The first season of The Voice SA unearthed a great deal of local musical talent in the country. Craig Lucas finished up as the grand winner, impressing everyone en route to the title. Gareth chats about his career going forward, the upcoming album, and how his background in finance makes him so much more than just another musician.

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Member of the Johannesburg Bar Jean Meiring has had a keen eye on South Africa’s happenings for many years. Most recently, his expertise has brought him to compiling a fascinating read titled, ‘South Africa’s Constitution at Twenty-One’. The book is a collection of essays which explore what the Constitution means for South Africans and for the world – both through its definition of legal rights and through the seepage into the real world of those rights, and the culture that has arisen around them. The contributors range from former Constitutional Court judges to activists, writers and philosophers, who look soberly at what has been achieved and what still needs to be done. Gareth discusses the evolution of South Africa’s democracy and Meiring’s book in this in-depth conversation.

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David Bloch is a creative powerhouse, having worked on productions like the South African National Tour of ‘West Side Story’ and hit musical ‘La Cage Aux Follies’ under the directorship of Janice Honeyman, in various capacities. Gareth gets to know him better as they discuss the performance industry which includes working with clients, keeping an image up and creating boundaries with work. Discover why, in retrospect, he’s glad he didn’t move to Hollywood, plus his thoughts on the Harvey Weinstein scandal. David chats about some of the celebrities he’s worked with like David Blaine and Roberta Flack, and how his philanthropic work matters to him. On a personal note, he opens up about going through surrogacy and dealing with 11 failed pregnancies.

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Energetic 19-year-old Innocent Matijane has always been fascinated with the entertainment industry. His passion has recently led him to using his Twitter account to attempt to get a job at CliffCentral.com. More than 232 retweets and 215 likes later, Gareth gets to know this Lesotho-born student and what his career plans are.

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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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