Nadiya Hussain took the plunge and entered the Great British Bake Off. Since then she has become a respected British TV chef, author and television presenter. She baked the Queen’s 90th birthday cake, and is now exploring her heritage with an exciting new show called Nadiya’s Asian Odyssey.

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It’s a story that leaves many South Africans cold at the mere mention of a few details: the sexual abuse that occurred at Parktown Boys’ High by now convicted former waterpolo coach Collan Rex. Many young men are at the centre of this horrific tale, particularly 18-year-old Jason Dally, whose courageous decision led to the exposure of this crime. Months after the historic sentencing, Jason and his father Ian speak to Gareth Cliff to share their story and continue to make a change.

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She can hug, dance, give high 5s and fist pumps. As if that wasn’t enough of South Africa’s humanoid robot – she’s also the Brand Ambassador for the My Future 4.0 Summit. Gareth finds out firsthand what the interesting life of Pepper is like.

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An incredible life story told in his own words… at the tender age of 90, Umntwana waKwaphindangene Shenge Mangosuthu Buthelezi is as passionate and hard-working today than ever before. In this bumper edition of an interview, Gareth picks the brain of the legendary royal and politician as he hears about his upbringing, schooling, meeting the likes of President Robert Mugabe and H.F. Verwoerd, and ultimately continuing to navigate the tricky and tumultuous times of a political career.

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Friend to CliffCentral.com, Kanthan Pillay, is gearing up for the big day on 8 May when his very own political party contends for the first time. Gareth catches up with the Founder and chairperson of the Capitalist Party of South Africa — ZACP — about what the party stands for, the work that has gone into it and also touch on some of their future plans.

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What’s the new wave in the world of health, and how open should society be in accepting new trends? How are philosophies and approaches like ayahuasca and the likes regulated and governed? Health models that we use today are ever-changing, and to give a scope of what is happening in the medical world today, Gareth chats to Dr Carlos Alvear Lopez.

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When Gareth first met Ambassador Martin Schaefer at the Naumann-Stiftung’s 60th birthday celebration in late 2018, he was struck by how candid the Ambassador was on the links between German liberalism and South African democracy. And as a student of history, he also enjoyed the fact that the Ambassador brought up the fall of the Berlin wall and De Klerk’s comments related to his decision to ring in the changes. To continue on a similar note and in getting to know him more, Gareth picks the Ambassador’s brain on his life and work in his current role, and beyond.

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Starting out as a teacher, Reverend Kenneth Meshoe followed his calling of making a difference in society by founding his own political party, the African Christian Democratic Party. On the road to the South African general elections, Gareth gets to know more about the leader and hears his take on the political landscape today.

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After spending ten years in finance and being interested in tech, it became obvious to Marcus Swanepoel that he would start something with Bitcoin. Fast forward to today, and Marcus is leading the future of money at Luno – learning many lessons along the way. The CEO and co-founder of the leading global cryptocurrency company shares some of these lessons with Gareth, ahead of the 5th Blockchain Africa annual conference taking place in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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Devan Moonsamy has more than 15 years experience in the learning and development space, and is the CEO of the I Can Help Africa Foundation (ICHAF) Training Institute Pty (Ltd). He’s recently written an article that’s raised a few eyebrows, titled: “Racism and Sexism are ‘Offensive’… So What?”. Gareth breaks his article down in this conversation to find out straight from him what he exactly meant by it, especially in these times that we’re living in. Have we as society become too outraged? Are we being too emotional when it comes to some of the problems we face? Are we too fixated on emotion and not enough on overcoming issues? They discuss this and more here.

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