As we embark on 2021, we took a moment as the iAfrikan.com ย editorial team to reflect on the year that was. We all agree that 2020 was a different year which came with challenges we didn't anticipate but with the hard work of our team and adapting to different and exciting ways of working, we managed to produce two new podcast shows and continued with the other two podcasts.

In total, through iAfrikan Radio, we produced over 60 insightful podcast episodes.

Diverse range of podcast topics, insights, and guests

From the 60 plus podcast episodes we broadcast, we covered topics ranging from "Formalizing and digitizing Africa's informal retail sector" (which is on the iAfrikan BYTES podcast), to "The role of South Africa's Protection of Personal Information Act during the COVID-19 pandemic" on episode 2 of Tech Legal Matters podcast (a podcast that has proved successful after we launched it on 8 May 2020 with our sponsors, PPM Attorneys).

Other interesting insights were shared on The Tefo Mohapi Show such as the chat Tefo Mohapi had with Dr. Vukosi Marivate, a Data Scientist, on how Artificial Intelligence can be used to fight fake news. On another new podcast that we launched during 2020 in collaboration with and hosted by Mongezi Mtati, The Lead Creative podcast, Veli Ngubane discussed how diversity can grow the creative industries.

This is just a tip of the iceberg, we covered so much more across all of our podcasts.

Top 10 podcasts you should listen to

We are grateful to all our guests who shared their experiences, expertise, and insights with us and you, the listener.

Below are the top 10 podcasts of 2020 that we think you should take some time to listen to.

1. Formalizing and digitizing Africaโ€™s informal retail sector

Onyekachi Izukanne, CEO of TradeDepot, walks us through what startup does, its expansion plans, and also shares some tips for startups looking to raise venture capital funding.

You can also listen to the podcast on iAfrikan Radio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

2. Everything you need to know about the Experian Data Breach

An audio documentary in which we take you through everything you need to know about the Experian Data Breach. What their CEO, Ferdie Pieterse has shockingly said, what the banks are saying, and a social engineering incident that led to a 77-year-old woman losing over R100,000.

You can also listen to the podcast on iAfrikan Radio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

3. Terry Virts on life in space

For this episode of The Tefo Mohapi Show we are joined by Terry Virts, a retired NASA astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station. He talks to us about how it is like to live in space.

You can also listen to the podcast on iAfrikan Radio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Deezer, and Stitcher.

4. Thebe Ikalafeng discusses personal branding, narratives, and Africa as a brand

Thebe Ikalafeng unpacks what personal branding is about, especially explaining that it doesn't necessarily mean not being yourself. He further explores how we can continue to tell our stories as Africans.

You can also listen to the podcast on iAfrikan Radio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Deezer, and Stitcher.

5. Veli Ngubane talks about how diversity can grow the creative industries

Veli Ngubane, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at the Avatar Agency Group, talks about the importance of representation in boardrooms and agencies which leads to more diverse and culturally representative brand communication and advertising.

You can also listen to the podcast on iAfrikan Radio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

6. Isaac Mophatlane talks about government accountability, the ICT sector, and tech startups

Isaac Mophatlane shares how his journey is continuing as an investor into ICT companies, his thoughts on governance in South Africa, and more.

You can also listen to the podcast on iAfrikan Radio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Deezer, and Stitcher.

7. The role of the South African protection of personal information Act during the COVID-19 pandemic

Yashoda Rajoo, an attorney at PPM Attorneys, joins Tefo Mohapi to elaborate on what role the Information Regulator plays in South Africa, the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) and how it affects South African citizens, as well as how POPIA applies to how the government handles people's personal data. The discussion also explains the role of POPIA beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can also listen to the podcast on iAfrikan Radio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Deezer, and Stitcher.

8. Oresti Patricios on the state of the media industry

Oresti Patricios, CEO of Ornico Group, is a guest on this episode of The Tefo Mohapi Show to talk about the state of the media industry and the effects of fake news, programmatic advertising, and more.

You can also listen to the podcast on iAfrikan Radio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

9. Sarah-Jane Boden on the importance of diversity in the creative industry

Sarah-Jane โ€˜SJโ€™ Boden, Founder and Executive Creative Director of SoulProviders Collective, talks about some of the strides that the creative industry has made in South Africa.

You can also listen to the podcast on iAfrikan Radio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

10. Dion Chang discusses trends that are shaping our zeitgeist

Dion Chang, Founder of South Africaโ€™s Flux Trends. Dion discusses and helps us understand some of the trends that look like they are shaping our zeitgeist.

You can also listen to the podcast on iAfrikan Radio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

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