It’s easily one of the greatest human achievements, literally powering the advancement of everything from industry to leisure, from business to space exploration, and more. The harnessing of electricity also spawned one of the fiercest industrial rivalries of all time, where fortunes were made and lost. While the world would come to require electrical power to function, there were some people - including a wealthy tycoon and a US President - who weren’t convinced it was a good idea originally.

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Between Edison and Tesla there are some 1,200 patents for inventions and innovations that birthed the modern world. To fully appreciate their contribution, you would have to remember that at the time of their birth, technology was steam-powered locomotion, and candlelight. Over the course of their years of discovery and success, they engaged in bitter rivalry and the greatest leaps forward for humankind. But there were also failures, and tragedies.

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This week on The AutoTrader Podcast, SA’s No.1 motoring podcast, anchor George Mienie and co-host Wandile Sishi are joined by David Ashdown, CEO of Vuka Group, to discuss the recent Smarter Mobility conference’s outcomes. The team also unpack the current state of electric vehicle adoption in South Africa, and explore the challenges which we have yet to overcome. Powered by AutoTrader.

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George Mienie shares the latest motoring news, which includes how Halloween might be the deadliest day of the year for pedestrians, an Australian man caught on a speed camera riding on a car bonnet with a beer in hand, and new technology in cars to detect intoxicated drivers. Powered by AutoTrader.

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12.11.21 Pt 2 - Jesse and Jaron Clegg join the team to talk about their father Johnny Clegg’s legacy and new memoir. They share the process of compiling the book, and their experience of losing their dad. George Mienie then joins the team to give us the latest motoring news.

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25.10.21 Pt 1 - Leigh-Ann has been up since which 2am, which results in her being all lovely and dressed up. The team share what they got up to this past weekend, and then Dr Hanan Bushkin joins the team to get an update from Simphiwe and Mbulelo about their squabbles.

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The elections are only days away, and that means you only have a few days left where the politicians will listen to you. I’m not going to bullshit you, I have been nothing but negative about politicians, and I resent them. I approach someone looking for my vote like I do an unctuous merchant trying to sell me fish that I can smell is past its sell-by date. With very few exceptions, these people are thieves, liars and parasites...

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15.10.21 Pt 1 - Comedian Chris Forrest joins the team as today’s special co-host! They chat about how Capetonians aren’t willing to drive further than 20km, reducing one's carbon footprint and how Salmonella almost killed Leigh-Ann.

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Between abrupt power cuts, press releases that leave us confused and schedules that change by the day... what is Eskom doing and where is it headed? What do you need to know about it? To get to the bottom of this, the team speaks to energy expert and mining consultant Ted Blom, someone who always speaks his mind on this topic. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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10.06.21 Pt 2 - Ted Blom - mining and energy advisor - joins the team to reveal how Eskom has been consistently underreporting for more than a year, and how level 2 load shedding is for the public, but isn’t entirely true. They also discuss Minister Zweli Mkhize, the ANC and Donald Trump.

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