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What is Nestlé Hatcher and how can it help startups?
In this episode of Reframed, I chat to João Barreto - Head of Innovation & PMO at Nestlé - about the company's new Nestlé Hatcher initiative.  I'm also joined by Angel, one of the co-founders of Rum Ratings which is one of the startups working with Nestlé Hatcher.  You can learn more about Nestlé Hatcher here: Hatcher | Nestlé ( And Rum Ratings here: The Global Rum Community | Rum Ratings For tech news, head to: reframed And for startup news: Ventureburn - Startup news for emerging markets
March 11, 2022
Who is RedHat and why should your business partner with them?
The new normal is a phrase that we've all heard being used to describe the way that productivity has changed in the past 2 years. While the discussion often centers around companies and employees adapting to remote or hybrid ways of working, I think that it should also be used to describe how the software and technologies we use should work together to help us achieve our goals, but in order to do that, the big tech companies would need to adopt a strategy that breaks down the silos of communication and foster an environment of communication, problem-solving and finding the best solution for the end-user. RedHat is a company that embodies all of these qualities and more. In our second episode of this special series, I'll be chatting to Johan Scheepers Senior Manager of Solution Architects at Red Hat in Sub-Saharan Africa about who RedHat actually is and why their impressive customer-centric ethos as well as why partnering RedHat is the best option for your business
November 18, 2021
The Metaverse according to Meta
Facebook, the parent company of the incredibly popular apps - Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, and Instagram - has recently rebranded to Meta and announced a shift in the company's direction to focus on the metaverse. Since the announcement, the internet has been abuzz with pretty much everyone talking, and speculating, about the metaverse. To better understand what the metaverse is and why Facebook rebranded to Meta, I spoke to Derya Matras -  VP Middle East, Africa, and Turkey at Meta.
November 16, 2021
How Royal HaskoningDHV is utilising technology to solve the water crisis
Did you know that despite the fact that water covers 70% of our planet, only 3% of the world's water is fresh, two-thirds of that is tucked away in frozen glaciers or is otherwise unavailable for our use and that as a result some 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to water, and a total of 2.7 billion find water scarce for at least one month of the year? Water is our most precious natural resource, but faced with an increasing global population, over-exploitation, and pollution, this resource is under threat.   In today's episode, I'll be speaking to Sheila de Carvalho, Director Business Unit: Industry & Smart Asset Management at Royal HaskoningDHV, about how technology can be used to address the water crisis. We'll be looking at the optimal use of water systems, smart solutions, efficient IT, monitoring, analysis, integration, and big data management.
October 19, 2021
Facebook wants to connect the next one billion people to the internet
Since 2013, Facebook Connectivity has helped bring more than 500M people online to a faster internet and now aims to enable affordable, high-quality connectivity for the next billion people with emerging technologies. Commenting on the new connectivity technologies, Dan Rabinovitsj, VP of Facebook Connectivity said, “ We have seen that economies flourish when there is widely accessible internet for individuals and businesses. In Nigeria, increased broadband connectivity resulted in a 7.8 percent increase in the likelihood of employment for people in areas connected to fibre optic cables. While increased connectivity led to a 19 percent increase in GDP per capita in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Facebook Connectivity  works with partners to develop new technologies for access to high speed internet. Today we’re sharing the latest developments on some of these connectivity technologies, which aim to deliver major improvements in internet capacity across the world by sea, land, and air.” In this episode of the Reframed Tech podcast, I speak to Ibrahima Ba, Director, Network Investments - Emerging Markets at Facebook about the company's recent announcement surrounding its efforts to bring the next billion people online.
October 13, 2021
Nespresso's most advanced machine, the Vertuo line, comes to South Africa
Following the success of Vertuo in numerous countries across North America, Europe, and Asia, the Vertuo Next range is now available in South Africa, where many consumers prefer a large coffee, often starting their day with one that is more than 200ml. In this episode, I speak to Yassir Corpataux, Nespresso Coffee Ambassador, about the new Vertuo line, sustainability, and why Nespresso is bringing this incredibly advanced machine to South Africa now. Vertuo Next comes in three colours: Light Grey, Cherry Red, and Matt Black. While Vertuo Next Premium is available in Classic Black and Vertuo Next Deluxe is available in Dark Chrome. Vertuo Next systems start from R 3,499.00 For more information on each of the machines go to
October 08, 2021
Digitisation and the importance of bridging the digital divide
According to a report released by Accenture, digital initiatives can help South Africa unlock over R5 trillion in value over the next decade—with value of R1.4 trillion created in 2026 alone. Despite this promising outlook, South Africa is falling behind with digitisation according to a report from PwC In this episode, I speak to Charmain Houvet, Senior Director: Government Affairs at Cisco Africa, about the hurdles that need to be overcome with regards to digitisation in South Africa — and the rest of the continent — digital inequality and the socio-economic impacts we face if it’s not addressed as well as the importance of diversity. inclusivity and representation in the internet of the future.
