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Interview: Former Nasa administrator Major-General Charles Bolden

11/15/2018
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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...

Duration:00:28:51

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

11/12/2018
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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....

Duration:00:51:06

Interview: Luno country manager Marius Reitz

11/9/2018
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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...

Duration:00:46:18

Interview: The Foschini Group CIO Brent Curry

11/7/2018
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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 myTFGworld.com. 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...

Duration:00:27:03

Interview: Project Isizwe CEO Duduzile Mkhwanazi

10/24/2018
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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...

Duration:00:27:36

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