Ivo Vegter tells us why he left the Daily Maverick. As we move into Day 1 of #Lockdown2020 in South Africa, where should we be looking for threats of violence to pop up? The sharp end of capitalism will have brutal effects on the economy at macro and micro levels, what lessons can we learn from the Covid-19 period about the state of our economic structures? Globalisation has its pros and its cons - will China be able to recover its place as the production hub of the world post Covid-19? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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26.03.20 Pt 2 - The Garden Route in South Africa is a place of civility, even in this inevitable period of zombies rising up to kill us all. One tricky question we have to answer now is whether gun owners are a threat to the society at large, or not especially in anxious times. Can small businesses survive Covid-19 and the lockdown of 2020? Mobile money - why isn't it a common element in South Africa already?

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When you leave the intelligence services, can you just go back to a normal life? Public interest and national interest are always in a delicate relationship, but who manages it? South Africa is filled with racial tension - both now and historically. What happened during apartheid if you loved a person with a different skin colour? Moe Shaik gives us his take on the limitations he faced when he was the head of intelligence. His book, ‘The ANC Spy Bible’, is sure to have tongues in South Africa's power sanctums wagging for some time to come. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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19.03.20 Pt 2 - Certain tribes are just better at cleaning their backside, let’s accept that. Is the rise of technocracies a threat to civil liberty? Is government intelligence run like James Bond runs his operation, or is it just a normal day job? Schabir Shaik - who loves golf - does not represent his whole family. And did Jacob Zuma's intelligence hand democracy as we know it to South Africans?

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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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Tito takes a hard line at long last. The much-anticipated Budget Speech felt like Tito Mboweni has at last acted as an economist would by cutting state salaries, which although fiscally responsible, will come with a sting in the tail politically. The thorn in the side though is the R16b which has been extended to SAA as an injection - surely this is just “good money after bad?” Maybe it’s time to let SAA and Dudu Myeni both fall from their lofty heights and become creatures of the past. Apple has projected a $4b loss in profit because of coronavirus and their inability to obtain stock from China. And has the ANC failed the children of this country? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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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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