On the day after the announcement of Robert Mugabe’s resignation following a two week military stand-off and coup that wasn’t a coup, Andrew and Rori speak to award-winning Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Rugoho-Chin’ono to get an “all you need to know” perspective on what actually happened… and what the future looks like for Zimbabwe.

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As the 4th Industrial Revolution beckons, wealth and power are no longer defined by access to natural resources, but by access to data and the ability to analyse and use it. This has major implications for individuals, entire nations and the continents at large as companies like Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google increasingly become more dominant in the affairs of the world than some nations. Andrew and Rori are joined by Bosun Tijani, CEO of Co-Creation Hub and author, Uri Bram, to understand how the control of data will impact our lives and geo-politics in general around the world.

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It’s the age old story… African President falls sick, African President gets onto a plane to some country in the first world to get medical attention. If those tasked with stewardship of our public health systems are not confident enough in them to put their own lives in the hands of those systems, what about the rest of us? Rori speaks to Professor Yap Boum II, Africa head of Epicenter – the research wing of Doctors Without Borders – to discuss what is required to transform the African health system.

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In the week of the infamous Black Monday marches, Rori speaks to a white farmer and community leader, Johan Abrie, about the facts and the myths about farm murders – along with Black Monday and whether it was indeed a good idea or not.

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It appears that beyond capturing the state, the Guptas have successfully managed to capture the collective attention of the whole country. In a time when the Guptas seem to be all we ever talk about, Andrew and Rori speak to Luke Jordan (CEO, Grassroot) who believes that in obsessing about the Guptas as we do, we are removing our eyes off some other very important issues that also deserve as much, if not more attention than the Guptas.

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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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