It is hard to believe that it has been 25 years since Basetsana Kumalo was crowned Miss South Africa, 25 years since she made her TV debut, and 25 years into our democracy. Chronicling her rise and rise in the past quarter of a century, Gareth chats to the media personality, entrepreneur, and philanthropist following the release of her memoir, ‘Bassie: My Journey of Hope’.

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We know and love Candice Mama from her #WeeklyMashup days, and although she’s been on this show before, she hasn’t told her story like she has in her new book, ‘Forgiveness Redefined’. She’s here to talk to us about her journey, and how she found it in herself to confront Eugene de Kock, the man who brutally murdered her father.

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Patrizio Buanne is an Austro-Italian baritone singer who continues to rise to fame on a worldwide scale. His musical talent was recognised quite early and at the age of just 11 he started performing in public. We get to know him on a more personal level…

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These days, it seems impossible to have a reasonable conversation with anyone who has a different opinion. Whether you’re online, in a classroom, an office, a town hall – or even just hoping to get through a family dinner with a stubborn relative. That’s why the release of Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay’s book, ‘How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide’ is incredibly timely. Gareth interrogates the ideas and themes within the book as Peter chats to him via Skype from Portland, Oregon. This interview, much like the book, guides you through the straightforward, practical, conversational techniques necessary for every successful conversation – whether the issue is climate change, religious faith, gender identity, race, poverty, immigration, or gun control.

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Costa Carastavrakis has had a rough past which he tells about in a new memoir, ‘I Am Costa – From Meth to Marathons’. If you’re up for an inspiring true-life tale that will make you look at experiences in a new way, then this is the interview for you. In his book, Costa charts his course through a childhood of identity confusion – growing up Greek and gay in Johannesburg; to building a glamourous life of parties, business triumphs and money… and then crashing into the devastation of drug addiction. Listen in as he tells Gareth and Phumi how he turned his life around and made a comeback as a published author.

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John van de Ruit’s writing just seems to have the magic touch. He’s famously known as the author of the ‘Spud’ series, but beyond that he’s involved in many other projects. We chat to him about his popular novels, as well as the movies… and he gives us a glimpse into his creation process.

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Donna Rachelson is a driven entrepreneur with a passion for helping women. She firmly believes in the power of inclusion, and chats to us about the position women find themselves in in the workplace, the struggles they face, and adaptations that could be in place. She wrote a book called ‘Personal Branding for Entrepreneurs’, and touches on that too in this compelling interview.

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He’s a South African singer and songwriter whose three studio albums have made him a platinum-selling success. His music has even caught the attention of 3-time Grammy-winning Canadian producer David Bottrill (Muse, Tool, Placebo). Jesse Clegg opens up about all the ups and downs in his life recently, including the death of his legendary father.

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Steve Harvey is breaking new ground by announcing two African editions of the hit TV show ‘Family Feud’. In this special edition of Gareth’s Guests, Siya Sangweni sits down with the international stand-up comic, author and broadcaster for a candid interview to find out more about this huge move. From discussing the media industry, to Harvey sharing some of his greatest life lessons and even chatting about his legacy, this will give you unprecedented insight into this global change maker.

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What is your take on reproductive genetics, testing DNA or ‘designer babies’? Kim Hulett is the CEO and chief researcher at Next Bio Sciences and a South African SingularityU Faculty member. She joins us to share how advances in stem cell and genetic research are unlocking solutions to medical challenges around the world.

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