The role of Chargé d’Affaires is certainly a challenging and huge role to undertake, but it’s one Jessye Lapenn has grabbed by the horns. After assuming the position with the departure of Ambassador Patrick Gaspard in December 2016, she discusses the work that she does with Gareth in this interview, looking at and analysing international affairs, the programmes the US Embassy is running, how the USA is involved in SA, and vice versa too.

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Born in Potchefstroom and raised in Piet Retief, Jason Strong’s early years could not be in greater contrast to where he is now. Having studied music at Berkley University, he is now looking to take his career to the next level in the USA. He and Gareth talk about his achievements to date, and what lies ahead in an ever-changing and competitive industry.

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‘The Land Is Ours’ tells the story of South Africa’s first black lawyers, who operated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Exploring the stories of South Africa’s first black lawyers, Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi writes about this in his new book. Gareth has a conversation with the author around the lawyers who have developed the concept of a Bill of Rights, which is now an international norm.

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Born in Kathmandu to a Nepalese father and a Ukrainian mother, Amrita’s journey to being an international actress has been a unique one. Most well known for playing the role of ‘Irri’ alongside the Khaleesi in Game of Thrones, her career has seen her take on an eclectic mix of characters in a variety of languages. She is currently playing the role of Ruby Walker in Good Karma Hospital. She and Gareth talk about this and more.

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The Mandela Centenary is a great source of inspiration for many in South Africa. Lynn Forbes and Angela Yeung are such individuals, and together with Richard Mabaso are going to #Trek4Mandela up Kilimanjaro. That’s the very basic description… the history behind these individuals is where the story really becomes interesting, and of course inspiring.

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As South African sports stars go, there aren’t too many more recognisable or accomplished than Steven Pienaar. He joins Gareth for a very candid take on his incredible career. The endless commitment and hard work that defined his every day, the role his mother played in making him the man he became, and some of the less expected parts of professional life.

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Freelance filmmaker and photographer Johnny Miller joins Gareth in studio to talk about his work. Currently living in South Africa having come over the US, Johnny pioneered African Drone, an organisation focused on empowerment. He talks about his projects, the work that is getting him noticed, and why legislation around drones needs to change in South Africa for the betterment of all.

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Brett Ladds is more than just your accomplished chef with a long list of celebrities that he has cooked for. He cheffed and assisted in the coordination of the 1994 Inauguration of President Mandela. He personally managed the presidential guesthouse and served as executive chef under Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. His recent book titled ‘Mandela Appreciation Club’ documents his amazing experiences, many of which he shares with Gareth here.

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The talk and hype around cryptocurrency may have died down in recent months, but it is still a fascinating concept. Nobody describes this better than Simon Dingle, who has just written a book on the subject, along with the brilliance of blockchain and other pressing financial matters that affect our modern lives.

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TV personality, businesswomen and actress Lorna Maseko joins Gareth for an interesting catch up. She has just had the pleasure of experiencing the world’s largest cruise ship, something she says has to be seen to be believed. She also talks about single life, how her friend Bonang is getting on, and how she is loving life in general right now.

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