The formidable Edith Venter has graced the South African social, business and philanthropy scenes for years on end, yet shows no sign of stopping. Gareth gets to know more about the woman who has become synonymous with glitz, glamour and lots of hard work. As a mother to sons Blane and Marc, wife to Johnny Schwartz, head of Edith Unlimited and a person with a heart of gold as a support of many charity organisations, Edith shares the lessons she’s learned from juggling such varied, fabulous hats.

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As the only female Rabbi to currently hold office in South Africa, Rabbi Julia Margolis speaks to Gareth about the work she’s doing in her trailblazing position. Facing much resistance and working in a reformed shul, she explains how she demystifies the supposed tension between orthodox and reformed Jewish people, explains how she’s breaking through South African Jewish people’s conservative nature and what led her to be the Head of the South African Centre for Religious Equality and Diversity (SACRED). Find out how she strives to raise her daughters, found a husband who supports her job and deals with the problems that surround her position.

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Headaches have long been a mystery to us, causing great pain and discomfort without any warning. Dr Elliot Shevel of the Headache Clinic does incredible work in this field though, finding individual solutions to these crippling pains, and eliminating the need for heavy medication.

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Acting is a tough gig, especially when you are looking to take your talents onto the global stage. This is something that Nondumiso Tembe and Andile Gumbi have achieved though, and with unique starring roles in both stage and screen productions, they are the definition of accomplished. Gareth chats to them about their journeys, and what they are currently involved in.

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You may know her as a former Miss SA and wife to South African football Simphiwe Tshabalala, but Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala is so much more than just a high-profile individual. She chats to Gareth about coming through the beauty queen ranks, her courtship with her famous footballing husband, and how she strives to make the right decisions in life and give back rather than falling for the hype of celebrity and superficial excess.

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It’s a great time to be Louise Carver, and she genuinely means it. She’s in a great space in her life, as she enjoys every moment. She’s knocked Rihanna off the Billboard charts and about to travel again, but also has recently been getting over a toxic relationship of three years. She shares the lessons she’s learned and how she’s now in touch with her emotions. A powerful conversation about embracing what life throws at you.

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Author of new novel, Afritalian, Federica Marchesini is a charismatic lover of life! Born and bred in Italy, she has called Cape Town home for the past 16 years. Federica has drawn from her experiences to pen a humorous story that follows Atena Monti, the protagonist… a woman who feels a little bit like an Italian Bridget Jones in South Africa. And while in studio, she also attempts to teach Siya her language.

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The team behind our new CliffCentral.com show, Freedom versus, discuss the fascinating journey they’ve travelled to creating the podcast. Cecelia Kok, Gwen Ngwenya and Mark Oppenheimer speak on the importance of freedom, as well as touch on some of the issues they dive into on the show – including identity politics, censorship and religion. Through realising that freedom isn’t free, and rather something you have to constantly work for, they also give their take on sensitivity around many topics in the world and how they plan to tread the fine line.

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CliffCentral.com friend Lorraine Maisel makes a long overdue visit and has much to catch the team up on. From discussing her journey with weight, navigating the ever-changing PR industry and so much more, this conversation is also filled with many, many laughs. And since she’s single and has her eyes set on Gord Laws, her dating life becomes a saucy and hot topic of discussion.

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Gareth catches up with theoretical physicist, Head of Innovation at SAP Africa and aspiring extraterrestrial, Adriana Marais. Fresh off her talk at Singularity University’s South Africa Summit she speaks about the latest on the Mars One Project, innovation in the world of astronomy and science and constantly challenging herself… recently with her upcoming hike for charity. And giving new insight into her life, Adriana also speaks about how her university years – and even her gap year teaching English in China – have shaped the person she is today.

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