September 24, 2021
Clubhouse, spatial audio and the future of social audio
If you’ve been online anytime in the past few months you’ve probably heard of Clubhouse, the social audio app that’s spurred a new wave of live audio services from some of the biggest names in social media. Founded by Paul Davison and Rohan Seth, Clubhouse was initially released exclusively on iOS back in March of 2020 and it’s only in May 2021 that the company launched an app for Android users.  Despite this delay in catering to Android users, Clubhouse managed to amass an incredible 600 000 registered users by December 2020 and just a few months later, in March 2021, that number had grown to over 10 million weekly active users. Recently, the company has announced a range of new offerings including a partnership with Ted - the brand behind the popular Ted Talks -  payments for content creators, and most recently, spatial audio. I spoke to Justin Uberti, Clubhouse’s Head of Streaming, about the new spatial audio feature, the future of audio, and how Clubhouse is able to be both the underdog and the unicorn that everyone in the tech world is trying to emulate.
September 14, 2021
Red Hat, cloud adoption in South Africa, Open Source and the OpenShift Alliance
In this special episode of the Tech Reframed podcast, I speak to Dion Harvey - Regional GM for Red Hat Sub-Saharan Africa - about: Red Hat's State of Enterprise Open Source Report,  The OpenShift alliance with AWS, Local (South African) adoption of cloud and open source compared to adoption in the rest of the world, Plans for growth in South Africa and the rest of the continent, How Red Hat is supporting local businesses and enterprises as they migrate to the cloud. I also learn about Kubernetes and clear up some of the biggest misconceptions about Open Source.
September 03, 2021
Franc and the future of investment
There's a belief that investing is only for the rich, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In this week's episode, myself and Yaaseen Barnes speak to Thomas Brennen, CEO, and co-founder of Franc – an investment app that helps more people invest more by making investing affordable, accessible, and social.
July 20, 2021
GeeWiz should be your new favourite eCommerce site in South Africa
Yaaseen Barnes joins me to chat with Pinni Goodman, Director at about the site, the state of eCommerce in South Africa and what makes a great online shopping experience.
July 13, 2021
Acer's Earthion and Vero announcements, the importance of sustainability and what it means for the future of technology
Sustainability has become one of the biggest buzzwords in tech with every tech company highlighting its efforts to reduce e-waste by including less in the box with your product or by showcasing various ways you can re-use or recycle the box it arrived in. Acer is one of the tech companies going even further by using ocean plastic to create an entirely new range of products with the Aspire Vero being the first. In the second installment of our conversation with Acer, we speak to Glenn Du Toit - Acer Africa's Country Manager - after their mammoth announcement at this year's Global Press Conference (GPC) about sustainability and creating technology with positive impact.
June 23, 2021
How technology can empower people and communities - a conversation with Acer
It often seems like companies talk the talk but don't walk the walk when it comes to things like empowerment, and in an age where technology has become the backbone of society, it's important that the technology companies help empower the people and communities who rely on their platforms and products. In this episode, Glenn Du Toit - General Manager of Acer Africa - chats about how technology can be used to empower people and how Acer is using its products and brand power to empower people.
May 26, 2021
Cisco and the future of technology
Technology has helped us connect, engage, learn and remain productive in ways we could never have imagined, but what does the future hold for technology and how we engage with it? Garsen Naidu - General Manager of Cisco Sub-Saharan Africa - joins me to discuss the future of technology and how our relationship with it could change in the future. For the latest in tech news, head over to or catch up on all the big news stories of the week on The Tech Wrap Up (available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and more).
May 18, 2021
Crosscall and the need for ruggedised phones
Smartphones from all the mainstream OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) might be perfect for many of us but there are certain use cases where these powerful devices just aren't tough enough.  Crosscall is a French company that specialises in rugged smartphones for all aspects of life. I spoke to Julien Fouriot, Africa Sales Director for Crosscall, about their devices and the market for more durable devices.
April 13, 2021
What is quantum computing? A discussion with the GM of Amazon Braket
Quantum computing is the new boundary-pushing technology that all the big tech names are getting into, ut what exactly is it and how will it help us? Richard Moulds, General Manager of Amazon Braket, chats to me about quantum computing and the potential it holds to impact everything from business to everyday life. 
