I’ve often invited people to join me on my CliffCentral.com show – famous and not-so-famous people who have incredible stories to tell, and they’re often surprised at how much they share, because it’s a warm, friendly, relaxed space… and there’s a lot of openness.

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South Africa isn’t “on the brink” of a digital revolution – and the tipping point isn’t some mystical moment – some exact date and time when consumers and listeners and discerning citizens will suddenly discover, en masse, that there’s content FOR AFRICA online…

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We live in such a fascinating country. Not one single person, if you take the trouble to get to know them, is one-dimensional. Last week I met a successful Afrikaans singer whose album has gone double-platinum and who plays towns like De Aar as well as massive shows like Afrikaans is Groot. His name is Refentse Morake. Yes, people who love Identity Politics – your head probably exploded…

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It’s day three of the most interesting convention in the world and I’m sitting two rows away from supermodel Brooklyn Decker, listening to a discussion on women in executive positions in tech start-ups. It’s not something I’d normally have any interest in, but I just found out that a woman designed a bra long before any man did and had it stolen away from her (along with all the financial derivatives) by a man…

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This week saw the unwelcome (to Zizi Kodwa and company) revelation that the ANC’s “Paid Twitter” tried to influence and mislead people during the municipal elections in 2016, and possibly in other ways too. To many people who aren’t among the 2-3 million active Twitter users in South Africa this won’t matter at all, but even if you don’t engage on social media, it is the new battleground for politics, social justice and ideas…

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Check your Twitter timeline. Check Huffington Post or Buzzfeed, if you can stomach it. All they can talk about is how monumental Meryl Streep’s acceptance of the Cecil B DeMille Award was. They’re giddy about how brave Meryl was to stand up in front of a crowd of her adoring peers and virtue signal on behalf of all those minorities, poor people, immigrants and women who Trump “hates”…

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By now you will be tired, exhausted and irritated by the idea of New Year resolutions, people posting their amazing holidays on Instagram, and everyone comparing exciting December adventures – even though you should be re-energised and ready to tackle a brand new year. Don’t feel bad. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself…

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Wow! 2016 has been a roller-coaster year! Many of us are pleased it’s over and some of us just need a break, even if we enjoyed the year…

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Radio is over a hundred years old and commercial radio is undergoing seismic changes. The revisions in RAMS (Radio Audience measurements) or ratings methodology, SABC’s 90% local quota, the collapse of credibility of SABC management and research that shows that people under the age of 30 are paying less and less attention to traditional media, have all contributed to an extinction-level event in the media business.

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Most of our many podcast listeners will tell you this – there’s something intimate, direct and profoundly real about a podcast, and it’s something you need to try out. All over the world, celebrities, influencers, former broadcasters, politicians and even complete amateurs are growing their own communities of loyal and engaged followers in what is essentially a kind of social medium that’s just a little bit more human…

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