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Alistair Fairweather
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The word “drone” has negative connotations for many people. Some think of deadly drone strikes by the US military, others of amateur snoops invading their privacy. But, like any tool, drones can be a force for good as well as ill. One example is the…
The word “drone” has negative connotations for many people. Some think of deadly drone strikes by the US military, others of amateur snoops invading their privacy. But, like any tool, drones can be...
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If you need evidence that LG is capable of making world-class handsets, have a look at the new G5 smartphone. LG’s new flagship handset is a polished and compelling entrant into the high end of the smartphone market. I’m a lifelong Apple geek, but the…
If you need evidence that LG is capable of making world-class handsets, have a look at the new G5 smartphone. LG's new flagship handset is a polished and compelling entrant into the high end of the...
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It’s no secret that the games industry is enormous and growing quickly. Most estimates put the industry at over $60 billion in 2015. So when one of the most popular online games makes a significant tweak to its business model, you’d expect people to pay…
It's no secret that the games industry is enormous and growing quickly. Most estimates put the industry at over $60 billion in 2015. So when one of the most popular online games makes a significant...
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What a difference two years can make. The herd of private technology startups worth over $1 billion – dubbed “unicorns” – is looking decidedly skittish. Funding is drying up and the expected rivers of revenue have not yet begun to flow. On Friday Quartz…
What a difference two years can make. The herd of private technology startups worth over $1 billion - dubbed "unicorns" - is looking decidedly skittish. Funding is drying up and the expected rivers...
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To most of you reading this post, R300 is not a lot of money. It’s a meal at a nice restaurant. It’s what you spend on data for your iPhone in a month. It’s what you spend on coffee in a fortnight. But for R300 you can make a little person with a very…
To most of you reading this post, R300 is not a lot of money. It's a meal at a nice restaurant. It's what you spend on data for your iPhone in a month. It's what you spend on coffee in a fortnight....
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Modern music listeners no longer care about owning songs, they want their library on the go and on demand.
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The ongoing exposê of the Panama Papers is the most significant leak of compromising data since Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA. What few people realise is the vital role played by African journalists in the unravelling of this enormous trove…
The ongoing exposê of the Panama Papers is the most significant leak of compromising data since Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA. What few people realise is the vital role played by Afric...
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Canadians have a reputation for good manners and neighbourliness. How do you get a Canadian to apologise? Step on their foot, according to the old joke. But there’s nothing well mannered or neighbourly about Canadian police using Blackberry’s global…
Canadians have a reputation for good manners and neighbourliness. How do you get a Canadian to apologise? Step on their foot, according to the old joke. But there's nothing well mannered or neighbo...
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Yesterday WhatsApp flipped a switch and gave over a billion users end-to-end encryption for all their messages – text, images, voice and videos. But what does that actually mean for ordinary users? For the vast majority of us, it means very little. In…
Yesterday WhatsApp flipped a switch and gave over a billion users end-to-end encryption for all their messages - text, images, voice and videos. But what does that actually mean for ordinary users?...
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We all love rags to riches stories. The underdog who overcomes all odds to succeed on the world stage appeals to something elemental in all of us. But Dr. Lerothodi Leeuw’s story is even more significant. Instead of riches he has chosen to serve humanity…
We all love rags to riches stories. The underdog who overcomes all odds to succeed on the world stage appeals to something elemental in all of us. But Dr. Lerothodi Leeuw's story is even more signi...
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Most of my pension money is managed by Allan Gray. That’s a conscious choice, not something I inherited from a particular employer. And when I get one one of the quarterly email newsletters from the folks at Allan Gray even if I only glance at it, I feel…
Most of my pension money is managed by Allan Gray. That's a conscious choice, not something I inherited from a particular employer. And when I get one one of the quarterly email newsletters from th...
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What can you buy for R110 these days? Lunch for two, a cheap T-shirt? How about a fully functional computer?
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Founder @ PlainSpeak
Employment
  • PlainSpeak
    Founder, 2016 - present
  • Publicis Machine
    Chief Technology Officer, 2014 - 2016
  • The Mail & Guardian
    Chief Technology Officer, 2013 - 2014
  • The Mail & Guardian
    GM: Digital Operations, 2012 - 2013
  • The Mail & Guardian Online
    Digital Platforms Manager, 2010 - 2012
  • Media24 magazines
    Social media & editorial manager, 2009 - 2010
  • MWEB
    Product manager, 2003 - 2006
  • Timeoutdoors
    Web designer, 2001 - 2001
  • 24.com
    Product manager, 2006 - 2009
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Cape Town, South Africa
Previously
Johannesburg, South Africa - London - Edinburgh - Grahamstown - Reading, England
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A greyhound of capital with a love for cats, cinema and the absurd.
Introduction
I have worked in technology since 2001. Starting out as a web designer, I worked for tech start-ups in Johannesburg and London.
 
In 2002 I joined media giant Naspers where I cut my teeth building and managing web applications for two of South Africa’s biggest portals: News24.com and mweb.com.
 
In 2009 I joined Media24 Magazines as their Social Media Manager, with a portfolio of top brands like Huisgenoot, YOU, Fairlady, Men's Health and Sarie.
 
In 2010 I joined the Mail & Guardian in a role that evolved into Chief Technology Officer. While there I launched the first Kindle edition of any newspaper in Africa as well as the iPad and Android editions of the paper. I also drove the of re-launch of mg.co.za, which has since grown its readership by over 100% and passed 1.5 million monthly users for the first time in its history.

In 2014 I left publishing to join Publicis Machine, an integrated advertising agency based in Cape Town, as their Chief Technology Officer. While their I oversaw the launch of digital properties for large multinational brands including Sanlam and PSG.

In 2016 I founded PlainSpeak, a business that helps people and businesses to make the most out of technology.
Education
  • Rhodes University
  • Greenside High
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One of my favourite breakfast places in the city. Consistently great food and such a lovely vibe. The owner is a gem amongst humans.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
We were so uncomfortable & disappointed we left after just 1 night of our 3 night stay. We're on a 3 month trip of the States & this is the first time we've ever had to do this. At $300 per night we were hoping for a cozy haven, but our room was nothing like advertised: shabby & makeshift with a stained carpet & a bathroom the size of a closet. Everything in the room was threadbare & cut rate, from the curtains (& shower curtain) that fell down all the time to the bed linen that was cheap & tatty. Our cupboard was being used for linen storage. The bed has a low bookcase shoved behind it instead of a proper headboard. Two of the windows were broken, including the only one in the tiny bathroom. It was like staying with an aged relative, in their spare room. The owner was rude & dismissive when we emailed her about the problems. Not only didn't she apologise - she attacked & insulted us. A few direct quotes from her email: "You wanted to "flee" your room. Your lives were in danger? Monsters under the bed? " "The carpet is 2 years old and while we attempt to keep up with stains they do happen over time. The carpet was shampooed just before your arrival but some stains simply won't come out. We do not provide new carpeting for each new guest." "I spent countless hours creating that room and all the rest of our home. I have a Masters degree in art and have taught interior design. And you think the room is makeshift and cheap!" Not once does she apologise. Clearly we, the guests, are to blame here. If you do decide to stay here, beware of giving them your credit card. They randomly charged over $200 to our card & then refused to admit they had done so. 6 weeks later, after I had been forced to report the extra charge as fraud to have it reversed, the owner contacted us to admit the "error". Fishy.
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Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
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