April 06, 2021
Sustainability is more complex than what tech companies choose to not include in the box - a conversation with HP
In this week’s episode, I speak to Ruben Janse Van Rensburg, the Head of Sustainability in Africa for HP and Michael Van Lier, District Manager for HP about the issue to try and understand what sustainability actually is, where it begins and what the socio-economic impact is.
March 23, 2021
Digital payments, the future of money and e-commerce - A conversation with Visa
Aldo Laubscher - SA Country Manager for Visa - joins me to discuss how the pandemic has changed our relationship with money, Bitcoin, when we can expect Apple Pay in South Africa and the rise of digital banks.
March 09, 2021
Acer and the future of computing
Computers have seen a resurgence in sales because of the new work from home culture,but what comes next? Do we continue to tap our screens and keyboards or is something better on the horizon? Acer Africa’s General Manager joins me talk about this and a whole lot more.
March 03, 2021
90 seasons of LaLiga - How the league is rising above the pandemic and looking toward the future
As with all live events and sports matches, LaLiga has had to adapt and find ways to keep fans of the beautiful game engaged and entertained, no small feat for arguably the most famous football league in the world. Marcos Pelegrin, the country managing director for LaLiga in South Africa, joins me to discuss how the pandemic has impacted LaLiga, how the league is using technology to bring fans the ultimate football experience, and what the future of football is.
February 15, 2021
The state of data privacy in the COVID age
Cisco's Robert Waitman - Director, Data Privacy Security & Trust Office - joins us to talk about the company's 2021 Data Privacy Benchmark Study. Data privacy and security is one of those things that many of us worry about in an abstract kind of way but very few of us actually understand. Robert is here to help us understand the importance of data privacy, government oversight and share some of the results of the Data Privacy Benchmark Study.
February 09, 2021
The importance of diversity and representation in tech - a conversation with the MD of HP Central Africa
Ify Afe - Managing Director for HP Central Africa - joins us to talk about the importance of diversity, representation and inclusivity in tech, the need to create tech with the intent, e-waste and innovation.  You can connect with Ify on Linkedin or find HP online.
October 22, 2020
A conversation with Bettr Bank who are leading the digital banking revolution happening in South Africa
Tobie Van Zyl - Co-founder and CEO - and Andrzej Stempowski - Co-founder and CTO - join me to talk about Bettr Bank which is revolutionising banking in South Africa by changing the way we bank as digital natives. To sign up for Bettr Bank, head over to their website.
October 13, 2020
Samsung Galaxy S20FE and all the new iPads, Apple Watches and new Apple subscriptions
Lindsey Schutters and Papi Mabele join us to chat about Apple's new iPad, Watches and subscriptions, as well as the all-new Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.  Connect with Lindsey: @SharpSchutters or thatopinionguy Connect with Papi: @PapiMabele or twfld Head over to reframed for more tech news and reviews or connect with us on Twitter or Instagram
October 06, 2020
Oppo chats about their launch in South Africa
Liam Faurie, Head of Go-To-Market and Operations at Oppo, joins us to chat about who Oppo is, the brand's launch in South Africa, what we can expect in terms of devices and pricing and whether we'll be getting the Oppo Watch in the country.  
September 30, 2020
The importance of cloud and how it can transform your business - A conversation with Seacom
Robert Marston, Seacom's Global Head of Product, joins us to explain what cloud technology is, what some of the biggest misconceptions are around the technology and why it's important for your business.
September 29, 2020
Microsoft Surface Duo, Samsung's foldable dreams and the death of the Galaxy Note - A conversation with David Imel (Part 2)
Our conversation with Android Authority's David Imel continues as we talk about the future of smartphones, the LG Wing, and we share our thoughts on NVIDIA's purchase of ARM. Make sure to listen to part 1 of our conversation on podcast platforms including Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Overcast and Google podcasts or head over to You can find David Imel on Twitter: Or on: You can find Reframed at Or on Twitter:
September 19, 2020
Microsoft Surface Duo, Samsung's foldable dreams and the death of the Galaxy Note - A conversation with David Imel (Part 1)
Android Authority's David Imel joins us to talk about the future of smartphones, why he thinks that the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the future of the Galaxy Note, what Microsoft got wrong with the Surface Duo and more.  Catch part 2 of our conversation on podcast platforms including Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Overcast and Google podcasts or head over to You can find David Imel on Twitter: Or on: You can find Reframed on: Or on Twitter:
September 19, 2020
Microsoft South Africa chats about the newly launched Surface range
Vithesh Reddy - Consumer, Channel & Devices Marketing Director MEA at Microsoft - joins us to discuss the Surface range of devices that have launched in South Africa, who their target customer is, where they see Surface devices in the laptop and PC market in SA and how they approach diversity and inclusivity in the company.
