Employment: we delve into the stats on South Africans’ opinions on racially-based employment; we also ask whether it’s possible to make cadre employment work. Politics: the strife of the Cape Flats is well-documented, and it raises the question: why does it seem that solving societal problems is not a priority for career politicians? Economics: is big business in South Africa still big? And finally, South Africa's lockdown hasn’t just been the last five months, it's been the last decade. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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23.07.20 Pt 2 - Nando's are not chicken to have a go, both in their advertising and in backing The Burning Platform. With all due respect, is Hermann Pretorius comparable to David Mabuza? Let's be clear, politics has always been in the sewer... Also, do we romanticise the past because only the good ones have survived?

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"The emperor has no clothes... but I'm not saying it,'' has been the great failure of South Africa's citizenry lately. Can South Africans ever view contentious issues through a lens that's not tainted by race and power agendas? What is the role of dissenting voices like Helen Zille for the sanctity of democracy in SA? What are the visceral, quantifiable concerns of South Africa's voting public? Is Cyril Ramaphosa showing tendencies of tyrannical lust with his wildly oscillating Covid-19 laws and messaging? And is Trump's approach to WHO leading us to Cold War 2? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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16.07.20 Pt 2 - Kanye West has dropped his Presidential campaign, proving once again that it ain't easy to become President Yeezy. If we just cut out the orgies and pole licking, maybe the Covid rate might drop. Al Gore hated Bill Clinton because of the ‘blue dress’ incident, how did that work out for him? A friendship of 40 years has ended for Kanthan... find out why right here.

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Should we be testing everyone for Covid-19? Is there going to be a second wave in Johannesburg and if yes, is this a bad thing? What are the overall effects of the health sector's response to Covid-19 globally? Could South Africa reopen the economy through track and trace monitoring of citizenry? Has the hubris of liberalism condemned Hong Kong to tyranny from China, and thus made a war between China and America inevitable? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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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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02.07.20 Pt 2 - Jean-Jacques Cornish, who always keeps his eye glued to Africa, returns to the Burning Platform for an update on the continent's events. One of the week's heated stories, that he jumps into with Gareth and Kanthan, is the scandal surrounding businesswoman Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe... while she maintains it hurts to see her family being dragged into this baseless case.

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Why can't anyone just print money? What's the difference between consumer and asset inflation? Are public sector employees useful to an economy? And just who is Finance Minister Tito Mboweni referring to when he says: "The hippopotamus must shut its mouth"? The battle to be King of Ideology continues to rage between religion and secularism, and Bheki Cele may be the only man capable of keeping South Africa's taxi industry on a leash. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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25.06.20 Pt 2 - Apparently, Covid has turned into a sport - and apparently the libertarians have a demigod who has led them to victory in ending lockdown. Government does an astonishing job of spending the sin tax it collects - it’s all gone within half a day, which is one of the reasons South Africa may just be bankrupt. And adding to the fiscal drama, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is on a collision course with President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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Are Economic Keystrokes good, or are they a landmine for the tax paying citizenry? Can business function without a competent state intervening heavily to create conditions for economic prosperity? What is the role of tax in the economy? Is gender based violence linked to economic activity? We all hate Keynesian theory until crisis strikes... why is that? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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