Rafique Gangat is someone with very interesting stories from apartheid South Africa. He was South Africa’s first ‘diplomat of colour’ and recently documented these stories in a book called ‘Bending the Rules’. Battling bigotry and prejudice, Rafique also had a healthy dose of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll thrown into his incredible story.

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Flemming Rose is a Danish journalist and the editor who decided to publish the now-infamous Muhammed cartoons that caused violent outbreaks and plenty of outrage in 2005. On an Al-Qaeda hit list ever since, he continues to fight for free speech the world over and spent an hour with us discussing offence, Islam, multiculturalism and being disinvited from UCT by Max Price.

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In the last of Gareth’s special Mother’s Day features, he chats to Phumi Mashigo. Long time host of CliffCentral’s Womandla show, Phumi is a mom who with many stories to share, from the unique relationship she has with her mother, through to being a mother herself while still thriving in all her career ambitions.

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Having started out in broadcast media at the same time as Gareth, Kass Naidoo comes into studio with many a story to share. She talks of her unwavering focus on becoming a cricket commentator despite it never being a place for a young woman. Being a mother, falling out of love with cricket and coming back to it, the journey has been an exciting one.

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Tracy Todd is an inspiring woman who has, despite a horrible and devastating car accident, managed to put together a meaningful, full and interesting life. Though quadriplegic, she never lets anything immaterial get in her way, including raising a son and falling in love again. Her story is one that will remind you that you’re only a victim if you choose to be.

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Kate Goliath says she’s the funniest Goliath, and this week she sits with Gareth in one of our Mothers’ Day specials to discuss being the mom of two little boys and a whole lot of big comedy boys. They discuss her brother Jason, her own mom, the business of comedy and the things that only mothers can do.

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Lesego Maphanga and his mother Elizabeth join us for one of our special Mother’s Day interviews. Lesego hosts Unplugged & InCharge with the other guys on CliffCentral and we asked his mom (a nurse and incredibly hard worker) what motherhood means, what sacrifices she had to make, and what kind of a man her son has turned out to be. Lesego lays bare the love and respect he has for his mother, other moms and those who didn’t have such a female role model in their lives.

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Mamphela Ramphele has written a book about hope, betrayal and dreams and she pops by to talk about everything from the DA/Agang arranged marriage, black inferiority complexes, white inability to apologise, and the way she found out about Steve Biko’s death. Someone who describes herself as political, but not much into party politics, Mamphela has some interesting points of view worth hearing.

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We know that Gareth loves history, and the interesting stories around lineage and family trees. Well this love is something that exists in his extended family, as Conrad Penny comes into studio to share some wonderful stories. From old European royalty, salvaging the historic Rand Club, and growing a gigantic maze at his home, he’s the eccentric uncle you wished you always had.

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We all know we should look after ourselves with regular check-ups. For men, those check-ups should be taking place around the middle area of the body. Show regular Dr Elna McIntosh – along with urologist Dr Kalli Spencer – address the many issues, the nitty gritty around the various cancers threatening men, and how to counteract them.

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