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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Bryan Habana remains one of the nation’s shining stars in sport. He caught the spotlight as the World Cup-winning Springbok legend and try scoring machine known for his finishing ability, an eye for intercepting passes, and his electrifying pace. Gareth catches up with him to find out how life today for ‘Little Madiba’ (as some of his teammates used to call him) is different from his days on the field. He’s also a devoted family man, working fiercely on the Bryan Habana Foundation and making waves through his businesses.

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When most people think about some of their earliest influences, a teacher is often on the list. Educator, leader and recent author of ’Fush - A Story of Pride, Respect and Leadership’, Shaun Fuchs chats to Gareth and the team. In the book, he writes about his life as a school rugby star, a soldier, a provincial powerlifter, a renowned waterpolo coach, a lifelong entrepreneur, a dynamic teacher, a beloved headmaster... and a gay man who came of age at a time when South African society was a lot more closed-minded than it is today.

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Three-time PGA Championship winner Dale Hayes is not just an award-winning golfer, but an all round great guy too. He is on a quest to get more people into what he calls "the greatest game in the world." He's the Swiss, Spanish, Italian, Colombian, French and S.A. Open winner and World Cup Winner in 1974 who's led a remarkable life, that he chats to Gareth Cliff about here.

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When it comes to public speakers, Michael Jackson is one of the best in the business. With decades of professional experience and an ability to connect with every audience member, he truly has become a world-renowned presenter. Gareth picks his brain to find out his perspective as he looks at the state of the conference circuit and beyond.

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How has the events and hospitality industry been affected by the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown? To find out, Gareth speaks to a doyen in this field to get the answer. In 1999, she traded in her social butterfly image and her obligations as an executive wife, to take the business world by storm. And what a storm she’s made! 
Edith Venter has been at the helm of Edith Venter Promotions for more than 20 years, serving the hospitality industry.

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The Coronavirus pandemic has swept across the planet and left many wondering “what’s next?”. What are the marketing trends likely to be? How will this change the way in which brands communicate? And how will this pandemic impact on our collective psychology? Gareth Cliff chats to advertising icon Reg Lascaris and ‘Brain & Brand’ guru Timothy Maurice. If you would like us to host a webinar for your company or industry - either to a public audience or for internal communications - please email us: contact@cliffcentral.com.

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What are the results we should be bracing for in South Africa as the political decisions impact our economy? Daniel Silke is someone who could provide some answers around this. As he’s written in his recent column: “Re-opening South Africa needs to express much more than a colour-coded set of amended restrictions. It needs to be coupled to hope for a new future. Not one based on dependency and decay, but one based on innovation across the board.” Gareth chats to Silke, a keynote speaker, author and futurist specialising in South Africa, Africa and global trends. He’s also the Director: Political Futures Consultancy.

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