This week’s guest commentator is Dr Nthabiseng Moleko, a senior lecturer in managerial economics at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. She believes the country needs a lot more decisive and immediate actions to propel inclusive and labour-intensive growth. The team tackles the latest political stories and all of this, as always, is brought to you by Nando’s.

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With a week that was far from quiet, we had to bring in the big guns to unpack some of the hottest political stories in another edition of The Burning Platform. Joining Gareth is lecturer at Central University of Technology, debater and socio-political analyst, Leeto Nthoba... plus, analyst, CEO of the IRR, and director of the Centre for Risk Analysis, Frans Cronje. They tackle student protests, police brutality, Bheki Cele, the trial of George Floyd, unemployment in South Africa, the abuse that taxpayers experience and a whole lot more. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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18.03.21 Pt 2 - Leeto Nthoba (lecturer at Central University of Technology and socio-political analyst) and Frans Cronje (analyst and CEO of the IRR) join Gareth to discuss and share their thoughts on the recent student protests, police brutality, and the trial of George Floyd.

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Head of Strategic Engagement at the IRR, Sara Gon joins the team to share her opposing views with Phumi and Gareth regarding the DA. They define what they consider as mainstream media, have a candid conversation about the shrinkage of the economy, and Eskom implementing stage 2 load-shedding. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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11.03.21 Pt 2 - Gareth, Phumi and Sara Gon (Head of Strategic Engagement at the IRR) have an in-depth conversation about their opposing views when it comes to the DA. They share their thoughts about the 7% shrinkage of the South African economy, stage 2 load-shedding, and what they consider as mainstream media.

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The team - alongside Daniel Silke, who is a political economy analyst, keynote speaker, author and futurist - discuss the recent Budget Speech and have a straightforward conversation about where South Africa stands economically. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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04.03.21 Pt 2 - With everything that has happened over the past couple of months and the recent Budget Speech... Gareth, Phumi and Daniel Silke (political economy analyst, keynote speaker, author and futurist) have an open and sincere chat about our economy and try to discern how worried we should be.

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03.03.21 Pt 2 - How in 2021 do we still not know who Banksy is? Friend of the show, Rich Mulholland chats to the team about adapting to the new normal and why “Zoom fatigue” is a myth. And Gord is quite the freestyler this morning.

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01.03.21 Pt 1 - We welcome the new month by going live on YouTube. As well as celebrating the announcement of level 1, whoop whoop! Believe it or not, Secunda is the one place that Gareth absolutely refuses to visit.

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22.02.21 Pt 1 - Siya suspects that he could be pregnant. The team tries an interesting tongue twister and Gareth shares the one word that he absolutely doesn’t like. Siya judges people over the age of 23 who still text like it’s the Mxit days.

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