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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

Interview: Teraco CFO Jan Hnizdo

7/25/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Jan Hnizdo, chief financial officer of Africa's largest data centre operator, Teraco Data Environments. Hnidzo speaks about the origins of Teraco, why it was founded, who financed it in its early days, its rapid expansion and the investment by private equity firm Permira in 2015. Is a listing on the cards? In the podcast, he talks about the investments Teraco has made to date in building its various data centre...

Duration:00:31:40

Interview: Dimension Data's Peter Gray on the Tour de France

7/19/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Peter Gray, senior director of the Dimension Data Global Sports Practice, about how advanced technology is being used at this year’s Tour de France. Speaking from the race, Gray explains how an advanced layer of technology has been blanketed over the world’s premier cycling event, allowing a high level of real-time data and analytics to be shared with cycling fans and the teams behind this year’s entrants - on television,...

Duration:00:29:07

Interview: Aldred Dreyer on digital migration

7/18/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Aldred Dreyer, the newly appointed head of the project management office for digital migration at the department of communications, on South Africa's long-delayed digital terrestrial television project. In the first interview since being appointed, Dreyer explains the current status of the project, what his office is doing and what comes next. He talks about the department's plan to switch off analogue broadcasts in the...

Duration:00:25:01

Interview: Touch HD founder Tbo Touch

7/17/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Touch HD founder Tbo Touch about his life, his business, #datamustfall and his next big venture. Touch — born in Sharpeville in 1981 — talks about his big plans to enter the video-streaming space with a new venture to be launched later this year called THD. The platform, which will showcase original South African and African content and which will include international programming, will compete head-on with DStv,...

Duration:01:04:50

Interview: Stripe co-founder and president John Collison

7/17/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Stripe co-founder John Collison, who in 2016 became the world's youngest self-made dollar billionaire. Collison, who founded Stripe with is brother Patrick, talks about his upbringing in rural Ireland, how they launched their first business Auctomatic (which they later sold, while still teenagers, for US$5-million), how the idea for Stripe came about and how they built and scaled business. In South Africa this week as...

Duration:00:36:12

Interview: BitFund co-founder Joshua Miltz

7/11/2018
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TechCentral — In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Joshua Miltz, co-founder of a new South African cryptocurrency platform called BitFund. BitFund offers access to about 20 of the largest digital currencies worldwide. Miltz talks about why BitFund is a platform for crypto investment more akin to an asset management firm than a crypto exchange, where the idea for the business came from and how it’s being funded. In the podcast, he explains how security is at the core of...

Duration:00:26:14