CliffCentral.com fan and Programming Director for ZiFM Stereo – the biggest station in Zimbabwe – Tony Friday chats to the team about radio and life in Zimbabwe.

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Zolani Mahola is most well-known for the amazing voice that has made Freshlyground an instantly recognisable South African band. She is now moving to the theatre in a massive new production, but her life in the spotlight started on TV. Gareth chats to her about her interesting rise to fame, eloping with her husband, and life as a mom… plus a whole lot more.

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Australian Trish Jenkins was your typical suburban wife and mother up until she lost 6 figures to theft by her then boss, a registered fund manager in 2008. Then liquidators dissolved their life savings and the 6 properties they had accumulated, including their family home. Trish had unwittingly worked for a con artist and was then sentenced to spend over two years in prison, which was suspended after eight months. Find out how she dealt with this jarring journey, which includes dealing with PTSD, anxiety and bouts of depression following her release. For more information on this phenomenal woman, visit www.speakertrishjenkins.com.

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When you think of a professor, you think of an older man who has Gandalf-like wisdom. Professor Fulufhelo Nelwamondo has all the wisdom of a professor, but at the age of 34 he is a new breed of super smart South Africans. He talks to Gareth about how machines are becoming part of our lives, how humans can deal with this reality, and how science and technology can combat crime going forward.

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Stories of abuse, and especially sexual abuse, are far too common in South Africa. Mark Francis was abused at a young age, and felt alone with his grief as his parents worked through a divorce. To start your life like this is nothing short of tragic, but Mark’s story of how he rose above this fate makes him a unique beacon of inspiration to all those suffering from abuse.

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As a student at Wits, Linda Vilakazi was inspired when she saw Oliver Tambo speak on stage. She is now the CEO of the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation, working on celebrating the life and legacy of the great couple. She shares some unique stories with Gareth, and also talks about the foundation celebrating 100 years since his birth in 1917.

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After meeting Polish journalist Anna Dudek recently at a conference, Gareth continues some of the intriguing conversations they had in Bonn, in this interview. From her childhood in Warsaw, family background, to her work on a fact-checking platform, discover a writer with a unique perspective on the world. And surprisingly, Gareth and Anna get to figure out striking similarities between South Africa and Poland through the country’s political scenes and trust in the government.

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Teenage artists Lasandra Majola (Lead Vocals), Saiyan Naidoo (Lead Guitar), Sabian Lee Singh (Drums), Neo Mooi (Bass Guitar), Entle Mdletshe (Keyboard) and Siphokazi Gebashe (Keyboard) make up the band Kwini Kuza and bring a musical note to the show with a live studio performance. Hailing from Durban, they discuss their background and passion for music as well as perform their single, ‘Speed of Light’ and a cover of Miriam Makeba’s ‘Pata Pata’.

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Xoliswa Dyosiba and Charity Maepa, two young ladies who are breaking the stereotypes of science being boring, explain the fascinating work they do with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Find out all about the innovation and research that goes into their critical work.

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On his fascinating political career and deep love for South Africa, Minister Charles Nqakula opens up to Gareth about it all. Touching on his early days as a journalist, to rising as an activist, to his thoughts on the ANC today… Nqakula walks through his life as he tells it in his new book ‘The People’s War – Reflections of an ANC cadre’. Discover the man behind the renowned work, including working with Steve Tshwete and specifically being in the room during President Mbeki’s final cabinet meeting, here.

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