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    TCS | Meet the CHIPendales – South Africa’s biohacker duo

    TCS | Meet the CHIPendales – South Africa’s biohacker duo

    In this special episode of the TechCentral Show (TCS) – presented by MTN Business – Duncan McLeod chats to two South African biohackers, Daniel de Kock and Jarryd Bekker, about why they have voluntarily installed microchips in their bodies.
    Respectively the chief technology officer and CEO of Riot Network – the wireless broadband specialist that is building low-cost networks in underserviced areas, including Olievenhoutbosch in Gauteng – they tell TechCentral about why they chose to implant the chips and what they’re used for.
    The pair, who both profess a desire to receive brain implants from Elon Musk’s Neuralink, explain how they started augmenting their biological bodies with electronics, what’s involved, the information they’re able to glean from the chips, and where the fusion of human biology and electronics is headed over the coming decade.
    In the interview, Bekker and De Kock unpack how electronic circuitry in the human body can help detect and manage serious health issues, and the impact this could have on fighting disease and prolonging people’s lives.
    The two discuss a range of issues related to biohacking, including:
    • What’s involved when it’s time to upgrade the chips;
    • How one goes about having them installed;
    • The growing online biohacker community;
    • Integration with artificial intelligence; and
    • Much more.
    Don’t miss this offbeat but fascinating discussion!

    • 44 min
    TCS+ | What MTN has to offer government clients

    TCS+ | What MTN has to offer government clients

    From the internet of things (IoT) to private 5G networks, MTN Group has a lot to offer public sector organisations, according to David Behr, CEO of MTN Converged Solutions.
    Behr, a stalwart of the local ICT industry and a recent recruit to MTN, tells TechCentral’s TCS+ business technology show about the solutions that MTN Business offers its government clients, including smart government solutions, IoT (for example, for smart metering) and private 5G (which has strong applications in areas such as healthcare and education).
    Although some government processes have been automated successfully and improved using technology, many areas of the public sector are still quite manual and paper-based, and modern technologies offer an opportunity to reduce administrative overheads and improve service quality for South African citizens, Behr explains in the interview.
    In this episode of TCS+, Behr unpacks:
    • The state of spending on ICT solutions in South Africa’s public sector, and where spending should be directed;
    • What further role technology can play in improving government’s work and the effective management of government services;
    • The role of private 5G networks in the public sector;
    • The state of cybersecurity in government and what more can be done to protect public sector systems from attack; and
    • The public sector opportunity in the rest of Africa.
    If you work in the public sector, be sure not to miss this important conversation.

    • 20 min
    TCS Legends | South African internet pioneer Mike Lawrie

    TCS Legends | South African internet pioneer Mike Lawrie

    TechCentral is thrilled to bring you an interview with Mike Lawrie, a pioneering figure at Rhodes University who helped bring e-mail and later the internet to South Africa.
    In this episode of TCS Legends – the podcast series that features interviews with (and about) some of the leading figures who helped shape South Africa’s technology sector into what it is today – TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod sat down with Lawrie to chat about the ground-breaking work that happened at Rhodes University in the early days of the internet.
    In this episode, Lawrie shares wonderful anecdotes about that time at Rhodes, and why the Eastern Cape university was able to achieve things its bigger rivals in the cities couldn’t – or wouldn’t – during the height of apartheid.
    Lawrie remembers many of his colleagues at Rhodes at the time, and the role they played in connecting South African universities to e-mail, and later to the internet.
    Episodes 1 and 2 of TCS Legends featured well-known investor and businessman Duarte da Silva, who reminisced about some of the business leaders that helped build South Africa’s tech industry. Episode 3, featuring Hein Engelbrecht and Carlos Vizcarra, turned the focus to the late Mustek founder David Kan.
    TCS Legends is a by-invitation-only, editorially driven tech show that builds on TechCentral’s credible, market-leading podcast productions.
    TCS Legends is powered by Mitel. For all your unified communications and customer experience needs, visit Mitel.com.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    TCS | From Namibian start-up to regional powerhouse: the rapid rise of Paratus

