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Interview: Takealot CEO Kim Reid

TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, CEO Kim Reid chats to Duncan McLeod about the past, present and future of South Africa's biggest online retailer. In the podcast, Reid talks about the e-commerce market in South Africa and explains how Takealot is positioning itself to take advantage of anticipated growth. Reid goes through the history of Takealot, how he -- a former Naspers executive -- got involved in the business, and the path...

Duration: 00:36:10

Interview: Sipho Maseko on the future of Telkom

TechCentral — In this episode of the TechCentral podcast, Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko chats to Duncan McLeod about the future of the telecommunications group. The interview touches on Telkom's underperformance in fixed lines over the past six months and its strong performance in mobile broadband. Where will Telkom focus its capital expenditure and why? Also in the podcast, Maseko talks about potential consolidation in both the fixed-line and mobile telecoms markets, and the role Telkom might...

Duration: 00:25:46

Interview: Seaborn Networks CEO Larry Schwartz

TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod is joined by Larry Schwartz, the CEO of US-based Seaborn Networks, the company that plans to build a new, high-capacity submarine cable system between South Africa and Brazil. The cable, which will have an initial design capacity of 24Tbit/s, will provide connectivity between South Africa, the Middle East and India (via the planned IOX cable system), and Brazil, with onward connectivity to the...

Duration: 00:24:27

Interview: Inside Cell C's Black, with Surie Ramasary

TechCentral — In this episode of the TechCentral podcast, Duncan McLeod chats to Surie Ramasary, the chief executive for content at Black, Cell C's new entertainment and video streaming platform. In the podcast, Ramasary provides detailed insights into the new platform and how it will work. She talks about the new Android set-top box that will be made available as part of the offering and explains some of the technical details behind the service - from streaming quality to how you can...

Duration: 00:33:49

Interview: Khudu Pitje on Dartcom's new R100m fibre factory

TechCentral — In this episode of the TechCentral podcast, Duncan McLeod talks to Dartcom chairman Khudu Pitje about a new R100m fibre factory the company has built near Mamelodi outside Pretoria. The facility, which will employ as many as 100 people per shift across three shifts a day at peak production, has been built under licence from international fibre specialist OFS, part of the Furukawa Electric Company. In the podcast, Pitje explains why Dartcom decided to build the factory, which...

Duration: 00:19:25

Interview: The legal implications of SA's big data leak

TechCentral — After the news last week of the biggest data leak in South Africa's history, Duncan McLeod chats to IT legal expert Corien Vermaak, director of the Three6Five Academy, about the legal implications. The leak, involving the personal records of more than 60m South Africans, alive and deceased, was revealed by Australian information security expert Troy Hunt. Investigations have pinpointed Pretoria-based real estate company Jigsaw Holdings as the likely source of the leak. But...

Duration: 00:47:22

Interview: Dracore CEO Chantelle Fraser on SA's giant data leak

TechCentral — In this special edition of the TechCentral podcast, Duncan McLeod sits down with Dracore Data Sciences CEO Chantelle Fraser to talk about the massive data leak exposed this week involving more than 60m South Africa citizens. In the podcast, Fraser explains the timeline of events, how Dracore's name was dragged into the story and why she's filing papers in the high court later on Friday against the owner of iAfrikan, a website that published an article speculating about...

Duration: 01:01:53

The inside scoop on SA's giant data breach

TechCentral — In this special edition of the podcast, Andrew Fraser, who broke the news this week on TechCentral about the massive data breach involving the leak of the personal records of more than 30m South African citizens, is joined by SensePost chief technology officer Dominic White and International Data Corp research manager Jon Tullett to talk about the breach. In the podcast, Fraser sets out the timeline of events since Australian Web security expert Troy Hunt first uncovered the...

Duration: 00:40:39

Digital terrestrial television in SA: the state of play

TechCentral — This podcast is a recording of a presentation and panel discussion facilitated by TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod and hosted by the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers on the state of digital terrestrial television (DTT) in South Africa. The event took place on Tuesday at the University of Pretoria. Specifically, the panellists - broadcasting industry experts Lynn Mansfield, Gerhard Petrick, Aldred Dreyer and William Stucke, all speaking in their personal...

Duration: 01:27:17

Interview: Roger McCleery on the future of motoring

TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod chats to veteran motoring journalist Roger McCleery on the future of cars. McCleery talks about why electric cars face an uphill struggle in South Africa, but while they're still exciting. He explains why so few electric vehicles are sold in South Africa, the barriers that need to be overcome and why they're not as "clean" as many people think they are. Also in the podcast, McCleery, who has...