September 15, 2020
Everything you've ever wanted to know about 5G - A conversation with Vodacom
Nicholas Naidu, Vodacom's Managing Executive of Technology Strategy, Architecture & Innovation, joins us to talk about 5G, what it is, how it can be used for business and how safe it is.
August 20, 2020's CEO chats about the importance of chatbots and AI
If you've ever wondered how brands communicate with you online when it comes to updating you on your orders, then this podcast is for you.'s CEO chat's to us about the importance of chatbots and AI in an uncertain future.
August 05, 2020
How FNB South Africa's Virtual Card works and who qualifies for it
FNB South Africa's Head of Card Strategy spoke to us about their new Virtual Card and explained how it works, who qualifies for it and how it differs from other virtual cards. 
July 31, 2020
Unpacked, Exynos vs Snapdragon and how to continue innovating in tech - a conversation with Samsung South Africa
Justin Hume, Head of Mobile at Samsung South Africa, joined us to chat about the Exynos vs Snapdragon debate, how the company continues to innovate, whether we'll see less expensive foldable phones anytime soon and he gives us a teaser for what to expect at Unpacked on 5 August.
July 29, 2020
Huawei South Africa's CTO talks about chipset ban, Huawei's 5G issues in the UK and how the lack of Google services has affected device sales
Akhram Mohammed - Huawei CBG CTO - joins us to talk about how the company has been dealing with the fallout of the US ban, whether device sales have been affected, what the ban on chipsets means for them and much more.
July 23, 2020
Can you trust tech reviewers? Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020, Elon Musk's autonomous level 5 Tesla claims and Quibi.
Men's Health SA's Digital Editor - Nadim Nyker - joins us to chat about:  MKBHD's video asking whether you can trust tech reviewers (01:30) Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event on 5 August and the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live leak (22:00) Elon Musk's claims that Tesla will have basic autonomous level 5 by the end of 2020 (43:00)  And what the hell happened to Quibi? (52:00)
July 12, 2020 and the battle against fake news
Billy Einkamerer - founder of Assemble - joins us to chat about combating fake news online and using tech for good.
July 08, 2020
Mercedes ends its car subscription service, BMW goes all in on micro-transactions, TikTok and LinkedIn caught with their hands in the Clipboard app and Apple ditches wired headphones and charger
TWFLD's Papi Mabele joins us to chat about: Mercedes ending its car subscription service (00:30) BMW going all-in on micro-transactions (09:00) TikTok and LinkedIn both found to be copying data from your Clipboard app (21:00) Apple not including wired headphones and the charger in the box with the iPhone 12 (33:50) And a quick mention about Spotify's new offerings.
July 07, 2020
Showmax, the importance of local content, and the intricacies of streaming video services.
Richard Boorman - Head of Communications at Showmax - discusses how the company has fared ahead of its 5 year anniversary, the importance of local content and explains why you can't always find your favourite shows on the streaming platform.
July 02, 2020
WWDC, the death of Mixer, Xbox Codename Lockhart and OnePlus Nord - Reframed's Stuff You Should Know About ep.9
Android Authority's Hadlee Simons joins us to talk about Apple's WWDC announcements and what they mean for Android and Windows, the death of Mixer, Xbox's rumoured low-cost Xbox Series X console and the upcoming low-cost OnePlus Nord.
June 28, 2020
Reframed's Stuff You Should Know About (SYSKA) ep. 8
Samuel Spiller - reporter at The Weekend Argus - joins us to talk about Apple's App Store fiasco, HTC's return from the dead and Google Chrome's security issues.
June 21, 2020
Reframed's Stuff You Should Know About (SYSKA) ep. 7
PS 5, the return of the headphone jack and tech companies refusal to let police use their facial recognition software. All of this and more in this week's episode of Stuff You Should Know About with our guests Hadlee Simons from Android Authority and Nadim Nyker from Men's Health South Africa.
June 16, 2020
Reframed's Stuff You Should Know About (SYSKA) ep. 6
This week we're joined by Clare Petra and Papi Mabele as we discuss:  - Donald Trump's executive order against social media platforms (00:36)  - PlayStation 5 rumours (22:30) - Mercedes new capacitive steering wheel (34:15) - Samsung's new debit card (47:41)  - Fujifilm X Webcam (58:35)
June 01, 2020
Remote working and the future of business - a conversation with Cisco South Africa
Cisco South Africa's Country Manager - Garsen Naidu - joins us to chat about the challenges that businesses have faced with remote working, how they need to pivot and adapt during these unprecedented times and the importance of diversity and inclusion in tech.
