For as long as I can remember, I’ve been called an optimist. I think the people who called me that didn’t mean it as a compliment.

Throughout human history, the cynics, stoics and mystics had more respect than the optimists – but it turns out that history is on the side of those who have a generally positive view of their existence and the overall trend for humanity.

2019 has been the year of Greta Thunberg, Hong Kong, Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Jussie Smollett, Venezuela, Christchurch, Notre Dame and Jeffrey Epstein – so you’d be forgiven for thinking things aren’t great. But you’d be wrong… completely wrong.

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George Mienie chats about Toyota’s plan to introduce new products that are not cars, trucks, or SUVs – all in line with becoming a mobility company, Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari Formula1 car from the year 2002 is sold for a total of $6 643 750, and what to do in a flood. Powered by AutoTrader.

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13.12.19 Pt 2 – Another day, another car folly as Siya has to drive up his first ramp – did he do it? Boris Johnson may very well have Elmo negotiating Brexit. Dan Wells, Eskom se Push app founder tells us how his Afrikaans work colleagues inspired the technology which helps us track when darkness will visit us. Viva the geeks! Then George Mienie tells us what the vehicle protocol is in a flood.

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Not many people have a life story quite like this… at the age of 21 he gives up a life of privilege for one of danger and sacrifice, including 27 years living in exile while working for the ANC. He was also one of the founding members of Umkhonto we Sizwe in Natal in 1961. Ronnie Kasrils is a former SA government minister, and was a leading member of the African National Congress during the apartheid era. In his post-activism life, he’s written another book – ‘Catching Tadpoles: The Shaping of a Young Rebel’. Gareth Cliff chats to him about the pages of his latest read that are bursting with anecdotal stories that are not only enjoyable to read and connect together like a racy novel, but can teach old and young, black and white much about inclusiveness and bringing hope for all South Africans.

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13.12.19 Pt 1 – It’s Gugu’s last day… did he learn anything while at CliffCentral? What’s certain is that he will be missed, HEY BOET! It’s Christmas time – who’s doing it right, hedonist Dan Bilzerian or the second coming of Jesus, Siya Sangweni – the fabulous king of the meek. ‘Bumble’ Ben is back and he swiped left – turns out society and sewage have more in common than you’d think. And is there glitter in the ‘mot’ of the stripper?

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Kanthan Pillay is joined by Dumo Denga on the Burning Platform and they’re zooming in on the affairs of our eventful country, from the SAA business rescue to Eskom’s load shedding rearing its ugly head again. Dumo thinks we could implement better methods of collecting tax where everyone benefits. Then, could Donald Trump be the first president to be impeached by congress… and potentially go on to win the 2020 elections?
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12.12.19 Pt 2 – Dumo Denga is in studio, along with Kanthan Pillay, and they have a discussion about the state of SAA and the airline going into business rescue. The lights have been off more times than they’ve been on for many South Africans with the current load shedding schedule – the team weigh in on the current state of SA, as well as the loss of cell signal when the power is turned off.

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12.12.19 Pt 1 – We’ve reached an era where referring to people as a chick or a girl is sometimes frowned upon, and referring to someone as a they is the new normal. The team unpack this and attempt to make sense of it. There’s a lot of virtue signaling going around, and a character named Susan from Houghton takes a lot of flack from the team, bearing the sins of all white people. Do you still have that stash of CDs from the previous decade? Well it may be worth hanging on to them.

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How deep do the effects of corruption run within Eskom? Who are the people who have led this march to ruin? What does that mean for the ordinary taxpayer? Ted Blom is back to untangle the different ‘stages’ of what feels like Eskom’s inevitable demise. From being a crown jewel in the State’s portfolio, Eskom is now a burdensome noose around the neck of all of South Africa’s citizenry. How long will it take Eskom to get their act together? Is there light at the end of the tunnel, or is loadshedding part of a ‘dark’ future for our country?

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11.12.19 Pt 2 – Do you have the kind of fart that can put an insect down? Well there is a man on the African continent who possesses this level of anal potency. We all know how performance-enhancing drugs are perceived in sports, but what would steroid Olympics look like, and how high could these superhumans jump? Gareth is a big supporter of this unhinged concept. Then, Leigh-Ann delivers horrific news for all vegans out there. Finally Lee-Ann Liebenberg and her husband Nicky Van Der Walt join us in studio to chat about their CBD oil venture, and all the benefits that can be derived from it.

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