Ben returned from his weekend adventure unscathed, and actually had a pretty good time out in Secunda. Siya wasn’t as enthusiastic about Bloemfontein however, or the ‘near death’ experience of the flight there. The Clintons are coming to South Africa, which sparks various views around Hillary and the left vs right realities in politics. Your latest news headlines from there, Ben’s weekend sports wrap, Anthea on the finance, plus some positivity from Siya.

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The Burning Platform sees a fiery Friday feature, from the Estina Dairy crises, to Tito’s budget breakdown. Michael Appel is on the pulse of it all… then Leigh-Ann talks about positive steps to curb depression, muscle happiness, and meat money. Cultural appropriation at Halloween,then wrapping the week up with the latest from the world of motoring with George Mienie.

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The Friday fun begins with Ben getting some bad news out of the way early. It’s the SAA bailout, yes another one, but things turn for the better with talk of an oasis in Secunda, and Rosie O’Donnell may have finally lost it. Then into the latest news headlines, plus your weekend preview sports-wise.

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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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Tito Mboweni wants to cut the size of South Africa’s cabinet, and as Gareth proves, it can be easily done. The #MeToo movement now has a documentary, and a conspiracy theory is called in about the US’s relationship with the Saudis. Rekgotsofetse ‘Kgotsi’ Chikane then drops by to talk about his new book, and the fallout from the #FeesMustFall movement and the future of South Africa.

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Phumi Mashigo joins the team for a general catch-up and hang out. The sad death of HHP is naturally the main story, with Gareth reflecting on an interview they had together a few years back, and the trials and tribulations he was going through back then. The latest in other news from there, Ben’s top sport stories, then on to Siya for some positivity.

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Boney M are coming to South Africa, so Gareth reviews all of their many many hits. Graham calls in to talk about the lack of feminists in the Middle East. A smart shopping bag to save you money, some thoughts on Pik Botha, and Bill Cosby’s new legal worries. AlphaCode’s entrepreneurial search campaign has reached its final selection process, so Gareth gets them into studio to talk about their work.

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To counteract the jet lag, Gareth commits to a major spring clean around the house. The value of which he speaks of with great enthusiasm, before the conversation heads to people who hoard and steal whenever they can. Then the latest news headlines, the sport with Ben, and Siya’s spot of positivity for the day.

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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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