May 28, 2020
Reframed's Stuff You Should Know About (SYSKA) ep. 5
Android Authority's Hadlee Simons, Tech YouTuber Hayleigh Chamberlain (better known as HaylsWorld) and the Weekend Argus reporter, Sam Spiller, join us to chat about the great phone camera guide, Facebook buying GIPHY, Joe Rogan moving to Spotify, the iPhone SE, Motorola RAZR and a whole lot more!
May 23, 2020
Lenovo, Motorola and the future of tech
Lenovo Legion, the future of laptop innovation, Motorola pulling out of South Africa and when you can expect the second-generation Motorola RAZR foldable to launch, Lenovo Africa's GM - Thibault Dousson - joined us to talk about all that and more.
May 19, 2020
Reframed's Stuff You Should Know About (SYSKA) ep. 4
On episode 4 of our weekly tech wrap-up, Memeburn's Andy Walker and tech journalist - and the man behind That Opinion Guy - Lindsey Schutters join me to chat about Samsung's Galaxy A51, Google Play Music being replaced by YouTube Music (we're not happy), Apple Watch Series 5 and Facebook Messenger Rooms. There's also a lot of banter of about Microsoft's services and some confusion around smartphone manufacturers now making TVs. 
May 16, 2020
Is Nokia still relevant in 2020?
Shaun Durandt - GM: Southern Africa at HMD Global, The Home of Nokia Phones - joins us to chat about the brand's second wind, how it's been faring and the importance of value for money devices. We also tried to find out about the Nokia TV and when we can expect a true flagship smartphone from the well-loved brand.
May 13, 2020
Reframed's Stuff You Should Know About (SYSKA) ep. 3
This week we're joined by Android Authority's Hadlee Simons as well as South African tech journo, Clare Petra, as we chat about 5G, Microsoft Surface coming to South Africa, Elon Musk's child, Huawei's ecosystem and the best selling phones of the Q1 2020.
May 08, 2020
Computer buying tips and the future of laptops - a conversation with Acer Africa's GM
Acer Africa's General Manager joins us to chat about the future of laptops, working from home, the responsibility of tech companies in the world today, gaming and e-sports and gives us some advice for the next time you buy a new laptop or computer.
May 05, 2020
Reframed's Stuff You Should Know About (SYSKA) ep. 2
This week we're joined by Andy Walker - Editor of - and Papi Mabele - Editor of - as we talk about AWS Africa, whether ultra-premium flagship smartphones are necessary, our favourite wireless earbuds, Quibi and the Apple Watch.
May 02, 2020
Reframed's Stuff You Should Know About (SYSKA) ep. 1
The first episode of our weekly wrap-up of the biggest or most interesting tech stories from the past week.  This week we're joined by Hadlee Simons - tech journalist at Android Authority - and Andy Walker - editor at Memeburn and Gearburn as we talk about the new iPhone SE, Samsung's 20 Ultra DxOMark camera scores, Samsung's 600MP camera sensor, the LG Velvet and Apple's 2021 Macs. 
April 24, 2020
How important is cybersecurity when everyone is working from home?
Deloitte South Africa’s risk advisory cyber leader, Eric McGee, and Snapt CEO and co-founder, Dave Blakey, join us to talk about the importance of staying safe while online and provide some basic safety tips.
April 22, 2020
Is Huawei's P40 series worth buying? And what does Huawei have planned for a future without Google?
Akhram Mohamed - Huawei Consumer Business Group CTO - chats about the new P40 series, Huawei Mobile Services, and what the company has planned for the future.
April 13, 2020
Is it possible to create great content with your smartphone?
Technology has made content creation available to the masses, but is it possible to create great content using your smartphone or do you need fancy, high-end equipment?  Grant Hinds, Gamer, content creator, Twitch streamer and YouTuber, as well as content and social media strategist Talya Goldberg join us as we discuss this and try to figure out the rules and limitations of content creation using your smartphone. 
March 25, 2020
HP Africa MD - Elisabeth Moreno - talks about representation, education and the challenges facing technology in Africa
HP Africa's Managing Director - Elisabeth Moreno - spoke about the importance of representation, technology, and technological education, in Africa. She also shared her thoughts on the importance of finding African solutions for African problems.  Originally meant as an interview for a written article, this very quickly became one of my favourite interviews.  There is a fair amount of background noise.
February 03, 2020