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On Thursday 29 August 2019, the Blockchain Entrepreneurs Club of South Africa held their second edition of “Chain Reaction” in Sandton, the economic hub of Africa. It was ironic then that the leading thinkers in the future of finance came together in such a location to discuss the most disruptive technology in economics we’ve ever seen: Blockchain.

Headlined by Dawie Roodt, famed South African economist and political commentator, Chain Reaction 2.0 brought investors, entrepreneurs and developers together to explore the possibilities of the future.

Opening the event however was a Fireside Chat with arguably South Africa’s most famous crypto celebrity, Riccardo Spagni. Known as “Fluffy Pony” on Twitter, Spagni gained fame as one of the lead developers on the Monero Project (a privacy blockchain), and has gone on to build Tari and Globee. The Fireside Chat was hosted by Kirsty Bisset, CEO of FinTech Growth Agency SwiftX.

Dawie Roodt was up next, explaining the history of money, and interweaving South Africa’s precarious financial situation with how economics has developed to this modern day, stating clearly that the entire system is poised for drastic change.

After Dawie was CEO of one of Africa’s leading blockchain companies; Luno. Marcus Swanepoel has overseen Luno’s sensational success, and in his talk he took us through the trends they are seeing in the industry based on the activity of their users. Unfortunately Marcus was unable to chat to us after the event, but we did get to speak to the GM of Africa at Luno, Marius Reitz.

The MC was none other than Khaya Dlanga, who also sped off after the event, meaning we’ll have to get an interview with him in a separate event.

We chatted with some of the speakers after the event, which is available on YouTube or Audio below. We also have some photos of the event further down as well.

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Here are some pics from the memorable evening…

James Preston is the Executive Editor of Global Crypto. He is a writer and media commentator who has been reporting on how the Tech industry will make the world a better place for 14 years, with a large following on South African radio. He is an early adopter of Bitcoin, and began reporting on its revolutionary capabilities in late 2014. Philosophical by nature, he is intrigued by how the world works, and in turn, how it can be bettered. James believes wholeheartedly that the world can become as close to perfect as we humans can imagine, but it will take a lot of effort (and time) to get there. He believes his life purpose is to inspire people to believe this, and find their place in helping humanity achieve it. James regularly does talks on emerging technology and its impact on society at Universities, global conferences, and events. To invite him to speak at your event, or comment for your media outlet, email