Duration: 00:49:17

Interview: Simon Brown on investing in tech stocks

TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod speaks to well-known investor, trader and stock market commentator Simon Brown, founder of Just One Lap, on investing in local and international technology stocks. In the podcast, McLeod asks Brown for his views on a number of US tech giants, including Microsoft, Apple, Google (Alphabet) and Facebook. He solicits Brown's views on a range of JSE-listed tech companies, including Altron, EOH,...

Duration: 00:55:18

Interview: Inside new JSE tech listing 4Sight Holdings

TechCentral — The JSE is set to get its first new technology listing in years when 4Sight Holdings debuts on the bourse's AltX on Thursday, 19 October. Duncan McLeod sat down with CEO Antonie van Rensburg and Hilton Goodhead, CEO of subsidiary Digitata Innovation, to talk about the listing. In the podcast, Van Rensburg and Goodhead talk about why the company decided to list, the acquisitions it has announced ahead of the listing and what it intends to do with the capital it is raising. The...

Duration: 00:32:03

Interview: Craig Venter on Altron and ClickaBet

TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod chats to former Altron TMT CEO Craig Venter on what he's been up to since resigning from Altron in 2015. In the podcast, Venter talks about Altron's performance since he left the group. He explains why he believes it was a mistake to buy out the Altech minorities in 2014, saying the group should have completed the sale of its legacy Powertech businesses before taking on the debt associated with...

Duration: 00:42:42

Interview: Talos's Martin Lee on cybersecurity

TechCentral — Thank you for downloading the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod chats via a Cisco TelePresence room to Martin Lee, technical lead within Cisco's Talos Security Intelligence and Research Group, about the latest developments in information security. Lee is a certified information system systems security professional and chartered engineer. In the podcast, he discusses how businesses should be treated the fast-growing risks associated with online computing. How...

Duration: 00:49:37

Interview: Siyabonga Cwele on spectrum and more

TechCentral — Telecommunications & postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele sat down with TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod in Cape Town on Wednesday on the sidelines of the FTTX Council Africa conference to discuss a range of issues affecting the industry. In the podcast, McLeod asks Cwele about government's plans, finally, to move ahead with guidelines and policies to fast-track the deployment of telcoms infrastructure. Also in the interview, the minister provides an update on the CSIR's...

Duration: 00:27:29

Interview: Uber's Alon Lits and Justin Spratt

TechCentral — Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Uber Technologies GM for sub-Saharan Africa Alon Lits and the company's head of business development for the same region, Justin Spratt, chat about the past, present and future of Uber in Africa. Listen as Lits explains how Uber got its start in South Africa, how it tackled its expansion across Africa south of the Sahara and what comes next. In the wide-ranging conversation, Spratt and Lits share insights...

Duration: 01:13:32

Interview: Gerrit Smit on why the global tech rally is far from over

TechCentral — In this episode of TechCentral, Duncan McLeod chats via Skype to Gerrit Smit, fund manager at London-based wealth management company Stonehage Fleming, which invests billions of dollars on behalf of ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Thirty percent of Stonehage Fleming's GBI Fund is made up of investments in the technology space, with big investments including Visa, PayPal, Tencent and Accenture. In the podcast, Smit explains why he believes there's still plenty of upside for...

Duration: 00:32:52

Interview: Inside Pick n Pay's bitcoin trial, with Jason Peisl

TechCentral — In this episode of TechCentral, Duncan McLeod chats to Pick n Pay information systems executive Jason Peisl about the retailer's bitcoin trial. In the podcast, Peisl explains why Pick n Pay decided to test bitcoin payments at the point of sale. He talks about what the company learnt from the trial and unpacks its future plans for accepting cryptocurrencies, including the regulatory challenges that first have to be overcome before such payment mechanisms can be offered...

Duration: 00:12:28

Interview: Farzam Ehsani on why crypto money is truly revolutionary

TechCentral — In this episode of TechCentral, we bring you a wide-ranging and fascinating discussion with cryptocurrency expert Farzam Ehsani, the blockchain lead at Rand Merchant Bank and chairman of the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium. Ehsani, a leading thinker on blockchain technology, believes crypto money is not only going to reshape the world's financial systems, but also fundamentally shake up geopolitics and the global social order. In the podcast, he talks about the...

Duration: 01:31:41

Interview: Huge Group's James Herbst and Duarte da Silva

TechCentral — In this episode of TechCentral, Duncan McLeod chats to James Herbst and Duarte da Silva about the past, present and future of listed telecommunications company Huge Group. The CEO and chairman respectively, Herbst and Da Silva chat about the crisis that hit Huge Group when the bottom fell out of the least-cost routing market and how the business was able to turn itself around to the extent where it has now attracted several heavy hitters to its board, including Da Silva,...

Duration: 00:48:48

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