In this episode of Technikari, I was joined by Norman Moyo, the CEO of the Econet Group subsidiary that Strive Masiyiwa says is bigger than Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Econet Wireless – Distributed Energy Africa (ODA). We discussed the state of power generation in Africa with a particular focus on the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) and the power generation deficits that have characterized the past two decades and how this relates to producers independent electricity. (PPI).
We also covered:
- Why independent power producers, like DPA, only install solar power in mines and factories.
- The fairness agreement that DPA entered into with the French national electricity company EDF.
- ZESA’s strength is the transmission infrastructure they have, they should take advantage of that and let private players generate electricity.
- The legacy of debt and other issues plaguing ZESA and its African counterparts.
- ZESA imports expensive electricity and sells it at a reduced price to its customers. It’s unbearable…
- The US$100 billion fund for renewable energy that Zimbabwe and Africa lack.
- Will the DPA live up to the ambition that Strive Masiyiwa has for it?
- Nuclear energy is too far for Africa. We have the sun, let’s take advantage of it.
You can listen or download Technikari with Norman Moyo, CEO of DPA with the player below.
You can watch this episode of Technikari with the player below or go directly to YouTube with the link here
While you’re watching, consider subscribing to our YouTube channel, our stats show that most of our viewers aren’t subscribers and we’d love to have you in our community. Also like, leave your thoughts in the comments and if you like the content, share it with a friend.
You can also listen to Technikari with Norman Moyo on these podcast sites and apps
You should also check out these episodes of Technikari
Mike Madoda and Barry Manandi joined us to talk about what it was like to be a football fan before the era of social media in Zimbabwe. They also gave their thoughts on why the local football premier league failed to put the butts in the seats.
Mike Madoda & Barry Manandi: Football before social media in Zim & the state of PSL
Branding isn’t just a logo, it should convey your company’s story and the ideals it embodies. We were joined by Sherman Baloyi, CEO of local branding firm OnaDsgn, to find out why companies like Econet pour tens of thousands (USD) into their branding and what young entrepreneurs need to learn from it.
TECHNIKARI: A brand is not a logo, it’s a story SO TELL IT!!!
Takudzwa Nhongo in 2017, tried to find the problem of education in Zimbabwe. The previous year, the ZIMSEC pass rate was 29.96%. To figure out what was wrong, Takudzwa asked to write 18 topics for his O-Levels and came away with 16A and 2B. It was quite a remarkable feat and to achieve this he developed study techniques/patterns which he implemented in the e-learning app he co-founded called Kytte.
16 A at O level, now this young Zimbo has built an e-learning app
We spoke to dream VC co-founder Mark Kleyner on venture capital, angel investing and all things funding. Mark shares his perspective on the good, bad and ugly of the venture capital industry in Africa. For example, you’ve heard that over the past decade, over 75% of African startups that received funding didn’t have a black co-founder. We discuss what’s going on there and more
75% of funded African startups do not have a black co-founder. This and more about the African venture capital space with Mark Kleyner (Dream VC)
Our conversation with Peter Kaunda, patron of the arts at the Artillery Gallery in Harare. He shared his experiences in the art scene in Zimbabwe from the business side, the recently launched art subscription services Artillery as well as the struggles of authentication, verification and assurance of art in Zimbabwe.
Being an art entrepreneur in Zim & NFTs: the business of selling beautiful things