Massive Downsizing At iROKOtv And South Africa Considering Police Body Cameras

It’s been a super-busy week for the team at the African Tech Round-up.

I’m back from a week-long medical leave of absence due to eye surgery I had done on my left eye. The experience has left me grateful for the gift of sight and the many other (not to) simple things in life that we often take for granted. It’s also been humbling to witness first-hand (excuse the pun) how technology enables truly miraculous things when harnessed with wisdom and finesse.

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things.” — Robert Brault

We’re also happy to have our content producer, Peter “The Enigma” Peeleback from a a hectic trip to Dubai where he attended GITEX Technology Week 2015. We managed to convince him to jump on the mic with us this week and share some highlights from his trip.

Then my co-host, Tefo Mohapi, not only delivered a talk and facilitated a discussion at the the Thabo Mbeki Leadership Institute’s Leadership Conference this past week (the dude got to even have dinner with former South African President Thabo Mbeki himself), but also attended the Brand Africa 100 Awards. You can look forward to hearing Tefo give us the low-low on all that in this week’s episode.

Nevertheless, this week’s show is chock-full of important digital, tech and innovation news from across the African continent — not least, the unfortunate rumoured in-fighting and financial distress at Jason Njoku’s media startup, iROKO Partners, and the fact that the South African Police Service is contemplating the adoption of body cams to monitor its officers. Be sure to listen in for more on that, and a whole lot more.