The heat is dialled up on The Burning Platform this week as Kanthan Pillay resuscitates the NHI conversation and unpacks an article he recently penned on the topic. There may be another side to the story between Eskom and the people of of Soweto… a resident chimes in and challenges Phumi. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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The history of South Africa’s freedom fighters are well known. The stories of the remarkable women who played an important role in the struggle against apartheid however, sadly often remain untold. eNCA has finally given some of these incredible women a voice, and Gareth chats to the team behind it all – Michelle Craig (eNCA anchor), Mmanaledi Mataboge-Mashetla (Senior Researcher), and Helene Nieuwenhuis (Senior Producer for Special Projects).

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14.08.19 Pt 2 – Is the SA woman crying during the Hong Kong protests annoying or justified? Imagine being a talented artist… but only in your sleep. Have you ever had a situation where you’ve had the urge to get intimate with someone in a public space? Well Germany may have found a solution. This year, eNCA has decided to pay tribute to some of the incredible women who have fought for the freedom we all share today – in a series of stories about struggle, perseverance and survival.

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Helen Zille may have stepped down as the Premier of the Western Cape after two five-year terms and retired from politics, but she is nowhere close to slowing down. She’s still right in the thick of continuing to make and get involved in societal change for the better. She chats to Gareth about her new position at the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) as a senior policy fellow, and how she’s navigating these tricky times we’re in. No topic is left untouched, from victimhood culture, why she reckons ‘wokeness’ is about white people, Twitter, who she stills keeps up with at the Democratic Alliance (DA), and why she believes the most dangerous people in society are the ones who think they’ve found the truth.

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Should there be any funding for SA’s political parties? Gareth educates the team on what a pirate victory is, and they get into a discussion on its potential effects in government. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula went on vacation – paid for by government money. Afriforum has taken him to court over it, but is it really their role to take on such cases? Then, Helen Zille joins the conversation and shares her controversial views on HIV and AIDS. Brought to you by Nando’s

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For years South Africa has been plagued with violence aimed at foreigners. Could xenophobia be a result of a sense of exceptionalism amongst South Africans? How has this ‘Afrophobia’ contributed to the downfall of Pan-Africanism among Africans? The Interchange is made possible by Absa and Tshimong.

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Repeat offender Kgosi Chikane joins the conversation, along with Kanthan Pillay, as they discuss political issues and unpack the democratic presidential debate. As a country we’ve become known for violent protests, the team share their thoughts on this way of doing things and how we can do it better. Cyril is singing a different tune now that he’s in the presidential seat… should we be concerned? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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Need to know what’s happening in the world of politics the world over? Then this is the podcast for you. Gareth and the team examine stories like Boris Johnson’s new position as Prime Minister and how President Trump is dealing with ‘The Squad’, before bringing it back to South Africa by discussing jobs, where President Ramaphosa is, and the rise of the private sector, amongst other things. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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25.07.19 Pt 2 – It’s been a big, international political week with the new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson snatching the world’s attention. How will he fair in his new role? How long has he been working towards this? What are some of the plans he’s inclined to put into action? The team take a stab at answering these questions, before analysing stories in US politics, the rise of the private sector in SA, and why people are losing trust in public systems.

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When most of us think of foreign aid, it’s synonymous with receiving help from another country out of goodwill. Foreign aid is meant to benefit the population of the recipient country, but what is the true cost? Can local problems really be solved with international influence, and should African countries be so willing to accept this help? This thought-provoking episode of The Interchange is made possible by Absa and Tshimong.

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