A study conducted by global audit firm KPMG in 2014, found that sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) costs South Africa between R28.4bn and R42.4bn a year. It’s time for corporate South Africa to acknowledge that SGBV is not just a social risk… but a chronic political, market and financial risk that affects multiple industries, sectors and geographies.

Join Gareth Cliff in conversation with Hermien Botes, Head of Sustainability Engagement for Anglo American; Andrew Davies, MD of ICAS, providing health and wellness programmes and counselling services to corporate South Africa; and Nadine Mather from law firm Bowmans, who will look at constructive steps that employers can take to address SGBV in the workplace.

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Death by its very nature is always a very messy topic, but somebody has to deal with the practical side… which is the cleaning up, after a traumatic event becomes a crime scene. From bereaved families to gross filth, Marelize and Benjamin van den Berg of Crime Scene Cleanup take care of the most horrific scenes, in order to make them habitable for human beings in future. Not all heroes wear capes, some wear hazmat suits.

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With domestic violence escalating during COVID-19 lockdowns, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) against girls and women a “second pandemic” raging in our country. Our nation has one of the world’s highest rates of rape and femicide, and recently, several brutal killings have caused horror and public outcry.

Join Gareth Cliff in conversation with Dr Roze Phillips (Head of People and Culture at Absa), feminist social worker Keitumetse Fatimata Moutloatse, and Busi Mkhumbuzi-Pooe (activist and entrepreneur), whose friend Tshegofatso Pule was brutally murdered in June.

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Is the extended, voluntary hard lockdown bringing South Africa to its knees financially? Is there an irrational side to hard lockdowns, even with a global pandemic being declared by governments globally? What are the metrics for success in order to end the lockdown completely? Reyno de Beer of the Liberty Fighters Network joins us to speak about the constitutionality of lockdown, and why the government must be challenged before it’s too late for South Africa’s citizens and their civil liberties.

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Two entrepreneurs – Andile Ramaphosa and Brad Fisher – are doing their part in the fight against Covid-19, by providing ventilation technology to taxis in Gauteng. This is a major development, but has been marred by controversy, given that Andile is the son of President Cyril Ramaphosa. With so many allegations regarding the funding of the project circulating, the co-founders of SDI Force speak to Gareth Cliff about the inaccuracies in the media’s reporting on this.

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Your civil liberties are not a given, they are constantly to be fought for. Mark Sham of #SACitizensUnite challenges South Africans to not be silent in the fight for a better country. How can you get actively involved, how can you protest together, and will technology be the saviour of society against poor governance? It’s okay to want a better life, but what are you willing to do to have that life?

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How much of what, and how you think is holding you back right now? Would you care to know? Harvard psychiatrist and brain scientist, Dr Srini Pillay, has a career that spans three decades and he’s dubbed his recent learnings, ‘The Science of Possibility: Leveraging your Brain for Future Success’. He gives Gareth a few tips and tricks on how shifting how you use your brain, could shift the way you do things for the better.

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Across the country, we are currently experiencing many schools dealing with students, both past and present, who have had enough. For years now, some high-profile schools have been hiding a wide-range of abuse behind “heritage”, “reputation” or “legacy”. Using the story of Collan Rex (the former water polo coach at Parktown Boys High School, found guilty of 144 charges of sexual assault and 14 of assault, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison) as a background, Sam Cowen chats about uncovering what has been dubbed “institutional abuse” in her new book, Brutal School Ties – The Parktown Boys’ Tragedy.

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If your love language is to touch and hug, how does one deal with social distancing? What are the rules for making movies during lockdown? How long can creatives make it in South Africa without working? South Africa’s marginalised populous is largely looked after by grandmothers and single moms, and Hlubi has put together a terrific initiative to help these ‘imbokodos’ in trying to feed their families. For more info go to relate.org.za.

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The rise of the South African black opera singer may be a surprise to some, but this maestro believes that the nature of South African social culture is to sing in choirs, so where better to find and breed talent? The lack of patronage for South African artists has driven Njabulo to help South African artists by starting the Voices of South Africa International Opera Singing Competition. Yes, there’s prize money to be won, but there’s a far bigger prize for those who are scouted, and it’s truly life-changing. Bravo Maestro!

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