    TCS | From Namibian start-up to regional powerhouse: the rapid rise of Paratus

    Paratus Group is rapidly emerging as a major player in the telecommunications industry in Southern Africa. But who’s behind Paratus, and what’s its history?
    From landing Google’s Equiano subsea cable in Swakopmund and building a new fibre route between South Africa and Namibia – providing a new data corridor between Gauteng and the world – to working with Meta Platforms to wire up Zambia and building expansive satellite ground stations, the Namibian-born group has its eyes firmly set on becoming a significant telecoms player in the region.
    In this episode of the TechCentral Show (TCS), TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod chats to Paratus Group chief commercial officer Martin Cox about the company’s origins (although founded in Namibia, it cut its teeth in Angola), its current footprint and its future growth plans.
    Among other topics, Cox discusses:
    • The impact of the recent subsea cable breaks in West Africa and the role of diverse routes in reducing the impact;
    • Paratus’s new fibre route from Swakopmund to Johannesburg, which runs through Botswana – its significance and what was involved in its construction;
    • The group’s footprint in South Africa, including its new satellite ground station in Irene, near Pretoria; and
    • Paratus’s culture, and why its management team is happiest in “the trenches”; and
    • Whether a listing for Paratus Group could be on the cards at some point (its Namibian operation is already listed in Windhoek).
    Don’t miss the discussion!

    • 32 min
    TCS | The internet revolution happening in Olievenhoutbosch

    TCS | The internet revolution happening in Olievenhoutbosch

    A dusty township in Gauteng is the site of a South African-developed mesh network that could change everything. Read the full story at https://techcentral.co.za/internet-revolution-in-olievenhoutbosch/241698/

    • 1 hr
    TCS Legends | Remembering Mustek founder David Kan

    TCS Legends | Remembering Mustek founder David Kan

    David Kan, the late founder and former CEO of Mustek, is the focus of episode 3 of TechCentral’s new podcast series, TCS Legends – powered by Mitel.
    In this episode, TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod is joined by Mustek CEO Hein Engelbrecht and Carlos Vizcarra, CEO of CPS Technologies, who was close friends with Kan for decades, for a wide-ranging discussion on the man’s life and achievements.
    Kan founded Mustek in 1987 as a technology importer and distributor, and the company quickly became known for its locally manufactured line of Mecer PCs. Today it’s one of the country’s biggest technology distributors, and is listed on the JSE.
    Kan, who passed away in 2022 at just 62, was born in Taipei. He worked various menial jobs in his native Taiwan, including as a dishwasher, truck driver and removal company worker.
    After matriculating, he left to study mechanical engineering in the US at Pittsburg State University. In 1986, he moved to South Africa where his father was working a Taiwanese diplomat. He worked for a time at a cutlery manufacturing company before attending his first PC expo in Johannesburg.
    It was there that he met the MD of a Taiwanese company called Mustek Corporation. The MD of that company, Owen Chen, wanted to set up a warehouse in South Africa – Mustek in South Africa was born. He went on to establish one of the first PC assembly lines in South Africa.
    In this episode of TCS Legends, Engelbrecht – who joined Mustek in 1997 as group fin0ancial manager – and Vizcarra, with whom Kan formed a business relationship in the early days of Mustek, pay tribute to Kan, and share personal anecdotes about the man and his life.
    Vizcarra discusses the origins of Mustek, the early days of the PC industry and touches on the development of the Springbok, a South African-built clone PC brand that predated Mustek’s Mecer line.
    In the interview, you’ll hear about:
    • Mustek’s early days building PCs in Garankuwa and why local assembly made sense in the era of sanctions;
    • How Kan and Vizcarra became close friends, despite competing with each other in business;
    • How Engelbrecht met Kan, and his first impressions of the man;
    • Vizcarra and Engelbrecht’s favourite memories of Kan;
    • What drove Kan, a foreigner to South Africa, to business success – and how he became to embrace his adopted country; and
    • What he was like to work for;
    This episode of TCS Legends includes special bonus content: a full audio interview that TechCentral had with Kan in June 2017.
    Don’t miss the episode!
    TCS Legends is powered by Mitel. For all your Unified Communications and Customer Experience needs, visit Mitel.com.

    • 1 hr 20 min

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