Imagine spending 309 days following chimpanzees for a documentary, and learning an unprecedented amount about these fascinating animals? BBC director/producer Rosie Thomas was able to undertake this epic adventure for a new Sir David Attenborough series titled ‘Dynasties’. The natural history filmmaker is in SA to give a new perspective on the landmark shows, and she speaks to Gareth about some of her stand-out moments while working on the project, and her unique career.

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What are some of the burning hot political stories this week? Journalist Ivo Vegter brings a recap of some of them for this week’s edition of The Burning Platform, touching on Barbabra Hogan’s testimony, among other newsworthy discussions. And exclusively to CliffCentral.com, Discovery Group Chief Executive Adrian Gore shares details of Discovery Bank, now dubbed “South Africa’s first behavioural bank”.

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Do your employers value you if they’re willing to grant you an entire 3 months’ leave? Or is it safe to say they don’t really need you if they can function without you for that long? Siya doesn’t see any harm in this. Gareth responds to a Cosmopolitan article about his alleged body-shaming, while #RIPGord emails keep pouring in. No Ben today, so it’s onto the latest news and some positivity from Siya to kickstart your day.

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Alex and Siv are on the show today, with Alex sharing an update on his Amandla Project, which will bring disabled students to Cape Town on unique bursaries. Oscar Pistorius getting compassionate leave to attend a memorial, a new Bill Clinton affair exposed, then Happy maKhumalo Ngidi and Deryn Graham from Proudly South Africa share some inspiring stories and preview their new podcast series.

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Old show friends Siv Ngesi and Alex Stone return with much to catch up on. From Siv’s American endeavours to Alex gaining seed money for an exciting new project… plus Ben is back, with his dodgy back. The latest news from there, your midweek sports report, and Siya’s positivity feature.

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The definition of “success in business” seems to be redefined by Gavin Moffat and the work that he’s doing. As a communications expert, he’s interestingly incorporating the lessons he’s learned from his scuba diving experience into his job. What are the parallels or the similarities between the two? Gareth learns from Gavin, in light of his new book, ‘Swimming with Sharks: Simple Business Guidelines for a Complex World’.

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What’s a day in South Africa without famous court cases taking over the news? Leigh-Ann and Siya highlight Zuma cases, how much Amor Vittone is now getting from the Joost estate, and how a Durban gardener is about to score a multi-million rand payday from his former employer. Fancy yourself a game about political influence, tactics, corruption and fun? Then you’ll want to hear from Pierre Cassuto, who’s part of ZA News that has put together ‘House of Cronies’.

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The show kicks off on a very high, chipmunk note as the team fools around with helium-inflated balloons in preparation for Greg’s baby gender reveal. Gareth hangs out with His Royal Highness Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, and there’s no rest for civil servants as Mayor Herman Mashaba makes a citizen arrest on his way to a club. Gareth proposes that Gord and Ben be put down at the same time… not a bad idea, seeing that the team is already all in black. Then it’s onto the latest news and some positivity from Siya.

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The question of fertility is an interesting one the world over. Leigh-Ann has a list of which countries top and bottom the list, and the implications of both. The invention of the resume and how it is falling away in modern society, then into an informative chat around immigration to the USA with Leon Versfeld and Stuart Ferguson from American Dream. Then Rich Mulholland wraps things up with another thought-provoking session.

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Ben is broken, quite literally. His torso seems to have had a stroke – leaving him deformed, and he is now destined for a life of circus tricks on Instagram. Some interesting listener mails, a history lesson around the First World War from Gareth, then into the latest news and sport headlines, Anthea on the finance, plus a bit of Siya.

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