The Covid-19 epidemic is now in South Africa and has spread beyond the “Italy 10”. What does this mean for the health structures that already exist in SA, are we prepared to contain it? OPEC and their indecisive nature means Russia and Saudi Arabia are now the kings of the oil world - if only for a while. The tension between the two nations means oil is cheaper, but will this affect your petrol price? What wage should we pay our MPs in South Africa? The Public Protector can’t protect herself right now, the triad she is a part of might be a house of cards. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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12.03.20 Pt 2 - The NICD is doing great work, let’s not wrap them up in the ANC mess of incompetence. What do governments spend their funds on in general? If you are having any trouble from a report on CNN, take the Donald Trump approach. Measures of austerity at state level sound good because saving your money is good isn’t it… or is it? Oh yes, wash your hands, you dirty pig!

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South Africa is officially in a double dip recession, strap yourself in! Does Cyril have the backbone to prevent 'triple dip’ by making the necessary pragmatic calls immediately? The unions have ‘declared war’ on Tito and government's plans to cut jobs and save R150 billion in the medium term. The sovereign wealth fund sounds nice, but is South Africa in a position to administer such? Will the world pivot from a China-centric production model after coronavirus stalls all production there? Bloomberg is out, Biden is now the front runner. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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05.03.20 Pt 2 - Can publishers in South Africa afford to be sued and go through the legal process? Fuel hikes are less than ideal for the people on the ground... taxi fares go up, bread costs more, and it’s going that way for South Africa soon. Being a high-level state employee in South Africa might very well be the best job on Earth. Tokyo Sexwale essentially says, “Bribery is okay if you win”… but if you lose it’s immoral.

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26.02.20 Pt 2 - Good for the taxpayer, but not good for the state coffers. This is the outlook on the 2020 Budget Speech from Prof. Andre Roux of Stellenbosch University. If you want to fly from Joburg to Cape Town on SAA, be ready to sell a kidney because it’s R7k to fly one way. Special guest Toby Shapshak missed Kanthan’s wedding and his reason is hilarious. Toby - who is the big dog at Stuff magazine - details articulately what challenges employers are facing when trying to employ the youth in South Africa.

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Mhlanganisi Madlongolwana joins us for a sizzling episode of The Burning Platform, and he unpacks the highlights and lowlights of Cyril’s 2020 SONA. Is the field of politics in South Africa too emotive to allow for constructive intellectual engagement? As SA finds itself leaving 'Ramaphoria' and that honeymoon period of hope, what lessons if any can be drawn from Deng Xiaoping’s early reforms in China? Is coalition in government progressive, or does it put a stranglehold on bureaucratic processes which need to serve citizens? Did Elizabeth Warren put the final nail in her own coffin in the public debate with Michael Bloomberg? Is the Democratic Party falling apart, or is it just business as usual? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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20.02.20 Pt 2 - Mhlanganisi Madlongolwana - say that twice without tripping up. The man with a tongue twister title says he is an analyst in recovery, and he didn’t realise that in his sabbatical he’d find American working class reality shows are his vice. Kanthan's expectations for Cyril have dropped, he’s given him one job... nothing more Cyril, focus! Is Bernie Sanders’ greatest life achievement having a post office named after him?

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The State Capture inquiry is moving forward slowly... why is it taking so long? If any prosecutions were to be made in the case, would that affect South Africa's outlook short term for citizens? Mandy Wiener details what she would like to hear from Cyril Rhamaposa at SONA. Along with special guest Mark Heywood, the team tackles the issue of economic disparity... does it create conditions for exploitation? Is AngloGold’s departure from South Africa just business, or a sign of things to come? And Carl Niehaus displays a lack of awareness that defies political logic by any standard. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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Has the Iowa caucus proven that the democrats are a complete shambles? Kanthan Pillay details his lunch with FW de Klerk and the old National Party top brass. Donald Trump's impeachment has been dismissed, even after Romney crossed the floor. America’s foreign policy is clear - pro Saudi. Did the ANC really liberate South Africa like Robert Mugabe liberated Zimbabwe? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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Following SANEF backing Daniel Friedman after his suspension, we look at whether they are fit for purpose in their current form? What does free speech mean, can we just say what we want to say or should we be regulated by laws? How do journalists help shape a society, what is their role as agents of dispersing important information? Is nepotism unacceptable, or do we just accept it as looking after our kin? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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