We talk to CEO of Letsema Holdings Derek Thomas. Letsema used to be McKinsey’s BEE partner until the Gupta-backed Trillion took their place. Derek talks about the trials and tribulations of being an ethical company and ethical leader, as well as what it’s like to be a black-owned professional body not doing work with the SOEs. It’s a very frank discussion with a leader who walked away from corruption and chose the righteous path. The question is though, did he finish last?

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Is there a way to change SA’s major economic challenges? In part 4 of this series the Frankly Speaking team find out how big business can change the game in SA? Andrew and Rory speak to Sub Saharan MD of Goldman Sachs Colin Coleman about what big business is doing, where they have failed and how we can do more. A fascinating conversation with one of our biggest captains of South Africans industry.

For more on the series check out part 1, 2, and 3 where we look at education, unions and entrepreneurs and how these parts of society could change the game.

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How can entrepreneurs change the game in South Africa? We speak to two entrepreneurs, Ross Esson and Josh Cherry, about their model of entrepreneurship and how they treat the people that work with them as owners, rather than cogs in a chain. For more on the series check out part 1 and part 2 where we look at education and unions, and how these parts of society could change the game.

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How can unions and labour help? A conversation with SAFTU General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Rori and Andrew explore openly the role of unions to help or hinder South Africa. What a union looks like when it is captured and how labour could change the game in terms of major economic challenges. For more on the series, check out part 1 where we look at education and how it could change the game.

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In this episode we focus on reimagining education. How might we as a country reimagine education to get more high potential young people the education they need in order to succeed? We speak to MD of Umuzi, Gilbert Pooley, to find out more about how and why he is reimagining education in South Africa. Stay tuned for more as Frankly Speaking investigates what we could do to change the major economic challenges facing SA.

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Without skipping a beat, following the failure of the eighth vote of no confidence on President Jacob Zuma, the Democratic Alliance announced that it would be mounting yet another attempt to have the president removed by filing a motion for parliament to be dissolved and an early “emergency” election to be called within 3 months. The EFF has called this move disingenuous, and the ANC has suggested it is a subversion of democracy. In this show Rori speaks to Democratic Alliance Chief Whip, John Steenhuisen, to better understand what the DA’s strategy and thinking is about this move.

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It’s another crazy time in South African politics where the Zuma faction of the ANC seems to be scoring a lot of own-goals, to the extent that questions have been asked about how Zuma plans on all of this ending. With 783 corruption charges still hanging over his head and an ANC national elective congress coming up in December, does Zuma end up getting prosecuted and heading back to a life behind bars, does he flee to Dubai, does he remain as a dictator to protect himself, or does he actually get to peacefully retire to Nkandla and live happily ever after? Andrew and Rori are joined by political analyst Ralph Mathekga to explore these different scenarios and their plausibility.

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South African politics tends to be dynamic, fast-moving and downright confusing. Even if you try to avoid it and run away from it, it seems to follow you into the workplace, social events and the family dinner table. In the start of this series Andrew and Rori speak to Makashule Gana, founder and leader of the Democratic Alliance political school on understanding the basics of how politics works in South Africa. Now conversations on politics never have to be a taboo.

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In the wake of the racism scandal at prestigious Johannesburg school, St John’s College, Andrew and Rori tackle the issue of how black learners are treated and the sense of belonging they have in elite private and former Model C schools that were reserved exclusively for white learners under apartheid. They spend some time discussing Headmaster Paul Edey’s response to the crisis, and whether it serves as a reflection of his character and his ability to continue leading the school. They are joined in studio by St John’s 2016 headboy Mpilo Mseleku, Irvine Lehloo (who wrote a much publicised letter in defense of Paul Edey) and Gcina Mdluli, a former pupil of Roedean School in Johannesburg.

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Andrew and Rori look at racial taboos that still affect our country and speak to people who have overcome them, specifically people who have gone beyond the psychological and social barriers that to this day keep the majority of white people outside of communities – and even professions that were traditionally set aside for black people. Andrew and Rori are joined by Gavin Hunt, coach of Wits University, and Pule Skotane. This show takes an interesting twist as Pule challenges the idea of spaces based on race. It’s a very heated, thought-provoking discussion!

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