It seems that almost every day we are hearing that someone we know has either died, or is in hospital - and lately it’s mostly Covid related. Our social media feeds are full of RIPs or messages of hope and support for someone in ICU. These are our friends, family members and colleagues. How do we deal with this overwhelming and seemingly endless cycle of loss on a personal level? Dr Hanan Bushkin tells us how we as a nation can handle the potential ‘grief pandemic’.

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Well, this is more of a blog than anything I’ve written for a while... Covid has come to CliffCentral. We like coming up with clever alliterative phrases for new ideas and divisions in the business - like CliffCentral Communications, CliffCentral Campus, CliffCentral Creative and CliffCentral Collaborations. Now we have CliffCentral Contagions...

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Gareth Cliff tackles the mask debate with Odette van der Haar, Bev Wium, Dr Mark Human and Nick Hudson. Plus insights from traditional healer Dr Sylvester Mkwambani Hlati, and HumanProgress.Org's Marian Tupy.

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The Right Honourable David Mellor QC is an award-winning British broadcaster, newspaper columnist, barrister and has had a colourful political career having served in ministerial positions under Prime Ministers John Major, Maggie Thatcher and Putney. He has a keen eye on the world and writes columns for six national newspapers including the Evening Standard, The Guardian and The People. He was on holiday in South Africa and locked down with us in Cape Town, before managing to return to the UK.

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Does cultural diversity unify or divide us? Maj Toure, Zuby and Mighti Jamie debate culture vs identity politics. Gareth Cliff also speaks to David Mellor QC about his opinions on Boris Johnson and whether the UK lockdown was necessary.

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04.08.20 Pt 1 - If you cheat on your wife, the secret is not to give her reasons to key your car, it's a bad look for all of you. Also, don't cheat on your wife and have her arrested. Is Covid over in South Africa? Are we to take crystal healers and sangomas seriously? Nkosinathi Moshoana joins us to tell us how we can help save the matrics of 2020 and their academic year. For more details visit primestars.co.za.

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Corruption, lockdown laws and protests - #SoWhatNow? Advocate Dali Mpofu, Herman Mashaba and Lord Peter Hain join this week's show to discuss this. Ashleigh Perremore, one of the organisers of the #ServeUsPlease protest describes what led to water cannons and stun grenades being used by police officers on 200 peaceful protesters.

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From Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe‘s alleged scandalous links to Botswana, to the impact of the elections in Somalia... Gareth, Kanthan and guest Jean-Jacques Cornish tackle the week's biggest political stories. And while we're all still grappling with the ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic, the team debates how unlocking countries should work. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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