Happy Friday, what’s your will to live? It’s a fair question as Gareth draws responses from the team on this. Speaking of living, Leigh-Ann talks about coming close to losing her mom on numerous occasions. The weekend then gets started with the latest news stories, Ben’s sporting bit, Siya’s positivity, and some listener emails.

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Following a heated week in the world of politics, Gareth relies on journalist Ivo Vegter to break down some of the biggest stories that grabbed headlines. Amongst other topics, they touch on Barbara Hogan’s testimony and Malusi Gigaba’s resignation. Imagine if voters had the right to recall ward councillors? And what would happen if we extended such a right to parliament too? The segment concludes with a discussion around this, following Luke Jordan from the Daily Maverick’s piece titled ‘We will lose our power on election day’. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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What are some of the burning hot political stories this week? Journalist Ivo Vegter brings a recap of some of them for this week’s edition of The Burning Platform, touching on Barbabra Hogan’s testimony, among other newsworthy discussions. And exclusively to CliffCentral.com, Discovery Group Chief Executive Adrian Gore shares details of Discovery Bank, now dubbed “South Africa’s first behavioural bank”.

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Do your employers value you if they’re willing to grant you an entire 3 months’ leave? Or is it safe to say they don’t really need you if they can function without you for that long? Siya doesn’t see any harm in this. Gareth responds to a Cosmopolitan article about his alleged body-shaming, while #RIPGord emails keep pouring in. No Ben today, so it’s onto the latest news and some positivity from Siya to kickstart your day.

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Old show friends Siv Ngesi and Alex Stone return with much to catch up on. From Siv’s American endeavours to Alex gaining seed money for an exciting new project… plus Ben is back, with his dodgy back. The latest news from there, your midweek sports report, and Siya’s positivity feature.

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Sihle Ngobese, aka Big Daddy Liberty, is the guest on this week’s instalment. Sihle discusses his strong liberal roots, his time spent within the DA, and his upcoming plans to bring liberal ideas to more South Africans. Jonathan queries whether any classically liberal political representation remains in the country, and Roman discusses the ways in which citizens have been denied access to the economy through illiberal and tribal doctrines still being perpetuated.

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What’s a day in South Africa without famous court cases taking over the news? Leigh-Ann and Siya highlight Zuma cases, how much Amor Vittone is now getting from the Joost estate, and how a Durban gardener is about to score a multi-million rand payday from his former employer. Fancy yourself a game about political influence, tactics, corruption and fun? Then you’ll want to hear from Pierre Cassuto, who’s part of ZA News that has put together ‘House of Cronies’.

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The show kicks off on a very high, chipmunk note as the team fools around with helium-inflated balloons in preparation for Greg’s baby gender reveal. Gareth hangs out with His Royal Highness Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, and there’s no rest for civil servants as Mayor Herman Mashaba makes a citizen arrest on his way to a club. Gareth proposes that Gord and Ben be put down at the same time… not a bad idea, seeing that the team is already all in black. Then it’s onto the latest news and some positivity from Siya.

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Ben is broken, quite literally. His torso seems to have had a stroke – leaving him deformed, and he is now destined for a life of circus tricks on Instagram. Some interesting listener mails, a history lesson around the First World War from Gareth, then into the latest news and sport headlines, Anthea on the finance, plus a bit of Siya.

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Celeste from East London has a bone to pick with Gareth over Donald Trump. More listener feedback, with Elson from Zambia taking on Gareth too. The latest news headlines, plus Ben returns for the weekend sports highlights.

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