Grant Hinds is a 32-year-old YouTuber and digital creator who describes himself as “made in South Africa, raised by my Playstation, 90s hip-hop and affordable comic books”. Gareth finds out more about him, including his recent move to London and building on his online business. How did he even get started on the video sharing platform? Find that out, as well as how much money one could earn from videos and some of his achievements – including hosting the YouTube Africa Awards.

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Thrust into the spotlight after the Homo Naledi discovery, Professor Lee Berger has made great strides in educating us in the origins of humankind. Gareth is in his element here as he chats to the Prof about what’s next after Homo Naledi, discovering new DNA and a great deal many other subjects recently released in his new book, Almost Human.

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It’s been a little over a year since the Democratic Alliance’s Solly Msimanga took over the position of Mayor of Tshwane. What has he learned while running the third biggest geographical municipality in the world? What are the frustrations and threats he’s come across? And what does he really want to do with his position? Msimanga answers these during this conversation with Gareth. He also sounds off on hot topics such as wasteful expenditure in government, Eskom, and his criticism for the African National Congress. The self-confessed OCD leader also explains some of the decisions he’s made – including why he doesn’t live in the mayoral house or drive expensive cars.

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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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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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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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General Bantu Holomisa has been front and centre in some of the greatest changes and events in South African politics since his early days in the Eastern Cape to currently celebrating 20 years of the United Democratic Movement (UDM). As he mentions to Gareth in this interview, “We might not be in power, but we possess power.” Find out how he’s worked with the likes of Nelson Mandela, his relationship with social media and why he calls the Guptas a “wake-up call”. Holomisa does not hold back when it comes to discussing the work that lies ahead for the new president of the Republic, why he thinks it’s so hard for other people to leave the ANC, and the future of the UDM. Discover the story of the great man here.

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Lucy Hawking is far more than just the daughter of Stephen Hawking – she’s an accomplished English journalist, novelist, educator, and philanthropist. As she tours South Africa as part of her ‘Once Upon a Time in the Universe’ talk at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, she talks to Gareth about her love for science and how she’s getting more young people involved in it. From her fascinating schooling years, to raising her son William who was diagnosed with autism… get to know the woman beyond the famous surname.

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Businessman Allon Raiz has had an entrepreneurship journey of ups and downs, learning many lessons along the way. He shares some of those as well as why he established his company, Raizcorp, as a means to pay-it-forward. He also explains why he’s on the hunt for the next crop of emerging businesspeople, alongside Gareth.

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Multi-talented media powerhouse Penny Lebyane lays it all down in this interview on her life, her passions and what still keeps her fire burning. She details how she got her start in broadcasting, dealing with diversity and all that her hometown, Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga, taught her… as well as how living in Soweto shaped her confidence and taught her to grow a thick skin. Who does she trust and take advice from? How did she deal with post-natal depression? Where does she draw the fine line between freedom and fear? Penny answers these frankly and openly too.

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