Economics editor of the Financial Mail, Claire Bisseker, has had her eye on the state of South Africa’s economy since her days of studying at the University of Natal. Armed with years of experience, awards and being on the frontlines of major transitions – she has recently penned ‘On The Brink’ which answers how the nation landed up in its current standing, and what we can do to pull it back from the brink. Gareth speaks to her about this, her opinions on the likes of Minister Malusi Gigaba and Mcebisi Jonas, the mismanagement at Eskom, and why she backs an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout.

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Ramaphosa’s latest comment stating, “If I am fired, it will be at the president’s pleasure”, gets the team started on news, with Rabin Harduth joining for the day. How do you prepare for a zombie apocalypse? And what are the most expensive substances in the world? Find out here. In keeping with the Friday feeling, Amanda has a fun game to play.

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With Ben being away for the day, friend of the show and comedian Rabin Harduth joins in on the fun by standing in. The team catches up with him, discuss some of the heavy-hitters in Hollywood and find out why Rabin walked down the aisle to the ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ theme song. News headlines, sports wrap-up and your dose of morning positivity are in the mix too.

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He describes himself as a citizen of the world with a deep passion for music – Jann Klose was raised in Kenya, South Africa, Germany, and now resides in the United States with songwriting being the common thread in his life. Jann speaks to Gareth about the recording process, working with the likes of RJ Benjamin and how inspiration can hit him anywhere, from meetings, while in the bath or even while out on a jog.

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The toilet is being murdered again in the studios, something that is making the team question the substance of human beings nowadays. Justice Malala talks about the cabinet reshuffle and Jacob Zuma’s latest actions on the Burning Platform brought to you by Nando’s. Mabz then brings you up to speed on all the other latest news on the go, including an interesting thought around what lies ahead for Dudu Myeni.

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Siya starts his day with absolute tragedy but is quickly picked up by the team who are as sympathetic as ever. Gay pride, Gareth has a DIY meltdown while trying to fix a drawer, a slight change to the podcast structure and Dudu Myeni finally given the boot. News headlines, sports wrap-up and your dose of morning positivity too.

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Labour lawyer Frans Rautenbach has a proven track record in a range of policy issues and it is by being armed with this experience that he’s written an insightful and provocative book, ‘South Africa Can Work’. The book provides fresh arguments that effectively address the likes of South Africa’s high unemployment, race problems and lack of education. Gareth gets to dig deeper into the fascinating story of this author and recently published offering.

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Malusi Gigaba got put in the hot seat by Richard Quest and it doesn’t go well. SA musician Brickz is sentenced for raping his niece, and the actual moment is rather chilling. Sebonile Dube from Lifebuoy talks about the #High5ForHandWashing. America Ferrera and Reece Witherspoon sharing their Hollywood sexual harassment stories. More gang related shootings in Cape Town, ISIS finally getting brought to their knees by James Mattis, then Louise Broomberg comes into studio to discuss Korea, both North and South.

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Gareth brings you the 5 top news headlines of the morning, which centre around the latest cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma. Ben’s sport gives you the latest from the world of football and the national anthem dramas in the USA, Siya puts a positive spin on the morning… then some interesting listener comments prompt a discussion on degrees and the relevance of them in today’s workplace.

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Are you doing Ocsober? We all need to have some sort of radical cutback on the vices, but is it for attention or actual good? Ben goes for a sports massage and sees his life flash before his eyes. Gareth updates you on his weight loss, Ben gets ganged up on again while trying to help others… then a reminder about washing your hands.

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