What does it take to be one of the world’s greatest? Famed tennis player Johan Kriek is one who knows all about this. Gareth gets inside the mind of the South African-born, former top professional tennis player, ATP world ranking #7, # 2-time Australian Open Champion and South African Sport Hall of Fame Member since 2007. These days you can find him running the Johan Kriek Tennis Academy as a proud husband and father, as he explains in this interview recorded via Skype.

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On the back of his recent announcement of retiring as sub-Saharan African CEO of the storied investment banking group Goldman Sachs, Gareth chats to Colin Coleman about some of the critical steps he’s taken that he have led him to the point of having his eyes now set on lecturing at Yale University. As one of SA’s most prominent investment bankers, he details how his liberal upbringing and being involved in the anti-Apartheid movement influenced his work in changing the nation’s economy over the past few years.

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Roelf Meyer became a well-known face in South Africa during the transition to democracy when he led negotiations on behalf of the National Party with the ANC’s chief mediator, Cyril Ramaphosa. Whatever your political standing, you can’t help but be in awe of what this man has done. It’s now been more than 20 years since he left active politics, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been making a difference in other ways. Gareth gets into a conversation with this powerful leader on his groundbreaking work, some of the tough decisions he’s had to make, his comments on politics today, and so much more.

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It is hard to believe that it has been 25 years since Basetsana Kumalo was crowned Miss South Africa, 25 years since she made her TV debut, and 25 years into our democracy. Chronicling her rise and rise in the past quarter of a century, Gareth chats to the media personality, entrepreneur, and philanthropist following the release of her memoir, ‘Bassie: My Journey of Hope’.

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We know and love Candice Mama from her #WeeklyMashup days, and although she’s been on this show before, she hasn’t told her story like she has in her new book, ‘Forgiveness Redefined’. She’s here to talk to us about her journey, and how she found it in herself to confront Eugene de Kock, the man who brutally murdered her father.

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Patrizio Buanne is an Austro-Italian baritone singer who continues to rise to fame on a worldwide scale. His musical talent was recognised quite early and at the age of just 11 he started performing in public. We get to know him on a more personal level…

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These days, it seems impossible to have a reasonable conversation with anyone who has a different opinion. Whether you’re online, in a classroom, an office, a town hall – or even just hoping to get through a family dinner with a stubborn relative. That’s why the release of Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay’s book, ‘How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide’ is incredibly timely. Gareth interrogates the ideas and themes within the book as Peter chats to him via Skype from Portland, Oregon. This interview, much like the book, guides you through the straightforward, practical, conversational techniques necessary for every successful conversation – whether the issue is climate change, religious faith, gender identity, race, poverty, immigration, or gun control.

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Costa Carastavrakis has had a rough past which he tells about in a new memoir, ‘I Am Costa – From Meth to Marathons’. If you’re up for an inspiring true-life tale that will make you look at experiences in a new way, then this is the interview for you. In his book, Costa charts his course through a childhood of identity confusion – growing up Greek and gay in Johannesburg; to building a glamourous life of parties, business triumphs and money… and then crashing into the devastation of drug addiction. Listen in as he tells Gareth and Phumi how he turned his life around and made a comeback as a published author.

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John van de Ruit’s writing just seems to have the magic touch. He’s famously known as the author of the ‘Spud’ series, but beyond that he’s involved in many other projects. We chat to him about his popular novels, as well as the movies… and he gives us a glimpse into his creation process.

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Donna Rachelson is a driven entrepreneur with a passion for helping women. She firmly believes in the power of inclusion, and chats to us about the position women find themselves in in the workplace, the struggles they face, and adaptations that could be in place. She wrote a book called ‘Personal Branding for Entrepreneurs’, and touches on that too in this compelling interview.

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