Business Talk – In conversation with Google South Africa’s Alistair Mokoena

Alistair Mokoena is the country director at Google South Africa.

He previously served as Ogilvy South Africa CEO, has a long history in the South African advertising sector and is well known and respected in the industry.

Prior to his time at Ogilvy South Africa, Mokoena also worked at Absa, SAB, Unilever and Mondelez over the course of his career. He holds an LLB from Rhodes University and an MBA from MANCOSA.

In this episode of BusinessTalk Mokoena runs through some of the ways in which Google is helping to bridge the digital gap in Africa through various projects, including 40,000 new developer scholarships and programmes to support Africa’s small retail businesses.

The group also announced the continuation of an accelerator programme for African startups.

Google recently conducted a review of the opportunities throughout the internet economy, with special attention on developers and startups in the region. Mokoena talks Michael Avery through some of those findings.

A year ago, Google committed to helping more than 500,000 businesses, jobseekers and vulnerable people with support packages including free business tools, training and grants. Mokoena discusses some of the results of this initiative.

He also reflects on how Covid-19 has re-shaped Google search trends and patterns.

The full interview is embedded below. You can find all the Business Talk with Michael Avery interviews here.

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Business Talk – In conversation with Google South Africa’s Alistair Mokoena