The team - alongside Daniel Silke, who is a political economy analyst, keynote speaker, author and futurist - discuss the recent Budget Speech and have a straightforward conversation about where South Africa stands economically. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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04.03.21 Pt 2 - With everything that has happened over the past couple of months and the recent Budget Speech... Gareth, Phumi and Daniel Silke (political economy analyst, keynote speaker, author and futurist) have an open and sincere chat about our economy and try to discern how worried we should be.

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Racial politics are a hot topic this morning as Phumi states that there are too many white men in one particular party. Playing the blame game seems to be second nature when it comes to our politicians. Do we have a toxic relationship when it comes to corporate and government? Hermann Pretorius - head of Strategic Initiatives at the IRR - shares his thoughts on the current state of the nation. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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18.02.21 Pt 2 - Did we somehow manage to export loadshedding to a first world country? Herman Pretorius wishes that viral stupidity can just go back from where it comes from. Is it truly inconvenient to become a politician? Are we on the verge of a technological war for information?

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23.12.20 Pt 1 - On the eve of Christmas Eve, the team chats Yuletide spirit, the non-negotiables of Christmas lunch, and decoration theory: is more always more? Then it’s back to the harsh realities of living with Coronavirus, and the risk of being unfriended if you drive with your mask on.

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08.12.20 Pt 1 - It's that time of year again folks... time to regift your gifts from three years ago. It is being said that if you are going to be the last partner in a relationship to survive, be the woman - men fall apart. Was Michael Jackson a monster or a genius? Are celebrities the best people to speak about social issues?

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If you are building an organisation which is in public service, should you have to reveal all your funding sources? We have seen the erosion of State institutions over the past 20 years - can the poor survive without functional state apparatus? Is the relationship between unions and the ANC surreptitious? Do South Africans have a viable alternative political party to vote for? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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03.12.20 Pt 2 - If the only requirement to be the Messiah was long, well conditioned hair - who in your circle would get in? If you are in an emerging economy, what does it actually mean to free up the economy? This is a Public Service Announcement... if you are going to be President of South Africa, please know your tenure will end with a commission of inquiry.

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Helen Zille joins the Burning Platform this week to discuss Cyril Ramaphosa's address to South Africa coming out of the global pandemic. The by-election results for the DA were mixed... what was the reason for the strategy adopted for this election period? Is the presence of a multitude of small parties good for democratic stability? Is South Africa being racially divided by political parties for their own ends? Could the Cape secede from South Africa without civil war? Are identity politics the move of the moment, and is this political environment sustainable for South Africa to flourish? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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12.11.20 Pt 2 - There is an unspoken link between moustaches and paedophiles, and nobody has quite figured out why. #SoWhatNow? was postponed for President Ramaphosa's family meeting last night... should this be the real state of disaster? When you are faced with a moral decision which will affect the masses, always go back to the principle.

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