Imagine spending 309 days following chimpanzees for a documentary, and learning an unprecedented amount about these fascinating animals? BBC director/producer Rosie Thomas was able to undertake this epic adventure for a new Sir David Attenborough series titled ‘Dynasties’. The natural history filmmaker is in SA to give a new perspective on the landmark shows, and she speaks to Gareth about some of her stand-out moments while working on the project, and her unique career.

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The definition of “success in business” seems to be redefined by Gavin Moffat and the work that he’s doing. As a communications expert, he’s interestingly incorporating the lessons he’s learned from his scuba diving experience into his job. What are the parallels or the similarities between the two? Gareth learns from Gavin, in light of his new book, ‘Swimming with Sharks: Simple Business Guidelines for a Complex World’.

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Get your notepads out and ready as Justin Cohen has many lessons to impart in this conversation with Gareth. The international speaker and author has tips and tricks on how to present, persuade and close the deal (in and out of the office), as based on his latest book, ‘Pitch To Win’.

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What is liberialism? And how is liberalism in Africa? To answer these questions Gareth speaks to MP and President of the Africa Liberal Network, Stevens Mokgalapa, to learn more. With his background in working for the City of Tshwane and being actively involved in community development projects, there is a great wealth of knowledge for him to draw from.

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You know the name, you’ve probably listened to the podcast, but here’s the chance to the hear the story behind it all. With his roots planted in Riebeeckstad, Jacques Basson studied at Free State University and has since taken the world by storm – first in the corporate world and then as an entrepreneur. His fascination with business is what has lead him to host the Klipkouers podcast, weekly conversations with African impact makers. Get to know more about him here.

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With a career spanning more than two decades, Romy Titus has many stories and lessons to share with Gareth and the team. Her childhood in Namibia, her early broadcast years, and highlights she’s experienced at work are just some of the topics she touches. And now, as a qualified doula and founder of non-profit organisation, ‘Babies Behind Bars’ (that provides mothers in prisons with essentials like clothing, food, educational toys, nappies and infant formula), she also tells the shocking realities of mothers in South African prisons.

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Social activist and author, Kgotsi Chikane chats to the team about his new book ‘Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation’, a four-part retelling of the events that took place amongst the protesting students during #RhodesMustFall, moving onto university management responses and what ultimately led to the nationwide #FeesMustFall. Having compared 1976 student politics with this generation, Kgotsi poses a very controversial question: Can ‘coconuts’ be trusted with the revolution?

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Comedian, author, actor and activist Pieter-Dirk Uys reveals the person behind the persona in a form of his new biography, ‘The Echo of a Noise/Weerklank van a Wanklank’. In a chat with Gareth, he recalls his childhood and family, his forbidding and musically driven father, his brilliant but disturbed mother, his sister the child prodigy, and Sannie Abader – the family helper he regards as a second mother.

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Following the recent anonymous collector who has paid nearly half a million rands for Yiull Damaso’s Mandela autopsy painting, Gareth finds out how the artist is dealing with the saga around the sale. In this conversation, the two discuss expression, public opinion and how to deal with it, as well as the scope of a modern artist.

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What can one learn from being in one of the top positions in a global company? And, how can we begin to implement those lessons into our lives? After spending more than two decades at General Electric, American business executive Beth Comstock has penned some of her experiences and helpful advice into her new book, ‘Imagine It Forward – Courage, Creativity and the Power of Change.’ Gareth finds out more about her intriguing career – including her various roles at NBC, Nike, The National Geographic Society, and working for Ted Turner at CNN.

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