He’s been described as someone who has “eclectic woolly style and sneakers, rocks a moustache and furry ‘fro like no other Afrikaans boytjie we’ve ever seen”. But most importantly, Schalk Bezuidenhout is actually one of the brightest minds in comedy, with a wit and sense of humour to match. Gareth discovers more about the Gauteng native, as he describes how he navigates the industry he’s in. From dealing with threats on social media, to working with his hero… he’s taking it all in his stride as his star keeps rising higher and higher.

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The communications, marketing, advertising and public relations landscape is ever-evolving, especially here in South Africa. Sitting at the helm of watching and making some of these changes that lead to evolution is Sandra Gordon. Sandra is deeply schooled in marketing, with experience in media, advertising, branding, communication, public relations and publishing (print and online), with many years of experience. In this conversation with Gareth, she sheds some light on this intriguing and challenging industry.

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Broadcast journalist Onkgopotse JJ Tabane comes in guns blazing… proving, once again, that he is a person who isn’t shy to talk frankly (as his book suggests). He’s one of South Africa’s leading media and communications specialists, a community activist and a business executive. In this conversation with Gareth, he kicks things off by giving his perspective on being fired from Power FM. Then, they discuss the wide South African political web, from Faith Muthambi, BOSASA, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, to something both men have in common: being summoned by the ANC.

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Leeanda Reddy is known and loved by South African viewers far and wide thanks to roles such as Detective Inspector Priyanka Naicker in ‘Isidingo’, to Vanashree Devan in eTV’s ‘Scandal’. And now, audiences get to experience a whole new side to her as Janet in the movie, ‘3 Days To Go’. She chats to Gareth about some of her acting roles and her view on what comes with the territory of being an artist in these times.

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South Africa and France have a strong relationship that’s making great strides and impact. His Excellency Ambassador Christophe Farnaud is currently at the helm as the French Ambassador to South Africa. He shares his experiences of being in the position since January 2017, with Gareth. Hear it all from examples of great cooperation in the field of innovation, investment, the different parts of France, the French consulates to so much more.

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Unmitigated corruption, deep-seated mismanagement and consumers getting sucked into higher tariffs – what exactly is going on at Eskom? Energy advisor Ted Blom is on a quest to make more citizens aware of what is happening at the power utility. In this conversation with Gareth, he explains why he thinks Eskom is on the verge of collapse – both operationally and financially – and is seeking to recoup its losses by further burdening the citizens of South Africa.

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“We all get to choose who we want to become” – motivational speaker and entrepreneur Robin Banks shares this and so many other pearls of wisdom with Gareth to shape your mind as you end 2018, and gear up for the new year. He speaks about the power of your thoughts, shaping your mindset, the importance of a positive outlook, and so much more.

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Hollywood A-lister Taraji P Henson has made waves in roles in ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, ‘Hidden Figures’ and most popularly as Cookie Lyon in ‘Empire’. Speaking about this to Gareth while on tour in South Africa, she also discusses her many life passions: changing lives.

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Did you know that human trafficking is the second largest organised crime, superseded only by drug trafficking? The harsh reality is that unlike most items‚ you can resell a person over and over again. From forced labour on farms and fishing trawlers‚ to domestic servitude, to sexual exploitation on the streets, to behind closed doors in illegal brothels… we see many different forms of exploitation here.

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Grammy Award-winning R&B and soul musician Anthony Hamilton has hit our shores once more, to take over the country with his soulful sounds. Hailed as the King of Soul, his timeless voice has birthed hit songs including “Best Of Me”, “Never Love Again”, “Pass Me Over”, “Pray For Me”, “I Cry”, “Comin’ From Where I’m From” and “Freedom”, just to mention a few. Discussing his recent visit to South Africa and his colourful career, he chats to Gareth here.

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