The Mandela Centenary is a great source of inspiration for many in South Africa. Lynn Forbes and Angela Yeung are such individuals, and together with Richard Mabaso are going to #Trek4Mandela up Kilimanjaro. That’s the very basic description… the history behind these individuals is where the story really becomes interesting, and of course inspiring.
As South African sports stars go, there aren’t too many more recognisable or accomplished than Steven Pienaar. He joins Gareth for a very candid take on his incredible career. The endless commitment and hard work that defined his every day, the role his mother played in making him the man he became, and some of the less expected parts of professional life.
Freelance filmmaker and photographer Johnny Miller joins Gareth in studio to talk about his work. Currently living in South Africa having come over the US, Johnny pioneered African Drone, an organisation focused on empowerment. He talks about his projects, the work that is getting him noticed, and why legislation around drones needs to change in South Africa for the betterment of all.
Brett Ladds is more than just your accomplished chef with a long list of celebrities that he has cooked for. He cheffed and assisted in the coordination of the 1994 Inauguration of President Mandela. He personally managed the presidential guesthouse and served as executive chef under Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. His recent book titled ‘Mandela Appreciation Club’ documents his amazing experiences, many of which he shares with Gareth here.
The talk and hype around cryptocurrency may have died down in recent months, but it is still a fascinating concept. Nobody describes this better than Simon Dingle, who has just written a book on the subject, along with the brilliance of blockchain and other pressing financial matters that affect our modern lives.
TV personality, businesswomen and actress Lorna Maseko joins Gareth for an interesting catch up. She has just had the pleasure of experiencing the world’s largest cruise ship, something she says has to be seen to be believed. She also talks about single life, how her friend Bonang is getting on, and how she is loving life in general right now.
Ten years ago Rosie Motene embarked on a journey of self discovery. In the process she began to document her life experiences and attempted to tackle some of her inner demons and personal issues, which she’s now released in her autobiography ‘Reclaiming The Soil – A Black Girl’s struggle to find her African self’. Gareth discusses the cultural confusion and emotional roots that have made up her new offering.
The evolution of musician Nakhane is one that fascinates Gareth. Hot off the heels of his European tour and the saga surrounding ‘Inxeba: The Wound’, Nakhane shares some of the lessons he’s had to learn recently – from how fearless he is, individualism, and what he’s dubbed “the ego of heterosexuality”… he opens up in this thought-provoking interview.
Candice, Craig and Job from the Urban Culture Drive team join Gareth in studio to talk about their show and the diverse personalities that make up their crew. They are currently standing in for Arye Kellman on CliffCentral, but they are so much more than just a replacement team.
With a successful, colourful career that spans decades, Mam’Sibongile Khumalo has taken up the task of celebrating the life of Bra Hugh Masekela in a new show at the Joburg Theatre. She chats to Gareth about this exclusive performance alongside Thandiswa Mazwai, before getting into growing up in a musical family and her journey in the music industry. The legend who self-admittedly eavesdrops on conversations on Facebook, also explains why she strives for excellence not perfectionism, what awards mean to her, her advice for young talent and so much more.