People abuse the term ‘community’. A community is defined as “a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.” It doesn’t mean the million things politicians want it to. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram talk about their community – but we’re certainly not in the same neighbourhood and we don’t have much in common (especially if you look at your feed on Twitter). There is a second definition though, which is a bit broader: ‘a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.’ This is probably what they mean, but in no way does any of those platforms create a real sense of community. We just use them to create our own communities – of friends and family.

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Legendary DJ from way back when and radio fundi Stan Katz has decided to launch his own podcast series called ‘Making Waves’, interviewing fellow media colleagues. He came to CliffCentral to talk to Gareth Cliff, and here is the conversation between these two radio pioneers, spanning four decades of broadcasting between them.

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I remember the school run fondly. My mom would load me, my brother, and sister into the car and take us on the 30-minute drive to school. The journey had a familiar routine – passing by the same places, chatting and laughing. Someone else was always in the car though – the radio. There was a DJ cracking corny jokes at the same time every morning, making a predictable prank call, playing the number one song on the charts for that day (in 1992, it was Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’, which meant that we all had to hear that song every day for months, so that it was tattooed on the inside of our skulls and infected our dreams), and someone reading the news headlines. Those morning drives were the context for my teenage years…

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Young people in South Africa are given lip service by government, big business and even educators. Everyone talks about the youth, a few talk to them, but not enough people listen. We’re proud to be pioneering a series of intelligent, thoughtful debates with some of the smartest young South Africans – along with Tshimong and Absa. Every day we’re exposed to meaningless drivel and rhetoric on social media, but most of us crave substance… the meat in conversations about the things that really matter and that are most relevant. That’s what The Interchange will deliver, and I can’t wait.

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Imagine leaving your doctor after receiving the dreaded news that you have cancer. The sinking feeling, the anxiety, the loneliness of that moment. If it hasn’t happened to you, then chances are that it has happened to someone you know and love. Some people don’t have to imagine. It’s gut-wrenching, terrifying, too much to bear. But you don’t have to go through this alone.

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Facebook just launched their first ever original podcast – Three and A Half Degrees – and if there was ever a moment podcasting became totally mainstream, this is it. The basic idea is that we used to say we were all within six degrees of separation – or six degrees of Kevin Bacon, as it became known. Facebook’s podcast series seems to suggest, in a connected digital world, that we’re now separated by only three and a half degrees…

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How do you break through the clutter in an avalanche of information? Podcasting is a great way to communicate ideas and introduce conversations – even within organisations. Tell the truth… when last did you read your company newsletter? Did you really have the time to digest the Chairman’s report? I bet you didn’t.

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The social media world is fast, complex and unforgiving. Many brands find themselves targeted, maligned and sometimes unwittingly embroiled in controversies which seem, at the time, damaging and unfair – and which can have dire consequences…

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