Journalist Qaanitah Hunter is in studio – she has covered some of the biggest political stories in SA and has recently put it all into a book titled ‘Balance of Power: Ramaphosa and the future of South Africa’. SAA has seen its fair share of controversy and is back in the spotlight for strike action, which will potentially leave many commuters stranded. The panel look into the contributing factors for the parastatal’s financial woes. Then, Kanthan reveals his unsympathetic side… brought to you by Nando’s.

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We’re joined by Law graduate Jamie Mighti, and he has a very interesting theory on how we could boost our workforce through empowering the next generation of leaders using coding. The team then air their opinions of Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, and the ways in which they think we could boost our ailing economy. The BLF was recently deregistered as a political party, but could they have contributed to their own demise? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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Kanthan Pillay and Dawie Scholtz join Gareth for some topical conversation. With the recent spate of resignations and reshuffling in the Democratic Alliance, the panel give their analysis on the matter. On the back of yesterday’s Budget speech, the two guests weigh in with their opinions, and, we get their thoughts on what the best solution is for Eskom with their current debt. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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Right off the back of the major resignations from the Democratic Alliance (DA), Kanthan Pillay chimes in on these decisions with Gareth, a few hours after Mmusi Maimane and Athol Trollip have stepped down. Journalist Kgothatso Madisa calls in to express what he experienced at the DA press conference. Could the future of the DA lie in a coalition with the ANC? The team discuss this, and other big political stories of the week, including a chat about the state of Eskom with Giulietta Talevi, Money editor at the Financial Mail. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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Barry Bateman uttered some comments not so long ago regarding EFF leader Julius Malema. The Burning Platform team weigh in on his apology, and the stance Primedia has taken on this matter. The team also discuss the state of the DA, and what the future looks like for their leader Mmusi Maimane. Kanthan Pillay explains why we are buying oil from Arab countries and overlooking our neighbours, Angola and Nigeria. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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Gareth and Kanthan are joined by eNCA journalist Michael Appel, who gives his take on the State Capture Inquiry this week, and shares insight on Duduzane Zuma’s well-curated responses. An amended Employment Equity bill is on the cards, and Gareth seems to have some intel. Finally, the team get into the DA’s disarray as a political party. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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Ivo Vegter joins the panel this week. Many people believe in religion, but today we take a closer look at why. Was Greta Thunberg used as a pawn in someone’s agenda? There are mixed opinions in studio. Is the taxation regime in SA fair? Kanthan Pillay weighs in and breaks it down for everyone. The team chat about the morality of politicians accepting large donations, despite earning grossly high salaries. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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We have Khaya Sithole in studio and make good headway in attempting to get to the root cause of the xenophobic attacks our country has seen lately, and the consequences thereof. Is there any hope for the future of South Africa? We get the opinions of the Burning Platform team. What are your thoughts on gender neutral Barbie dolls? It’s an interesting and polarising topic. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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The government has had the military stationed on the streets of Cape Town in an attempt to curb the violence, but not everyone agrees with this method. We unpack this polarising topic layer by layer. We’re facing many issues as a country, but how can we fix the social fabric of our nation, and should we be depending on the state to take care of things? Could it be that we are on the brink of a tax revolt? Our panel today seems to believe so. And, the water we drink from taps may not be as safe as we allow ourselves to believe. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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Mungo Soggot, CEO of Scrolla, joins the team in studio. Formerly a news editor at the Mail & Guardian, he broke some of the country’s biggest corruption stories. With the passing of former President Robert Mugabe, Gareth touches on the topic of the fallen statesman and Kanthan has some positive things to say about Zim’s former president. Do you think our country’s leadership is doing enough in confronting the spate of xenophobic attacks in our country? The Burning Platform panel weighs in with their opinions. Plus of course, a look at the Barry Bateman “Poes” saga.
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