through its subsidiary OLX, decided to invest in the fast-growing letgo, what the opportunities are for the business and the possibilities for letgo to...

Duration:00:35:41

Interview: Coindirect chief product officer Stephen Young

8/10/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Stephen Young, chief product officer at a new, Cape Town-based cryptocurrency exchange called Coindirect, which is focused on facilitating crypto trading in emerging markets, especially in Africa. Young talks about the origins of Coindirect, what it offers and why it believes there is a largely untapped market in Africa for cryptocurrency trading. In the podcast, he explains Coindirect's business model - including its fee...

Duration:00:24:57

Interview: Liquid Telecom CEO Reshaad Sha

8/2/2018
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TechCentral — Reshaad Sha returns to the podcast in this episode to talk about his appointment as CEO of Liquid Telecom in South Africa. Sha, who was previously with Dark Fibre Africa as chief strategy officer and CEO of DFA’s Internet of things subsidiary SqwidNet, joined Liquid Telecom two months ago. In the podcast, he explains why he decided to take up the opportunity and sets out the challenges and opportunities facing the operator formerly known as Neotel. Liquid Telecom South Africa,...

Duration:00:28:29