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Promoted | Exploring Huawei's IT solutions, with Pinnacle

TechCentral — In this promoted episode of the podcast, TechCentral interviews Huawei and Pinnacle executives on Huawei's IT solutions portfolio, from servers to storage and everything in between. Fred Saayman, Huawei Business Unit executive at Pinnacle, and Morgan Malyon, executive product director in the South Africa enterprise solutions sales department at Huawei, talk about the Chinese ICT giant's range of product offerings in the IT space. Saayman talks at a high level about the Huawei...


Interview: CEO Farzam Ehsani

TechCentral — Former Rand Merchant Bank blockchain lead Farzam Ehsani returns to the TechCentral podcast to talk about his latest venture, cryptocurrency exchange In the podcast, Ehsani explains why he left RMB to start VALR, what the start-up does, who it's targeted it and who's backing it. He explains why VALR has partnered with US company Bittrex, why he believes the company's fee structure and access to a large number of cryptocurrencies gives it an edge over rivals, and its...


Interview: Monero's Riccardo Spagni returns

TechCentral — Monero lead maintainer and Tari co-founder Riccardo Spagni returns to the TechCentral podcast for a wide-ranging discussion about the great cryptocurrency crash of 2018 and the importance of privacy in the digital age. In the podcast with TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod, Spagni -- also known as "fluffypony" -- chats about the progress that Tari, a decentralised assets protocol, has made since it was announced earlier this year. Spagni then gives his views on the collapse in...


Interview: Hello Group CEO Nadir Khamissa

TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod sits down with Hello Group co-founder and CEO Nadir Khamissa for an update on the company's growth in the past few years and its ambitions in the financial services market. Founded about 13 years ago by Khamissa and his brother Shaazim, Hello Group has built itself up into a major player in the telecommunications and financial services market by serving mainly migrant workers looking for an affordable way to communicate and do...


Interview: What3words country manager Lyndsey Duff

TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Lyndsey Duff, South Africa country manager at What3words, a company that has divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares, each with a unique three-word address. The idea is that instead of having to share a long address or difficult-to-remember GPS co-ordinates, businesses and consumers can quickly share their location using three words such as coffee.fever.cans, no matter where they happen to be. So, for instance,...


The great e-tolls debate: Wayne Duvenage vs Coenie Vermaak

TechCentral — In this special episode of the podcast, TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod moderates a lively and fiery debate between Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) CEO Wayne Duvenage and Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) CEO Coenie Vermaak on Gauteng's e-tolls system. Listen as Duvenage attacks the system, explaining why he believes it has failed, with the majority of motorists refusing to pay their e-tolls. Vermaak, who previously also boycotted the system, explains why he changed his...


Interview: McAfee's Trevor Coetzee and DRS's Rob Brown

TechCentral — In this promoted* episode of the podcast, TechCentral talks to Rob Brown, CEO of cybersecurity specialists DRS, and Trevor Coetzee, regional director for sub-Saharan Africa at McAfee. In the discussion, Coetzee speaks about the history of McAfee, from its founding in 1987, to its acquisition in 2011 Intel (and its later unbundling), and its history in South Africa. Brown then talks about DRS, what the company does and its relationship with McAfee. The discussion turns to the...


Interview: Former Nasa administrator Major-General Charles Bolden

TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod interviews Major-General Charles Bolden, who served as the administrator of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) from 2009 until his retirement last year. Bolden, who is on a tour of South Africa this week, has taken part in four space flights in his career, spending more than 680 hours in space. He piloted both the Space Shuttle Columbia and the Space Shuttle Discovery, and was intimately...


Interview: Huawei Enterprise Group's Alex Du Min and Pinnacle's Fred Saayman

TechCentral — Promoted podcast | In this episode of the podcast, TechCentral talks to Alex Du Min, MD of the Huawei Enterprise Group in South Africa, and Fred Saayman, Pinnacle’s Huawei business unit executive. Du Min talks in detail about how Huawei got its start, expanded rapidly into new areas, its establishment in South Africa and how the company is building its brand in the country. He then delves into the Huawei Enterprise Group, what it does and its expansion plans in South Africa....


Interview: Luno country manager Marius Reitz

TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Luno South Africa country manager Marius Reitz. In the interview, they discuss the cryptocurrency market and where it’s going. Has the value of bitcoin bottomed? Where is it going next? Will it ever be a widely accepted transactional payment mechanism? And what are the pitfalls people should be aware of when investing in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Reitz also talks about the history of Luno – from its founding in...


Interview: The Foschini Group CIO Brent Curry

TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Brent Curry, chief information officer of The Foschini Group (TFG), about the launch of a new online marketplace called In the interview, Curry explains why the retailer has decided to create a unified marketplace for its 22 brands and why it's planning to add another 40 affiliate brands by 2020. He talks about the South African e-commerce market, why TFG is investing heavily in online retail and where he...


Interview: Project Isizwe CEO Duduzile Mkhwanazi

TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Project Isizwe CEO Duduzile Mkhwanazi on the non-profit's plans for rolling out free Wi-Fi in South Africa following the dissolution of the company's agreement with the City of Tshwane. Mkhwanazi, who joined Project Isizwe from the Democratic Alliance 19 months ago, explains what happened in Tshwane, and why the company is no longer involved in the city's Wi-Fi project. She talks about the company's origins, the work it...


Interview: Aerobotics CEO James Paterson

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...


Interview: eMedia Holdings CEO Andre van der Veen

TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Andre van der Veen, CEO of 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...


Interview: Explore Data Science Academy's Shaun Dippnall

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...


Interview: EOH CEO Stephen van Coller

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...


Interview: Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner

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...


Interview: CrashDetech CEO Jaco Gerrits

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,...


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

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...


Call: Naspers CEO Bob van Dijk on the MultiChoice unbundling

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...