It’s been a long time coming… Kanthan Pillay returns to The Burning Platform! Together with Gareth and Phumi, he dissects the Zondo commission, likening it to being a reality show. There’s a chat about creative ways of creating jobs, and why Derek Chauvin being found guilty of murdering George Floyd shouldn’t be a big deal. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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22.04.21 Pt 2 - Gareth, Phumi and Kanthan Pillay have a candid chat about the state of state capture, the shift in South African politics, and the corruption cloud. Kanthan offers an insight about why Derek Chauvin being found guilty of George Floyd’s murder isn’t about race.

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As South Africa prepares for the Covid 'second wave', the ruling party has elected to limit access to beaches, potentially crippling the tourism industry. How long will the Garden Route take to recover economically from the current lockdown, and were there any options that would have limited the spread of Covid-19 without shutting down the economy? The team gives us their reasons to be optimistic for 2021. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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17.12.20 Pt 2 - Taking yourself seriously isn’t always a bad thing, but the team wonders if people sometimes take themselves far too seriously. Do people have to like each other in order to be nice, or is it possible to live in a world of mutual respect despite our differences? The team also tackles the great beach closure debate, and are convinced that this festive season will see a lot more fishermen along South Africa's coastal regions...

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As the South African government clamps down on high school students and their celebrations after finishing school, how should we view the admonishment of these gatherings and them being labelled Covid-19 'superspreader' events? The National Pharmaceutical Agency is being floated again - red flag or good news? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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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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26.11.20 Pt 2 - Is a beard the sign of a truly distinguished gentleman? What are the concerns of the general public in Welkom? If you are a part of the South African citizenry, should you ignore gaslighting from people like Julius Malema? Has South African journalism descended into the sewer in terms of quality and integrity?

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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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