Mhlanganisi Madlongolwana joins us for a sizzling episode of The Burning Platform, and he unpacks the highlights and lowlights of Cyril’s 2020 SONA. Is the field of politics in South Africa too emotive to allow for constructive intellectual engagement? As SA finds itself leaving 'Ramaphoria' and that honeymoon period of hope, what lessons if any can be drawn from Deng Xiaoping’s early reforms in China? Is coalition in government progressive, or does it put a stranglehold on bureaucratic processes which need to serve citizens? Did Elizabeth Warren put the final nail in her own coffin in the public debate with Michael Bloomberg? Is the Democratic Party falling apart, or is it just business as usual? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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20.02.20 Pt 2 - Mhlanganisi Madlongolwana - say that twice without tripping up. The man with a tongue twister title says he is an analyst in recovery, and he didn’t realise that in his sabbatical he’d find American working class reality shows are his vice. Kanthan's expectations for Cyril have dropped, he’s given him one job... nothing more Cyril, focus! Is Bernie Sanders’ greatest life achievement having a post office named after him?

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14.02.20 Pt 1 - If you have a weirdly shaped head, get a hat or hair plugs! If your partner was in an accident and they lost limbs, how long would you stay with them? Why is getting into offices so hard in 2020... what next, a blood sample? Mfundo is looking for love via a dating site, the problem is that his profile pictures aren’t of him. And Siya wants fat singers to stay fat!

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The State Capture inquiry is moving forward slowly... why is it taking so long? If any prosecutions were to be made in the case, would that affect South Africa's outlook short term for citizens? Mandy Wiener details what she would like to hear from Cyril Rhamaposa at SONA. Along with special guest Mark Heywood, the team tackles the issue of economic disparity... does it create conditions for exploitation? Is AngloGold’s departure from South Africa just business, or a sign of things to come? And Carl Niehaus displays a lack of awareness that defies political logic by any standard. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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13.02.20 Pt 2 - Is Cyril Ramaphosa a superhero or just a statue? Ace Magashule - art collector or just a political figure who bought a painting without the knowledge that it cost R8m of taxpayers' money? If people become apathetic to politics, what will happen to society at large? It’s SONA Day in South Africa... is it worth watching?

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