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ZATechRadio is a meeting place for the SA Tech community. We host conversations on topics affecting the everyday lives of techies in South Africa. Join us for this podcast and more.
Weekly English South Africa Technology · Tech News
28 Episodes
1 – 20

The One About Setups, Apps and Productivity

South Africa has become a challenging th environment to operate in both as a business, consumer and even operator. From power failures to lack of innovation and competition. In this episode we explore how much is enough technology, and is South Ahh doing enough
16 Mar 1 hr 54 min

The One About Salary Negotiations

As the saying goes, “You never get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate for”. A lot of devs are reviewing their salaries and looking to bump the cheese up. How do you effectively do it? Listen and share with friends!
8 Mar 22 min

The One About Money

Tech has money - this is good. It means previously disadvantaged groups can make massive gains in bridging the past’s divide but to make the impact generational, we’re gonna have to establish some new habits especially where money is concerned. How do we ensure the glass floor isn’t artificial? Where…
15 Feb 30 min

The One About Us Reflecting

New year, better us. How we left was sudden - life happened. So much change in the world, so much to reflect on - lots to be grateful. We have a new timeslot next week but the same great insights! Listen, share and follow!
8 Feb 33 min

The One About The Current State of Tech Pt. 2

There are so many macro shifts in tech. FAANG and Elon are firing other kids, stocks are down over 50% and there’s just a broad sense of instability which can lead to uncertainty. This week we provide commentary and make some bets! Listen, like and share!
17 Nov 2022 42 min

The One About The Current State of Tech

There are so many macro shifts in tech. FAANG and Elon are firing other kids, stocks are down over 50% and there’s just a broad sense of instability which can lead to uncertainty. This week we provide commentary and make some bets! Listen, like and share!
10 Nov 2022 37 min

The One About Year-end fatigue

As devs, we’ve often felt the bite of year-end fatigue; when one is just not motivated enough to move the needle. And it could be for a variety of reasons. How do you stay motivated during this time? What should you focus on to ensure you always deliver value? We…
27 Oct 2022 34 min

The One About Onboarding as a Dev

Joining a new team can be daunting - maybe even hard when the culture of documentation is nonexistent. How do you get started as quick as possible in your new role? Is it even valuable? In this episode, we discuss onboarding and how to make the most out of it.
20 Oct 2022 32 min

The One About Knowing When To Leave

There’s a whole river of feelings, emotions and decisions that you need to get over before moving from a company, especially one that felt like home. How do you get over being grateful for the opportunity and start seeing it as a new avenue to add value In this episode,…
13 Oct 2022 34 min

The One About Process and Conflict

Work is easier when we all agree - agree on a process, culture and generally how to get things done. However, when the process is lacking or a team is new, the chances of conflict increase. How do you work through a process, manage conflict and handle egos? In this…
29 Sep 2022 39 min

The One About Mentorship

ZATechRadio’s mission is to help black people get in, stay in and thrive in tech. Doing that means guiding them through paths we’ve been - mostly in the form of advice and tips. Of course mentorship trumps all but getting into that can be difficult. In this episode we chat…
22 Sep 2022 41 min

The One About The “Cult” In Culture

Loosely defined, culture is an adopted set of social norms and behaviours within a group of people. In tech, culture is important - no doubt. This has even led to the culture-fit interview being added as a step in the recruitment process but should it be used as a criterion…
15 Sep 2022 39 min

The One About Taking an L

Interviews take a lot from a person, often we’d love to come out successful but what happens when an experience drains you, what red flags should you look for in the process and how do you take away the positives? In this episode we chat about VT’s most recent experience…
8 Sep 2022 38 min

The One About Coding at Work

So you're fresh out of university, college or bootcamp and you want nothing more than to just code. You get the chance and soon learn there's still so much more than just code. How do you ensure your value in a team when you get tired of code, or when…
24 Aug 2022 41 min

The One About Imposter Syndrome

As black people, a lot of us are our families' last hope. So naturally, as we move onward and upward in our careers, many of us fear the fall because of what we carry with us. However, When people realise the reward for good work is more work, it becomes…
18 Aug 2022 31 min

The One About Technical Leadership

“New levels bring new devils” - many from inside out. Starting a new role especially leadership demands new thinking but how do you do this? This week, we speak about technical leadership and teams. How do we measure them respectively? Listen, review and share!
11 Aug 2022 39 min

The One About Talent and Compensation

With the proliferation of software in everyday lives, does tech talent get compensated accordingly? Are devs rockstars or just coal miners? In this episode, we explore this to find out how we can all get paid a little better. Listen, review and share!
4 Aug 2022 41 min

The One About Starting A New Role

When it comes to career progression, very few industries provide upward mobility like tech. At the same time, tech blood is getting younger and younger. Put those 2 together, and you have a potential source of confusion and anxiety - especially for black people. In this episode, we speak about…
28 Jul 2022 29 min

The One About Wearing Multiple Hats

When a team is small, people wear multiple hats. You might also hear, “We run a lean team” - which is abused as an excuse for being “agile” - but this has trade-offs. In this episode, we listen to Sihle vent but more so dive into this to understand the…
21 Jul 2022 36 min

The One About Technical Interviews

Are modern technical interviews broken? Everyone and their folks hire like FAANG. This sounds great but when you consider the socioeconomic experience of black people in South Africa, it can leave many wanting and others, discouraged. Do we need something different? Listen, review and share!
7 Jul 2022 38 min
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