A listener talks about a racist remark on Facebook about donuts. Leigh-Ann has some shocking stats around how much water is used to create day to day things, someone claims to be the victim of a racist dog attack, and a woman ran a marathon without telling anyone. The power of meditation, or the problems with it. Ear wax, more importantly ear wax from whales, then the latest Reality Check with Rich Mulholland.

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Gareth has some out of town weddings coming up, which gets him talking about how people behave badly in places they travel to on holiday. The sweltering heat has Leigh-Ann worried about her animals, Hopkins discovers his voice after a walk outside, and Nolo is feeling very fragile. The latest from the news and sport, Anthea on the finance, but sadly no Siya as he has gone missing like Madeleine McCann.

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It’s wedding time of year, and the team have two interesting stories around this practice. One where a woman outs her cheating groom to be, and one where a hologram is utilised. China’s rise as a tourist destination, and even more money to try find Madeleine McCann. Piers Morgan has a fight with a fat woman, Port Elizabeth’s name change, the Love Quilt Project, then George Mienie wraps the week up with the latest from the world of motoring.

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Happy Friday, what’s your will to live? It’s a fair question as Gareth draws responses from the team on this. Speaking of living, Leigh-Ann talks about coming close to losing her mom on numerous occasions. The weekend then gets started with the latest news stories, Ben’s sporting bit, Siya’s positivity, and some listener emails.

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Following a heated week in the world of politics, Gareth relies on journalist Ivo Vegter to break down some of the biggest stories that grabbed headlines. Amongst other topics, they touch on Barbara Hogan’s testimony and Malusi Gigaba’s resignation. Imagine if voters had the right to recall ward councillors? And what would happen if we extended such a right to parliament too? The segment concludes with a discussion around this, following Luke Jordan from the Daily Maverick’s piece titled ‘We will lose our power on election day’. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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What are some of the burning hot political stories this week? Journalist Ivo Vegter brings a recap of some of them for this week’s edition of The Burning Platform, touching on Barbabra Hogan’s testimony, among other newsworthy discussions. And exclusively to CliffCentral.com, Discovery Group Chief Executive Adrian Gore shares details of Discovery Bank, now dubbed “South Africa’s first behavioural bank”.

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Do your employers value you if they’re willing to grant you an entire 3 months’ leave? Or is it safe to say they don’t really need you if they can function without you for that long? Siya doesn’t see any harm in this. Gareth responds to a Cosmopolitan article about his alleged body-shaming, while #RIPGord emails keep pouring in. No Ben today, so it’s onto the latest news and some positivity from Siya to kickstart your day.

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Alex and Siv are on the show today, with Alex sharing an update on his Amandla Project, which will bring disabled students to Cape Town on unique bursaries. Oscar Pistorius getting compassionate leave to attend a memorial, a new Bill Clinton affair exposed, then Happy maKhumalo Ngidi and Deryn Graham from Proudly South Africa share some inspiring stories and preview their new podcast series.

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Old show friends Siv Ngesi and Alex Stone return with much to catch up on. From Siv’s American endeavours to Alex gaining seed money for an exciting new project… plus Ben is back, with his dodgy back. The latest news from there, your midweek sports report, and Siya’s positivity feature.

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What’s a day in South Africa without famous court cases taking over the news? Leigh-Ann and Siya highlight Zuma cases, how much Amor Vittone is now getting from the Joost estate, and how a Durban gardener is about to score a multi-million rand payday from his former employer. Fancy yourself a game about political influence, tactics, corruption and fun? Then you’ll want to hear from Pierre Cassuto, who’s part of ZA News that has put together ‘House of Cronies’.

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