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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It’s been an eventful week in SA with xenophobia rearing its ugly head again. In response, Nigeria is pushing back and it’s not looking good. Critical thinker and Law graduate @MightiJamie joins the show and lays down some insightful views on the state of our nation, the potential ramifications, as well as the other side of the narrative. And then, Project Tito is discussed by the team. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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With China’s potential increasing at a rapid rate, are they on their way to becoming a serious threat to us all? Well, Kanthan Pillay is convinced that this is the case and has arguments to back it up. Then, the paper sent by Minister Tito Mboweni has reached the likes of Gareth, Phumi and Kanthan. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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Kanthan Pillay chimes in with his opinion on the old South African flag debate. The team discuss the situation between Donald Trump and Denmark. The Hong Kong protests are still topical, and Kanthan seems to believe that they are being orchestrated by a third party. Thami Nkosi from the Right2Know campaign also joins in to discuss the arms deal. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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The heat is dialled up on The Burning Platform this week as Kanthan Pillay resuscitates the NHI conversation and unpacks an article he recently penned on the topic. There may be another side to the story between Eskom and the people of of Soweto… a resident chimes in and challenges Phumi. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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Should there be any funding for SA’s political parties? Gareth educates the team on what a pirate victory is, and they get into a discussion on its potential effects in government. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula went on vacation – paid for by government money. Afriforum has taken him to court over it, but is it really their role to take on such cases? Then, Helen Zille joins the conversation and shares her controversial views on HIV and AIDS. Brought to you by Nando’s

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Repeat offender Kgosi Chikane joins the conversation, along with Kanthan Pillay, as they discuss political issues and unpack the democratic presidential debate. As a country we’ve become known for violent protests, the team share their thoughts on this way of doing things and how we can do it better. Cyril is singing a different tune now that he’s in the presidential seat… should we be concerned? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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Need to know what’s happening in the world of politics the world over? Then this is the podcast for you. Gareth and the team examine stories like Boris Johnson’s new position as Prime Minister and how President Trump is dealing with ‘The Squad’, before bringing it back to South Africa by discussing jobs, where President Ramaphosa is, and the rise of the private sector, amongst other things. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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Former President Jacob Zuma’s testimony at the State Capture Inquiry was slightly anticlimactic, given that he didn’t admit much. City Press journalist Juniour Khumalo, who’s been covering the Inquiry, has read between the lines nonetheless and gives his take on what our previous Number One citizen disclosed. Following the death of legendary musician Johnny Clegg, Gareth interrogates the team on where the boundaries of cultural appropriation lie. Could Hillary Clinton be the answer the democrats need? Kanthan Pillay teases that idea when discussing the 2020 elections, and more around US politics. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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Journalist Thando Maeko has been reporting on the Public Investment Corporation inquiry; she chats to the team about her observations – most recently on former CEO Dan Matjila’s testimony. There are also the week’s other big political stories, like Marianne Thamm’s investigation on the EFF. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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